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Witches Steeped in Gold Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062945983
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Published: HarperTeen - April 20th, 2021

High fantasy with a twist ending, just begging for a sequel! Ciannon took the time to create a stunning world, with fantastic details. I was blown away by the depth of political intrigue, each character was embroiled in their own plot.


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Love in Color: Mythical Tales from Around the World, Retold Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780063078499
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Published: William Morrow - April 13th, 2021

Perfect for mythology, romance, or fantasy lovers! To say that I fell in love with this book would be an understatement.  In the span of 5 pages, Bolu is capable of not only transporting you into an entirely new world, but also imagining characters so rick with life that you consider them best friends. Each short story is a new adventure


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Amari and the Night Brothers (Supernatural Investigations #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062975164
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 19th, 2021

Fans of Harry Potter are sure to fall in love with this twisty fantasy that is full of anti-racist themes. Amari is a heroine for all ages, the way she cares for her friends and handles all the adversity a preppy school full of supernaturals can throw at her is so inspiring! (This would be a great listen on a family road trip on Libro.fm)


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Bicycling with Butterflies: My 10,201-Mile Journey Following the Monarch Migration Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781643260457
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Published: Timber Press - April 13th, 2021

One womans multi-country adventure following the worlds greatest migration... Monarch Butterflies. Sara is an incredible storyteller, reading her book is like being on that roadside with her, holding your breath as you catch sight of a monarch floating above an otherwise empty stretch of road.  


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The Dovekeepers: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781451617481
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Published: Scribner - April 3rd, 2012

I read this book years ago, but the story has stuck with me. There is something almost haunting about this historical fiction, as if these women have been waiting for the right person to bring them back to life. 


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The Botanical Bible: Plants, Flowers, Art, Recipes & Other Home Uses Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781419732232
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Published: Abrams - September 25th, 2018

The perfect gift for yourself, or the plant lover in your life. This book has a little bit of everything, from scientific descriptions of plants and their unique features, to craft ideas, gardening tips, and recipes. Put it all together with the beautiful art and you have a book that will be treasured for generations. 


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Firekeeper's Daughter Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250766564
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 16th, 2021

The young adult book I have been waiting for. This book delivers a coming-of-age reckoning with relevant issues and historical context all wrapped into a thrilling plot.  Daunis has been walking the line between her white and Ojibwe heritage since she was born, she has become accustomed to living in two different worlds. When someone close to her is murdered due to meth activity on tribal lands she agrees to help in the investigation, though she takes care to protect the Ojibe land and people from outsiders who have taken advantage of her people in the past. Unfortunately she is not as careful with her own safety, and finds herself in a dangerous situation, where the people who were supposed to protect her prove they are less than they promised.


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We Run the Tides: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062936233
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Published: Ecco - February 9th, 2021

Vendela managed to perfectly capture the life and personal thoughts of a teen girl with out making the book too cringy. It is a gritty and compulsive tale that I quickly became addicted to. The blast to the past of 80's nostalgia twines perfectly with today, as I think we all put a glimmer on that "pre-tech" time and forget that it had its darkness too. 


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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781492671527
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 7th, 2019

Cussy is a courageous woman, determined to blaze her own path against all odds. Growing up with blue skin in the apalachian mountains during the Great Depression. All she wants is the freedom to keep delivering library books to her fellow mountain people. But as with most women throught out history, her fate is not entirely up to her.


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A Thousand Ships: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063065390
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Published: Harper - January 26th, 2021

There are different sides to every story. In A Thousand Ships, Natalie Haynes gives voice to the women of the Trojan War, breathing new life into an over-done part of history. This book would be great for anyone who enjoyed of The Book of Longings, or The Dovekeepers. 


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The Girl Who Reads on the Métro: A Novel Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781250315427
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 8th, 2019

Translated from French, this book is a love letter to booksellers and the written word. Juliette is an observant character, with a knack for knowing the impact specific books can have on a persons life. She uses this ability to break out of her own dull life and begin an adventure. 


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Tiny Love Stories: True Tales of Love in 100 Words or Less Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781579659912
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Published: Artisan - December 8th, 2020

As sweet as the name suggests; the stories in this book may be tiny, but they hold an ocean of emotion. The word "love" is too often thought of in only the romantic capacity. And while romance can be found in these pages, it also explores many other meanings. My favorites are on pg. 6 and pg. 80. 


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Stray City: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062666697
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Published: Custom House - March 19th, 2019

If Portland in the 90's could be poured into one book, it would be Stray City. Chelsey Johnson has written a novel of the era, and it is so beautifully messy, you cant help but take it into your soul and hold it close for the rest of your life. 


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A Girl is A Body of Water Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781951142049
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Published: Tin House Books - September 1st, 2020

This is the kind of book that you dream about while reading it. Kirabo is a young feminist, raised to believe that women should be educated and strong, in a world that wants women to be silent and meek. In her search to find her mother, she will learn a lot about herself, and her countries folklore. 


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Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525560548
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Published: Viking - February 25th, 2020

This book combines Anti-racist and feminist ideas into one amazing book that really makes you think about what it means to actively choose to fight for equality, and how we have to start by paying attention to the communities that are in the most danger.  I have gotten asked by several customers which book, out of all the trending anti-racist/social justice books, I recommend they read. And while I will always say you need more than one perspective to get a full view, this book is a great start! 


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Lightfall: The Girl & the Galdurian Cover Image
By Tim Probert, Tim Probert (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062990464
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Published: HarperAlley - September 1st, 2020

I love everything about this graphic novel! Fall into a new world, full of intriguing characters, and more than a little bit of danger. But be prepared to have some questions at the end- This is just the beginning of an incredible adventure. 


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Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062873040
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Published: Harper - August 4th, 2020

A biography and history lesson rolled into one, this book is beautifully written, incredibly well researched, and full of the kind of history you didn't learn in school. Anyone who feels disconnected from their families culture will relate to Morgan as she walks back in time to trace the family traditions she grew up with back to their roots. 


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Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor Cover Image
By Layla Saad, Robin Diangelo (Foreword by)
$25.99
ISBN: 9781728209807
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Published: Sourcebooks - January 1st, 2020

This is an anti-racist workbook designed for any one with race privilege. It is just one step to take, but it will help you reflect on your past experiences with racism, and look forward to a future where you can be a better ally. I would absolutely recommend this to every person I know who is ready to put in some real work to becoming anti-racist. With a reminder that this is just the beginning because if I learned anything from this book, it is that we have so much more to do! 


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We Want Our Bodies Back: Poems Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062955289
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Published: Amistad - March 31st, 2020

Lyrical poems that will spark a lot of emotion, and maybe even a call to action. This little book is incredibly powerful! Makes for a great listen on libro.fm as well. 


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A Song of Wraiths and Ruin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062891495
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Published: Balzer + Bray - June 2nd, 2020

Immerse yourself in West African folklore with this unique high fantasy novel with amazing character development.  CAUTION! this is a twisty book that will make you fall in love with both main characters, even as they fight to kill each other. 


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The Book of Longings: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525429760
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Published: Viking - April 21st, 2020

Historical Fiction at its finest. This book will transport you back in time to Rome’s occupation of Israel, with vivid descriptions and scenery. Ana may have lived in a different age, but her longing for a life of passion, words, and choices rings true today. 


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A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings: A Year of Keeping Bees Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781524747862
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Published: Pantheon - May 5th, 2020

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Coo Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062955975
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Published: Greenwillow Books - March 3rd, 2020

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Eternal on the Water Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781439168332
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Published: Gallery Books - February 16th, 2010

Mary Fury is a character so full of wonder, I found myself wishing she wasn't fictional.  I thoroughly enjoyed the witty banter between characters, and the beautiful scenery that the author describes. Some scenes are so vivid, you feel like they have happened to you.  


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Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780062968722
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Published: HarperOne - January 7th, 2020

This is a quick read that will help you practice the art of loving yourself fully.  Kamal is a relate-able author and his story, while corny at times, rings with authenticity. 


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Six Angry Girls Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250253422
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - August 18th, 2020

A witty outlook on high school, and what it means to stand up for yourself. All 6 of the girls in this book know how to get things done! This is also a great listen on libro.fm


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The Sun Is a Compass: My 4,000-Mile Journey into the Alaskan Wilds Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316414449
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Published: Little, Brown Spark - February 25th, 2020

 Tired of adventure books about people who had no idea what they were doing? Caroline and her husband came across their share of close calls, and breath taking experiences, but there was never a doubt in my mind that they could handle anything the arctic wild threw at them. I loved Caroline's scientific descriptions of the birds they see along the way, as well as her introductions to the zany people they meet along the journey. 


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We Are Not from Here Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984812261
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Published: Philomel Books - May 19th, 2020

This book is a realistic and gritty look at what refugees face every day to find safety. Pulga, Chico, and Pequena are willing to travel thousands of miles to escape their reality in Guatemala, risking everything on the dreams they hope to find in America.  It is a must reed for teens and adults alike! 


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Things You Save in a Fire: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250622129
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - July 14th, 2020

A feel-good romance that features a hard-core female firefighter with a scaring past. Best read with a glass of wine! Reading this book gave me the same feelings as watching a really good rom-com.


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The Color Purple: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143135692
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Published: Penguin Books - December 10th, 2019

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Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780358410768
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Published: Mariner Books - October 6th, 2020

When a very wealthy man mysteriously passes away at a fundraiser auction, he leaves behind a series of clues for anyone to solve and win part of his fortune. Tuesday and a host of friends, both new and old, race to solve the puzzle. But this book is so much more!!! A murder mystery, a ghost story, a guide to being a good friend.....Its hard to pinpoint all my favorite parts of this book. Every character has a fascinating backstory, there is just a hint of magical realism, and literary references (especially to Poe) abound. 


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Half Broke: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781324003076
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 4th, 2020

Ginger's story about her life and working on a ranch in N.M. with convicts and abused horses is raw and deeply moving. I am not a horse person, but I cried reading this book. It has the kind of power to make you reconsider your life choices and where you have ended up. (In my case, how lucky I have been) Gingers relation to the land and her horses is remarkable, and I cant wait to get to see her speak again!


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A Madness of Sunshine Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780593099094
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Published: Berkley - August 25th, 2020

A terrific read, or listen on libro.fm. The author describes the landscape beautifully, bringing in the skills of the native Maori and talking about what it is like to live in poverty in a small town. This murder mystery kept me guessing until the very end.


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Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781534437678
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - October 13th, 2020

An epic high fantasy that follows several different characters, throughout different points in time as they are all set to converge on the day of a solar eclipse. The fate of all of their worlds will be decided on this day. An incredible story and great listen on libro.fm, but definitely something you have to pay attention to avoid missing important details! 


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The Barren Grounds: The Misewa Saga, Book One Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735266100
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Published: Puffin Canada - September 8th, 2020

Hatchet meets Percy Jackson in this adventure, where Cree mythology comes to life. I listened to this book on Libro.fm and loved learning how to pronounce the Cree words that I otherwise would have failed at. Another unique feature is that there are actually good foster parents! (A true rarity in middle reader books)


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Everything Comes Next: Collected and New Poems Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063013452
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 29th, 2020

An amazing collection of poetry for kids and adults. Lovers of Shel Silverstein will appreciate this clever and fun book that was sometimes so raw I found myself crying. My favorite is Museum on page 54!


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Cheeky: A Head-to-Toe Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781635574524
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - December 8th, 2020

This is a  laugh-out-load guide to loving yourself, literally warts and all. Ariella doesn't hold back any details, and everyone with a body can relate to her discoveries, from excretions to seductions. Her funky illustrations are the cherry on top!


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Find Me in Havana Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780778389361
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Published: Park Row - January 12th, 2021

A historical mystery told in a series of letters from the perspectives of Estelita and her daughter. I knew nothing about the actress Estelita Rodriguez before reading this book, but what a fascinating life! This would be good for lovers of historical fiction, or biographies. 


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Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World's Largest Owl Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374228484
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 4th, 2020

Not every scientist is very good at telling stories, but I have found that ornithologists are the exception- I loved learning about the ecology of the Russian forests, as well as the culture and people who live there. The owls themselves are fascinating too, I didn't realize there were owls this big! 


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The Midnight Bargain Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781645660071
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Published: Erewhon - October 13th, 2020

This victorian-esque fantasy is like Bridgerton with witches. An easy escape into a different life, but have no fear, there is no cliffhanger at the end of this book.