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Braiding Sweetgrass Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571313560
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 1st, 2014

Any road trip I've ever been on, I stare out my window for hours noticing the natural elements around me: trees, cactus, wildflowers blowing in the breeze. I zone everything out around me and focus on the huge natural world around us. That's what I love most about BRAIDING SWEETGRASS. It makes the reader notice nature and begin to ask questions about where we fit into the natural world and what that relationship can look like.

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ISBN: 9781936787869
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Published: Catapult - February 5th, 2019

Luisa has a strong head on her shoulders and a penchant for more excitement and adventure in life, which is something we can all connect with. She runs away with a boy she might like to find a troupe of missing Ukranian dwarfs and planting herself on the "Beach of the Dead" in Oaxaca, which carries its own identity within the novel. Isolation and youthful obsessions permeate this mesmerizing novel.

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ISBN: 9781555978273
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 5th, 2019

A heartbreaking and honest collection about chronic mental illness and its effects on Wang. Through these essays Wang's mission is not to scare, shock, or make the reader feel sorry for her, but to create an environment where mental illness is better understood and destigmatized within our culture. An eye-opening collection of essays from a truly exceptional writer.

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Census: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062676146
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Published: Ecco - May 7th, 2019

Imagine if THE ROAD by Cormac McCarthy were pre-apocalyptic. CENSUS is a beautiful tale about a father's unconditional love for his son and his fears of letting him go.

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House of Leaves: The Remastered Full-Color Edition Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375703768
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Published: Pantheon - March 7th, 2000

Reading this as a teenager forever changed the types of books, movies, and art I fell in love with. For over ten years I've kept this on my shelf and return to it over and over, always discovering something new.

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ISBN: 9780307278739
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Published: Vintage - April 29th, 2008

Perhaps Murakami's most underated novels and my absolute favorite of his works. AFTER DARK presents an interesting set of characters all with their own secrets with only hours (literally) of events. Murakami manages to pack an entire world of mystery into this novel.

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You Should Have Left: A Novel Cover Image
By Daniel Kehlmann, Ross Benjamin (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780525432913
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Published: Vintage - June 12th, 2018

An excellent creepy little novella with echoes of THE SHINING. A screen writer, his wife, and daughter rent a house in the secluded mountains of Germany, but the house and town are not what they seem.

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Parkland: Birth of a Movement Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062882943
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Published: Harper - February 12th, 2019

Journalist Dave Cullen has written about the epidemic of school shootings for two decades. In this new book he focuses on the movement spurred by Parkland's March for Our Lives. The students' voices are what Cullen focuses on and the mission and movement they have created.

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Frida Kahlo: An Illustrated Life Cover Image
By María Hesse, Achy Obejas (Translator)
ISBN: 9781477317280
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Published: University of Texas Press - September 4th, 2018

A biography and graphic novel! Told in first-person narrative, it captures the artist at her most vulnerable and creative. Hesse has also reimagined many of Kahlo's famous paintings in a stunning and unique style. This is a beautiful piece of art!