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Smothermoss By Alisa Alering Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781959030584
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Published: Tin House Books - July 16th, 2024

I read this in two days, I was completely riveted! Two sisters live in rural Appalachia in the 1980s. One is a spit-fire, with an imagination that often gets her in trouble. The other is observant and calculative, dreaming of what her life would be somewhere else. But when two hikers are murdered on the Appalachian trail, the sisters' lives are changed in mysterious and supernatural ways. Not only do we follow the stories of these young girls nestled deep in the woods, but the mountains themselves have their own tale to tell ...

Key themes of this book are southern gothic horror, coming-of-age, Appalachia folklore, and human connection to nature. This book will make you think about it when you're not reading, I know I still am!


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Dalmartian: A Mars Rover's Story By Lucy Ruth Cummins, Lucy Ruth Cummins (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781665911955
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 7th, 2024

An intergalactic guest gets left behind on earth, but Stephen immediately accepts the guest and gives them a place to stay (and bacon). But when the adventures are done and the guest returns to space, they re-imagine what "home" means, and where it is...

I absolutely LOVED the illustrations of this book. Such a sweet and sometimes silly story about making friends.


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Floating Hotel By Grace Curtis Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780756419301
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Published: DAW - March 19th, 2024

The Grand Abeona Hotel circles the galaxy, providing a luxurious stay for its guests. Each member of the staff, out-cast from their home planets and families in their own ways, contribute collectively to the hotel's success. But now, political turmoil is brewing aboard, guests are acting strangely (murderously?), and someone is sending love notes to everyone...what can it mean? This is a delightful read, one that can be easily picked up and enjoyed. The characters are unique and have their own stories to uncover, as does the spaceship itself...


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A Year of Last Things: Poems By Michael Ondaatje Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593801567
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Published: Knopf - March 19th, 2024

A memory, a moment, never really ends, and in this poetry collection Ondaatje explores these echoes of time. The poems and lyrical prose are homages to places, people, and versions of the poet himself, and what it means to reflect on and outgrow your memories.


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A Flicker of Hope: A Story of Migration By Cynthia Harmony, Devon Holzwarth (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Cynthia Harmony, Devon Holzwarth (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593525760
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - February 27th, 2024

Lucia's father is like the monarch butterflies: he too must travel north from Mexico every year. And while Lucia misses him very much, she sings his songs and it feels like he and the butterflies are always with her. A touching story about two types of migration with lovely illustrations, Spanish vocabulary to learn, and information on how to help the monarch butterflies on their journey!


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The Berry Pickers: A Novel By Amanda Peters Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781646221950
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Published: Catapult - October 31st, 2023

This is one of my top books from 2023! An indigenous family from Nova Scotia travels to Maine every summer to harvest blueberries, but when the main character's sister goes missing during a pick, the family must leave without their daughter and live with her absence-- especially Joe, her older brother. Told through the perspective of Joe and a second character named Norma, this book is full of emotion and questions what it means to inherit memories from your family (and what to do with them after). The tension between Joe and Norma, characters who have never met but seem destined to, propelled me through this novel!


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A Strange and Stubborn Endurance (The Tithenai Chronicles #1) By Foz Meadows Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250829290
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Published: Tor Books - September 19th, 2023

Full of great world-building and a compelling queer romance, I had a hard time putting this one down! Follow Vel and Cae as they navigate court intrigue, societal norms, and new-found love.


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Rebecca By Daphne du Maurier Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316575201
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 5th, 2023

"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again." The opening line of this book is such a hook! By twist of fate, the protagonist is brought into a world haunted by its late lady (you can decide if it's literally...) Subtly thrilling, with hints of romance and intrigue. Uncover the mystery of Manderley manor and you'll be dreaming of it too!


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Baking Yesteryear: The Best Recipes from the 1900s to the 1980s By B. Dylan Hollis Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780744080049
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Published: DK - July 25th, 2023

He's prolific on social media, since that's where he started making these vintage recipes. He has a distinct, sassy voice and is continuing to keep these iconic foods of the 1900s on people's radars in the 21st century!


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Poet Warrior: A Memoir By Joy Harjo Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781324022015
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 9th, 2022

I really enjoyed the genre-bending in this memoir. Harjo uses ode-like poems of Native American mythology to connect her experiences together, weaving a beautiful narrative of pain, joy and rage. Harjo continues to be one of my favs!


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Berry Song (Caldecott Honor Book) By Michaela Goade Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316494175
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 19th, 2022

This book is for adults as much as it is for kids. The artwork is absolutely splendid, with fold-out pages and a loving story about harvesting from the earth with compassion and reverence. It's also fun to learn about the wild foods you can forage out in the woods!


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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood By Trevor Noah Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780399588198
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Published: One World - February 12th, 2019

Well-known comedian Trevor Noah brings readers in close to show them his experience of growing up in South Africa during apartheid as a mixed race youth. Very eye-opening. I watch his stand up shows a little differently now!


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Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel By Jesmyn Ward Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501126079
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Published: Scribner - May 8th, 2018

This book is an artful and modern retelling of Toni Morrison's "Beloved." Jojo begins to see the ghost of a boy who claims to know his grandfather and is yanked into a narrative that has spanned over generations. It's jaw-dropping, tear-inducing, and overall an incredible tale of ancestry and inheritance of memory.


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Good Morning, Midnight: A Novel By Lily Brooks-Dalton Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812988192
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - July 4th, 2017

A researcher in the arctic must choose to stay behind with his work, or evacuate when an apocalyptic crisis occurs. He stubbornly remains at the research base, only to realize a young girl was left behind during the chaos. Together, they must find a way back to civilization (or what is left of it). I would describe this novel as sentimental survival: the ending will make you want to reread the entire book right away!


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Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants By Robin Wall Kimmerer Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781571313560
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Published: Milkweed Editions - August 11th, 2015

A poignant book that asks you to read slow to soak up the info. Kimmerer creates a dialogue between plant bodies, people bodies, and Earth. How do we honor the land and ourselves?


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The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts (Vintage International) By Maxine Hong Kingston Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780679721888
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Published: Vintage - April 23rd, 1989

In the best possible way, this book reads like fiction. Kingston recalls her childhood through Chinese mythology, family folklore, and her own concocted fables. This is an inspiring and thought-provoking read!