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Electric Arches Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781608468560
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Published: Haymarket Books - September 12th, 2017

Magnificent. Bursting with magic-realist-sci-fi imagination and ecstasy.

Author Roxanne Gay's review: "Again and again reading this collection I felt some blooming in my body, or some flock of herons batting into the air in my body, which I think was indicating something like joy at witnessing the imagination at work in these poems, the imagination borne of rigorous attention coupled with critical love. Thankfully, there's a word for all that: tenderness."


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By Cesar Aira, Nick Caistor (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811221122
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - May 30th, 2017

Surreal. But with Aira, the strange is expected and both of these novellas take huge left turns at the end. Peppered with wisdom and humour, don't take this collection too seriously and just enjoy.


Vegan for Everybody: Foolproof Plant-Based Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and In-Between Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781940352862
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Published: America's Test Kitchen - April 4th, 2017

America's Test Kitchen is great because they really do test all options for recipes; for vegan meals, it can be hard to know which substitute to use, but they explain how different dairy and meat alternatives affect the overall taste and texture of foods. There are lots of amazing vegetable recipes, and every one I've tried has been easy and delicious. 


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$15.99
ISBN: 9780060929435
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 21st, 1998

A customer recommended this to me! Thanks to her because this is a beautiful, moving book integrating celtic philosophy into a meditation on life and identity. Imagine a lovely Irish man talking to you about nature and what we sometimes forget in the modern, busy world.  As Deepak Chopra described: "A rare synthesis of philosophy, poetry and spirituality... a powerful experience for those who read it." 


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By Toni Morrison, Ta-Nehisi Coates (Foreword by)
$22.95
ISBN: 9780674976450
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Published: Harvard University Press - September 18th, 2017

"Brevity is the soul of wit." Truly, only the most accomplished writers like Ms. Morrison could tackle issues of race, representation, and classic literature in 110 pages!! Please add to your list if you have never read her--it could be a great introduction. And if you love her then you already know you need this. 


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$10.99
ISBN: 9780545540629
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Published: Graphix - September 13th, 2016

Adorable graphic novel recommended for middle grade readers about family, moving, and thinking about death (or life!)  in a new way. The characters are believable and sweet, so it's easy to like then and learn about topics like chronic illness (in this case Cystic Fibrosis) and cultural heritage (Dia de Los Muertos) with them!

More recommended books for Dia de Los Muertos and Latina characters:

  • El Libro de la Vida (The Book of Life Movie Novelization)  by Stacia Deutsch --available in Spanish----podemos ordeñar en español--
  • Uncle Monarch and the Day of the Dead by Judy Goldman and Rene Moreno
  • Esperanza Rising by Pam Ryan Muñoz--available in Spanish----podemos ordeñar en español--                                                            


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When Watched: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143128694
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Published: Penguin Books - August 9th, 2016

Stories like Core's not only address themes of love and connection without cliché but also teach readers through unique and often misunderstood vantages. Prose that will resonate with readers of any age, gender, and sexual orientation. heart


The Black Unicorn: Poems Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393312379
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 17th, 1995

Audre Lorde is official-unofficial required reading, especially in current times. A queer, black, radical poet and writer whose writing bridges gaps to the marginalized while exploring her own truths. Writing that is beautiful and primal, like forgotten incantations.


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