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Lightfall: The Girl & the Galdurian Cover Image
By Tim Probert, Tim Probert (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062990471
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Published: HarperAlley - September 1st, 2020

I was in love with this world on the first few pages. The world-building is instant yet still easy going. The art is so magical - and I especially appreciated that anxiety was physically present through a more abstract way. Readers of all ages can treasure this one. Once I sped through it I was heartbroken to see that the rest of the series is yet to be published!

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A Sand County Almanac: With Essays on Conservation from Round River Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345345059
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Published: Ballantine Books - December 12th, 1986

This book is like scripture to me. A must read for all. This book is an ode to the natural world and all the inhabit it. Leopold effortlessly takes in the world in such a profound way. Not only has this text become a staple in environmental philosophy, but it speaks to a very intimately human experience with nature. I reread this every new year.

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Olivia Cover Image
By Dorothy Strachey, André Aciman (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780143134404
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Published: Penguin Classics - June 9th, 2020

This is a delicate tale of awakened passion. An amazing novella not only for its story but for its historical importance. This coming-of-age lesbian story was first published in 1949 and was beloved.

Told through our narrator's innocence - we see how she comes into young womanhood and notices other girls around her. This Sapphic tale is so honest about love because it is the narrators first experience with it. The nature of 'first love' is truly captured in the novel.

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The Times I Knew I Was Gay Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982147105
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Published: Scribner - October 6th, 2020

This graphic novel is a refreshing read. Elanor goes into the nuances of being 'in the closet' and coming out. She shows that the journey of navigating your own self-identity is anything but a straight line (pun intended) She also references Buffy the Vampire Slayer which gives it extra points. This book is for younger and older readers alike. It is a beautiful addition to queer texts that go against previous conventions on what the queer experience looks like.

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On Bullshit Cover Image
ISBN: 9780691122946
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Published: Princeton University Press - January 30th, 2005

There is always a need to read this one. If you want to understand the philosophy and different characteristics to all the different types of lying - this is for you. This book is short but packs and punch and will make you look at the world and the media you consume with a different eye. After reading this you will be able to clock any sort of fibber - and be able to say if they were lying, misleading, or bullshitting you.

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Cemetery Boys Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250250469
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Published: Swoon Reads - September 1st, 2020

Queerness, class, and death. This story shows a rich culture through the lens of a new generation's eyes. It allows questioning of tradition while also paying deep respect to it. This story is wrapped up in fantasy elements but it never feels disconnected from our reality.

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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399184413
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 1st, 2016

I don't think it's uncommon for someone to cry while reading a book on Physics - but this is no textbook dispair!Instead this book made me emotional for an unexpected reason. Rovelli manges to cover so much ground in such a thin book - and always with a tenderness. When you read this book you'll not only learn about the laws of Physics, but gain a better appreciation for this universe we inhabit.

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Elatsoe Cover Image
By Darcie Little Badger, Rovina Cai (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781646140053
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Published: Levine Querido - August 25th, 2020

Ellie knows something's wrong. Her dead dog Kirby, whose ghost just so happens to be her companion, reacts the way he always does when something is gravly wrong. That night, Ellie has a dream where her beloved cousin comes to her. He is on his dying breath - He tells her that a man named Abe Allerton from Willowbee,TX killed him. Why Allerton did it and how Ellie can prove it is another challenge entirely...

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ISBN: 9781250171115
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Published: First Second - February 4th, 2020

This coming of age story has it all; roadkill, witchcraft, queerness, and really good friends. The story follows a young girl, Snapdragon, finding herself with the help of an old witch, her best friend Lu, her loving mother, and of course all the animals around her. Readers from 8 to 80 years old can love this.

East: 120 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Beijing [American Measurements] Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250750730
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 20th, 2020

This cookbook is a fantasic resource for staple dishes from all over Asia. It shows vegan and vegetarian meals at their most colorful. If you love curries, ramens, and all things involving rice, you'll love to have this as your refference and guide. 

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The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth: Understanding Our World and Its Ecosystems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399580413
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 18th, 2018

This book is as beautiful as it is informative. It covers all things Eath Science: from ecosystems all over the world to the way humans interact with the Earth. Readers of all ages can enjoy and learn from this one!

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Little Weirds Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316485340
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 5th, 2019

Jenny Slate shows her authentic weirld-self in this book of essays. The pages are filled with tender confessions about the most serious aspects of life to the goofiest. I found while reading this book I felt an intimacy with Slate not only for the universal experiences she touches on - even when explained in the most excentic of ways.

I knew I would love this book when I read the page that said “As the image of myself becomes sharper in my brain and more precious, I feel less afraid that someone else will erase me by denying me love.”