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Clea (she/her) worked at the store in the early 90s when it was at the original location down the street, where a restaurant is now located. She's another one with an eclectic taste, but mostly focuses on Science Fiction and Fantasy, while dabbling in travel adventure and really whatever catches her eye. She's currently a beginner Korean learner, so feel free to ask her about Kpop and Kdramas, too. wink

Anti-Racist Ally: An Introduction to Activism and Action By Sophie Williams Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063081352
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Published: Amistad - February 16th, 2021

Join the fight for racially marginalized people with this pocket-sized guide filled with practical insights from one of the leading voices of the movement for equality and founder of the @officialmillennialblack Instagram.

She Who Became the Sun (The Radiant Emperor Duology #1) By Shelley Parker-Chan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250621818
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Published: Tor Books - June 28th, 2022

Two-time British Fantasy Award Winner
Astounding Award Winner
Lambda Literary Award Finalist

Hugo Award Finalist
Locus Award Finalist
Otherwise Award Finalist

"Magnificent in every way."—Samantha Shannon, author of The Priory of the Orange Tree

An Unkindness of Ghosts By Rivers Solomon Cover Image
ISBN: 9781617755880
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Published: Akashic Books, Ltd. - October 3rd, 2017

A breathtaking science fiction debut from a worthy successor to Octavia Butler.

—One of Esquire magazine’s 50 Best Sci-Fi Books of All Time

“Solomon debuts with a raw distillation of slavery, feudalism, prison, and religion that kicks like rotgut moonshine . . . Stunning.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Fat By Aubrey Gordon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807014776
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Published: Beacon Press - November 16th, 2021

From the creator of Your Fat Friend and co-host of the Maintenance Phase podcast, an explosive indictment of the systemic and cultural bias facing plus-size people.

You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories about Racism By Amber Ruffin, Lacey Lamar Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538719350
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 21st, 2022

In this New York Times bestseller and Indie Next Pick from writer and performer Amber Ruffin and her older sister Lacey Lamar, the sisters banter with humor and heart as they share absurd anecdotes about everyday experiences of racism.

Apocalypse Ready: The Manual of Manuals; a Century of Panic Prevention By Taras Young Cover Image
ISBN: 9780500024317
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Published: Thames & Hudson - July 5th, 2022

An expertly curated compilation of over one hundred years of officially published, step-by-step guides on how to deal with every kind of disaster imaginable, drawn from government archives around the world.

Things I Learned from Falling: A Memoir By Claire Nelson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063070189
Published: HarperOne - June 28th, 2022

The gripping first-person account of one woman's survival in Joshua Tree National Park against the odds.

Kuma-Kuma Chan's Travels By Kazue Takahashi Cover Image
ISBN: 9781940842592
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Published: Museyon - July 1st, 2022

In the third book in the Kuma-Kuma Chan series, the title character flies off to a south sea isle where he lies in the sun and drifts into a lazy snooze. He climbs to the summit of a mountain and views the sunrise while drinking a cup of hot chocolate. Instead of physically setting out for one place or another, Kuma-Kuma travels freely all over the world—inside his head.

Pig Years By Ellyn Gaydos Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593318959
Published: Knopf - June 14th, 2022

This captivating memoir is a “startling testimony to the glories and sorrows of raising and harvesting plants and animals” (Anthony Doerr, best-selling author of All the Light We Cannot See), as an itinerant farmhand chronicles the wonders hidden within the ever-blooming seasons of life, death, and rebirth.

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All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries By Martha Wells Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765397539
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Published: Tordotcom - May 2nd, 2017

Murderbot is one of the most delightful characters ever seen upon a page. 

'I could have become a mass murderer after hacking my governor module, but then I realized I could the combined feed of entertainment channels carried on the company satellites.'

That's the opening sentence, and the deadpan humor continues throughout. And exploration of humanity by someone who absolutely has no desire to be human themselves, as well as the nature of corporate ownership and a deep mystery at the heart of the novel, All Systems Red is one of the best Science Fiction novels of the past two years.

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The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story By Douglas Preston Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455540013
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 5th, 2017

Similar in tone to David Grann's The Lost City of Z, The Lost City of the Monkey God is an incredible, true life tale from Douglas Preston, one half of Preston & Child (The Relic, Cabinet of Curiousities, etc).

Preston joins a set of on their way to find the fabled White City of Honduras. The book is filled with Characters of the larger-than-life variety, the history of Honduras, the science behind the expedition and ultimately, the journey into the Honduran jungle itself. 

What they find is amazing, as are the implications for the future of humanity. Very highly recommended as a gift book (it's non-political!).