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Anne Fadiman's writing serves as a candid examination of a severely epileptic child's journey through a culturally unresponsive healthcare system.

A necessary and engaging read that calls into question your own understanding of the American refugee experience and assimilation.

 

Picked by Garrett

There are so many reasons to love this series, from the bizarre and irreverent gallows humor to the amazing variety of obscure mythical creatures represented; the fact that romantic love is not the only kind of love displayed or sought by the main characters; the value placed on multi-generational and non-conventional family units; the fully conceptualized female and queer characters; the insane action sequences; the witty banter, OH, THE WITTY BANTER. Did I mention the heavily-researched-and-cleverly-modified-to-make-them-even-more-appealing-but-also-terrifying-obscure-mythical-creatures? Because there are a lot of them. They are legion.

Picked by Anje

WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG TO READ THIS OH MY GOD IT'S SO GOOD.

So as I was reading Firebug, I found myself snapping pictures of parts of it to send to my girlfriend, the writing was so good. Before I was even halfway through it (about 15 pics later), she had insisted that I get her her own copy, which she proceeded to devour and demand that I get her the sequel (Pyromantic). 24 hours later, I get a text:

"Is there going to be another sequel?"

Picked by Avery

Sarah Kay is phenomenal, both on stage and on page.

She might also be the least pretentious poet I've ever read (or heard).

Picked by Avery

Looking for the perfect graduation gift for that young woman in your life, but don't want to go for the clichéd Oh, the Places You'll Go? Look no further, for Sarah Kay's The Type is the foolproof book of inspiration and affirmation with beautiful illustrations accompanying powerful words (and, you're guaranteed not to have the same gift as anyone else! Not to mention brownie points for Sarah Kay.)

Picked by Avery

Don't you hate it when you are running late for your assassination and then you stumble into a parallel universe...

Me too.

Picked by Garrett

Are you working in a stressful and/or trauma inducing environment? Do you feel your personhood is being exploited at work?

If so, have minimal fear Trauma Stewardship is here!

Van Dernoot Lipsky's and Burk's work is the quintessential guide for discovering and doing something about the emotional hardships that come from service-based work. Learn to advocate for your health, create a meaningful personal community and build solid boundaries.

Picked by Garrett

An extremely approachable overview of Nordic economic policy and Scandinavian views on the social safety net, with an excellent if brief history of the labor struggles that got them there. Though it was especially painful to read during the opening days of 2017, it ultimately served as a tangible reminder of what is possible when a society chooses to embrace solidarity over selfishness.

Picked by Anje

By far my favorite guide to NW vegetable gardening (it's the only one I continue to use). It has easy to navigate month by month breakdowns of exactly what you should be doing and what things you're able to plant. For someone with an attention span like mine, it's a no-brainer.

Picked by Anje