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In a time when it's all too easy to get overwhelmed with everything that's going on in the world, and when despair hangs like a dark cloud over us all, remembering Why and For What we make art is a constant struggle. Beth is a shining beacon and has so much wisdom -- applicable to all, not just "artists" -- to impart in this book that I couldn't help but buy several copies to share with my [artist] friends.

Picked by Avery

Julia is d/Deaf, Indian-American, and most importantly, an Amazing artist. The fact that her primary medium is spray paint and graffiti murals is beside the point. Except when she gets kicked out of her School for the Deaf for covering up a slur of her best friend and is forced to go to public school.

Gardner does all the illustrations for Julia's art and hand signs, and let me just say that they are INCREDIBLE. Julia's tenacity and refusal to be ashamed of her differences are inspiring and a much needed voice in books - YA especially.

Picked by Avery

If you're still reeling from the impact of Michelle McNamara's I'll Be Gone in the Dark, poet Maggie Nelson's even more deeply personal crime memoir, The Red Parts, is right up your alley. A devastating family portrait, a meditation on misogynistic violence, a probing exploration of the true crime genre, and a ruthless deconstruction of same. Not to be missed.

Picked by Devon

Here, friend. Be well.

Picked by Michelle

Griffith, the Seattle-based author of bestselling fantasy novel Hild, has given us a compulsive literary thriller and an important contribution to disability literature in this breathless new novel.

Picked by Kim

This is a fantastic book to bring along on a camping or road trip. The evening around the campfire will fly right by! Until it gets dark...then you have to decide if you're going to investigate that odd sound...

Picked by Rich

Nancy Blakey has lived and loved the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest her entire life. From coastal British Colombia to coastal Oregon, she knows how to fully enjoy the space where the ocean meets the land. In By the Shore, she has highlighted an amazing variety of fun and educational activities for each and every season, along with some delicious recipes for the seafood you catch yourself (with Blakey's guidance, if you need it). Full of beautiful coastal photos, helpful illustrations, and simple maps to guide your outdoor adventures, this is a nature guide that you'll use season after season, year after year.

Picked by Jayson

Howard Norman has turned out a body of always interesting work. He creates the atmosphere of an old gumshoe detective novel in this exploration of a family secret which forces itself into the open. Jacob Rigolet finds himself in the middle involving his mother's past, her connection to a famous photograph, and his own origins.

Picked by Bernie