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This is one of those books that makes us hope that a reading of the past could only inform the present more. Lyndon Johnson was an unlikely choice to be the president who could pass the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. This is the story of how that historic legislation was passed, and how Johnson was somehow able to get a few politicians to be courageous enough to vote against their political interests to do the right thing. Purdum takes you behind the scenes to see a cast of very imperfect leaders who rise to the occasion to create a moment in history.

Picked by Bernie

Moonstruck is one of the cutest graphic novels i've ever read! A super sweet romance between two werewolf girls, coffee shop shenanigans, and a fantasy adventure wrapped up in one beautiful graphica. I loved the realistic exploration of identity and all of the supporting cast! Definitely cannot wait for volume 2.

Picked by Avery

The author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House gives us the funny and fascinating science and scientists trying to bring back the beast. The best part--just why they’re doing it and how they convince the government to fund them. I won’t spoil it for you, but...Mammoths could save the world!

Picked by Michelle

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