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Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781592407323
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Published: Avery - November 6th, 2012

This is one of the few books I frequently visit, like a good friend who I haven't seen in a long time, and we just sit down and drink tea together. It is a highly researched but deeply personal memoir about having bipolar disorder, and the fears that surface upon being diagnosed. She shares her downfalls and the coping skills she learned for them. It is a beautiful journey of finding balance, accepting the long-windedness of recovery, and the magic and familiarity of feeling good, after spending a long time being nostalgic for it.

Review by Javi

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I Left the House Today!: Comics by Cassandra Calin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524855574
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - June 2nd, 2020

I saw the title and instantly knew I wanted to read it. I'm a homebody by nature, and Cassandra Calin told me there's nothing wrong with that. Her collection of comics are comforting, funny (literally made me laugh out loud), and relatable. She makes the mundane moments seem exciting and reflective, reminding us that we don't need to be out in the world in order to have grand experiences. It is a perfect companion and reassurance for homebodies everywhere.

Review by Javi

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Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World That Wasn't Designed for You Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062876799
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Published: HarperOne - March 24th, 2020

Let's talk about being neurodivergent in a world that caters to neurotypical folks! Jenara Nerenberg was diagnosed with Autism when she was an adult. After years of being misdiagnosed herself, she was shocked to see what little research had been done about neurodivergency in women, since they are often misdiagnosed with a mood disorder or for being 'hormonal'. So, what did she do? She did her own research and wrote a book. this book reassured me of my own neurodivergency and how to survive in a world that isn't accessible to those who are neurodivergent. Neurodivergence is an actual superpower, and we deserve to be heard and seen! This book is essential for those on, off, and in between the spectrum of neurodivergency.

Review by Javi

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The House in the Cerulean Sea Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250217318
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Published: Tor Books - December 29th, 2020

You must read this book, absolutely must. I've recommended it to all of my friends who have put blood, sweat, and tears into fighting for marginalized kids. Imagine being a case manager who advocates not for human children, but for magical creatures that the human world has cast aside. The wonderful children created by TJ Klune, along with their caretakers, will make you laugh out loud while wrapping you in a warm hug with this story of finding love and healing with chosen family.

Review by Maggie

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

Oh, Murderbot. This short book is full of whirlwind experiences from the perspective of a socially awkward robot named Murderbot. Although it was designed to kill, it hacked its own government module and became fully self-aware. While on a mission with a group of eccentric scientists, Murderbot finds itself in 2 situations: 1) it really just wants to be alone and watch its soap operas and 2) they encounter something dark and mysterious, and it is up to them to figure it out. Readers will relate to the socially-awkwardness of Murderbot, but be completely drawn to the mystery surrounding the dark situations encountered. It is so compelling and addicting!

Review by Javi

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A Thousand Ships: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063065390
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Published: Harper - January 26th, 2021

“A war does not ignore half the people whose lives it touches. So why do we?”

So says Calliope, muse of epic poetry. The poet calls on her for inspiration, and in this version, she will insist he tell the stories of the women of Greece and Troy, women who were always influential in the original saga, even if from the margins.

In this retelling of the Trojan War, Natalie Haynes crafts a nonlinear narrative, weaving together the myths of queens, oracles, daughters, wives, and goddesses. I found myself tossed about from one woman’s story to another, as if on Homer’s wine-dark sea.


Review by Sarah R

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Finlay Donovan Is Killing It: A Mystery Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250241702
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Published: Minotaur Books - February 2nd, 2021

Finlay Donovan is NOT killing it. She's on the brink of losing her kids in a custody battle AND losing her book deal after months of writer's block. Her van is breaking down, her power's been shut off - nothing is going right. A conversation with her book agent to discuss her newest murder mystery novel is taken out of context and she lands herself a new job: hitman. $50,000 is just what she needs to get her life back on track, but it will mean taking someone else's.

Mistaken identities, murder, mystery, romance, the mob. . . need I say more?
WILDLY entertaining with twists and turns all the way through.


Review by Sarah B

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Spoiler Alert: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063005549
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Published: Avon - October 6th, 2020

I didn't think that there would ever be a book that merged the interests of Rainbow Rowell fans and George R.R. Martin fans, but here it is and it is delightful! 

I was rooting hard for our heroine April, a curvy geologist who writes fanfiction for a popular television show, and our hero Marcus, heartthrob and star of the aforementioned show. Secrets and toxic families are the grounding conflicts, but their happily ever after is 1,000 percent "ship" worthy!

Review by Danielle

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The Dangers of Smoking in Bed: Stories Cover Image
By Mariana Enriquez, Megan McDowell (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780593134078
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Published: Hogarth - January 12th, 2021

Mariana Enriquez brings the senses alive with her descriptions of the putrescent. Her addicting stories read like freshly unearthed urban myths and legends, full of yearning, filth and witchcraft. They make me feel gross and I love them for it. Her voice demands your attention. I haven't been this excited about a book in quite some time, and I will greedily consume anything she produces in the future.

Review by Dean

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The Tradition Cover Image
ISBN: 9781556594861
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 2nd, 2019

There's a reason why he won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2020! These poems are lovely and devastating. Beautiful and heartbreaking, of course, with titles like "Bullet Points" as a black man in America and lines like "I love a man I know I could die" as an openly gay, HIV-positive man. Read this if you want something solid and good.

Review by Emily