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Under the Whispering Door By TJ Klune Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250217349
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Tor Books - September 21st, 2021

This book...oh goodness, this book! One second Charons Crossing will lure you in with its quirky characters, slapstick humor and calm contemplation of life (and afterlife) philosophies. You and your curiosity will be content to cozy up by the fire with the perfect cup of tea, watching ghostly mysteries unfold. Then BAM--you'll find yourself crying on the couch, eating a sorrow-baked scone and checking in with loved ones. The power of this story will sneak up on you much like a visit from The Manager, but the importance of the human challenges it shines a gentle, considerate light on cannot be overstated.


Review by Katelynn

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Nobody's Normal: How Culture Created the Stigma of Mental Illness By Roy Richard Grinker Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780393531640
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 26th, 2021

A fascinating history of the cultural stigma of mental illness that simultaneously provides a history of psychiatry, psychology and the creation of the DSM, among other things. While reading this book I constantly had the urge to turn to the person next to me and exclaim, "Wow! Listen to this!" Grinker provides a detailed global history of mental illness and how various cultures have dealt with it. From the creation of asylums to the employment of autistic individuals, Grinker has authored an empathetic overview of his subject with much to mull over as we become more accepting of those that may be different from ourselves. We're all on the spectrum!



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The Last True Poets of the Sea By Julia Drake Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368048088
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2019

I wanted to hug these characters and never let go; live out my life on these salty shores, in the tiny shops; claim the metaphors as my own, never thinking of happy moments as anything other than pebbles on my own beach.  Julia Drake expertly captures the precious and painful experiences of family, friendship, and love in a net of small town lore, diverse journeys toward mental health, and some of the most beautifully poetic lines I've ever read. Simply put, The Last True Poets of the Sea made me ache for an understanding I didn’t know I needed.


Review by Katelynn

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You Have the Right to Remain Fat By Virgie Tovar Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781936932313
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Feminist Press - August 14th, 2018

When I was 13 a cool older girl at school gave me a silk screened patch that said "RIOT NOT DIET". I promptly sewed it onto my backpack and never looked back. Reading this book is the literary equivalent of a cool older girl giving you that patch. 

Everyone needs to read this, particularly all the people who believe they don't need to. Trust me, you do.


Review by Anje