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Pinball: A Graphic History of the Silver Ball Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250249210
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: First Second - April 5th, 2022

I preordered this book after falling in love with the Seattle Pinball Museum and it did not disappoint! This full-color history of pinball with tips and tricks is as informative as it is surprisingly inspiring.


Review by Lily

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The Magical Language of Others: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781951142278
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Tin House Books - January 19th, 2021

As children, it is so difficult to understand the decisions our parents make, or how they love us. Koh’s rediscovery and subsequent translation of her mother’s letters is the rediscovery of a mother’s love. The interspersed memories provide a hard-hitting perspective, but it is balanced by such lyrical delivery. 


Review by Madison

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Sweat: A History of Exercise Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781620402283
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - January 18th, 2022

If you care about exercise as much  as I do, which isn't much, you should still read this book. This is not a comprehensive dive into the history of exercise. And while he does explore major players and events on the fitness timeline, this is really more of a memoir/travelogue/delightful anthropological study. Bill Hayes has this amazing ability to truly connect with the people he meets. His compassion and kindness towards humankind are on full display, and lest you fear sentimentality, his dry wit and humor are here too. Complete with cameos from Oliver Sacks and RBG, this book is informative, funny, warm, and surprisingly poignant. I would read Bill Hayes write about anything...yes, even exercise. 


Review by Erin


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The Everybody Ensemble: Donkeys, Essays, and Other Pandemoniums Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374109660
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 16th, 2021

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland meets Vesper Flights in this whimsically melodic collection of animal based essays. Amy Leach and her ensemble will undoubtedly win you over with bouts of incredulous laughter and many moments of awe. If everyone should lend them an ear, we'd all  care a little more and learn a lot too. 


Review by Katelynn

$25.00
SKU: 9780935558654

Reading this book feels like strolling through an intimate and fascinating museum installation. Within are the accounts of prosecutions lobbed at both animals and inanimate objects throughout history, displaying the unreasoned masculine insistence to construct an 'ordered' world. A beautifully designed book.


Review by Dean

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Matrix: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781594634499
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Riverhead Books - September 7th, 2021

I didn't expect to care, but by the end I was crying. Not simply a character study of Marie de France, nor your average Medieval Nunnery slice of life; this epic story is also a meditation on power. Groff deftly asks readers is it better to be great than good? Do characteristics that society deem monstrous create the fortitude necessary to affect change? I don't know yet, but sapphic nuns are softly singing me to sleep, so I'll tell you in the morning. 

 


Review by Kitri

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How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316492935
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 1st, 2021

This is definitely a must read book if you are looking to expand your knowledge of slavery in the USA. Smith has carefully researched and documented the facts regarding slavery as it was rather than the pasteurized version we received in school. To quote the author:

"It must be a collective endeavor to learn, confront and reckon with the story of slavery and how it has shaped the world we live in today."

Once we embrace our past we can move forward. An excellent and thoughtful book.


Review by Sue

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American Kompromat: How the KGB Cultivated Donald Trump, and Related Tales of Sex, Greed, Power, and Treachery Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593182536
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Dutton - January 26th, 2021

Very interesting and thought provoking book. It shows the reader the tangled web of overlapping facts that all point back to potential Kompromat by Russian agents over the last decades. The greed, corruption and race for power is undeniable. It provides the answers of how America lost its moral compass, duped the public and lead us to insurrection. 


Review by Sue

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The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525560685
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Penguin Press - February 16th, 2021

This story revolves around the defeat of ISIS and the little know of the women who fought on the front lines, street by street, commanded units of not just women but men as well. These women demanded equality and justice. Their example demonstrates that women are capable of fighting for the equality of all persons. Their courage is inspirational, their fight for what is right for all of humanity. 


Review by Sue

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