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Akata Witch (The Nsibidi Scripts #1) By Nnedi Okorafor Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780142420911
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Published: Speak - July 11th, 2017

Join 12 year old Sunny Nwazue as she uncovers her hidden magical abilities, gets inducted into a secret society where knowledge truly is power, and boldly faces off against all of the dark creatures the spirit world throws at her. Oh, and eats lots of fufu and egusi soup. Honestly, what's a good fantasy series without incredible feasts?


Review by Anje

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Boundless By Jillian Tamaki Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781770462878
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - May 30th, 2017

From the secret history of a hallucinogenic sound file to pornographic sitcoms, direct-sales pyramid schemes and Mirror Facebook, this inventive, experimental collection explores the impact of technology, media and capitalism on how we think and feel, while demonstrating that Jillian Tamaki is one of the greatest comics artists working today.


Review by Stephen

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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body By Roxane Gay Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062420718
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 12th, 2018

This is a raw and intimate account of one's relationship to the context of one's body. Gay lays herself bare as she explores the 'why' of her body, all the while forcing the reader (at least this one) to do the same. An amazing read for anyone currently residing in a body.



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Queer: A Graphic History (Graphic Guides) By Meg-John Barker, Jules Scheele (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Meg-John Barker, Jules Scheele (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781785780714
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Published: Icon Books - September 8th, 2016

The reclamation of the word "Queer" has miffed some and confused other. "Isn't that a derogatory slur?" some have asked, "If you are not gay or straight what else can you been??" Consider this book an accessible intro to gender and Queer theory. Come out wherever you are!



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You & a Bike & a Road By Eleanor Davis Cover Image
$12.00
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ISBN: 9781927668405
Published: Koyama Press - May 16th, 2017

Eleanor Davis draws comics the way that regular people form sentences. She drew this travel diary on a cross-country bike trip, and the entries range from spare doodles of her progress or aching knees to finely rendered moments of heartbreaking beauty. 


Review by Stephen

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Mz N: the serial: A Poem-in-Episodes By Maureen N. McLane Cover Image
$16.00
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ISBN: 9780374537050
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 2nd, 2017

"Not a novel, not a memoir, not a lyric" — whatever this book is, it's a fiercely intelligent and sharply funny exploration of a woman's emotional and intellectual development that will have you running to keep up.


Review by Stephen

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October: The Story of the Russian Revolution By China Miéville Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781784782788
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Published: Verso - May 22nd, 2018

The Russian Revolution is one of the defining events of modern history, and sci-fi author China Miéville has turned its tumultuous, hopeful, and ultimately tragic build-up into a thrilling and fascinating page-turner.


Review by Stephen

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Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions By Valeria Luiselli, Jon Lee Anderson (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Valeria Luiselli, Jon Lee Anderson (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781566894951
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Coffee House Press - April 4th, 2017

A heartbreaking look at the struggle of undocumented migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexican border. Drawing on stories she heard as a volunteer interpreter, Luiselli reveals the suffering and exploitation at the heart of an arbitrarily cruel border policy.


Review by Stephen

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The Hate U Give: A Printz Honor Winner By Angie Thomas, Amandla Stenberg (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Angie Thomas, Amandla Stenberg (Foreword by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

When Starr Carter sees her friend Khalil murdered by the police, she is forced to choose between staying silent and protecting her family, or speaking up and fighting for Khalil's memory. All of the difficult questions that come up in this book are carefully considered, with love, hope, humor, and courage. If you're feeling understandably discouraged by our ongoing nightmare political reality, pick up this book and let Starr and her family, friends, and community remind you of the the stakes of both winning and losing.


Review by Christina

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The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories: 75th-Anniversary Edition (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) By Angela Carter, Kelly Link (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Angela Carter, Kelly Link (Introduction by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143107613
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Published: Penguin Classics - May 26th, 2015

With bold vision and glittering prose Carter brings us her own reteling of classic fables such as Bluebeard and Little Red Ridinghood. Simply captivating! With roaring sensuality we are carted straight to the dark mythic heart of these tales, made all the more beautiful by Carter's care and craft. It's not wonder she has gone on to inspire such authors as Emma Donaghue and Sarah Waters (go check them out as well!). Put on your warmest cloak, find a quiet wood, and enjoy.



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