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Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982111908
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Simon & Schuster - July 14th, 2020

At a time when the physical distance we keep may be eroding at the nexus of our friendships, this book is here to help strengthen us. Through the retelling of their own friendship, as well as examining the science and history of these cherished bonds, the authors inspire us to reach out and hold on tight to the ones who make us shine our brightest. Great as an audiobook (from!) or in print, consider reading this with your BFFs for a virtual book club.

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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781733329293
Availability: Coming soon - available for pre-order now
Published: Rebel Girls - October 13th, 2020

With bite-sized biographies, stunning art, and all the empowerment you've come to expect from the Rebel Girls series, this latest installment is sure to delight both children and adults. Profiling 100 immigrant women, this collection will broaden your worldview and instill an appreciation for the lengths these women -- and countless others -- go to on their journeys to effect change across the globe. 

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The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501173240
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Published: Scribner - January 2nd, 2018

I absolutely adore anything related to minimalism or decluttering, and I'm also a fan of Scandinavian home practices like hygge and lagom. This book ticked all the boxes for me and then some! Whether meaning to or not, Magnusson had me laughing hysterically - even while considering my own mortality and how I can lighten the burden for anyone left to "death clean" after me. It also gave me helpful talking points for starting the death cleaning process with my  elderly family members while they are still here to make their own decisions.

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The Unexpected Genius of Pigs Cover Image
ISBN: 9780008383893
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Published: HarperCollins - June 23rd, 2020

The Unexpected Genius of Pigs is an endearing, informative, and all-out fun book about one British family's experience when the two teacup piglets they adopted turned out to be enormous, earth-tilling, ear-splitting hogs. Part memoir, part scientific research, and part observation - this quick read had me considering whether or not my family had what it takes to become pig-keepers (we don't but I sure wish we did!).


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The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life Cover Image
By Julie Bogart, Susan Wise Bauer (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780143133223
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Published: TarcherPerigee - February 5th, 2019

With many schools transitioning to online learning, as well as some families choosing to homeschool amidst the pandemic, this book is an excellent and timely resource for anyone with school-aged kids. Whether you're looking for a ground-up training on building your own complete curricula, or just wanting to keep your child motivated while distance learning, Bogart offers a wealth of knowledge and experience on secular learning. I wish I could put this in the hands of every parent I know! 


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Love Poems for People with Children Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593085240
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - October 15th, 2019

Full of relatable and hilarious observations on parenting, this book had me laughing long after I'd finished it (and then recited each poem to my equally hysterical husband). With titles ranging from "I am fully aware the wheels on the bus go round and round" to "Is your sense that you will ever move out of the house?", this book is perfect for anyone in the midst of parenthood, no matter what season they find themselves in.