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$14.99
ISBN: 9781939905178
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Published: Word Horde - February 15th, 2016

If Llewellyn’s collection of short stories was a dating profile it might read: 

Goth seeks kinky Aquarius who’s probably weirder than you. Into horror, Lovecraft and long, sullen silences while staring deeply into your soul. A keen sense for short stories and the unexpected is a plus. 

This you? If so, I’d definitely recommend checking out this collection weird and horrifying shorts.  
 



Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780544947122
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Published: Eamon Dolan/Mariner Books - May 9th, 2017

While some might decry Herman’s book as just another bougie art criticism or preachy self-help book, it really is neither.

Visual Intelligence isn’t asking you solve a specific problem in your life...Herman just offers exercises to get you to examine and expand the way you view the world, all in turn making you a more perceptive, better listening and more empathetic individual. 

I highly recommend this book. 
 



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$17.00
ISBN: 9780553447453
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Published: Broadway Books - February 28th, 2017

Given the rise of inequality, rent and racial homogeneity in the Seattle area, Desmond's Milwaukee narratives aren't far off from the bleak housing experience thousands have in Seattle on a daily basis. 

A  must read if you enjoy being dailed into reality. 



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$14.95
ISBN: 9781941040539
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Published: Tin House Books - February 14th, 2017

[After reading There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce] I feel like I took a trip that I have yet to come back from.

Even if you haven't had a quarter of the life experiences detailed in her book, all of y'all sensitive people will invariably be overcome with emotion. Parker's writing straddles that unique borderland between good writing and therapy.



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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374533403
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 24th, 2012

Anne Fadiman's writing serves as a candid examination of a severely epileptic child's journey through a culturally unresponsive healthcare system.

A necessary and engaging read that calls into question your own understanding of the American refugee experience and assimilation.

 



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$18.00
ISBN: 9780307476463
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Published: Vintage Books - January 22nd, 2013

Don't you hate it when you are running late for your assassination and then you stumble into a parallel universe...

Me too.



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Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781576759448
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Published: Berrett-Koehler Publishers - May 2009

Are you working in a stressful and/or trauma inducing environment? Do you feel your personhood is being exploited at work?

If so, have minimal fear Trauma Stewardship is here!

Van Dernoot Lipsky's and Burk's work is the quintessential guide for discovering and doing something about the emotional hardships that come from service-based work. Learn to advocate for your health, create a meaningful personal community and build solid boundaries.



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Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780312425845
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Published: Picador USA - April 18th, 2006

“What should I tell you? Death is more just than anything else in the world: no can escape it.”

Nothing quite like real life to ground you and Svetlana Alexievich’s collected Chernobyl narratives are just that: grounding.

This also happens to be the best and most emotionally charged nonfiction I have ever read.

 



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The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming Cover Image
By Masanobu Fukuoka, Larry Korn (Translator), Wendell Berry (Preface by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590173138
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Published: New York Review of Books - June 2nd, 2009

My man, Masanobu Fukuoka, laments the rise of industrialized multi-national agriculture and advocates for a return-to-the-basics way of living with nature. Following Fukuoka’s philosophy allows someone to roll with the punches in an increasingly complex and stress filled society.

 

My man indeed.



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Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ Cover Image
By Giulia Enders, Jill Enders (Illustrator), David Shaw (Translator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781771641494
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Published: Greystone Books - May 24th, 2015

Thorough as the 4.5 miles of small intestines inside your body in your body right now! --This nifty book explores every nook and cranny of the human digestive system in unabashed and easy-reading detail. With microbiome research big in the science community there’s no better time than the present to learn about your gut. Do yourself a solid (bowel movement)! And get this book.



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Hitler: Ascent, 1889-1939 Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780385354387
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 6th, 2016

Though his subject may be beaten like a dead horse, Ullrich’s composition is much more akin to a live -bucking horse. Drawing on a wide spectrum of scholarly text, propaganda and anecdotes Ullrich sets out to extinguish the half-truths and urban legends surrounding the evil dictator’s rise all the while highlighting the more “human” and fallible qualities of Hitler's  pre and post WWI life. Overall, this biography accomplishes its goal and is thought provoking enough to make you question your own relationship with today's socio-political environment.



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$22.95
ISBN: 9781770461987
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Published: Drawn & Quarterly - April 28th, 2015

Perfect for the person in your life with unresolved teen angst! Maybe that’s you, maybe it isn’t, either way Tamaki weaves smart dialogue, snarky jokes and multiple storylines to produce an effective graphic novel that prods at sexuality, depression, immortality, and D+D. Ugh! It’s so good.



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$24.99
ISBN: 9781606997406
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Published: Fantagraphics Books - August 3rd, 2014

A book that makes you smile and weep with smiley-weepy feelings. Eleanor Davis reflects the vivacity of human experience in one of the most unique and beautiful examples of illustration I have ever seen. Her work rivals that of Jillian Tamaki and Rebecca Sugar.



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$18.99
ISBN: 9781585426508
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Published: Tarcher - August 21st, 2008

Donna Eden combines massage, acupressure and mind-body theory in this alternative medicine classic. Through the manipulation of points on your body Eden's techniques will help you feel better. Read it all the way through or peruse the exercises, either way the book works.



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Feed Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780763662622
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - July 17th, 2012

In a dystopian future school is trademarked, the moon is a sucky place to visit and most everybody has an implant which allows for a 24/7 stream of internet to the brain.

Anderson weaves clever satire and humorous dialouge leaving the reader with a foreboding sense of "this might be where we're headed".



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This One Summer Cover Image
By Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator), Mariko Tamaki
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596437746
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Published: First Second - May 6th, 2014

A relatable slice-of-life piece about growing up, family dysfunction and summer time. Like a pint of your favorite Ben and Jerry's: it's done in one sitting.