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“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.” - George R.R. Martin

 

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Stoner Cover Image
By John Williams, John McGahern (Introduction by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781590171998
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Published: NYRB Classics - June 20th, 2006

First published around the 1960's, this American classic fell under the radar in favor of other well known authors that hit the mainstream.  Recognized by the New York Review of Books, Stoner garnered the accolades in 2014 and finally got the attention it deserved.  Basic plot of a farmer turned educator named William Stoner, it's about life and death, examining one's own mortality, measurements of success and failures, and many other layers of a multitude of themes.  This is that one novel that is meant to be meditated over and to ponder life's questions after reading.


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$16.00
ISBN: 9780802125347
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Published: Grove Press - July 4th, 2016

Before there was Jackie Collins and trashy reality shows, there was the scandalous classic Valley of the Dolls!  Take a nostalgic look into the pop culture appreciation of a coke fueled industry of the entertainment biz that includes booze and pills (slang for dolls) as three women lose their innocence to fame and fortune and sell their souls in the process.  Expect classic catfights, quotable lines, and more cheese than a Domino's Pizza.  So take a road down memory lane with this original soap opera drama and don't feel ashamed from the several lines you've snorted, inhaled, smoked or ingested in an alcohol soaked stupor.


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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525657743
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Published: Knopf - April 20th, 2021

Japanese Breakfast frontwoman Michelle Zauner pens a memoir and tribute to her late mother via their connection with the Korean grocery chain H-Mart.  Viewed as a love letter to her Korean mother as both an immigrant and strict maternal figure, Zauner provides an honest portrait of the cultural conflicts children of Asian parents undergo as they wish to adapt to Westernized culture.  A dedication to food and family, this is one biography to read!


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This Is Not a Book About Benedict Cumberbatch: The Joy of Loving Something--Anything--Like Your Life Depends On It Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593421918
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 31st, 2022

A quirky compliation of essays dedicated to the actor, Benedict Cumberbatch, that pays tribute to things we enjoy and love and how our interests gives us a sense of purpose and meaning.  A worthwhile read!


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$18.99
ISBN: 9780063049895
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Published: Ecco - June 7th, 2022

Amazing short story compilation of the Cambodian American experience from the late author.  Sadly, it would have been wonderful to see more of his work if he hadn't passed away.


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Still Just a Geek: An Annotated Memoir Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780063080478
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Published: William Morrow - April 12th, 2022

Former child actor and self professed geek reveals all his follow-up memoir.


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$27.99
ISBN: 9781335426895
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Published: Hanover Square Press - July 5th, 2022

A bit of Carl Hiassen can be seen in this Florida dark comedy.  When a social media crime goes viral for felon, Jamie, she agrees to do community service at a monkey reserve operated by a group of eccentric women. What she uncovers is even more illegal leading to a series of unfortunatel events.  Even Tiger King's Joe Exotic blurbed that he loved it!


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$27.99
ISBN: 9780063218017
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Published: William Morrow - July 12th, 2022

Daisy Jones and the Six meets How to Build a Girl in this fictional novel of the groupie lifestyle set during 1977.  After the death of her mother, aspiring photographer Faun meets her best friend, Josie, a struggling model, in Los Angeles.  Josie's involvement with the frontman of a popular rock band will lead Faun into a world of sex, drugs, rock and roll, and even tragedy into this fictional world of fame and decadence that will both fascinate and warn readers in this wild fable.


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$28.00
ISBN: 9780593315415
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Published: Anchor - February 1st, 2022

Author Brendan Slocumb incorporates some of his personal experiences as a classical musician and POC in this fictional novel of black history set against the classical symphonic industry.  Protagonist Ray is an African American violinist who discovers his instrument is a rare Stradivarius that has been passed down to through his family.  After it is stolen and held for ransom, he uncovers a history connecting his ancestors to their original slaveowners and the understands the struggles and hardships others like him face in a society that is against people of color.  The novel tackles many social themes such racism, bigotry, and prejudice and the obstacles for African Americans trying to break through the glass ceiling of other industries in this fictional but true account of what happening in the world today.


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$18.00
ISBN: 9780593133385
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Published: One World - October 5th, 2021

Trans author Torrey Peters pens a personal but thought-provoking novel centered around the transgendered community.  After Reese, a trans woman, breaks up with her trans girlfriend, Amy, she discovers that her ex is in the process of detransitioning from Amy to Ames, a cis-maie.  Complicating the situation is Ames impregnating his lover, Katrina, leading to a very, awkward but messy situation.  Told in various times in their relationship, readers get a glimpse into the difficult dynamics and struggles trans individuals undergo that is emotionally moving and unapologetic.


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$17.99
ISBN: 9780316379373
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Published: Orbit - May 29th, 2018

After her older sister went missing in a mockumentary film project over the Mariana Trench seven years ago, scientist Victoria Stewart and a crew go on expedition to investigate.  What they find is more shocking and horrifying that lies hungry beneath the murky depths that goes against the folklore of beautiful, mythical sea creatures.


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ISBN: 9781728206141
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Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca - July 7th, 2020

The son of famous musicians and an uptight lawyer meet and try to make it work to see if each other is 'boyfriend material'.  A cute, fun M/M rom-com that wlll appeal to fans of Red, White & Royal Blue and The Charm Offensive.


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$17.99
ISBN: 9780778311973
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Published: Park Row - February 22nd, 2022

A secret apothecary during Victorian England brings a female chemist and a modern day history professor together as they examine vials of dangerous concoctions that are administered to men who have wronged women.  Secrets both in the past and present are exposed in this historical fiction novel.


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The Kitchen Front: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593158814
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 22nd, 2022

During World World War 2, war rations have made four British women financially strapped.  Enter a radio contest called 'The Kitchen Front' that grants the winner a cash prize and a hosting gig as a featured baker.  Friendships and a bond are formed between the quartet as they navigate through their personal troubles.


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The Dud Avocado Cover Image
By Elaine Dundy, Terry Teachout (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590172322
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Published: NYRB Classics - June 5th, 2007

Sex and the City has nothing on 1950's Sally Jay Gorce, the bohemian protagonist of The Dud Avacado.  Scandalous for its time because 'good girls don't do such things', this American girl goes off to Paris and does everything she is not supposed to do as she shocks the straight laced June Cleaver/Donna Reed housewives and church ladies of her generation.


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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and But Gentlemen Marry Brunettes Cover Image
By Anita Loos, Ralph Barton (Illustrator), Regina Barreca (Introduction by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780141180694
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Published: Penguin Classics - September 1st, 1998

The classic 1925 gold digging flapper Lorelei Lee (played by nostalgic Marilyn Monroe in the film adaption) is brought to life in its original novel and her zany adventures alongside her best friend, Dorothy.  From attempting to land a rich husband to getting involved with some madcap characters, this comical archetype is truly memorable.


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The Other Black Girl: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982160142
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Published: Atria Books - June 7th, 2022

Satire and social themes collide in this story of the only woman of color being slowly destroyed by a coworker.  Nella Rogers, the sole African American female employee, works for a huge publishing company.  When another coworker and POC is hired, she begins to question this new employee's motivations as passive aggressions, manipulations, and even a larger conspiracy begins to take root within the office.  Humor and parody are touched upon that reflect the harsh realities of our society.


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$16.99
ISBN: 9780358627982
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Published: Mariner Books - January 18th, 2022

Starbucks manager Darren is plucked from his minimum wage job and introduced to the world of corporate sales. As he rises in the ranks and becomes the successful token 'Black Buck', he loses his soul in the process making him realize what is truly important to him.  A socio-political work of fiction that reflects the harsh realities POC undergo in the high finance industry.


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ISBN: 9780316154895
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Published: Back Bay Books - March 5th, 2019

I'll admit I'm bias on this one since this is from Luis Alberto Urrea, a local San Diego author from California. (Southern Cali native here!).  This amazing literary piece details the experienes of a Mexican-American family and at the epicenter a dying patriarch who gathers all his loved ones together at his SoCal home.  From there we learn more about the plight of immigrants, culture, and traditions that mixes heritage and Hispanic/Latinx pride.


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The Bad Muslim Discount: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984897411
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Published: Anchor - January 11th, 2022

The lives of two different people of Islamic faith intertwine as they arrive in America and experience struggles, conflicts and independence.  Anvar from Pakistan assimilates into Westernized culture while shocking his very conservative, traditional family.  Safwa, an Afghan refugee, faces hardships upon arrival.  The pair will eventually meet changing their world views and their lives.  Funny, eye-opening and truthful to the struggles of Muslim immigrants, two perspectives are shown that give a different point of view of a culture and religion affected by the aftermath of 9/11.


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Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062645111
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 6th, 2018

Indian-British Nikki has always followed her life path, much to the chagrin of her traditional mother.  After losing her job at a bar, she reluctantly agrees to a teaching job at a community center of her Sihk cutlure, educating punjabi widows in English.  However, they have a secret.  They have grasp of the language and have been penning scandalous, sexy romance stories.  Now this is a big no-no since the male leaders are strict and frown upon such things.  It's up to Nikki to protect these women and give them the freedom to express themselves in this humorous women's fiction mixed with a litte mystery.


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Out of the Blue Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063015203
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Published: HarperTeen - May 31st, 2022

The Little Mermaid retold with a contemporary queer perspective in this LGBTAQ+ young adult novel!


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$7.99
ISBN: 9780062970619
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Published: HarperCollins - July 5th, 2022

Enjoyable middle reader read examining what it is like to feel like an outsider in the world with a sci-fi element.


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Of Salt and Shore Cover Image
By Annet Schaap, Laura Watkinson (Translated by)
$10.99
ISBN: 9781623543440
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Published: Charlesbridge - June 21st, 2022

Translated from Dutch, this old fashioned style classic prose tells the story of Lampie, a lightkeeper's daughter, who is blamed for a shipwreck during a heavy storm and is forced to work in a gothic house. There she meets and befriends several mystical creatures who assist her on her fantastical journey.  Themes of friendship, family, hardship, freedom and courage are explored.


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Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow: A novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593321201
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Published: Knopf - July 5th, 2022

Taking from a Shakespeare quote, the novel looks at themes of relationships, love, family, careers, education, cooperation, and many other topics.  At the heart are two characters, Sam and Sadie, childhood friends who reunite as adults and create a popular online videogame that becomes a blockbuster hit.  The novel references plenty of terms in the gaming industry but readers can easily pick up the details based on the information that Zevin provides.  From friends and business partners, the pair share a deep connection that transcends anything romantic.  Furthermore, the story examines the journey of navigating the corporate world while searching for some pathway and meaning in the characters' lives as described by Zevin's amazing prose and she did with the The Life of A. J. Fikry


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A Little Bit Country Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063085657
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Published: Balzer + Bray - June 7th, 2022

A country icon (loosely based on Dolly Parton) serves as the backdrop for a theme park where a gay aspiring country singer and a closeted teen meet, fall in love and discover their truths and family legacies.


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ISBN: 9780593468838
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Published: Anchor - September 13th, 2022

Fantasy and magical realism meet as two estranged artist siblings come to terms with legacy as a descendant of Baba Yaga.  A story within a story, it is a story of folklore, culture, heritage, and celebration of Russian/Slavic Jewish history.  Told in beautiful prose, the novel honors storytelling via metaphors and symbolisms.


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Wired for Love: A Neuroscientist's Journey Through Romance, Loss, and the Essence of Human Connection Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250790606
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 5th, 2022

The study of exploring love has puzzled the scientific community for decades.  Neuroscientist Dr. Stephanie Cacioppo explores the matter via the synaptic connections of the brain, the hormonal chemistry of the body, and the social connections humans make with one another in terms of attraction, emotions, and interpersonal interactions.  Comparing her relationship with her late husband, Dr. Cacioppo provides insight into the complex inner workings of the nature of love, romance, and deeper relationships among people.


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ISBN: 9780778311898
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Published: Mira Books - April 26th, 2022

A fun, M/M rom-com set against the political area of a presential campaign.  Political consultant Thom and tech analyst Clay meet and cause a social media scandal that jeopardizes their client's image.  To save face, the pair fake an LGBT relationship in order to gain support for their nominee but soon develop feelings for one another.  Now the question is can they keep up this charade before things become all too real?  The typical enemies to lovers trope make this an enjoyable romance to read!


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$15.99
ISBN: 9780857669667
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Published: Angry Robot - February 8th, 2022

Less on the world building, more on the action.  An intergalactic conflict pulls a Saphhic gunslinger and a rebel warrior into a partnership to save the universe.


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ISBN: 9780385544825
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Published: Doubleday - May 10th, 2022

An African safari goes wrong for 1960's famed actress Katie Barstow and her party as she and her group are abducted and held for ransom.  As Katie tries to solve the reason for her kidnapping, the novel jumps back and forth between her life as a working Hollywood actress, her fame, and aftermath of her life during her present situation.  From there, it is necessary for her to endure her captivity to ensure her survival of her ordeal.  Reflective of the political and economic turmoil occurring in the Congo at the time, this historical fiction piece mixes a blend of a page-turning thriller with important facts of the past era.


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The Diamond Eye: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062943514
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Published: William Morrow - March 29th, 2022

Loosely based on the life of Lyudmilla Pavlichenko, the 'Lady Death', of her Soviet battalion, Mila Pavlichenko served her country as an assassin sniper taking out hundreds of Nazis on the battlefield.  Feared by her enemies and admired by some including Eleanor Roosevelt, Mila was first and foremost a woman, a wife, and dedicated patriot to her homeland.  Author Kate Quinn pieces together her humble beginnings from a simple village girl in the Ukraine to a fierce warrior on the battlefield that the public saw as both Satan and Saint during World War 2 in this historical fiction novel.


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ISBN: 9781982144418
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Published: Scribner - May 3rd, 2022

In 1977, a logging family struggles with interference from corporations, environmental changes, and the transformation of the industry becoming obsolete in this literary fiction that is perfect for book clubs.


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The Sign for Home: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982175955
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Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - April 5th, 2022

Sweet, lighthearted novel told from the perspective of an ASL interpreter.  Arlo, a deafblind, young man and raised in a Jehovah's Witnessed household attends disability institute and befriends his gay translator and Belgian caretaker and tries to adapt to the world.  When he develops an infatuation for another student, it puts a plan into motion for him to finally gain some independence and adventure in his life and not be stifled by his disability.  Fans of Eleanor Oliphant , The Rosie Project, Ginny Moon, and The Invislble Life of Ivan Isaenko will fall in love with Arlo as he learns to navigate the world around him.


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$17.99
ISBN: 9781338629149
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Published: Scholastic Press - June 28th, 2022

Usually, Gordon Korman's coming of age books knows the right balance of humor mixed with a good life lesson that young readers can relate to.  In Fort, he takes a more serious turn focusing on four boys from a small town that is devastated by a recent hurricane disaster.  After discovering a secret bunker, the 'fort' in question, complete with a television and electricity, it becomes their secret sanctuary especially for one character who is struggling with an abusive household.  Combining social themes, friendship, and pre-adolescent struggles, this middle reader is perfect for the advanced reader to be exposed to the harsh realities of life.


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ISBN: 9780316276726
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 8th, 2022

Growing up in Riverview, Kentucky, Aubrey and Joel are closest of friends in their tiny town.  After Joel mysteriously disappears, suspicions fall into different motives from bullying, racism, and shared secrets that only Aubrey knows. Together with some locals, they go on a search to find him which leads to their own self-discovery about themselves.  Mirroring King and the Dragonflies, this middle reader tackles LGBT+  themes and challenges the importance of friendship.


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The Exiles: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062356338
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Published: Custom House - July 6th, 2021

Shame and persecution affect a trio of women during the Victorian era as a disgraced governess and a utensil thief are exiled to a penal colony in Australia.  There they will meet an aboriginal girl forced into Christianity.  Their lives will intertwine as they will brave and survive the savage lands in this historical fiction novel.


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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781492671527
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 7th, 2019

A bill promoted by Eleanor Roosevelt in the 30's brought literacy to the rural areas of America.  One such librarian travels by horseback and brings books and friendship to the 'blue people of Kentucky' (a real life hillbilly folk that carried a rare genetic disorder where the melanin of their skin had a dark or blueish hue).  As she assists in their reading, she is met with opposition from the supertitious and racist townsfolk.  Taken from true events, this fiction read reflects a part of American history no one knows about.


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The World According to Color: A Cultural History Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250278517
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Published: St. Martin's Press - April 12th, 2022

Blending history, sociology, meditation, psychology, and science, this nonfiction read observes the color spectrum on all aspects.  From the symbols and metaphors each color represents to their impact on religion, history, politics, and art, author James Fox describes these hues from the individual perspective, the interpretations, and its influence in major events.  This is a fascinating read on how color impacts us all as a society and how it affects everything in our reality to the metaphysical.


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The Queens' English: The LGBTQIA+ Dictionary of Lingo and Colloquial Phrases Cover Image
$22.50
ISBN: 9780593135006
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Published: Clarkson Potter - February 2nd, 2021

Not up to the tea with your LGBTA+ lingo?  Feeling not part of the Rainbow Brigrade or throwing shade at the Alphabet Mafia?  Then pick up this book, hunty, and soak in the coloquialisms, slangs and venaculars to prep you for the next kiki at the Pride Parade.  And don't forget, queen, to slaaaaaay!


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Come Fly The World: The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan Am Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780358251408
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Published: Mariner Books - March 2nd, 2021

Interviewing her mother and several former Pan Am flight attendants, author Julia Cooke an insight into a company that gave careers to women and even women of color.   More than just an airline, Pan Am was instrumental in the Vietnam war flying out American soldiers and war orphans as well.  A peek into a nostalgic company that did humanitarium work.


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Gone at Midnight: The Tragic True Story Behind the Unsolved Internet Sensation Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780806540061
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Published: Citadel - July 26th, 2022

They mystery case of Elisa Lam has garnered both an urban legend and social media following.  Her strange death at a notorious Los Angeles hotel has become a paranomal story and a conspiracy theory.  Author Jake Anderson takes a more plausible approach concerning police corruption, a cover-up, a botched investigation, and mental illness in this true crime story.


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The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063060234
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 17th, 2022

Cute YA/Teen read with heart.  Sixteen-year-old Mexican American Yamilet 'Yami' Flores vows to play the model student 'good girl' role at her new Catholic private school as her single mom struggles to support the family while her younger brother is going through some growing pains of his own.  As she conceals her own attraction to girls, she begins to notice a rebellious classmate named Bo who gradually helps her to break out of the closet and realize her truth.  Themes of family, culture, heritage, and traditions in this Latinx read.


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Manhunt Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250794642
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Published: Tor Nightfire - February 22nd, 2022

A plague outbreak has turned the male population and any cis-male with testosterone into feral, cannibalizing monsters and creating a dystopian world ravaged by the Apocalypse.  Three trans characters uninfected by the disease must brave this new bleak world and salvage human organs in order to survive.  Along the way, they must battle deadly feminist gangs, extremist groups, and zomble-like creatures in a Mad Max landscape that makes this a unique splattergore horrorfest.


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Light Years from Home Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780778311737
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Published: Mira Books - January 25th, 2022

Fifteen years ago, an alien abduction turned a youn man into a intergalactic soldier.  Now returned to Earth, he attempts to reconnect with his family while eluding the government and extraterrestrial enemies.  Part speculative fiction part character dyanmics, this sci-fi novel explores trauma, grief and healing.


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The Loophole Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781547609178
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - June 21st, 2022

Muslim culture is represented in this teen young adult novel.  Sy, a gay Indian-Muslim American, meets a female djinn who grants him three wishes to which he uses to globally track his missing ex.  Adventure and acceptance are emphasized in this title.


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Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984879684
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Published: Penguin Press - January 3rd, 2023

Examining the science and psychology of wonderment and how it can influence both the spiritual and the religious experience in humanity.  Quite eye opening.


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Smithy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781950301218
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Published: Inkshares - April 27th, 2021

Told in an epistolary format, an experiment at a secluded estate in the 70’s involving teaching a chimp ASL goes awry as the story unfolds leading to confrontation between Man and Beast in this slow-burning horror that is a fable against tampering with nature and forces that are beyond human control.


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Shards of Earth (The Final Architecture #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316705844
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Published: Orbit - March 8th, 2022

High science fiction taking place after an intergalactic war with enemy aliens.  Now fifty years later, a ragtag team of fugitive misfits are pulled into another conflict with old foes in this epic space opera.


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The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu: A Novel Cover Image
By Tom Lin
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316542142
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 21st, 2022

An alternative history of the American West focused on a Chinese immigrant named Ming who is becomes a mercenary for a criminal syndicate.  After his wife is kidnapped and he is left for dead, Ming vows revenge in this mystical western similar to Django Unchained.


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Razorblade Tears: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250252715
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 5th, 2022

Two ex-cons from the south, join forces when their queer sons are murdered, enacting a bloody vendetta in this thrill-ride mystery.  For readers who enjoy the gritty atmosphere of Breaking Bad and Sons of Anarchy.


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We Eat Our Own: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501128325
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Published: Scribner - April 2nd, 2019

Enjoyable suspenseful novel of the fictional account concerning the behind-the-scenes production of the notorious horror 70's film, Cannibal Holocaust, that has been banned from many countries.  An unknown actor accepts a role in the film and gets more than he bargains for as the movie goes off the rails involving the indigenous tribes, unsavory characters, and a power-hungry director.  As in the real-life court case, author Kea Wilson paints a page-turning story of art and horror.


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The Kaiju Preservation Society Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780765389121
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Published: Tor Books - March 15th, 2022

Kaijus, Godzillas, and King Kongs!  Oh my!  This is such a fun read alongside Michael Crichton's Jurrasic Park of a secret organization that houses titanic monsters from another dimension and a nefarious group that wants to exploit them.  Pure guilty pleasure!


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The Shadow Glass Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781789098617
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Published: Titan Books - March 22nd, 2022

An homage to the 80's films that incorporated the Jim Henson's puppetry storytelling.  The son of a late cult filmmaker dies leaving him a legacy of his puppet fantasy film that turns out to be real as the world of fantasy and reality blend together.  It is up to him to stop these characters from escaping into his world.  A nod to movies like The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, this is sure to appeal to the 80's child in all of us.


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Big Girl: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781324091417
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Published: Liveright - July 12th, 2022

Told through the eyes of a plus-size girl from Harlem, Maylala Clondon journeys through conflicts, friendships, and family issues as she struggle with body iimages but begins to embrace her blackness and her curves in this evocative and memorable coming of age story.


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Riding with Evil: Taking Down the Notorious Pagan Motorcycle Gang Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780063092402
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Published: William Morrow - March 15th, 2022

ATF agent, Ken Kroke, infiltrated the violent, drug smuggling biker gang,The Pagans, in this true crime memoir that is a real life Sons of Anarchy.


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Slewfoot: A Tale of Bewitchery Cover Image
By Brom
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250622006
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Published: Tor Nightfire - September 14th, 2021

I'm a Gerald Brom fan and his ability to mix his art with fantastical storytelling is always a pleasure.  Here, a Puritan widow is abused by the local villagers resulting in her calling for assistance by dark pagan deities in this witchcraft horror combined with feminist themes.


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The Child Thief: A Novel Cover Image
By Brom
$19.99
ISBN: 9780061671340
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Published: Harper Voyager - August 17th, 2010

A Brom dark urban fantasy contemporary retelling of Peter Pan.  The boy child is recruiting homeless youngsters and runaways to enlist as soldiers in his ancient war.  Once again, Gerald Brom mixes art with storytelling in this particular work.


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Fen, Bog and Swamp: A Short History of Peatland Destruction and Its Role in the Climate Crisis Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781982173357
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Published: Scribner - September 27th, 2022

Pulitizer Prize winner Annie Proulx departs from fiction to pen an essay of environmental changes to the marshlands regions.  Covering science, history and the earth's influences made by Man, it is an informative read concerning global warming.


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The Fishermen and the Dragon: Fear, Greed, and a Fight for Justice on the Gulf Coast Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984880123
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Published: Viking - August 2nd, 2022

The Vietnam War saw elements of racism and xenophobia in a small shrimping seaside town in Texas. It only bubbled to the surface during an altercation between a refugee and a white resident leaving one person dead.  The early 80's incident ignited conflict between the Vietnamese and the local KKK and pulling a court trial and the FBI.  In addition, author Johnson examines the companies that were polluting the waters that contributed to the tragedy in this true crime story.