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Once and Forever: The Tales of Kenji Miyazawa Cover Image
By Kenji Miyazawa, John Bester (Translated by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781681372600
Availability: Available
Published: NYRB Classics - October 2nd, 2018

This is a magical book. Miyazawa (1896-1933) writes meandering fables that draw from traditional Japanese folklore while alluding to the challenges of a changing Japan. The moral lessons in these stories are not always clear - often it is Miyazawa's surreal voice, thoughtfuly retained by Bester, that leaves the most lating impression. This is a book guaranteed to make you marvel at quiet things: a red blanket, telephone poles, a birch tree. Something to read slowly and revisit.


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The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library Novel #1) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101988640
Availability: Available
Published: Ace - June 14th, 2016

Featuring librarian/spy Irene, a steamy-punky London, unruly magic, and a powerful, interdimensional library. This book is pure page-turning fun. If you've ever needed affirmation that reading opens doors to new worlds, this is it. Plus, it's the first in an ongoing series, so the bookish excitement continues!


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The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century Bestiary Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780226213200
Availability: Available
Published: University of Chicago Press - November 10th, 2014

The truth is stranger than fiction, all right. Forget Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - these critters are weird and real and no less fantastic for it. From the axototl to the thorny devil to the zebra fish, Casper Henderson provides compelling natural histories, charming asides, and thoughtful ruminations on Earth's many oddballs, humans definitely included.


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The Nakano Thrift Shop: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781609453992
Availability: Available
Published: Europa Editions - June 6th, 2017

Meandering plot and prose that captures the odd, frustrating, and episodic nature of day-to-day life. While realistic, this story is persistently charming and ultimately gentle. "Nakano Thrift Shop" is chock full of peculiar failures, triumphs, and people--pay them a visit, "you know what I mean?"


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The Memory Police: A Novel Cover Image
By Yoko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder (Translated by)
$25.95
ISBN: 9781101870600
Availability: Available
Published: Pantheon - August 13th, 2019

Ogawa grabs your gut and twists. "The Memory Police" is permeated with a sharp and constant sense of loss. At once quick-paced and ruminative, this book is a poignant reflection on individual and collective memory, and how these shape our sesnse of self, unique and shared. 


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No-No Boy (Classics of Asian American Literature) Cover Image
By John Okada, Ruth Ozeki (Foreword by), Lawson Fusao Inada (Introduction by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780295994048
Availability: Available
Published: University of Washington Press - June 11th, 2014

An agonizing must-read. Skewers the model-minority stereotype and creates space for the anger and trauma resulting from internment. Okada's prose is haunting--perfectly suited to Ichiro's sense of displacement (cultural, physical, moral). Sharp Seattle imagery and a facinating publishing history (look up Shawn Wong at UW!). A vital history lesson, especially in today's climate.


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Circe Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316556347
Availability: Available
Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 10th, 2018

A powerful reimagining of a classic Greek myth, Miller's smooth prose and obvious expertise in/love of classical literature is on full display, as is her commitment to examining the treatment of women in these much-loved works. "Circe" tackles feminism, self-love, and what it means to be human. 


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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812984965
Availability: Available
Published: Spiegel & Grau - August 18th, 2015

"There is no wholeness outside of our reciprocal humanity" (pg. 290). 

Stevenson's smooth and insightful prose makes an incredibly difficult subject highly readable. This book isn't just about criminal justice; it's about being a compassionate member of our complex and troubled US society. 


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The Epic Crush of Genie Lo (A Genie Lo Novel) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781419732096
Availability: Available
Published: Amulet Paperbacks - June 25th, 2019

This book is definitely epic! Genie Lo--an authentic, exasperated, Chinese American teenager--tackles everything from SATs to demons to legendary heroes and gods. Fans of the ancient "Journey to the West" will get a kick out of this modern adaptation/twist--a journey to the West Coast, specifically San Francisco! 


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She Would Be King: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450017
Availability: Available
Published: Graywolf Press - September 3rd, 2019

One of my favorite books of 2019. A beautiful and mysterious narrative voice. Moore covers witchcraft, colonialism, slavery, and nation-building through the eyes of deeply isolated, ultimately powerful characters. This book is at once wide-reaching, far-seeing, and heart-wrenchingly intimate. 


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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead: A Novel Cover Image
By Olga Tokarczuk, Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Translated by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525541332
Availability: Available
Published: Riverhead Books - August 13th, 2019

Beautiful, odd, and deeply compelling. If you're looking for a thoughtful mystery for an animal lover, this is it. Forceful commentary on what it's like to be a woman, an elder, and--delightfully--an astrologer in an environment where these roles are discounted if not openly disparaged. Plus, the narrator's a kick! 


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Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250313195
Availability: Available
Published: Tor.com - September 10th, 2019

A true romp! Action! Adventure! Space! Necromancy! Childhood acrimony turning into something more?? Gideon is a foul-mouthed, badass softie--a wise-cracking heroine who drags the reader along a wild ride. Read it, love it, wait for book two!