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Kim is an avid science fiction reader, and enjoys non-fiction books on Minoan archaeology and the Civil War, with occasional opinions about Science books, especially Cosmology and Physics.
FANTASTIC book for getting context and perspective on commonly mentioned units of measure. How long is long, how fast is fast, and how do we, as humans, conceptualize these things relative to things we experience. And, author Megan Watzke lives in Seattle!
"Dear America, is this what you really want? Do you even know what is happening in your name?"
Most of us don't know what is happening in our name.
This gorgeously written memoir is an important baby step towards Americans learning about our current deeply broken immigration system and the effects it has on our neighbors, classmates, coworkers, and - in Jose's case - award-winning journalists. This book is a critical inspiration to getting us asking better questions about American immigration history (our long tradition of racist and ethnic exclusions, including but not limited to the long-standing Chinese Exclusion Act), where quota systems came from and how they are failing, the impossible challenges facing undocumented immigrants in the current system.
How do we create paths to citizenship for friends, family and neighbors we recognize as Americans without question until an ICE or border patrol agent asks for proof of citizenship?
May we all come away from this book asking that question and reaching out to our representatives at the state and federal level to make life a little easier on our undocumented neighbors.
What did it take to build a musical we love this much? McCarter and Miranda take us song by song and tweet by tweet from inception to opening night with footnotes peppering a complete transcript of the musical.
King Alice, smasher of the gender binary and ruler of PRINCESS KNIGHTS!
Also, there's PIRATES.
What if you could inhabit someone else’s sensory perception of reality? What if you could influence them? What if the experience changed you in a way that you land in a slightly different quantum reality? Also, there’s a cat… sometimes.
Great reminder to slow down and investigate all the small things on our summer hikes, urban or away from the city.
A gentle, practical beginner's guide to dismantling our participation in a racist culture. Oluo is a sharp-witted, thoughtful Seattle writer and activist. Quick, light-hearted read on a heavy topic.
DiAngelo is a white sociologist who has been co-teaching anti-racism workshops for two decades and brings the consistent patterns and experiences of that process to the book. This book walks us through the vocabulary we need to talk about race, racism and racially problematic behavior, and helps us understand the racial patterns white people perpetuate that, unchecked, support a culture of white supremacy. Dense read, excellent for settings the agenda of a workshop or discussion group.
This timeless book by American Buddhist Pema Chodron gently guides us through our anxieties about uncertainty by reminding us that nothing is actually certain and our attachment to it may be the real underlying problem to much of our modern anxiety.
A Book-It Theatre play adaptation of this book introduced me to Kent Haruf. His novels are gorgeous; character-driven adventures walking through the many acts and faces of kindness when people are faced with life's heartbreaks.
If you're a polyglot and in love with languages strange and new, this is your book. Any armchair linguist will feel like Mieville wrote this book just for us.
This beautiful book is for any queer person who had to hide who they were in the past or who isn't very familiar with LGBTQ history. It is a celebration of how far we've come and how far we still have to go, and a memorial to the many who died during the 1980s HIV epidemic. It follows a group of boys coming of age, some falling in love for the first time - including a trans boy and a cis boy - and some denying who they are because of family pressure, and the heart of it all: ex-boyfriends trying to beat the Guiness Book of World Records for longest kiss.
It is rare and wonderful to find a book that takes me completely by surprise. This one did. Twice.
A sweet true story of two male penguins in love and their adopted penguin baby, Tango, at the San Diego zoo.
Outstanding graphic novels series about a Pakistani American Muslim teenager turned super heroine!
Thoughtful, challenging, uplifting, heartbreaking, revelation-inducing poetry by disabled non-binary poet Kay Ulanday Barrett.
If you secretly suspect you or someone you know might be a science fiction fan, this is a great book to use for testing that hypothesis. Sci fi fans and non-fans alike will be hooked before the first chapter is done.
A beautifully, brightly-illustrated tour thorough Trombone Shorty's childhood in New Orleans. Great for musical children!
Why did he classmate tape a transit pass to a jar of pickles in Jin's grandparents' bodega? Why are there paintings buried in a community garden in Harlem? A group of kids band together to solve these mysteries and save their neighborhood from a gimmicky, corporate theme park.
He thought he'd be bored workin in the old bookstore ... but the regular customers are so strange. Instead of buying books, they feverishly hutdown large, obscure tomes and check them out like one would at a library. He and a few tech friends start analyzing their behaviour and discover the bookstore's secret is bigger than the bookstore.