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PTSD By Guillaume Singelin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781626723184
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Published: First Second - February 26th, 2019

PTSD follows the story of a veteran named Jun who’s returned to her home country from a controversial war with nowhere to go. Through her physical and psychological pain, she must survive on the streets using her skills from combat while learning to be vulnerable and accept community and companionship with others along the way.

Singelin captures an accurate depiction of anguish and isolation, using striking yet soft color palettes and genuine emotion in his characters that leave readers with a lasting impression. This work brings necessary attention to the burdens of homelessness, addiction, poverty, and loss so many of us face and provides us with a glimpse of what we can do to better support each other.

-gina


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Shuna's Journey By Hayao Miyazaki, Alex Dudok de Wit (Translated by) Cover Image
By Hayao Miyazaki, Alex Dudok de Wit (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781250846525
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Published: First Second - November 1st, 2022

Shuna's Journey is a hero's tale of a young prince who travels to distant lands in search of an ancient grain, determined to save his people from famine. Its mythical settings and dramatic direction created by beloved artist and storyteller Hayao Miyazaki deliver a masterful execution of adventurous, heartfelt, and enchanting allure that influenced the warmth and charm of his early works including Princess Mononoke and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.

This beautifully illustrated work is an absolute gift to all lovers of Studio Ghibli, releasing original concepts of another world finally compiled into a complete and fantastical feat.

-gina


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A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk & Robot #1) By Becky Chambers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250236210
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Published: Tordotcom - July 13th, 2021

A Psalm for the Wild Built is a comfort when we need it most; A story in a hopeful future told from the perspective of a tea monk who meets a sentient robot in the wilderness. Psalm is brimming with relatable philosophical questions on peace and identity, contemplating life’s purpose, and asking what is essential for beings to grow.

Chambers carries us through a tranquil and diverse sci-fi setting grounded by community and companionship, exploring dynamics of simplicity and societal innovation that is kind to the earth and each other. What a delight to discover this beautiful tale of respite, a meaningful moment of positivity and calm in our restless world.

-gina


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Honey Girl By Morgan Rogers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780778311027
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Published: Park Row - February 23rd, 2021

Grace Porter has recently graduated with her PhD in astronomy, searching to land a position in a highly competitive field with barriers stacked against her as a young, biracial woman. She's done everything she can to succeed while under the constant pressure of her military father to achieve. On vacation in Las Vegas with her friends, Grace awakens hungover in her hotel room with a ring, a gleaming photograph of her with her new wife, and the lingering aroma of sea salt and sage. In a leap of spontaneity, Grace travels to New York to meet this mysterious woman, hoping to find meaning in their connection and in her place in life.

Honey Girl is beautiful and raw, highlighting complexities in intersectionality, harm in expectations of perfection, and struggles with mental illness, loneliness, and dynamics in relationships. Rogers speaks to us through the experiences of a twenty-something fighting what many of us face; trying to discover what allows us to thrive and finding our own sense of self and belonging. 

-gina


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Fieldwork: A Forager's Memoir By Iliana Regan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781572843189
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Published: Agate Midway - January 24th, 2023

A Michelin-star chef sells her Chicago restaurant to return to life in the woods, opening the Milkweed Inn deep in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with her wife to curate a sense of home in nature. Her vast knowledge on native plants and wildlife allows her to live sustainably with the land and create beautiful meals using what she forages for her guests.


Regan recounts memories of growing up in the Midwest hunting for mushrooms with berry-stained hands, detailing her experiences with homesteading and the roots and connections she shares with her family. Her writing is genuine, a tender and real conversation with herself, displaying her personal perspective on struggles with gender identity, isolation, addiction, and anxiety during the thick of the pandemic while attempting to cultivate new beginnings. 

-gina


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The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories By Marina Keegan, Anne Fadiman (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Marina Keegan, Anne Fadiman (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781476753911
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Published: Scribner - April 14th, 2015

A compilation of essays and short story fragments released posthumously by friends and family, The Opposite of Loneliness showcases contemplative works from a promising young writer longing for a future of possibility and change.

Keegan's writings speak with a truthful prose to herself and those around her, creating thought-provoking scenes of fictional social situations and real moments from her life that feel deeply personal and human.

-gina


Crying in H Mart: A Memoir By Michelle Zauner Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984898951
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Published: Vintage - March 28th, 2023

Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman's Fight to End Ableism By Elsa Sjunneson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982152406
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Published: S&S/Simon Element - November 1st, 2022

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Butts: A Backstory By Heather Radke Cover Image
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - November 29th, 2022

A surprisingly important read, Butts: A Backstory is an informative dive into the history of the human rear, its ancestral origin and its cultural significance through time. 

Radke’s extensive research and interviews encompass topics centered around the butt cheeks, including their evolution and adaptation over centuries, the fashion industry leading to warped realities on the “ideal” body, racial and gendered implications of perceptions surrounding the butt, dance, drag, and so much more.

Butts is a meaningful and serious (but not too serious) discussion on a shared human experience.

-gina


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The Body Is Not an Apology, Second Edition: The Power of Radical Self-Love By Sonya Renee Taylor, Ijeoma Oluo (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Sonya Renee Taylor, Ijeoma Oluo (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781523090990
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Published: Berrett-Koehler Publishers - February 9th, 2021

“And I said to my body, softly, ‘I want to be your friend.’
It took a long breath and replied, ‘I've been waiting my whole life for this.’" – Nayyirah Waheed

This is what I’ve needed to hear all my life. This book reminds us that we deserve to feel at home in our bodies, to dispel incessant and arbitrary judgement and shame from social pressures, media representation and marketing, and the self-destructive narrative and biases we’ve adapted over generations.

Taylor provides thorough and inclusive reflections on the many ways that body-shaming in its varying manifestations harms us all. This book is for any human, challenging us to empower radical kindness and acceptance for others and ourselves.

-gina


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Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants By Robin Wall Kimmerer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781571313560
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Published: Milkweed Editions - August 11th, 2015

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What We Fed to the Manticore By Talia Lakshmi Kolluri Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781953534415
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Published: Tin House Books - September 6th, 2022

What We Fed to the Manticore is a powerful and concise collection of short stories told through animal eyes, giving us a closer, more intimate look at the depth of human impact on our natural world and how our actions affect us all. Do we consider dissonance boats create in the sounds of the ocean by which whales depend on to guide them? Do we recognize the distress of a tiger watching her home disappear, or a wolf desperately protecting her kin?

Stories are shared of loss and devastation, along with those of companionship and hope. We feel each being's voice personified as our own, straining to survive in a balance disrupted. Kolluri presents an important perspective in that what we see as mundane may be taking a greater toll globally and in our daily lives, calling necessary attention to the strife and needs of all beings of the earth.

-gina


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I'm Glad My Mom Died By Jennette McCurdy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982185824
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 9th, 2022

It’s hard to review a memoir, the collected writings of the most personal moments in the life of someone you barely know. There is real vulnerability and courage in admitting to the things you didn’t know then, the pressure and the pain and the shame you were led to believe in and thought was righteous, deserved and for your benefit.

Jennette McCurdy recounts the details of her world under her mother, the projection of her dreams onto her from a very young age. Her writing is honest and engaging as she illustrates the suffocating control in the lives of child actors, memories of her dysfunctional family and her certain path to mental disarray. This book is important in many ways as we see the real Jennette through her trauma and resilience, an empowering voice reclaiming her own interests, her experiences and herself.

-gina


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The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel By Neil Gaiman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062255662
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 3rd, 2014

Gaiman offers us an elusive human experience, immersing the reader in a dreamlike, nostalgic existence fading between reality and the imagined. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is an ephemeral tale on memory, overcoming fear, and maintaining our sense of childhood wonder as we grow; A moving story told in the classic Neil Gaiman way, masterfully weaving ominous fairytale elements and heartwarming encounters into a beautiful, nearly-forgotten image of home.

-gina


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The Girl With All the Gifts By M. R. Carey Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316334754
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Published: Orbit - April 28th, 2015

Melanie is a cheerful 10-year-old girl who loves to learn. In full-body restraints, she is escorted daily by armed guards to a classroom that teaches children lessons they will likely never need. What makes her special, prized, perceived as dangerous, and why is she here?

The Girl With All The Gifts is a deliberate and intriguing tale of survival, adaption, and finding humanity in a menacing world. Told in multiple vivid perspectives, we grasp these characters’ every sensation and the threats they face to life as they know it.

-gina


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A Monster Calls: Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd By Patrick Ness, Jim Kay (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Patrick Ness, Jim Kay (Illustrator)
$12.00
ISBN: 9780763660659
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Published: Candlewick - March 12th, 2013

A Monster Calls is a short, heartfelt novel peering into a young boy’s experiences navigating his world using fantastical illustrations and imagination to combat feelings of grieving and fear. Ness and Dowd offer an eccentric perspective on how we process difficult emotions and provide an excellent introduction to resilience, coping, and healing for young readers and adults alike. This solemn yet sweet and meaningful story is a reminder to all that we are not our thoughts and that we don’t have to go through life alone.

-gina


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In the Woods: A Novel (Dublin Murder Squad #1) By Tana French Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143113492
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Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2008

A detective assigns himself to a vexing murder case that eerily resembles the events of his past. Twenty years from his trauma, he endures the anguish of buried emotions and shadows of memories repressed, devising possible leads intertwined with present observations and with the expertise of his companion adept in human behavior.

In the Woods is a captivating dive into social and psychological being through small-town secrets in an aura of noir; An intense yet lyrical narrative on life after pain and strangeness in once-familiar places, leaving you wondering what's there to be unearthed in the vastness of the woods.

-gina


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The Perks of Being a Wallflower By Stephen Chbosky Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780671027346
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Published: MTV Books - February 1st, 1999

Perks is a coming-of-age story written in the form of letters to a “dear friend”. We see Charlie’s genuine perspectives in navigating relationships and emotional conflicts around him with a hint of teenage naivety and innocence that make his experiences feel deeply personal and real. We share Charlie’s all-familiar insecurities, stumbling through awkward phases and interactions, niches and mixtapes, longing for passion and connection in what moves us, and discovery of who we are alongside the people we love.

Perks evokes nostalgia for those thrilling moments in fleeting summer nights and reminds us it’s okay to reach for the support we need when life is overwhelming, like finally releasing a scream and succumbing to the comfort of a warm embrace.

-gina


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I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer By Michelle McNamara, Gillian Flynn (Introduction by), Patton Oswalt (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Michelle McNamara, Gillian Flynn (Introduction by), Patton Oswalt (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9780062319791
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 26th, 2019

Visceral, engaging, empathetic and true, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is an investigative triumph following the sadistic crimes committed by the “Golden State Killer", original night stalker of Northern California in the 1970s. Journalist Michelle McNamara skillfully illustrates the time, the lucid and palpable atmosphere of terror haunting the nation after these offenses, and presents compelling detailed evidence compiled through thorough research, case reports and interviews. Obsessed with uncovering the truth and identity of the predator, she has dedicated her life to bringing justice to these victims and their families.

This book is deeply personal, written with unparalleled eloquence and passion. We become immersed in the lives of those affected and see ourselves in their place. A bittersweet yet satisfying end, this book acts as a hopeful light against fear and what’s lurking in the darkness.

-gina


Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex By Angela Chen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807014738
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Published: Beacon Press - September 14th, 2021

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Six of Crows By Leigh Bardugo Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250076960
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Published: Square Fish - February 6th, 2018

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Juliet Takes a Breath By Gabby Rivera Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593108192
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Published: Dial Books - May 11th, 2021

Juliet Milagros Palante is a 19-year-old, freshly-outed queer Latina who embarks from her home in the Bronx on a summer internship opportunity where she will live and study with her favorite feminist author in Portland. Coming out didn’t go as planned and she worries for her mother’s love and acceptance while away, but on the West Coast, Juliet discovers a supportive community among others like her, gaining new perspectives on society and herself, and learning value in connecting with your roots.

This book is empowering and important, bringing light to voices otherwise stifled or missing from discussions on intersectionality and privilege, explorations in sexuality, race, and identity, and owning spaces that challenge ideals designed for someone else. Gabby Rivera's debut novel Juliet Takes a Breath is truly a breath of fresh air and an essential read for anyone seeking their sense of belonging in the world; I long to see more diverse and introspective books like this on the shelves for young readers and adults alike.

-gina


The Tea Dragon Society By K. O'Neill Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781620104415
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Published: Oni Press - October 31st, 2017

On a Sunbeam By Tillie Walden Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250178138
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Published: First Second - October 2nd, 2018

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The Magic Fish: (A Graphic Novel) By Trung Le Nguyen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984851598
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Published: Random House Graphic - October 13th, 2020

Tien is a second-generation Vietnamese American teen who connects with his mother through a blend of languages and fairy tales they share between their cultures. He and his mother love each other and get along well, but he’s not quite sure how to come out to her with what seemingly little they have in common.

Nguyen’s debut graphic novel is deeply personal and endearing, a tale told through intricate art and meaningful design about bringing a family together across generations through the power of storytelling and the importance of learning to truly support and understand one another.

-gina


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Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) By Min Jin Lee Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781455563920
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 14th, 2017

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Little Fires Everywhere: A Novel By Celeste Ng Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735224315
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Published: Penguin Books - May 7th, 2019

In the quiet suburbs of Shaker Heights, a home is set aflame. Leading up to this event we meet Elena, a local journalist who’s lived her life by the rules, and Mia, an eccentric artist and photographer moving into town with her teenage daughter and nothing but the essentials packed in their car. The families are swiftly intertwined and become fascinated with each other’s ways of living, but are strained by secrets and the ongoing personal and influential custody battle that divides the community.

Little Fires Everywhere examines family dynamics and finding identity in a tightly woven society, challenging the systemic effects of unchanging structure and beliefs on class, culture, and the unspoken obligation to conform. Through the attentive ingenuity of Celeste Ng’s writing, we observe these characters’ organic interactions with empathy and find insight to deeper intuitions, most prevalent being the devotion of motherhood and giving everything to protect the ones you love.

-gina


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You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment By Thich Nhat Hanh, Sherab Ch÷dzin Kohn (Translated by), Melvin McLeod (Editor) Cover Image
By Thich Nhat Hanh, Sherab Ch÷dzin Kohn (Translated by), Melvin McLeod (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781590308387
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Published: Shambhala - December 21st, 2010

“The past no longer exists, and the future is not here yet. The only moment in which you can be truly alive is the present moment.”

Renowned Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh shares his perspective on true mindfulness, the practice of being present in every moment of our lives. Simple and effective, You Are Here is a collection of essential teachings on grounding the self and calming our minds with the constant of the breath and showing empathy without judgement for our thoughts and emotions as we would for a child or a friend. This work gives our restless lives pause to kinder reflections on love, deep listening, gratitude, and allowing ourselves time and experiences to connect with this world while holding compassion for ourselves and each other.

-gina


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up) By Marie Kondo Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781607747307
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 14th, 2014

Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism By Fumio Sasaki Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393609035
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 11th, 2017

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Lore Olympus: Volume One By Rachel Smythe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593356074
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Published: Inklore - November 2nd, 2021

A brilliant, modern retelling of Greek mythos through the eyes and intertwining experiences of Hades, King of the Underworld, and Persephone the Goddess of Spring; a vivid world is presented through stunningly hand-painted panels and an enticing and endearing narrative. So much more than romance and drama, Lore Olympus offers provocative reflections into our own lives through these familiar, fantastical characters and the complex relationships they share. Elegantly showcasing her ability to weave contemporary, emotional interpretations from this classic tale, Smythe delivers such dreamy and enthralling storytelling so easy to devour it’ll leave you longing for more.

-gina


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The Glass Castle: A Memoir By Jeannette Walls Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780743247542
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Published: Scribner - January 17th, 2006

One of the most impactful books I’ve read, The Glass Castle is a raw and honest memoir recounting the vivid experiences of a girl who grows up across the United States in poverty. Her and her siblings must find ways to adapt, to survive and support one another as their parents remain elusive and unpredictable.

This is the true story of a woman with tremendous resilience who follows her own path, struggling against a broken system and major family dysfunction; a strenuous journey through forgiveness, affection and understanding. Through her eyes, we share her reality and complexities in familial love, mental illness, hope and redemption.

Thank you to my high school English teacher for recommending this incredible story all those years ago so I can share my love for it with everyone in my life~

-gina


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Brain on Fire (10th Anniversary Edition): My Month of Madness By Susannah Cahalan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451621389
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 6th, 2013

What happens when our bodies reject us? When our bodies and minds stop functioning in the way we’re used to, turning our lives completely upside down?

Brain on Fire is an intense psychological and medical mystery following the story of Susannah Cahalan told in her own writing, pieced together through memory fragments, hospital notes and observations as she receives treatment for an unknown condition. A powerfully complex narrative, this book is engaging and emotional, keeping you on the verge of tears through her sickness and healing.

-gina


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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail By Bill Bryson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780767902526
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Published: Crown - May 4th, 1999

Beloved author Bill Bryson embarks on a once in a lifetime hiking trip throughout the Appalachian Trail alongside his friend Katz, a quirky and greatly inexperienced traveling companion. A Walk in the Woods is an amusing and insightful read on hiking and the benefits of immersing yourself in nature.

-gina


The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative By Florence Williams Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393355574
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 20th, 2018

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Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen By Christopher McDougall Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307279187
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Published: Vintage - March 29th, 2011