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Poverty, by America By Matthew Desmond Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593239919
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Published: Crown - March 21st, 2023

Desmond expands the focus from his last book, which focused on eviction in America. Here, Desmond focuses on America's history with poverty. Desmond looks at the historical reasons given to explain poverty and brings a critical eye to them.

-Reviewed by Chris


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Tell Me Everything: The Story of a Private Investigation By Erika Krouse Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250826466
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Published: Flatiron Books - March 14th, 2023

By chance, Erika Krouse became a private investigator in a landmark sexual assault case against a college football team. Part memoir and part literary true crime, she dives deep into her experience as a PI while also being forced to confront her own traumatic past.  The overlap of emotion and fact leaves the reader engrossed from the start. 

-Reviewed by Molly


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What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma By Stephanie Foo Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780593238127
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 21st, 2023

A moving memoir about the author’s journey to heal from complex PTSD and childhood trauma. Negating the flattening explanation of “Asian tiger parents,” Foo explores intergenerational trauma and recovery. I was overtaken by the sincerity of the story and the author's vulnerability. For fans of I’m Glad My Mom Died, the book details the arduous process and the ultimate joy of, in Foo’s words, reaching a “happy ending.”

-Reviewed by Jacquelynn


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Side Affects: On Being Trans and Feeling Bad By Hil Malatino Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781517912093
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - April 19th, 2022

If you are trans or if you love a trans person, read this book! I cannot recommend it highly enough. Hil Malatino walks us through being trans and, well, feeling bad, as he claims that burnout, envy, rage, and numbness are side effects of being trans in a transantagonistic world. Reading this book gave me a framework for understanding the collective transformative power of feeling bad together. Just read it!

-Reviewed by Sebastian


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Unmasking Autism: Discovering the New Faces of Neurodiversity By Devon Price, PhD Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780593235232
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Published: Harmony - April 5th, 2022

Devon Price, through personal stories and stories from others, presents Autism Spectrum Disorder from the autistic perspective. This is a wonderful book that advocates for those who are neurodivergent and highlights how alienating it can feel living in a neurotypical world. This book shows that autism is a source of beauty and uniqueness, and folks should be able to be fully themselves without worry.

-Reviewed by Chris


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Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted By Suleika Jaouad Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780399588600
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 1st, 2022

A deeply moving memoir about a young woman’s journey between the “two kingdoms” of health and sickness. Diagnosed with cancer in her early 20s, Suleika must navigate a burgeoning career and romance alongside survival. I felt deeply grateful and touched by the insights and vulnerability this story conveys. 

-Reviewed by Jacquelynn


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Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Official Cookbook: Recipes from the Four Nations By Jenny Dorsey Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781647223380
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Published: Insight Editions - November 23rd, 2021

Just in time for a new era for Avatar, this cookbook is perfect for a fan of the series or anyone trying to diversify their cooking repertoire. Meals range in difficulty, so there should be something for everyone… even if you’re as bad at cooking as I am.

-Reviewed by Ethan


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You're Not Listening: What You're Missing and Why It Matters By Kate Murphy Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250779878
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Published: Celadon Books - August 3rd, 2021

Listening is an art and discipline, and one that is hard to cultivate in our current context. This book does a great job explaining the importance of listening and how we can learn to be better listeners. Kate Murphy talks to experts from various fields to show how listening is important in a variety of ways, and is a core part of the human experience.

-Reviewed by Chris


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Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism By Amanda Montell Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780062993151
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Published: Harper - June 15th, 2021

I started this book interested in Montell's view of different hardcore fandoms: Swifties, Peloton fans, parasocial relationships with influencers, etc. I was pleasantly surprised by a book focused on language, culture, religion, and how messages can be used to either exploit people or build them up.

-Reviewed by Chris


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Come As You Are: Revised and Updated: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life By Emily Nagoski, Ph.D. Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781982165314
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 2nd, 2021

Emily Nagoski has a PhD in Health Behavior with a doctoral concentration in Human Sexuality AKA she knows what she is talking about. This book is filled with case studies, insightful theories, myth-busting, all while tackling some heavy hitting issues surrounding the factors that impact female pleasure. Anyone who wants to know more about this topic, not just cisgender women, need to give this book a read.

-Reviewed by Shannon


A collection of beautiful and inspiring personal narratives of women in the wild partnered with breathtaking pictures of the adventures. This is perfect for the women in your life who love to travel, be in nature, or just love to see other women reaching their full potential in adventurous and unique ways. The best part is it's filled with diversity to give every woman hope and courage to do hard things.

-Reviewed by Molly


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The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays By Esmé Weijun Wang Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781555978273
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 5th, 2019

This series of essays is a true gift. Esmé Weijun Wang chronicles her own diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder and in so doing gives us a generous look at a very misunderstood condition. This is a moving look at mental illness from the viewpoint of the diagnosed rather than the one doing the diagnosing, with important lessons for all of us on how to treat others dealing with diagnoses laden with stigma.

-Reviewed by Julia


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The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief By Francis Weller, Michael Lerner (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Francis Weller, Michael Lerner (Foreword by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781583949764
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Published: North Atlantic Books - September 15th, 2015

This is a heavy one folks, but the feeling of grief is something we all experience (and try to avoid), and it permeates so many aspects of our lives. Beyond the death of loved ones, we experience grief in so many ways: we lose jobs, we lose friends, the circumstances and people in our lives change, we read the news of disasters and climate change. How do we cope? How can it make us stronger?

-Reviewed by Jake


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Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself By Dr. Kristin Neff Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780061733529
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 23rd, 2015

This is one of those books that has the potential to alter your relationship with yourself, your world, and your loved ones. We all have a tendency to be incredibly hard on ourselves for our perceived shortcomings, inadequacies and failures. What if instead of judging yourself (and others) you could come to an understanding that being a human is HARD and we are all doing our best? 

-Reviewed by Jake


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The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness By Elyn R. Saks Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781401309442
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Published: Hachette Books - August 12th, 2008

I think this book should and will be considered a classic in autobiographical works related to emotional and mental health! The author writes with such keen self-awareness regarding her journey with schizophrenia, giving you a real sense of what it is like to struggle with the disorder. At the same time, her writing speaks for many by showcasing the universality of so many emotional and mental health struggles.

-Reviewed by Liz


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The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl By Timothy Egan Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780618773473
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Published: Mariner Books Classics - September 1st, 2006

The personal accounts of those who endured the saga of black dust blizzards during America's Dust Bowl are epic, shocking, and tragic. This piece of history is an important cautionary tale about the consequences of taking too brazenly from nature. This book is neatly interwoven with historical facts and testimonials making it an informative and highly engaging read.

-Reviewed by Liz


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American Prometheus: The Inspiration for the Major Motion Picture OPPENHEIMER By Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780375726262
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Published: Vintage - April 11th, 2006

Christopher Nolan's newest movie, Oppenheimer, is largely based on this extensive work by Bird and Sherwin. This book also won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Biographies. The work is less science focused and more socially focused, zooming in on the complexity of Oppenheimer and the political climate of the era.

-Reviewed by Chris


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Correction: Parole, Prison, and the Possibility of Change By Ben Austen Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250758804
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Published: Flatiron Books - November 7th, 2023

This powerful book explores the prison system through the narratives of two inmates imprisoned for murder and sentenced to over 100 years apiece. The author covers the crimes, the trials, the anguish of the victims’ families and the inmates’ numerous failed attempts at parole; begging the questions: who is worthy of a second chance? And what does it take to be deemed ‘rehabilitated’?

-Reviewed by Stacy


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