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The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating By Elisabeth Tova Bailey Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781616206420
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Published: Algonquin Books - September 6th, 2016

I believe people of all ages can enjoy this natural, sweet, thought-provoking read. Bailey is bedridden due a mysterious illness, and a friend scoops up a friendly local neighborhood snail to keep Bailey company. Bailey weaves together snippets of her life pre-illness, the life and biology of snails, and living with a mysterious serious illness, and it all flows together into an absolutely beautiful and memorable read.

-Reviewed by Shannon


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Why Marx Was Right By Terry Eagleton Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780300231069
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Published: Yale University Press - April 10th, 2018

The title says it all, honestly. Eagleton addresses common critiques and misconceptions about Marx in lay terms. This is an excellent book if you're starting to think about learning more about Marxism or if you would like to articulate better why being a Marxist is, in fact, rational and okay in the face of rampant inequality and suffering. Eagleton's wit is also a plus!

-Reviewed by Chris


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The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You By Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D. Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780806540573
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Published: Citadel - May 26th, 2020

If the sights, sounds, trials and tribulations of this world are often overwhelming to you, you might be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). In a world that values extroversion and resilience, Elaine Aron helps us understand how to handle our sensitives in varying aspects of a stressful life, and how to see our inborn characteristics as a gift, rather than a burden to bear.

-Reviewed by Jake


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Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century By Charles King Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525432326
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Published: Anchor - July 14th, 2020

This book follows the father of cultural anthropology, Franz Boas, and his students which included figures such as Margaret Mead and Zora Neale Hurston. This league of rogues challenged hegemonic beliefs about race science, eugenics, and sex determinism, arguing against culture as a continuum from primitive to advanced. I adored this story about the scientists behind the science still relevant today.

-Reviewed by Jacquelynn


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The Zoologist's Guide to the Galaxy: What Animals on Earth Reveal About Aliens--and Ourselves By Arik Kershenbaum Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781984881984
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Published: Penguin Books - March 15th, 2022

A speculative look at what alien life might be like on other planets using universal principles of biology and evolution. I loved how this book took extremophiles and other earth animals as examples of how alien life might develop on diverse worlds! A fun and accessible book that helped me understand both space and earth more thoroughly.

-Reviewed by Jacquelynn


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Feel the Fear... and Do It Anyway: Dynamic Techniques for Turning Fear, Indecision, and Anger into Power, Action, and Love By Susan Jeffers Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063291294
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Published: Harvest - March 14th, 2023

If you are feeling anxious or nervous about anything coming up in your life (and I mean, who isn't?), let this book be your guide through these uncomfortable emotions which, Jeffers argues, will never go away. So, in essence, we need to feel those feelings, and do the hard thing anyway. This book literally changed the way I handle those harrowing first dates, big presentations, job interviews, etc. etc. etc. 

-Reviewed by Jake


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Birding to Change the World: A Memoir By Trish O'Kane Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780063223141
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Published: Ecco - February 27th, 2024

Birdwatching was the starting point for change for O’Kane after her life was torn apart by Hurricane Katrina. This book is not only about birds, though, it is about preserving green spaces for ourselves and future generations, environmental and racial equity, why it is important to fight for all of these things, and how your own life can change in doing so.

-Reviewed by Kara


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The House of Hidden Meanings: A Memoir By RuPaul Cover Image
By RuPaul
$29.99
ISBN: 9780063263901
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Published: Dey Street Books - March 5th, 2024

Even if you're not an avid RuPaul's Drag Race fan like me, there is much wisdom hidden in these pages which cover the early life of RuPaul. An ode to resilience, being kind to yourself, believing in your own magic, and not taking this short life too seriously, this book will make you reflect on Ru's favorite question: "If you can't love yourself, how are you going to love anyone else?" 

-Reviewed by Jake


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Pageboy: A Memoir By Elliot Page Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250878373
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 14th, 2024

Reading Pageboy floored me with its honesty and openness. Page shares his journey around gender, sexuality, and how he’s navigated transphobia and queerphobia in his personal life and in Hollywood. This memoir is flawlessly genuine and generous. Page has a captivating voice that feels authentic and vulnerable, this is an important glimpse into the transphobia and queerphobia that continue to pervade.

-Reviewed by Quinn


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