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How do we create harmonious, livable, equitable, and resilient cities? Learn about the history of urban life, as well as innovations in cities worldwide to build bike paths, equalize access to health care and mass transit, recycle water and waste in new ways, and more. This book inspired me to make my very own Santa Cruz a more livable, sustainable, and compassionate community. - Natalie

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The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us about the Future of Urban Life Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062234735
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Published: Harper Wave - September 12th, 2017

Shared with me by a local writer last winter, this collection offers powerful gifts—from Firoozeh Dumas of Funny in Farsi to Marjan Kamali, whose voice “clicked” in my head like that of a sister. Given trump’s threats on Iran and immigration, I want to see this 2006 anthology in our hands once more as a promise between women: our grace to build and rebuild a life wherever we land should define global history. - a.c.

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Let Me Tell You Where I've Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora Cover Image
By Persis Karim (Editor)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781557288202
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Published: University of Arkansas Press - May 1st, 2006

This is a fantastic read. As a relative newcomer to superhero comics, it was really fascinating to read about the backgrounds of iconic female superheroes and the non-super characters like Lois Lane. I highly recommend this book if you want to understand what we’re talking about when we ask for better female representation in comics. - Karena

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The Supergirls: Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781935259336
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Published: Exterminating Angel Press - October 11th, 2016

While I bought this book solely for the title, it’s become the most read and marked up books I own. Kerr has taught me how to deal with ant carcasses, mold stains, burnt up crockpot bits, and all sorts of other home life shenanigans. Accurate, sassy, and not afraid to touch on the gross stuff, I highly recommend this one. - Rachel

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My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag... and Other Things You Can't Ask Martha Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780142196939
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Published: Penguin Books - February 25th, 2014

A perfect gift for your millennial daughter, sister, or best friend! Financial independence is a non-negotiable act of self-love. TFD began as a website by a woman correcting past credit mistakes. Along with financial advice, Chelsea offers encouragement, insight from collaborators, and pivotal life skills like kitchen pantry basics and money negotiation for relationships. - a.c.

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The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner's Guide to Getting Good with Money Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781250176165
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - January 2nd, 2018

Caitlin Doughty is a staff favorite, and I inhaled her latest book in one night. Traveling to experience how other cultures treat death, she finds a variety of practices, ranging from open-air pyres to walls of glowing Buddhas representing cremated remains. Her humor and respect make this a wonderful, inspiring read. Death should be a celebration of a life well lived, not something to fear, and Doughty opens up a world of possibilities about how death can be approached. - Rachel

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From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780393249897
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 3rd, 2017

I am so excited for the release of this book! Any self-professed wordsmith or etymology nerd should be, too. Paul Anthony Jones looks at 100 words in the English language that have surprising or silly origins (think “tiddlywink”) and traces their journey from their intended use to the definitions we now know. These bite-sized lessons are sure to spice up your small talk and keep you endlessly entertained. - Kelly

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The Accidental Dictionary: The Remarkable Twists and Turns of English Words Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781681775692
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Published: Pegasus Books - October 3rd, 2017

The witch aesthetic has been on the rise, with women looking to this enduring symbol of feminine power to inspire everything from hairstyles to literature. I can’t wait to get my little black-magic hands on Literary Witches, with its great combination of witchery and fantastic female authors. If black cats and writers like Butler, Woolfe, and Dickinson are your jam, then you gotta check this out. - Jax

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Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers Cover Image
By Taisia Kitaiskaia, Katy Horan (Illustrator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781580056731
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Published: Seal Press (CA) - October 10th, 2017

This book is like the ultimate party companion: it’s funny and smart and it feeds you lines that will make you seem funny and smart. From the creator of the web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (and his super-cool wife) comes a book that will tell you everything you need to know to explain to your smarmy friend why certain technologies aren’t here (yet). Perfect for anyone who loves Bill Nye or just loves looking to the future. - Jax

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Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve And/Or Ruin Everything Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780399563829
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Published: Penguin Press - October 17th, 2017

An excellent balance of thoughtful and hilarious, sharp and poignant, Vacationland is a beautifully written collection of essays on getting older, learning how to be yourself, and tricking strangers into thinking they’ve seen a ghost. Hodgman’s unique voice comes through clearly in his matter-of-fact writing style and it feels like he’s right here talking to you (and only you). If you’ve read everything he’s already written and you’re out of episodes of Judge John Hodgman to listen to, get this book. - Megan

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Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780735224803
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Published: Viking - October 24th, 2017

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