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Palaces for the People by Eric Klinenberg

I won't be able to adequately describe my excitement in reading this book, but trust me that if you are looking for answers towards our social ills, pick this up. Klinenberg advocates for “social” infrastructure—physical spaces such as parks, libraries, walkways, even coffee shops--with credible studies that show these spaces create “community,” reduce crime, fight poverty, improve education, combat climate change, and more. Needless to say, he's convinced me, and I now have actionable efforts to advocate for. - Jocelyn

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$18.00
ISBN: 9781524761172
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Published: Broadway Books - September 10th, 2019

Give a Girl a Knife by Amy Thielen

In this beautifully written food memoir, Thielen traces her journey from small town Minnesota to New York City. Thielen’s love of food transcends its usual function of taste and satiation, she uses is as a memory anchor and it serves as a deep connection to her family and her broader heritage. Heartfelt and often funny, this is a true love letter to food if there ever was one. - Jade

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780307954916
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Published: Clarkson Potter - June 5th, 2018

Ho'onani: Hula Warrior written by Heather Gale illus. by Mika Song

Based on the documentary, A Place in the Middle, this book is an excellent introduction to Hawaiian gender traditions and the Polynesian third gender, Mahu. Watercolors, outlined with bold black ink, beautifully capture Ho‘onani’s strength and determination. Perfect for young readers interested in learning about other cultures, kids or parents questioning the gender binary, and classrooms looking to discuss how different societies conceptualize gender. - Molly S.

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By Heather Gale, Mika Song (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780735264496
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Published: Tundra Books - October 1st, 2019

Stormy by Guojing

Guojing dedicated this beautifully illustrated book to her lost dog Dou Dou. The story follows a stray whose life is changed when a woman attempts to befriend him. Stormy is wordless, but the stunning illustrations capture all the compassion and empathy embedded in the story. A heartwarming tale about trust, love, and the unbreakable bond that forms between a dog and their owner. A story for dog lovers. - Natalie O.

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By Guojing
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524771768
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - September 17th, 2019

Sunny Day: A Celebration of the Sesame St. Theme Song by Joe Raposo

Bringing together 18 beloved children’s book illustrators, this picture book version of the iconic Sesame Street theme song is the perfect celebration of the show’s 50th anniversary. With such a wide array of visual styles, it welcomes all readers into America’s favorite neighborhood. Kids (and adults!) will love seeing some of Sesame Street’s most popular muppets, drawn in a host of different artistic styles, singing along to the familiar tune in this walk down memory lane. - Molly

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By Joe Raposo, Various (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984848185
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - October 22nd, 2019

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

Tristan Strong (what a great name!) didn’t expect his summer exile in the countryside to lead him to an alternate dimension where African American folktale characters are gods. He also didn’t expect that he could punch a hole in the sky. But relatable, reluctant hero Tristan has a summer full of all this and more, in a story that’s exciting and hilarious, with lots of depth and heart. Perfect for fans of adventure fantasy and especially for Rick Riordan enthusiasts. - Stephanie

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ISBN: 9781368039932
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - October 15th, 2019

White Bird: A Wonder Story by R.J. Palacio

Sara, a Jewish girl in Nazi-occupied France, has only ever wanted a normal life, but in a single, fateful day everything she knows and loves is destroyed. Relying on the everyday courage and kindness of friends and strangers, Sara fights for survival, finding hope in the unlikeliest of places. A companion book to her beloved novel Wonder, Palacio’s graphic novel debut is a harrowing but ultimately inspiring read. - Katherine

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ISBN: 9780525645535
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2019

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

This original and bold book is for those who, like me, enjoy enigmas and complex questions. The town of Lucille is free of “monsters” (people who exploit others)—or at least that’s what Jam was taught. When a magical creature called Pet appears, Jam learns otherwise: There’s a monster in Lucille, and it’s in her best friend’s house. Impressively combining mystery with ethics, this story will keep you on the edge of your seat and thinking long after the final page. - Stephanie

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ISBN: 9780525647072
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Published: Make Me a World - September 10th, 2019

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Get ready, everyone: it’s time to go back to Gilead. There aren’t many clues as to what we can expect from this follow up to The Handmaid’s Tale, but we can be sure that the journey will be harrowing. Atwood says she’s been inspired to write The Testaments partly because of the current political climate in the United States, so perhaps we’ll see a new Commander with a shockingly bad orange toupée? - Jess

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ISBN: 9780385543781
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Published: Nan A. Talese - September 10th, 2019

Everything Inside: Stories by Edwidge Danticat

At last, Edwidge Danticat (Krik? Krak!) returns to the short story, bringing her strong, clear, compassionate voice to the Haitian experience, whether in Miami, New York, or Haiti itself, and then beyond to the universal human experience. Examining loves lost or being found, families reimagined, and personal strength in the midst of crisis, Danticat cradles the complex heart of each, in vibrant, life-affirming prose. In her story “Dosas,” there is an altered sticker that claims “Everything inside is worth dying for” — an equally apt way to describe this collection. - Melinda

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$25.95
ISBN: 9780525521273
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Published: Knopf - August 27th, 2019

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