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Atlas of Dark Destinations by Peter Hohenhaus

As one of the Bookshop Spooky Babes, the Atlas of Dark Destinations is my perfect travel wishlist. It lists creepy and kooky spots by continent and includes detailed descriptions, beautiful photographs, and what Hohenhaus calls “Dark Stats” of each destination. Once the world opens up again and it’s safe to travel, I’m dusting off my luggage and picking a page.—Jae

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ISBN: 9781913947194
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Published: Laurence King Publishing - October 26th, 2021

Grow Easy: Organic Crops for Pots & Small Plots by Anna Greenland

Growing your own food isn’t very easy when you live in a tiny apartment or, like me, in a converted garage. Author Anna Greenland (a UCSC grad!) has given us a guide with easy tips and tricks for small-space techniques, like windowsill planting and growing potatoes in bags, along with her top 10 crops for small spaces. Transform your balcony, front step, or windowsill into the teeny garden of your dreams.—Jae 

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By Anna Greenland, Raymond Blanc (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781784727352
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Published: Mitchell Beazley - October 5th, 2021

This Long Thread: Women of Color on Craft, Community, and Connection by Jen Hewett

The crafting community that is visible to the public eye has for generations been perceived as the realm of cis-het white women. This Long Thread is made up of stories and essays from people who don’t fit into the mold that social media expects from its crafting influencers. The pieces from the BIPOC folks in This Long Thread address racism, family, tradition, love, and loss, all with a focus on fiber crafts. Get this for the crafter or maker in your life; it will enhance their craft and their understanding of the world, no matter their discipline.—Jae

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ISBN: 9781611808247
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Published: Roost Books - November 16th, 2021

The Heroine with 1001 Faces by Maria Tatar

The Heroine with 1001 Faces takes the Joseph Campbell classic book, The Hero with 1000 Faces, and asks the question, “What does the hero’s journey look like when women are the main characters?” Tatar uses familiar heroic women like Persephone, Nancy Drew, and Carrie Bradshaw to show us how the familiar hero’s journey changes when the “feminine” strengths of empathy and community are at the forefront of the story. —Jae

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ISBN: 9781631498817
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Published: Liveright - September 14th, 2021

A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

A Marvellous Light is a marvellous treat. Edwardian England’s manner and decorum are upended by magic, suffragists, and devious plots. Sprinkled in with the twisting turns of the magical mystery and duties of family are decidedly saucy tidbits between our two male leads as they learn to open themselves up to the magic of love. —Jae

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ISBN: 9781250788870
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Published: Tordotcom - November 2nd, 2021

Lore Olympus: Volume One by Rachel Smythe

Lore Olympus started out as a webcomic in March of 2018 and became a wildly big hit. As a fan both of comics and of ancient Greek mythology, I’m honestly astonished it took me this long to find this beautiful book. Smythe has taken a story older than some civilizations and given it bright, modern life with pops of color and all the family drama the mythological Olympus is known for. Content warning: Lore Olympus features a brief rape scene and has themes of child abuse. —Jae 

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ISBN: 9780593356074
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Published: Del Rey - November 2nd, 2021

Margaret and the Mystery of the Missing Body by Megan Milks

Books about detectives are no new thing. Neither are books about teenage girls who happen to be detectives. A queer highschooler with an eating disorder who solves crimes and hunts ghosts? That’s everything but the kitchen sink. Despite her long title, Margaret manages to be a quintessential teenager—navigating growing up, friendships changing in high school, and learning to love your body. —Jae

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ISBN: 9781952177804
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Published: Amethyst Editions - September 14th, 2021

The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould

This book is about loneliness. It's about the loneliness of being a teenager, the loneliness queer folks experience, and the dark, unhinged things that loneliness can drive us to do. But it's also about love. It's about how parents will go to the ends of the earth and beyond for their children, how love can grow in the most inhospitable of locations, and how love can pierce through any darkness. Although the graphic depictions of hate and violence in this story can be disturbing, the spooky mystery will keep you coming back for more. —Jae

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ISBN: 9781250762016
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Published: Wednesday Books - August 3rd, 2021

The Witch Haven by Sasha Peyton Smith

The Witch Haven transplants us to NYC in 1911. After the mysterious death of her brother four months prior, Frances finds herself alone and struggling to get by. One late evening, she discovers she has developed powers (and their potential for deadly consequences); not long after, she is whisked away to learn how to control her newfound abilities. I was immediately absorbed into this story! —MJ

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ISBN: 9781534454385
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 31st, 2021

Never Say You Can’t Survive by Charlie Jane Anders

The last couple years have been, quite honestly, a bit wackadoodle. Pandemic, social upheaval, the moldy tangerine finally being removed from the White House. In Never Say You Can’t Survive, Charlie Jane Anders has given us a how-to for survival—by writing stories. She is the pink-hair adorned mind that brought us All the Birds in the Sky, Victories Greater than Death, and The City in the Middle of the Night, as well as multiple short stories. Never Say You Can’t Survive is full of personal anecdotes and helpful ways to not only survive, but maybe even thrive in the crazy current times we’re in.


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ISBN: 9781250800015
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Tordotcom - August 17th, 2021


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