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Jae's Reviews

Cinders & Sparrows by Stefan Bachmann

This is the perfect fall read, arriving just in time for Halloween but great for any time of year! Fantasy lovers will immediately devour Zita’s journey from neglected orphan to powerful magic user. Zita is fierce and determined, with a big heart, and no matter what any devious witches and wizards say, there is much more power in being kind than there is in darkness and cruelty. I hope to see more from this little Sparrow! — Jae

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ISBN: 9780062289957
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Published: Greenwillow Books - October 13th, 2020

Master of Poisons by Andrea Hairston

The deliciously intricate prose of Master of Poisons will swirl around you like a swarm of bees, minutely detailed but still moving as one, pulling you into a world of magical young girls, pirate wives, and complicated families. This is perfect for fans of Marlon James’s Black Leopard, Red Wolf. — Jae

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ISBN: 9781250260543
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Published: Tordotcom - September 8th, 2020

Journeys in Natural Dyeing: Techniques for Creating Color at Home by Kristine Vejar & Adrienne Rodriguez

Take a journey around the world with this beautiful book about international dyeing techniques, from the owners of A Verb for Keeping Warm textile shop in Oakland. Full of gorgeous photography, fun projects, and textile references, this book is perfect for someone who spent the beginning of lockdown in a crafting frenzy. — Jae

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ISBN: 9781419747076
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Published: Abrams - October 13th, 2020

Repair Revolution: How Fixers Are Transforming Our Throwaway Culture by John Waxman & Elizabeth Knight

Take up your tools of repair, fellow makers, fellow tinkerers! The revolution is coming, and it is here to mend your old jeans, fix that broken toaster, and finally get the missing leg on the chair you’ve had for years! Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, and invite them to share in the wonderful world of repair! — Jae

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ISBN: 9781608686605
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Published: New World Library - October 27th, 2020

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

This is a great pick for fall and Halloween! Yadriel’s journey of love and acceptance within his traditional, Latinx clan will resonate with anyone who’s had a bumpy road with their own family. Yadriel battles darkness both magical and personal to show his family who he truly is and become a brujo. A great book for young folks discovering their identity, those who want to be a good ally, and anyone who loves spooky tales! —Jae

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ISBN: 9781250250469
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Published: Swoon Reads - September 1st, 2020

A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill

Strap in, kids, this one is a wild ride. With a slow-burn horror, Lovecraftian beginning, you won't be able to put this one down. Part family drama, part spine tingling spookiness, the Turner family and their woes will make any horror fan happy. —Jae

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ISBN: 9780525563921
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Published: Vintage - August 4th, 2020

Mending Life: A Handbook for Repairing Clothes and Hearts by Nina Montenegro & Sonya Montenegro

The Montenegro sisters have given us a wonderful gift. Among the many books on mending and upcycling that are coming out right now, Mending Life is definitely a standout. The Montenegros cover mending techniques for a wide range of materials and share their touching personal connection to mending and thrift clothing. The art inside is gorgeous and evocative, with the feel of having been hand-drawn only a few minutes ago. Mend your clothes, mend your connection to other people and the planet.

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ISBN: 9781632172525
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Published: Sasquatch Books - March 10th, 2020

The Age of Witches by Louisa Morgan

I’ve been hooked on Louisa Morgan since I first picked up A Secret History of Witches last year. The Age of Witches is her third foray into magical historical fiction and, in my opinion, her best. Reconstruction-era New York and Victorian England are brought to vivid life as we weave our way through the social niceties (and not-so-niceties) of families and stepfamilies, marriage, and the social expectations of women of the era while expertly adding in a beautiful thread of magic and female companionship. 

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ISBN: 9780316419512
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Published: Redhook - April 7th, 2020

Parasite: A Graphic Novel in Storyboards by Bong Joon Ho

While watching the Oscars, my mom told me not to scream if Parasite won Best Picture. So I just didn't breathe for about 30 seconds. Bong Joon Ho’s movie is a masterpiece of modern filmmaking and a potent, timely commentary on class warfare, no matter the geographic location. Bong mixes genres like a master chef creating a perfect dish, blending thriller, horror, and sociopolitical commentary. I’m so excited to get my hands on this glimpse into his creative process and to spend even more time yelling about this incredible film. 

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ISBN: 9781538753255
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 19th, 2020

Bygone Badass Broads by Mackenzi Lee

Do you know who Julie D'Aubigny is? What about Ursula Nordstrom? This is another one of those "Women You Didn't Know Existed Because Patriarchy" books, and I will never have enough of those, especially ones with art as gorgeous as this one. Lee takes us on a chronological tour around the world of women who changed history, science, and society simply by being Badass Broads. - J Gallo

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By Mackenzi Lee, Ms. Petra Eriksson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419729256
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - February 27th, 2018


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