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MJ's Reviews

Little Thieves by Margaret Owen

Fairytales are ripe for the retelling. This reworked version of the Goose Girl is a fun Ocean’s Eleven Four!—style story about a girl named Vanja, who assumes one girl's life to save her own. If your reading wheelhouse includes dangerous grifting, street-smart girls, retellings, unlikely friendships, and high fantasy, this book from the author of the Merciful Crow duology is for you. Six of Crows fans are sure to enjoy this one.—MJ

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ISBN: 9781250191908
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - October 19th, 2021

The Most Fun Thing by Kyle Beachy

For the love of skateboarding! In The Most Fun Thing—a memoir by way of essays—Beachy attempts to find what skateboarding REALLY means, and begins a journey of self-discovery along the way. Sometimes we have to dig deep to uncover the gems inside ourselves, to know what’s important to us. A lovely memoir, perfect whether you’re “regular” or “goofy.”—MJ

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ISBN: 9781538754115
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - August 10th, 2021

Knitting for Radical Self-Care by Brandi Cheyenne Harper

In our time of a global shared trauma, self-care is more important than ever. Many of us have found new hobbies and passions during the various shutdowns, and for anyone who has been knitting, from the seasoned knitter to the knitting newbie, this book is a great source of patterns and comfort. Crafting can be a soothing activity as well as one that leaves you feeling accomplished. Get cozy and ready to take care of yourself, while making something for you or your friends!—MJ 

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ISBN: 9781419744884
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Published: Abrams - January 4th, 2022

Stitching Stolen Live by Sara Trail & Teresa Dureva Wong

Quilts are historically group projects; women sat together, creating from spare fabrics a blanket that has the potential to be handed down for generations, telling stories as they sew. Stitching Stolen Lives weaves a portrait of the power of quilts to share stories and to help one express oneself. Trail helps empower young people to use quilting to not only remember those they have lost but to make a promise to themselves to fight injustice for a better future.—MJ

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ISBN: 9781644031384
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Published: C&T Publishing - September 25th, 2021

All This Time by Cedar Sigo

All This Time is a gorgeous collection of poetry from Indigenous author Cedar Sigo. His use of the blank page as a canvas on which to paint words was like a literary breeze on my face. Sigo embodies the words and creates a world of their own, something that is wholly new while paying respects to the artists before him. The poems are haunting, with an air about them like recovered memories. Highly suggested for the poet in your life. —MJ

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ISBN: 9781950268467
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Published: Wave Books - October 5th, 2021

The Wildest Ride by Marcella Bell

Romance and rodeos! The Wildest Ride is Bell’s first in a new series, giving us a sexy slow burn of enemies-to-lovers riding the closed circuit. City man meets farm woman in a chase for a million dollar prize; as the competition heats up, so does their time spent together in private. I loved this! - MJ

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ISBN: 9781335773227
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Published: Hqn - August 10th, 2021

The Bug Club by Elise Gravel

Not only is this little hardcover educational, but it’s so CUTE. Even the passing appreciator of nature will love this adorably illustrated guide to our six-legged friends. Elise Gravel uses her charming art and handwritten text to create an approachable guide that feels more like sharing notes with a very smart friend than reading lists of facts. As a big fan of bugs, I may be biased, but this book is a must-have for the future entomologist in your life. —MJ

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ISBN: 9781770464155
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - August 10th, 2021

Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice by Rupa Marya

“Modern medicine always reflects the colonial politics of its time.” I’m a certified health book freak, always scouring the shelves for authors presenting new, insightful information on the connection between our health and the societies we care for it in. Inflamed is all of that and more. Written in an accessible voice, anyone with a body needs to read this. —MJ

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ISBN: 9780374602512
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 3rd, 2021

My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones

Stephen Graham Jones never misses. My Heart is a Chainsaw is for those of us who have a life-long love for horror, putting us behind the wheel with protagonist Jade and her knowledge of all things chainsaw and jumpscare when blood splatter metaphorically (and physically) hits the fan. If you loved Mongrels or The Only Good Indians, please do yourself a favor and read this book! —MJ

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ISBN: 9781982137632
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - August 31st, 2021

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

Murakami's writing is a dreamscape that floats before your eyes. His tone is calm and steady; no matter what's happening, you can depend on the voice to be matter-of-fact. For those familiar with his work, his Oedipus complex is as predictable as the surrealist nature of the storytelling as we follow multiple POV's through our world and another. - MJ

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ISBN: 9781400079278
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Published: Vintage - January 3rd, 2006


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