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  • Cuban science fiction writer
  • a heavy metal rocker
  • humorous short stories
  • unpublished works
  • Cuban sense of humor


Sobras encogidas By Yoss Cover Image
By Yoss
ISBN: 9781623752187
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
(Please note: This book cannot be returned.)
Published: La Pereza Ediciones - May 1st, 2023

  • winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
  • a metafictional novel
  • the New York City world of finance
  • author has lived in  Buenos Aires, Sweden, London, and New York City
  • to be an HBO series


Fortuna By Hernan Diaz Cover Image
ISBN: 9788433901927
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anagrama - June 20th, 2023

  • the intertwined lives of female writers
  • a feminist tale of women creators
  • set in Spain and in exile
  • beautiful illustrations
  • an emotional narrative


Escritoras: Una historia de amistad y creación / Women Writers: A Story of Frien dship and Creation By CARMEN G. DE LA CUEVA Cover Image
ISBN: 9788426424761
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Lumen - July 11th, 2023

  • from the author of La casa de los espiritus
  • the sacrifices of immigrants and the dreams of their children
  • a boy fleeing Vienna in 1938
  • a girl from El Salvador in 2019
  • the connection between them in the United States


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El viento conoce mi nombre / The Wind Knows My Name By Isabel Allende Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644738313
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage Espanol - June 6th, 2023

  • Learn about the history of your clothes
  • A fascinating exploration of history and fashion
  • Reveals issues of gender politics, power, and privilege in pockets
  • Written by a lecturer in dress history


Pockets: An Intimate History of How We Keep Things Close By Hannah Carlson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643751542
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - September 12th, 2023

  • New Yorker best book of the year
  • Explores social history of garments through linen, cotton, silk, synthetics, and wool
  • Illuminates clothes' environmental impact
  • Inquiry into the clothes we wear from their global origins


Worn: A People's History of Clothing By Sofi Thanhauser Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525566731
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - January 10th, 2023

  • Over 1000 images and backgrounds
  • Perfect for collage lovers and beginners
  • Super aesthetically pleasing
  • Encourages you to get creative


Cut Up This Book and Create Your Own Wonderland: 1,000 Unexpected Images for Collage Artists By Eliza Scott, Marta Costa Planas (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Eliza Scott, Marta Costa Planas (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781837760022
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Skittledog - May 23rd, 2023

  • Creative design motifs and ideas for patterns to use them in
  • Add spice to your kitting projects
  • Clear instructions and visuals
  • Greats for beginners of any skill level


KnitOvation Stitch Dictionary: 150+ Modern Colorwork Knitting Motifs By Andrea Rangel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593422700
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Krause Craft - October 10th, 2023

  • Perfect for beginner to intermediate level crochet-ers
  • Mix & match these 15 designs
  • Clear instructions and cute photos
  • Tons of innovative designs


CIY: Crochet-It-Yourself: 15 Modern Crochet Designs to Stitch and Wear By Emma Wright Cover Image
ISBN: 9781787138681
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Quadrille Publishing - March 7th, 2023

  • For your favorite cocktail enthusiast!
  • Iconic drinks abound
  • Pimms Cups to Pink Squirrels!
  • Pair it with a bottle of booze for the ideal gift


Signature Cocktails By Amanda Schuster Cover Image
ISBN: 9781838667559
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Phaidon Press - October 4th, 2023


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