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Migrations: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250204035
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Published: Flatiron Books - July 6th, 2021

A tale weaving together climate change, personal struggle & change, and a thrilling nautical adventure. A must read for anyone who loves being outdoors.

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When No One Is Watching: A Thriller Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062982650
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 1st, 2020

Author Alyssa Cole takes on gentrification in this thrilling novel set in Brooklyn. Cole weaves together a fast paced story of community, current events, and an unexpected relationship. This reminded me of the movie Get Out. 

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In Winter's Kitchen: Growing Roots and Breaking Bread in the Northern Heartland Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571313614
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Published: Milkweed Editions - October 11th, 2016

Local food writer Beth Dooley moves from New Jersey to Minnesota and discovers all of the community based agriculture that contributes to our developing food, coop, and farmers market scene. Part memior, part local food study, Dooley write a book that is essential reading for Minnesotans.

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Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984820389
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Published: One World - March 2nd, 2021

Hong weaves her personal experience with the broader Asian American experience. Her essays are full of history, emotion, and humor. Folks who enjoy reading memiors, immigration stories, or witty personal anecdotes will love this collection.

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ISBN: 9780525554929
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Published: Penguin Books - April 21st, 2020

I can imagine this book in every high school aross the US. There are so many complicated topics covered in this book, but all are presented in an approachable way that begs for conversation. 

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Hungry Hearts: Essays on Courage, Desire, and Belonging Cover Image
By Jennifer Rudolph Walsh (Editor), Luvvie Ajayi Jones (Contributions by), Amena Brown (Contributions by), Austin Channing Brown (Contributions by), Cameron Esposito (Contributions by), Ashley C. Ford (Contributions by), Natalie Guerrero (Contributions by), Sue Monk Kidd (Contributions by), Connie (MILCK) Lim (Contributions by), Nkosingiphile Mabaso (Contributions by), Jillian Mercado (Contributions by), Priya Parker (Contributions by), Bozoma Saint John (Contributions by), Michael Trotter (Contributions by), Blount-Trotter (Contributions by)
ISBN: 9780593229620
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Published: The Dial Press - February 9th, 2021

I loved starting my day with one of these short essays. Each one is full of heart, honesty, inspiration, and provdes a sense of belonging. This is a book many of us can use right now. 

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Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984825070
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - January 12th, 2021

This book provides judgement free support and a science based look into alcohol on our minds & bodies. If you're re-examining your realtionship to alcohol, or are sober-curoius, I highly recommend this book. 

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Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ (Revised Edition) Cover Image
By Giulia Enders, Jill Enders (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781771643764
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Published: Greystone Books - March 27th, 2018

As we learn more and more about the mind-gut connection, we realize how much a healthly gut plays in our daily lives. No medical degree required for this book; just great information presented in bite sized winkpieces. 

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ISBN: 9781101971444
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Published: Vintage - January 8th, 2019

A thrilling, true story about a subject we love so dearly: coffee. I learned so much about coffee farming, the resurgence of Yemeni coffee, and the dedication of one man to a place he loves. I would recommend this book to EVERYONE who considers themself a coffee drinker. 

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Weird but Normal: Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062942807
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Published: HarperOne - May 19th, 2020

For a book to hold my attention AND make me laugh out loud during this pandemic time?? YES. This book is one of the funniest books I've read with very relatable stories for Midwestern Millennials.

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The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden Cover Image
ISBN: 9781604693348
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Published: Timber Press - March 11th, 2014

This is the most encouraging, no pressure, intuitive "how-to" book I've read.  Although the author's intention is to help you plan a low-maintence garden that is good for the earth and your familiy, some of the lessons can easily be applied to your daily life, outside of the garden. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in gardening and landscaping.