Amy's Staff Picks

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Stray City: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062666697
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Published: Custom House - March 19th, 2019

If Portland in the 90's could be poured into one book, it would be Stray City. Chelsey Johnson has written a novel of the era, and it is so beautifully messy, you cant help but take it into your soul and hold it close for the rest of your life. 


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A Girl is A Body of Water Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781951142049
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Published: Tin House Books - September 1st, 2020

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Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525560548
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Published: Viking - February 25th, 2020

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Lightfall: The Girl & the Galdurian Cover Image
By Tim Probert, Tim Probert (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062990464
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Published: HarperAlley - September 1st, 2020

I love everything about this graphic novel! Fall into a new world, full of intriguing characters, and more than a little bit of danger. But be prepared to have some questions at the end- This is just the beginning of an incredible adventure. 


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Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062873040
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Published: Harper - August 4th, 2020

A biography and history lesson rolled into one, this book is beautifully written, incredibly well researched, and full of the kind of history you didn't learn in school. Anyone who feels disconnected from their families culture will relate to Morgan as she walks back in time to trace the family traditions she grew up with back to their roots. 


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Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor Cover Image
By Layla Saad, Robin Diangelo (Foreword by)
$25.99
ISBN: 9781728209807
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Published: Sourcebooks - January 1st, 2020

This is an anti-racist workbook designed for any one with race privilege. It is just one step to take, but it will help you reflect on your past experiences with racism, and look forward to a future where you can be a better ally. I would absolutely recommend this to every person I know who is ready to put in some real work to becoming anti-racist. With a reminder that this is just the beginning because if I learned anything from this book, it is that we have so much more to do! 


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We Want Our Bodies Back: Poems Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062955289
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Published: Amistad - March 31st, 2020

Lyrical poems that will spark a lot of emotion, and maybe even a call to action. This little book is incredibly powerful! Makes for a great listen on libro.fm as well. 


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A Song of Wraiths and Ruin Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062891495
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Published: Balzer + Bray - June 2nd, 2020

Immerse yourself in West African folklore with this unique high fantasy novel with amazing character development.  CAUTION! this is a twisty book that will make you fall in love with both main characters, even as they fight to kill each other. 


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The Book of Longings: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525429760
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Published: Viking - April 21st, 2020

Historical Fiction at its finest. This book will transport you back in time to Rome’s occupation of Israel, with vivid descriptions and scenery. Ana may have lived in a different age, but her longing for a life of passion, words, and choices rings true today. 


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A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings: A Year of Keeping Bees Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781524747862
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Published: Pantheon - May 5th, 2020

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Coo Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062955975
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Published: Greenwillow Books - March 3rd, 2020

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Eternal on the Water Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781439168332
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Published: Gallery Books - February 16th, 2010

Mary Fury is a character so full of wonder, I found myself wishing she wasn't fictional.  I thoroughly enjoyed the witty banter between characters, and the beautiful scenery that the author describes. Some scenes are so vivid, you feel like they have happened to you.  


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Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780062968722
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Published: HarperOne - January 7th, 2020

This is a quick read that will help you practice the art of loving yourself fully.  Kamal is a relate-able author and his story, while corny at times, rings with authenticity. 


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Six Angry Girls Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250253422
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - August 18th, 2020

A witty outlook on high school, and what it means to stand up for yourself. All 6 of the girls in this book know how to get things done! This is also a great listen on libro.fm


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The Sun Is a Compass: My 4,000-Mile Journey into the Alaskan Wilds Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316414449
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Published: Little, Brown Spark - February 25th, 2020

 Tired of adventure books about people who had no idea what they were doing? Caroline and her husband came across their share of close calls, and breath taking experiences, but there was never a doubt in my mind that they could handle anything the arctic wild threw at them. I loved Caroline's scientific descriptions of the birds they see along the way, as well as her introductions to the zany people they meet along the journey. 


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We Are Not from Here Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984812261
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Published: Philomel Books - May 19th, 2020

This book is a realistic and gritty look at what refugees face every day to find safety. Pulga, Chico, and Pequena are willing to travel thousands of miles to escape their reality in Guatemala, risking everything on the dreams they hope to find in America.  It is a must reed for teens and adults alike! 


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Things You Save in a Fire: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250622129
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - July 14th, 2020

A feel-good romance that features a hard-core female firefighter with a scaring past. Best read with a glass of wine! Reading this book gave me the same feelings as watching a really good rom-com.


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The Color Purple: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143135692
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Published: Penguin Books - December 10th, 2019

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Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780358410768
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Published: Mariner Books - October 6th, 2020

When a very wealthy man mysteriously passes away at a fundraiser auction, he leaves behind a series of clues for anyone to solve and win part of his fortune. Tuesday and a host of friends, both new and old, race to solve the puzzle. But this book is so much more!!! A murder mystery, a ghost story, a guide to being a good friend.....Its hard to pinpoint all my favorite parts of this book. Every character has a fascinating backstory, there is just a hint of magical realism, and literary references (especially to Poe) abound. 


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Half Broke: A Memoir Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781324003076
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 4th, 2020

Ginger's story about her life and working on a ranch in N.M. with convicts and abused horses is raw and deeply moving. I am not a horse person, but I cried reading this book. It has the kind of power to make you reconsider your life choices and where you have ended up. (In my case, how lucky I have been) Gingers relation to the land and her horses is remarkable, and I cant wait to get to see her speak again!


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A Madness of Sunshine Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780593099094
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Published: Berkley - August 25th, 2020

A terrific read, or listen on libro.fm. The author describes the landscape beautifully, bringing in the skills of the native Maori and talking about what it is like to live in poverty in a small town. This murder mystery kept me guessing until the very end.