Braving the Brightest

Welcome to Braving The Brightest 2021

A reading challenge for book lovers, designed to get you out of your reading comfort zone, and discover a new literary adventure every month.

Here's how it works:

Print this bookmark at home, or come grab one from us at the bookshop. Each month pick out a book that follows the challenge, and get a stamp on your bookmark. You can come into the store, or shop with us online with the discount code: BRAVE2021 to receive 10% off that month's pick. You can also stop by to collect your stamp every month, or save your receipts to get them all at once. At the end of the year turn in your bookmark to receive an award. Prizes will be given to all participants, based on how many months you have completed. 

Can't decide on a book for this month? Check out our recommendations below, or our booksellers are always happy to personally recommend a good read! Stop in to say hi, or contact us here.

For November, you will be picking a book written by an author who is differently abled. We are defining differently abled as both visible and invisible as well as physical differences and neurodiverse.

El Deafo Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781419712173
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 2nd, 2014

Fifty-Four Things Wrong with Gwendolyn Rogers Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062996633
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Quill Tree Books - October 19th, 2021

Roll with It Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534442559
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2019

The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love with Me Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982100544
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Published: Atria Books - August 6th, 2019

The Kiss Quotient Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780451490803
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Published: Berkley - June 5th, 2018

Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century Cover Image
By Alice Wong (Editor)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781984899422
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Published: Vintage - June 30th, 2020

Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062936806
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Published: HarperOne - July 6th, 2021

Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538728734
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Published: Twelve - August 11th, 2020

Beauty Is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability Cover Image
By Sheila Black (Editor), Jennifer Bartlett (Editor), Michael Northen (Editor)
$19.95
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ISBN: 9781935955054
Published: Cinco Puntos Press - October 11th, 2011

Solutions and Other Problems Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982156947
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Gallery Books - September 22nd, 2020

Girl at War: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812986396
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 22nd, 2016

Sorrowland: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374266776
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: MCD - May 4th, 2021

Get a Life, Chloe Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters #1) Cover Image
$15.99
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ISBN: 9780062941206
Published: Avon - November 5th, 2019

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978273
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 5th, 2019

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.: Essays Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781101912195
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Published: Vintage - May 30th, 2017

Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space (Exploded Views) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781552453957
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Published: Coach House Books - March 3rd, 2020

What Doesn't Kill You: A Life with Chronic Illness - Lessons from a Body in Revolt Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250751454
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - February 2nd, 2021

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What Stars Are Made Of Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780374313197
Availability: Usually Ships in 2-5 Days
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - March 31st, 2020

Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807002803
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Published: Beacon Press - February 23rd, 2021

Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected (TED Books) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781501195471
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Published: Simon & Schuster/ TED - June 18th, 2019

(Don't) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616207816
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - October 2nd, 2018

Golem Girl: A Memoir Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781984820327
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Published: One World - October 26th, 2021

Smile: The Story of a Face Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982150945
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - October 5th, 2021

Fierce and Delicate: Essays on Dance and Illness Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781952271014
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Published: West Virginia University Press - May 31st, 2021

Diary of a Young Naturalist Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781571311801
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Milkweed Editions - June 8th, 2021

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780765385505
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Published: Tordotcom - April 5th, 2016

Vagina Problems: Endometriosis, Painful Sex, and Other Taboo Topics Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250240682
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 6th, 2020

Super Sick: Making Peace with Chronic Illness Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781777087845
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Published: Phoenix Quill Press - May 31st, 2021

Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780374306502
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - September 18th, 2018

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812974492
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - July 29th, 2014

Seabiscuit: An American Legend Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780449005613
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 26th, 2002

Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250027436
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Square Fish - May 7th, 2013

Six of Crows Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781627792127
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - September 29th, 2015

Kindred Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807083697
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Beacon Press - February 1st, 2004

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
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ISBN: 9780375701214
Published: Vintage - June 23rd, 1998

A Brief History of Time Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780553380163
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bantam - September 1st, 1998

Crime and Punishment (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780679734505
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - March 2nd, 1993

The Book of Imaginary Beings: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Jorge Luis Borges, Andrew Hurley (Translated by), Peter Sis (Illustrator)
$19.00
ISBN: 9780143039938
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Published: Penguin Classics - September 26th, 2006

Paradise Lost (Penguin Clothbound Classics) Cover Image
By John Milton, John Leonard (Editor), John Leonard (Introduction by), John Leonard (Notes by), Coralie Bickford-Smith (Illustrator)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780241240618
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Published: Penguin Classics - May 17th, 2016

Everything in Its Place: First Loves and Last Tales Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101972328
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Published: Vintage - March 31st, 2020

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

Akata Witch (The Nsibidi Scripts #1) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780142420911
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Speak - July 11th, 2017

Binti Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780765385253
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tordotcom - September 22nd, 2015