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Pantomime by Laura Lam

Highly recommended if you like alternate world fantasies and YA novels that deal with LGBTQI bodies and identities. Micah is a winning character and the worldbuilding has me raring for the sequel. 

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ISBN: 9781908844378
Availability: Special Order
Published: Strange Chemistry - February 5th, 2013

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Touching, real, surprising, beautiful. By the end of this book I felt like I really KNEW these characters, and even months later their personalities and hardships and small moments of discovery, awkwardness, and growth have stuck with me.

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ISBN: 9781250012579
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 26th, 2013

Spit & Passion by Cristy C. Road

The memoir is mostly centered around the author's middle school years, growing up in a Cubana household of working class women and children in Miami Beach, coming to terms with the fact of her queerness within a loving family embedded in a deeply religious culture inimicable to homosexuality. 

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ISBN: 9781558618077
Availability: Backordered
Published: Feminist Press - October 23rd, 2012

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

A fun, light story with a strong woman at the center, this novel is highly enjoyable and will appeal to fans of Naomi Novik. Set in an alternate history in which dragons exist, a young woman becomes a self-taught naturalist in order to study them, and becomes one of the greatest scientific minds of her society.

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ISBN: 9780765331960
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Published: Tor Books - February 5th, 2013

Bruce by Peter Ames Carlin

Fascinating, thorough, peppered with direct quotes from the man himself and his closest family and associates, Carlin's biography of The Boss is a compelling read. Would make a great gift for any Springsteen fan in one's life.

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ISBN: 9781439191828
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Published: Touchstone Books - October 30th, 2012

Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

My favorite food blog, now a beautiful cookbook! The Smitten Kitchen is always my go-to blog for great recipes, especially for baking and rich, beautiful main courses. This book includes one of my new favorite recipes, Mushroom Bourguignon.

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ISBN: 9780307595652
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 30th, 2012

Saga vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

I avidly collected the single issues of this one from my favorite local comic book store (Westfield Comics, my local one is on the East Side), and I'm excited to have the trade available to sell to Room's customers, too!

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ISBN: 9781607066019
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Published: Image Comics - October 23rd, 2012

Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel

Fascinating, uncomfortable, anxious, characteristically brilliant, this is a powerful piece of self-examination, and will appeal to readers who like their memoir destabilized, ambitious, and brutally honest. Bechdel's art is yet again indicative of her power as a visual storyteller, with an economy of visual work that underscores with subtle detail the intricacy of her revelations.

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ISBN: 9780618982509
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - May 1st, 2012

Everything Is Its Own Reward by Paul Madonna

I can't say enough about Paul Madonna's gorgeous ink washes of urban buildings (mostly San Francisco, though you'll find other cities immortalized in these pages). The art is beautiful, and the accompanying text is wry, funny, sharp, and often strikingly profound in its observance.

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By Paul Madonna (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780872865150
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Published: City Lights Books - April 19th, 2011

Johnny Hiro by Fred Chao

This is a warm, funny, cool look at young adulthood, beautifully drawn.

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By Fred Chao, Chao, Fred Chao (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780765329370
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Tor Books - July 17th, 2012


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