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An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States – Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Warning: Only read this is you are prepared for just about your entire elementary-middle-high school education shattered. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz has taken the history of the United States and told it through its very first residents - the Indigenous nations. She begins by establishing what life was like pre-colonization: Irrigation, farming, healthy trade routes and fifteen million… Continue reading An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States – Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

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Komi Can’t Communicate, Vol. 1 – Tomohito Oda

I've been meaning to pick this one up for ages and I'm glad I did. The premise of this manga is exactly the title - Komi, the appointed "princess" of her class, has always been mistaken as an aloof icy girl...but in reality she just can't communicate. When someone talks to her or when she tries… Continue reading Komi Can’t Communicate, Vol. 1 – Tomohito Oda

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Devolution – Max Brooks

“I think the human mind isn’t comfortable with mysteries. We’re always looking for answers to the unexplained. And if an answer can’t come from facts, we’ll try to cobble one together from old stories.” Greenloop was supposed to be the perfect eco-friendly town - located an hour and a half south of Seattle and accessible only by… Continue reading Devolution – Max Brooks

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Quidditch Through the Ages – JK Rowling

Is there anything more quintessential than Quidditch? This short book written by Kennilworthy Whisp (aka JK Rowling) delves into the history of Quidditch. From the humble beginnings of brooms to the history of the quaffle to the formation of the Quidditch teams - this book has it all. Now, this is definitely not my first time… Continue reading Quidditch Through the Ages – JK Rowling

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Sex and Vanity – Kevin Kwan

Lucie Churchill has lived her life within a very narrow box thanks to her stifling family. You'd think that being incredibly rich would lead her to a life of glamor and excitement but instead she's constantly petrified of stepping one foot out of line. During a visit to the Capri island, Lucie (for the first time) steps outside… Continue reading Sex and Vanity – Kevin Kwan

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The Midnight Library – Matt Haig

Life has just gotten to the point where it's overwhelming and all-encompassing and above all, Nora can't see a possible situation where it gets better. Everyone she's ever known has pulled away, her job is gone and her best friend in the world passes. All she's left with is herself and a cripplingly black hole. She slips herself… Continue reading The Midnight Library – Matt Haig

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The Unofficial Hogwarts for the Holidays Cookbook – Rita Mock-Pike

Oh look! It's Miranda Reads squirreling away yet another literary themed cookbook...how has her house not collapsed under the weight of all those books? On a side note, I've discovered once your collection of books grows large enough...people don't really notice when you add one or two more in per week (ha). As far as this book… Continue reading The Unofficial Hogwarts for the Holidays Cookbook – Rita Mock-Pike

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Fictitious Dishes – Dinah Fried

So, on the one hand this book is gorgeous. Dina Fried began the book as actually a school project - photographing famous dishes from fiction (like Moby Dick's clam chowder, or roasted potatoes from the Secret Garden). Each dish is beautifully photographed with aesthetically pleasing dishes, backgrounds and linens - all trying to be accurate to the… Continue reading Fictitious Dishes – Dinah Fried