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Music Theory Made Simple (Staff Pick)

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Music Theory Made Simple: Essential Concepts for Budding Composers, Musicians and Music Lovers By Adrian Valia Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781645675907
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Published: Page Street Publishing - March 21st, 2023

If you've struggled to learn music theory before, this book is for you. With visual explanations, short exercises, and links to audio & video examples, Music Theory Made Simple has something for every learning style.

- Murphy


Oona in the Arctic (Staff Pick)

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Oona in the Arctic By Kelly DiPucchio, Raissa Figueroa (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kelly DiPucchio, Raissa Figueroa (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063222328
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 24th, 2023

Not all mermaids live on sunny beaches! Join Oona as she bundles up and heads north on a quest to reunite separated friends. Heartwarming, exciting, with beautiful art and adorable characters.

- Murphy


Fever Knights Role-Playing Game (Staff Pick)

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Fever Knights Role-Playing Game: Powered by ZWEIHANDER RPG By Adam Ellis, Daniel D. Fox, Anna Goldberg, Gabriel Hicks, Kate Bullock (Editor), ARTeapot (Illustrator) Cover Image
$49.99
ISBN: 9781524867607
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - November 7th, 2023

Battle enemies like a swordfighting chicken or Viscountess Jellyroll! Become a superpowered high schooler with your friends! The perfect gift for someone interested in Dungeons & Dragons, regardless of experience level. Cozy, spooky, lighthearted, story-heavy, and combat-light, appropriate for middle schoolers to adults.

- Murphy


Seasonal Family Almanac (Staff Pick)

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Seasonal Family Almanac: Recipes, Rituals, and Crafts to Embrace the Magic of the Year By Emma Frisch, Jana Blankenship, Allison Usavage (By (photographer)) Cover Image
By Emma Frisch, Jana Blankenship, Allison Usavage (By (photographer))
$35.00
ISBN: 9781797222455
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - April 18th, 2023

For busy parents, this activity planner is great for families with elementary school kids. Filled with crafts & recipes that feel special & seasonal, they can take as much or as little time as you like, keeping prep time under 30 minutes. Flip through, pick a few, and enjoy making something together without browsing pinterest for hours.

- Murphy


Life is Not Useful (Staff Pick)

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Life Is Not Useful By Ailton Krenak, Alex Brostoff (Translator), Jamille Pinheiro Dias (Translator) Cover Image
By Ailton Krenak, Alex Brostoff (Translator), Jamille Pinheiro Dias (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781509554058
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Published: Polity Press - May 8th, 2023

This book is my go-to when I start spiraling over climate change and capitalism. For hope & determination without self-delusion, there is no better teacher than Ailton Krenak, an Indigenous leader who has survived decades of colonial oppression in Brazil.

- Murphy


Worried Whippet: A Book of Bravery (Staff Pick)

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Worried Whippet: A Book of Bravery (for Adults and Kids Struggling with Anxiety) By Jess Bolton Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781400242122
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Published: Harper Celebrate - September 5th, 2023

This dog has pink pajamas, a fondness for blueberries, and a very complicated relationship with seagulls. Just look at that face! The perfect gift for a human with an anxious doggo.

- Murphy


Zachary Ying & the Dragon Emperor (Staff Pick)

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Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor By Xiran Jay Zhao Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781665900713
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - October 3rd, 2023

If you liked Percy Jackson, YuGiOh, or Pokemon Go, get this book! An ancient Chinese emperor gets stuck in an AR gaming headset, and an international adventure ensues! Zachary Ying is a great book for readers young at heart and young readers alike.

- Murphy


Desire (Staff Pick)

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Desire: An Inclusive Guide to Navigating Libido Differences in Relationships By Lauren Fogel Mersy, Jennifer A. Vencill Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780807006788
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Published: Beacon Press - August 22nd, 2023

"Inclusivity" has turned into such a buzzword that I'm often skeptical when I see it, but Desire totally surpassed my expectations. The authors do an amazing job of framing different desire levels as a normal part of relationships, and the way they acknowledge their privilege in the introduction is refreshing. Desire feels like a spiritual successor to Come As You Are, and I want everyone to read this, regardless of whether they're in a relationship or single.

- Murphy


Weather Together (Staff Pick)

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Weather Together (Not Quite Narwhal and Friends) By Jessie Sima, Jessie Sima (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jessie Sima, Jessie Sima (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781665916981
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 2nd, 2023

Being a unicorn isn't always sunshine and rainbows... If you have a small person in your life, this book is a gift that shows that, with the right friends, you can feel stormy and cloudy without feeling lonely.

- Murphy


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