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We Go Way Back (Staff Pick)

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We Go Way Back: A Book About Life on Earth and How it All Began By Idan Ben-Barak, Philip Bunting (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Idan Ben-Barak, Philip Bunting (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250850799
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - February 14th, 2023

BIOLOGY IS WEIRD (in a very exciting way), and this book totally gets it. If you have a small person in your life who would enjoy discovering that the origins of life are a great big mystery, Idan Ben-Barak gives a wonderful introduction.

- Murphy


Wild Witchcraft (Staff Pick)

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Wild Witchcraft: Folk Herbalism, Garden Magic, and Foraging for Spells, Rituals, and Remedies By Rebecca Beyer Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781982185626
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Published: S&S/Simon Element - May 10th, 2022

Ever want to walk into the woods and come out with a plant that will make you feel better? Wished you could grow your own home remedies for bad days? Rebecca Beyer is here with delightful, hopeful, and practical witchy advice! She talks about soil science, folk medicine in America, and even suggestions for what to sing to your plants when you harvest them. Embrace your cottagecore dreams with the help of her glorious bibliography and citations.

- Murphy


Heaven Official's Blessing (Vol. 1)

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Heaven Official's Blessing: Tian Guan Ci Fu (Novel) Vol. 1 By Mo Xiang Tong Xiu, ZeldaCW (Illustrator), tai3_3 (Cover design or artwork by) Cover Image
By Mo Xiang Tong Xiu, ZeldaCW (Illustrator), tai3_3 (Cover design or artwork by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781648279171
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Published: Seven Seas - December 14th, 2021

Gay ghostbusters, but in a Chinese fantasy genre called xianxia. Martial artists develop magic & immortality to become cultivators, who battle demonic spirits. Xie Lian, an immortal hot mess, keeps getting thrown out of heaven, because the bureacracy there is wild. He's back on earth again, this time to investigate a string of disappearances with the help of a mysterious (and handsome) young man. Action-packed, funny as hell, and very gay. (Hint: if this is your first xianxia novel, read the appendix first!)

Murphy


Fox at Night (My First I Can Read)

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Fox at Night (My First I Can Read) By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780062977076
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Published: Greenwillow Books - March 2nd, 2021

Fox is afraid of the dark. Luckily, Fox has friends to help prove that monsters aren't real!* ........ (*Probably)

Murphy


A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns

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A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns (Quick & Easy Guides) By Archie Bongiovanni, Tristan Jimerson, Archie Bongiovanni (Illustrator) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781620104996
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Published: Limerence Press - June 12th, 2018

I gave this book to my 70yo father as an intro to gender as a spectrum. He read it in less than 30min, nodded, and said "Makes sense." I can give no stronger endorsement. (It's only $6 with the discount!)

Murphy


How Not to Kill Your Houseplant: Survival Tips for the Horticulturally Challenged

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How Not to Kill Your Houseplant: Survival Tips for the Horticulturally Challenged By Veronica Peerless Cover Image
$14.99
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ISBN: 9781465463302
Published: DK - August 15th, 2017

For anyone who has *Concerns* about a lil green friend in their life (especially those of you who bought my November staff pick, Growing Joy, and are beginning to have second thoughts).

Murphy


Phenomena: Doppelmayr's Celestial Atlas

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Phenomena: Doppelmayr's Celestial Atlas By Giles Sparrow, Martin Rees (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Giles Sparrow, Martin Rees (Foreword by)
$65.00
ISBN: 9780226824116
Availability: Available to Order from Supplier: Arrives at Store in a Week(ish)
Published: University of Chicago Press - November 14th, 2022

A coffee table book that sits right at the intersection of art, science, and history! If someone you love has an interest in star-gazing, astrology, or just likes beautiful illustrations, this makes for a perfect splurge.

Murphy


The Quiltmaker's Gift

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The Quiltmaker's Gift By Jeff Brumbeau, Gail de Marcken (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jeff Brumbeau, Gail de Marcken (Illustrator)
$21.99
ISBN: 9780439309103
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 1st, 2001

With illustrations like hand-painted I Spy pictures, this story about generosity is a work of art that doesn't talk down to kids. Giving can be just as wonderful as receiving!

Murphy


Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun's Thanksgiving Story (Hardcover)

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Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun's Thanksgiving Story By Danielle Greendeer, Anthony Perry, Alexis Bunten, Garry Meeches, Sr. (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781623542900
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Published: Charlesbridge - August 2nd, 2022

Want a Thanksgiving story that respects Wampanoag traditions and has beautiful art? The good news is, you've found a stunning one. (There is no bad news). I had a blast learning Wôpanâak words with my kiddo when we read it together - I hope you do too!

Murphy


Growing Joy

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Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) By Maria Failla, Samantha Leung (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Maria Failla, Samantha Leung (Illustrator)
$21.99
ISBN: 9781250814890
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Published: St. Martin's Essentials - June 28th, 2022

Hot tip from a former plant-killer: learning to keep your lil green friends alive doesn't have to be overwhelming! Fellow former plant-killer Maria Failla has advice that makes it pretty fun self-care. :) If you, like me, have a meditation app on your phone you never use & a houseplant, this book is for you!

Murphy


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