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Balance Is Bullshit
Balance Is Bullshit By Alicia McKenzie, Illustrated by Regina Shklovsky

Life can be unpredictable and messy, and that’s OK! Balance Is Bullshit introduces the 4 pillars of wellness—physical, mental, financial, and social—and provides a blueprint for building a stable foundation for a healthy life. 

Balance Is Bullshit is a guided workbook/journal with exercises and challenges focusing on physical, mental and financial wellness, as well as community engagement. The workbook will prompt the reader to define realistic, achievable goals and increase the efficiency of everyday life. Journal prompts encourage writing and introspection. Weekly schedules provide readers with a clear structure for planning their days. With a holistic approach to wellness, Balance Is Bullshit will help anyone eliminate chaos and achieve more stability and productivity.

The Power of Plus
The Power of Plus By Gianluca Russo

"The Power of Plus will leave you feeling inspired, motivated, and ready to push for real change, as well as confident and encouraged to embrace yourself, just as you are. This is essential reading for anyone who truly cares about the future of fashion, and for anyone who believes in the power of being yourself." —Versha Sharma, editor in chief, Teen Vogue

Plus-size fashion revolutionizes the way women view themselves and their bodies

Exclusivity runs within the foundation of fashion. While calls for diversity have intensified recently, long-held attitudes are only beginning to change. But through social media, plus-size people have been able to create supportive communities that show their confidence, strength, and beauty.

Plus-size fashionistas have been writing their own narrative for the past three decades, creating a market all on their own that is now worth more than $21 billion. The Power of Plus features interviews with trailblazers such as Tess Holliday, Emme Aronson, Gabi Gregg, and more as it follows the evolution of plus-size fashion from its start on small blogs to its current boom, examining the way this market has changed women’s relationships with their bodies and how plus-size fashion is integral to the future success of the industry.

Plus-size fashion is not a PR stunt. It is a culture-changing market created by and for the people who have always deserved to feel stylish but never had the visibility to be . . . until now. 

By honoring our progress so far, The Power of Plus celebrates the next stage of the plus-size fashion movement.

You-ology
You-ology By Trish Hutchison, MD, By Kathryn Lowe, MD, By Melisa Holmes, MD, FACOG

From the most trusted name in child health—a new, inclusive approach learning about puberty! Remember that awkward day in school when the boys went to one classroom and the girls to another and everyone nervously giggled, learning about taboo topics like menstruation and erections? What if your kids could learn about changing bodies in a way that isn’t secretive or shameful? And what if it could even be inclusive, fun, and, well, kind of adorable? A new kind of puberty guide, You-ology embraces an inclusive approach that normalizes puberty for all kids. Traditional puberty education only contributes to a sense of isolation and often does not include all kids’ experience of puberty and leaves kids with questions about how puberty will affect their friends and classmates. For curious kids and parents looking to talk about puberty in an inclusive way, You-ology offers fact-based, age-appropriate, and body positive information about the physical, social, and emotional changes ahead for all kids. Colorful illustrations keep the tone upbeat and engaging, while short stories featuring a cast of diverse characters add relatability and humor. Helping kids understand what EVERY body goe
Nora Ephron
Nora Ephron By Kristin Marguerite Doidge

Based on more than thirty interviews with some of Ephron's closest friends, family, collaborators, and colleagues as well as numerous interviews Ephron herself gave, award-winning journalist and cultural critic Doidge has written a riveting story of the life of a creative writer who revolutionized journalism, comedy, and film

Nora Ephron was one of the most popular, accomplished, and beloved writers in American journalism and film.

Nora Ephron: A Biography is the first comprehensive portrait of the Manhattan-born girl who forged a path of her own, earning accolades and adoration from critics and fans alike. Author Kristin Marguerite Doidge explores the tremendous successes and disappointing failures Ephron sustained in her career as a popular essayist turned screenwriter turned film director. She redefined the modern rom-com genre with bestselling books such as Heartburn and hit movies including When Harry Met SallySleepless in Seattle, and Julie & Julia. Doidge also examines the private life Ephron tried to keep in balance with her insatiable ambition.

Based on rare archival research and numerous interviews with some of Ephron's closest friends, collaborators, and award-winning colleagues including actors Tom Hanks and Caroline Aaron, comedian Martin Short, composer George Fenton, and lifelong friends from Wellesley to New York to Hollywood—as well as interviews Ephron herself gave throughout her career—award-winning journalist and cultural critic Doidge has written a captivating story of the life of a creative writer whose passion for the perfect one-liner and ferocious drive to succeed revolutionized journalism, comedy, and film.

The first in-depth biography to explore the complex themes that ran through Ephron's work and to examine why so many of them still grab our attention today.
Remnants
Remnants By Céline Huyghebaert, Translated by Aleshia Jensen

Winner of the 2019 Governor General's Literary Award for French Language Fiction

 

Remnants is an exploration of our relationships with family and perception, told through a profound investigation of a father's life and sudden death. Employing various voices and hybrid forms—including dialogues, questionnaires, photographs, and dream documentation—Huyghebaert builds a fragmented picture of a father-daughter relationship that has been shaped by silences and missed opportunities.

The reader attempts to untangle fact from fiction: multiple versions of Huyghebaert's father are presented while remnants of his life disappear achingly quickly. What is left of someone who was not important enough to be archived? How do we talk about what no longer exists?

Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for French-language fiction, Remnants asks essential questions we often only peer at from the corner of an eye; questions about the value of life in its duration and passing. This is a transcendent work, ideal for readers of Annie Ernaux, Sophie Calle, and Maggie Nelson.

My Shadow Is Purple
My Shadow Is Purple By Scott Stuart

My Dad has a shadow that's blue as a berry, and my Mom's is as pink as a blossoming cherry. There's only those choices, a 2 or a 1. But mine is quite different, it's both and it's none.

An inspiring book about being true to yourself, by best-selling children's book creator Scott Stuart. This effusive rhyming story considers gender beyond binary in a vibrant spectrum of color.

Be Drag Fabulous
Be Drag Fabulous By Katie Mockridge

Bringing together life advice and gorgeous illustrations inspired by some of the best drag queens from all over the world, this book will have you sashaying your way to success. Whenever you need life advice, just think: WWADQD – What Would A Drag Queen Do? Containing 75 essential lessons, Be Drag Fabulous will show you how to become the most spectacular version of yourself. Containing gorgeous illustrations by Katie Mockridge, this little book of drag wit and wisdom has you covered on all aspects of life, from fashion and self-care, beauty, friendships and work and brings together the best drag queens from around the world. Make your world you very own catwalk and learn how to channel your charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent. Condragulations, this is the first step in becoming drag fabulous. The perfect gift for fans of RuPaul's Drag Race.Perfect for:•Fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race•Anyone who needs advice on how to be their most fabulous self
The Secret Forest Friends
The Secret Forest Friends Illustrated by Kazue Takahashi, By Kyoko Hara

For quiet excitement, having secret friends in the forest is hard to beat.

Summer arrives, and once again Mayu comes to the forest near her grandparents’ house.

The mailbox is still there. Mayu and Konta, a young fox, write letters to each other and explore the forest together. Mayu keeps this mystery forest friend a secret. But one day while they are playing in the forest, something terrible happens to her. For the first time, Konta decides to go out of the forest to call for help for Mayu . . .

The second book from the acclaimed Forest Friends series, Hara pens a sweet story of magically everyday life and an unexpected friendship. Takahashi’s illustrations switch between full color and grayscale, adding playfulness and whimsy.

“A charming story of everyday life with a hint of magic.” —Kirkus STARRED Review for The Mailbox in the Forest (book 1)

Women Who Led the Way
Women Who Led the Way By Mick Manning, Illustrated by Brita Granström

From a wide range of historical periods (the 9th century to the present) and countries, this book reveals 33 intrepid women who broke the boundaries of society as well as geography in order to explore places, peoples and customs.

Some of them took up personal challenges, like climbing the world’s highest mountains or crossing oceans and deserts; others have joined space programs or pursued scientific research. Some were seeking new places to live. All were and are pioneers. While some are world-famous, others deserve to be better-known.

Among them are Jeanne Baret (France), first woman to circumnavigate the globe; Amelia Earhart (USA) pioneer pilot; Junko Tabei (Japan) first woman to climb Everest; Aud 'the Deep-Minded' (Scandinavia), leader of settlement in Iceland; Mae Carol Jemison (USA), first black woman in space; Mary Anning (England), fossil discoverer; Sylvia Earle (USA), underwater explorer and ocean conservation campaigner; Arunima Sinha (India), first female amputee to climb Mount Everest.

The Complicated Calculus (and Cows) of Carl Paulsen
The Complicated Calculus (and Cows) of Carl Paulsen By Gary Eldon Peter

Set on a small and struggling family dairy operation in southern Minnesota, The Complicated Calculus (and Cows) of Carl Paulsen follows fifteen-year-old Carl as he confronts his crush on Andy Olnan, a handsome and confident but secretive “city boy” recently transplanted to farm life from Minneapolis who may or may not share the same feelings.

At the same time, Carl and his father clash over the future of their farm, a legacy of Carl’s late mother: how do they honor her dream for the family while also ensuring financial security?

Carl discovers his own resilience in the face of grief, adult-sized decisions, and unrequited love, and along the way learns to cope with both the challenges and rewards of being different.

Kit and Caboodle
Kit and Caboodle By Anna Pignataro

Witches are good at casting spells, flying and making potions, right?

Kit is a witch, but she isn’t very good at witchy things. One Halloween, a bedraggled bat named Caboodle comes tumbling through Kit’s window. She tries using magic to fix his broken wing, but the results are … unexpected.

Caboodle causes havoc in the house as he waits for his wing to heal. Kit is at her wit’s end. But when Caboodle goes missing, Kit realizes just how special he is to her.

A beautiful mix of magic and humor, and a celebration of true friendship.
Giant Island
Giant Island Illustrated by Doug Keith, By Jane Yolen

 
 
 
 
 
 
A Day in the Life of a Caveman, a Queen and Everything In Between
A Day in the Life of a Caveman, a Queen and Everything In Between By Mike Barfield, By Jess Bradley

A colorful and comical tour through history from cartoonists Mike Barfield and Jess Bradley.


The hilarious minds behind A Day in the Life of a Poo, a Gnu and You have teamed up once again – this time to give a taste of the daily lives of the people, animals and objects who made history.

Featuring a day in the life of early humans as they paint mammoths on the walls of a cave, a fierce gladiator battling in the Colosseum and the first woman in space. And not forgetting the animals of history – from an Egyptian cat (worshipped as a god, of course) to an albatross flying over Rapa Nui and a dog in the trenches of the First World War.

Readers can also discover the stories behind famous constructions, including the Great Wall of China and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and delve into the secret diaries of a Viking, Isaac Newton’s cat and the wooden panel that became the Mona Lisa.

With over 90 entries told in the friendly, informative style of Mike Barfield and brought to life by Jess Bradley’s brilliantly funny illustrations, this book will have children learning and laughing as they go.

Boy on Fire
Boy on Fire By Mark Mordue

The first volume of the long-awaited, near-mythical biography of Nick Cave, by award-winning writer Mark Mordue. 

An intensely beautiful, profound, and poetic biography of the formative years of the dark prince of rock 'n' roll, Boy on Fire is Nick Cave's creation story, a portrait of the artist first as a boy, then as a young man.

A deeply insightful work that charts his family, friends, influences, milieu, and, most of all, his music, the book reveals how Nick Cave shaped himself into the extraordinary artist he would become.

A powerful account of a singular, uncompromising artist, Boy on Fire is also a vivid and evocative rendering of a time and place, from the fast-running dark rivers and ghost gums of country-town Australia to the torn wallpaper, sticky carpet, and manic energy of the nascent punk scene which hit staid 1970s Melbourne like an atom bomb.

Boy on Fire is a stunning biographical achievement.
Don McLean's American Pie
Don McLean's American Pie By Meteor 17 Books

A long, long time ago...

…in a small town, there lived a lonely newspaper boy. 
So begins this heartfelt story inspired by one of the most iconic works of American rock-n-roll.

Don McLean’s American Pie: A Fable weaves elements and themes from the classic song with experiences from the singer-songwriter's own early years into a stunningly visual and uplifting tale for all ages. This fable reveals the emotional journey of a newspaper delivery boy in the late 1950s who discovers the joy of friendship and music, eventually learning that when you recognize what truly makes you happy, you're never really alone. 

Released in 1971, "American Pie" was named one of the top five songs of the century by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Recording Industry Association of America and the original recording was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically or artistically significant." 

Lushly illustrated and poetically written with numerous nods to the nostalgic themes and cryptic lyrics of the beloved song, Don McLean’s American Pie: A Fable is a picture book McLean says he hopes will become a bedtime standard for families. 

Whether you read this as a prequel to the musical masterwork, or as a tale of growing up, or as a beautiful exploration of finding inspiration, Don McLean's American Pie: A Fable will both enhance the song for fans of Don McLean and introduce a world of imagination to young readers who have not yet experienced this generation-defining music.

Beyond Fear
Beyond Fear By Don Ruiz, Retold by Mary Carroll Nelson

In order to practice the Four Agreements, before we can achieve the Mastery of Love, we must move Beyond Fear.

Fear is the source of all the negative agreements we've made with life. It can alienate us from the joy that is our birthright. When we are able to look at our lives and our worlds without fear or judgments, we realize that this dream we are dreaming—reality—can be whatever we want it to be.

Don Miguel Ruiz is a nagual initiated as a Master of Intent in the Toltec tradition. Seekers of the Toltec way to freedom and joy follow a ritual procession along the main passageway in Teotihuacan as they move beyond fear into a state of empowerment. This comprehensive guide to the teachings of don Miguel Ruiz includes:

- the basic elements of Toltec wisdom and the spiritual practice that is the basis of The Four Agreements
- exercises and ceremonies to walk readers through the process of shedding fear, judgment, and guilt
- biographical information on don Miguel Ruiz and his training with his curandera mother, the famous healer, Mother Sarita

The knowledge contained in this life-changing volume has the power to replace fear with joy.

The Art of Home
The Art of Home Other @storyofmyhome N/A

From the Instagram team behind Story of My Home comes the ultimate guide to home interiors.

The Art Of Home will show you how to make the most of your space, whether you live in a rented flat or own a detached house. It's illustrated with photos of some of the most incredible, fun and vibrant spaces you will ever lay eyes on.

With a chapter dedicated to every room (and the front door, of course), you'll find tips to help you get creative with your space, solve common problems, manage renovations and make your home look uniquely fabulous. There are clever ideas to suit all budgets and help everyone turn their home into a place they never want to leave.
Arrival
Arrival By Nataliya Deleva

A work of literary fiction exploring domestic abuse, interlaced with folk tales, for readers of Carmen Maria Machado and Meera Kandasamy

Arrivalis an exploration of the ripple effects of domestic abuse. The story follows a young woman fleeing her home country and trying to rebuild her life, after she has suffered violence at the hands of an alcoholic father.

The novel bends form to accommodate the narrator’s scattered mind and her attempt to assemble a version of herself through fragments and stitches of memories, borrowed conversations and minutiae that linger and haunt.

Infused with love and determination and interwoven with folk tales and rituals, Arrival depicts the ways in which we are resilient, capable of carving our own paths and reimagining our lives.

The Real Hank Aaron
The Real Hank Aaron By Terence Moore

A heartfelt portrait of Hank Aaron, featuring nearly 40 years of stories plus never-before-told insights from the home run king

When journalist Terence Moore was 12 years old, he treasured his poster of Henry Aaron. Years later, Aaron would sign it for him: "Best wishes to Terry." Later still, Moore would be named an honorary pall bearer at the home run king's funeral, staying up late into the night with Aaron's widow, Billye, to get the obituary just right for the program.

Friends and family knew Aaron as quick-witted, hilarious, and fiercely opinionated beyond what was shown in public. With the encouragement of Aaron's family, Moore now shares this intimate perspective on the baseball legend, the culmination of decades of friendship and correspondence. The Real Hank Aaron captures the icon's contagious laugh and pointed views, from the depth of his admiration for Jackie Robinson to his true thoughts on Barry Bonds and the steroid era. 

Also featuring Aaron's views on race, politics, media, and sports fandom, this is a charming and illuminating glimpse at the man outside the spotlight.
The Lawless Land
The Lawless Land By Boyd Morrison, By Beth Morrison

First in a fast-paced Templar Knight adventure series from New York Times-bestselling author Boyd Morrison and expert art historian Beth Morrison.

Canterbury, 1351.

Ex-communicated knight Gerard Fox is a battle-hardened warrior whose ancestral home was unjustly taken from him. Now, he roams across the known world of Europe looking for work as a man-at-arms. Equipped with only his Damascus-steel sword and war bow, Fox takes out tyrannical and dishonorable men in a land still blighted by the Black Death.

In his ongoing crusade to deliver justice, Fox comes to the aid of Lady Isabel, who is fleeing from her brutal betrothed. But she hasn't told him the whole story. Isabel is guarding a priceless holy relic. One many men would kill for.

Fox and Isabel soon find they are being chased across the continent and try to evade those who seek the relic. But as more assassins close in, Fox realizes they will stop at nothing to possess the sacred treasure that Isabel has sworn to protect...