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Beth is the frontlist book buyer and IT director for Phoenix Books and has been in bookselling for over a decade. As an omnivorous reader, no genre is off limits, though she harbors a not-so-secret love for young adult fiction. When not reading, Beth can often be found baking something chocolatey, knitting lace, or steadfastly ignoring the weeds in her vegetable garden. She lives in a super-secret Franklin County location with her spouse and their very opinionated rabbits, the Property Destruction Brothers.

Rough Magic by Lara Prior-Palmer

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Rough Magic: Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781948226196
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Published: Catapult - May 7th, 2019

I’m not a horse person, and I’ve never been to Mongolia, but after reading Rough Magic, the debut memoir by Lara Prior-Palmer, I find myself reconsidering my life choices. Prior-Palmer, at the advanced age of 19, vividly brings to life her spur-of-the-moment decision to enter the Mongol Derby, the annual 10-day horse race across the Mongolian steppe. Spoiler alert: she wins, the first woman and the youngest person to do so. How she does it is the real story—Prior-Palmer writes like a dream, capturing the freedom, beauty, and sometimes terror of this 1000-kilometer feat of endurance. Rough Magic is a wild ride from beginning to end, and one you won’t want to miss.


Protest Kitchen

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Protest Kitchen: Fight Injustice, Save the Planet, and Fuel Your Resistance One Meal at a Time Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781573247436
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Published: Conari Press - October 1st, 2018

In this accessible guide to plant-based cooking, Carol J. Adams and Virginia Messina connect our food choices to social and political movements, outlining practical ways we can make incremental—and delicious!—changes to our diets to affect positive change. Part cookbook, part manifesto, Protest Kitchen is our essential blueprint for the vegan revolution. Resistance has never tasted so good!


When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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ISBN: 9781481478687
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Published: Simon Pulse - May 30th, 2017

Smart, sweet, but never sappy, romance between Indian American teens. Dimple, who rejects the traditional path her parents wish for her, and Rishi, who embraces his heritage, seem like polar opposites. Dimple is furious when she discovers that their parents have arranged their introduction at an exclusive summer camp, and Rishi wonders what he's gotten himself into. Forced to work together on a coding project, they discover they have much more in common than not. But how can they compromise on the things that matter most to them?


Last Things by Marissa Moss

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Last Things: A Graphic Memoir of Loss and Love Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781573246989
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Published: Conari Press - May 1st, 2017

In this achingly raw graphic memoir, Marissa Moss untangles the seven whirlwind months between her husband’s ALS diagnosis and his death. Forced to balance Harvey’s increasingly complex medical needs and the needs of their three young sons, Moss struggles to maintain a sense of normalcy for their family in the midst of this crisis. Absent are movie-perfect declarations of love and reconciliation; Moss lays bare the emotional devastation left in the wake of Harvey’s illness with her understated drawings and text. But there are moments of joy, too--a morning swim, a tender glance—reminding us to find beauty in the darkest of times. Powerful, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful, Last Things challenges readers with its unflinching look at marriage and family, love, and loss.


Let's Play! by Herve Tullet

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Let’s Play! (Interactive Books for Kids, Preschool Colors Book, Books for Toddlers) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781452154770
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 29th, 2016

Let's Play! is not only a book, it's an invitation. Like its predecessor Press Here, Let's Play! demands to be read, touched, shared, and reread (preferably with friends!). The audience itself becomes a character, following the dot through its wild journey of loops and spins and twists and tunnels. Both young and old alike will delight in this bold picture book--you'll never read it the same way twice!


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