Karlee's Picks

Patricia Wants to Cuddle By Samantha Allen Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781638930044
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Published: Zando - June 28th, 2022

What a WILD ride! A 'bachelor'-esuqe show brings its final four contestants to the remote, isolated Otters Island. What follows is hilarity, chaos and GORE. I don't want to give anything away but it is part comedy, part horror, part queer love letters, part SASQ- I've said too much....


Ophie’s Ghosts By Justina Ireland Cover Image
$7.99
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ISBN: 9780062915849
Published: Balzer + Bray - May 3rd, 2022

A historical ghost story and mystery. The heroine, Ophie, is kind and courageous and dealing with not only ghosts but the shifting race dynamics of the 1920s. A beautiful story!


Marrying the Ketchups: A novel By Jennifer Close Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525658870
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Published: Knopf - April 26th, 2022

A charming family saga centered around three grown grandchildren of a Chicago restaurant legend. Look, 2016 was hard for everyone and these characters are no exception. As their worlds tilt, they each seek a unique path forward— a comfort read. I MUST find the real life equivalent to this restaurant!!


Black Cake: A Novel By Charmaine Wilkerson Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593358337
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 1st, 2022

An epic family saga, spanning continents, oceans and defying death, mystery and loss. A beautiful exploration of family, identity, and the meaning of ‘home’. Character driven and moving


Nettle & Bone By T. Kingfisher Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250244048
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Published: Tor Books - April 26th, 2022

The prince is not charming... and must be taken out. Who better to take this on than Marra, a gravewitch, an ex-knight, a demonic chicken and more? Creepy, funny, heartfelt fantasy. 


Witchlings By Claribel A. Ortega Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338745528
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Published: Scholastic Press - April 5th, 2022

Set in the magical town of Ravenskill as our heroine Seven and the other Witchlings prepare to find out which covens they wil join. Seven is forced to make an impossible choice, join forces with a peer she despies and face the infamous Nightbeast terrorizing the towns. Seven challenges the status quo and learns that things are not always as they seem... a truly delightful, magical tale!


Girly Drinks: A World History of Women and Alcohol By Mallory O'Meara Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781335282408
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Published: Hanover Square Press - October 19th, 2021

Women have been making history for as long as there has been history, and O'Meara reminds us that this pertains to the history of alcohol as well. I loved this overview of women and alcohol across the globe and throughout history. Funny, infuriating, empowering! No matter your drink of choice, O'Meara connects us all to a long heritage of brewing and drinking women. 


Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law By Mary Roach Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781324036128
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 30th, 2022

Mary Roach is the absolute best storyteller. Her observations are incisive and hilarious at turns. I learned so much from this book and I had a great time doing it. P.S. My dad loved it too!


Piranesi By Susanna Clarke Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781635577808
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 28th, 2021

WOW. I don't want to give anything away. This book is ethereal, atmospheric and surprising. It asks questions about existence, identity and morality. It is fantastical, it is beautiful. 


The City We Became: A Novel (The Great Cities #1) By N. K. Jemisin Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316509886
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Published: Orbit - July 27th, 2021

"Every great city has a soul" NYC comes alive and manifests in people as avatars. This book is an inventive and exciting fantasy set in a universal battle of cities. Jemisin's voice is so strong and the characters so alive. I want one about Chicago next!!


A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk & Robot #1) By Becky Chambers Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9781250236210
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Published: Tordotcom - July 13th, 2021

This book is a quiet refuge to reflect on purpose, connection, identity and service. Make a cup of tea, take a deep breath and enjoy!


The Pull of the Stars: A Novel By Emma Donoghue Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316499033
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Published: Back Bay Books - July 6th, 2021

Donoghue brilliantly captures a snapshot of life in a pandemic — specifically, three days in Dublin in 1918. The entanglement of women’s lives in the maternity ward during this three day period as they battle the flu, deal with the impact of class on health and just try to get by is exhilarating and at times both familiar and foreign. Bonus if you like reading about historical medicine!


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Firekeeper's Daughter By Angeline Boulley Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250766564
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 16th, 2021

Thriller indeed!! I was at turns in shock and tears as Daunis navigates and seeks to uproot corruption while protecting her community’s identity and most vulnerable. Facing high stakes danger, Daunis relies on knowledge passed on by her Ojibwe community and Elders. This is a gripping read.


No One Is Talking About This: A Novel By Patricia Lockwood Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593189597
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 15th, 2022

This book is funny, heart-wrenching, genre-defying. Told in two parts, it addresses the all-consuming and constantly shifting nature of social media and the disorienting fall out when life snaps you out of it. Excellent. 


The House in the Cerulean Sea By TJ Klune Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250217318
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Published: Tor Books - December 29th, 2020

White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color By Ruby Hamad Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781948226745
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Published: Catapult - October 6th, 2020

Piranesi By Susanna Clarke Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781635577808
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 28th, 2021

WOW. I don't want to give anything away. This book is ethereal, atmospheric and surprising. It asks questions about existence, identity and morality. It is fantastical, it is beautiful. 


Séance Tea Party: (A Graphic Novel) By Reimena Yee Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781984894151
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Published: Random House Graphic - September 15th, 2020

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies By Deesha Philyaw Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781949199734
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Published: West Virginia University Press - September 1st, 2020

This story collection is intimate, complex and so beautfiul. It explores sexuality, religion and relationships and is so well crafted. My favorite story is How To Make Love to a Physicist. 


Axiom's End: A Novel (Noumena #1) By Lindsay Ellis Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250798138
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - August 10th, 2021

WOW! This book is a fast-paced, complicated, cinematic portrayal of first contact with aliens. This book navigates the mess that communication can be between species but also between individuals.


Notes on a Silencing: A Memoir By Lacy Crawford Cover Image
$18.99
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ISBN: 9780316491532
Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 15th, 2021

When Stars Are Scattered By Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed, Victoria Jamieson (Illustrator), Iman Geddy (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed, Victoria Jamieson (Illustrator), Iman Geddy (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780525553908
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Published: Dial Books - April 14th, 2020

Omar Mohamed's memoir illustrated and told with Victoria Jamieson is a beauty. Omar's resilience and capacity to capture the experience of living in a refugee camp is powerful. The closing poem made me tear up. He captures a variety of voices and experiences as well as the feeling of waiting and moving forward at the same time. A great read.


How Much of These Hills Is Gold: A Novel By C Pam Zhang Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525537212
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 6th, 2021

This is a powerful debut. Zhang paints a moving portrait of a family's origins in the American West and explores the ideas of home and belonging. The landscape, the characters, the language-- all of it comes alive and beckons the reader in.


Recipe for Persuasion: A Novel (The Rajes Series #2) By Sonali Dev Cover Image
$15.99
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ISBN: 9780062839077
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 26th, 2020

RECIPE FOR PERSUASION is an intimate Austen-esque novel that brings us into the complicated societal and family dynamics that can make a love story such a challenge. I was incredibly moved by Dev’s portrayal of Ashna, Rico and the rest of the cast of characters as they went on this journey to reach a happy ending. This is a delightful and touching story of second chances, patience and learning to understand one another.


Circe By Madeline Miller Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316556323
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 14th, 2020

Lyrical and moving prose. I love mythology and I was left so full from the experience of reading this book. The questions of mortality, womanhood, love and connection were woven throughout the story of Circe and her journey. I loved the quiet moments as much as the big clashes with Gods. I want to deep dive into her island!


The List of Things That Will Not Change By Rebecca Stead Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781101938126
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Published: Yearling - April 5th, 2022

This book is not just a new favorite middle grade novel, it is a new favorite novel PERIOD. This is the story of a young girl who receives a 'list of things that will not change' from her parents when she finds out they are getting a divorce. The plot really begins with the planning of her father's wedding after he has come out. It was so touching and I loved how all of the different threads wove together. The main character's worries felt incredibly real as did the love from the supporting characters. This is a beautiful tale of what it means to love someone for who they are. READ THIS!


Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations By Mira Jacob Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780399589065
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Published: One World - March 24th, 2020

I'm still processing and I imagine I will need to read this again and again for it to fully sink in. Mira Jacob tells her story and that of her interracial family in this graphic memoir and in so doing, tells the story of America and the complicated, terrifying mess we are in. I laughed, I cried, I related, I learned. 


Dragon Hoops By Gene Luen Yang Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781626720794
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Published: First Second - March 17th, 2020

Written from the perspective of acclaimed graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, comes the (complicated) story of a high school basketball team trying to win the state championship. Gene was a teacher at the high school and, despite his initial indifference to sports, became enraptured by the journey this team took. But this book is about SO MUCH MORE. It is about history, about people, about differences, about teamwork and leadership, about the creative process as a whole and about the country. It is SO GOOD and so different than anything I've read before. 


That Can Be Arranged: A Muslim Love Story By Huda Fahmy Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781524856229
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - March 10th, 2020

Huda is one of my favorite comic artists to follow on Instagram. She is an incredibly smart woman who shares my love of romance and nerdy cultural touchpoints. In THAT CAN BE ARRANGED, Huda illustrates her love story in a way that is funny, inspiring and encouraging on a variety of levels.


And I Do Not Forgive You: Stories and Other Revenges By Amber Sparks Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781631498688
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Published: Liveright - April 6th, 2021

These stories about all types of women bite, enrage, and reenvision tragic realities in piercing humor. I immediately reread the story of Lavosier's wife out loud to a friend! heartheart


Get a Life, Chloe Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters #1) By Talia Hibbert Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062941206
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Published: Avon - November 5th, 2019

I LOVED these characters. The chemistry they have (so steamy) and the care they show one another makes this book stand out. Hibbert writes with love about chronic illness and the toll that an abusive relationship can take. There are so many scenes I want to go back and read again.


Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women's Fight for Their Rights By Mikki Kendall, A. D'Amico (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mikki Kendall, A. D'Amico (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780399581793
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Published: Ten Speed Press - November 5th, 2019

The artistry is beautiful and this graphic novel gives a much needed overview of the history of women fighting for their rights in a variety of contexts and time periods. I came away with many new heroes and I was left reflecting on my own constantly evolving understanding of history and the need to continue seeking out more resources and voices. 


The In-Betweens: The Spiritualists, Mediums, and Legends of Camp Etna By Mira Ptacin Cover Image
$26.95
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ISBN: 9781631493812
Published: Liveright - October 29th, 2019

Mira Ptacin explores with care and empathy the 143 year old Spirtualist Camp Etna. There was SO MUCH I learned from this book, about everything from mediums to table-tipping, to dowsing and everything 'in between'. The women who lead in Spiritualism demonstrate for me an alternative to patriarchal, hierarchical religion.


To Be Taught, If Fortunate By Becky Chambers Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062936011
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Published: Harper Voyager - September 3rd, 2019

A love letter to space exploration! The world-building is immersive and the characters incredibly well-developed. This book had me gasp into tears at the final lines and I pushed it into the hands of my fellow space lovers immediately! I will read ANYTHING Becky Chambers writes. Perfect if you loved THE MARTIAN or INTERSTELLAR but want something more LGBTQ+ inclusive. 


They Called Us Enemy By George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, Harmony Becker (Illustrator) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781603094504
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - July 16th, 2019

George Takei offers a glimpse into his experience of incarceration during World War II. A powerful reminder of America's past and its lingering trauma. A powerful graphic memoir.


The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century By Kirk Wallace Johnson Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781101981634
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Published: Penguin Books - April 23rd, 2019

An incredible true crime story that dives into the fanatical world of fly-tying and its obsessive desire to obtain the most exotic, lucrative and illegal feathers.


Check, Please! Book 1: # Hockey By Ngozi Ukazu Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250177964
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Published: First Second - September 18th, 2018

The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel (Winternight Trilogy #1) By Katherine Arden Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101885956
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Published: Del Rey - June 27th, 2017

LOVE! So atmospheric! Set in the Russian wilderness at a time when folkloric creatures still dwelled amongst the populace but the power of the Christian orthodoxy is growing. The clashes between duty, religion, tradition and desire create a backdrop for an amazing tale perfect to read on a snowy winter night. 


Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption By Bryan Stevenson Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812984965
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Published: One World - August 18th, 2015

An absolute must read. A call for all of us to evaluate the meaning of mercy and justice and to question the justice system. Heartbreaking, thought provoking and compassionate.