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We Were Dreamers

We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story by Simu Liu (Kim’s Convenience, Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) is a powerful story about growing up as a second-generation Chinese Canadian that is equal parts humorous, inspiring, and heartbreaking. Born in Harbin, China, Simu spent the first four years of his life […]

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“Book Lovers” by Emily Henry

Literary agent Nora knows better than anyone that character archetypes can be found in real life – she’s the embodiment of the put-together career woman who the male lead dumps after meeting his true love in a small town.  But she doesn’t understand the appeal of “loosening up” or “slowing down to enjoy life” when […]

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Chappie (DVD)

Set in a near-future Johannesburg the 2015 film Chappie (by creator of District 9, Neil Blomkamp) touches on multiple issues, yet at its base, is an unexpectedly tender coming-of-age story disguised as a dystopian action flick.   Chappie, the eponymous main character, is a damaged law enforcement robot who ends up programmed with a new and highly […]

--Staff Picks Teens

Messy Roots

This coming of age graphic memoir tells how Laura Gao immigrated to Texas from Wuhan, China when she was about 4 years old. It was quite the culture shock – no one could pronounce her name or where she was from. She eventually decided she wanted an Americanized name and chose Laura for herself. Growing […]

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“Dark Archives: a librarian’s investigation into the science and history of books bound in human skin” by Megan Rosenbloom

Medical librarian Megan Rosenbloom has a job that combines morbid fascination with often unsettling medical practices and the appreciation for the research and books that drive the field forward. And something that holds an uncomfortable place at this intersection is anthropodermic books, or books bound in human skin. Rosenbloom has dedicated a considerable amount of […]

--Staff Picks Kids

Zita the Space Girl

Zita the Spacegirl is about a young girl, Zita, who finds herself on another planet as she attempts to save her friend from aliens. Joseph has been kidnapped by aliens who believe he has been sent to them to save their planet. As Zita tries to find out where the aliens have taken Joseph, she […]

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Delilah Green Doesn’t Care

After having lost both parents at a young age and being left in the care of her unloving stepmother and snooty stepsister, Delilah left the tiny town of Bright Falls, Oregon as soon as she could and rarely looked back. Now, 12 years later, her dear stepmother has requested she return to be the photographer […]

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“Cultish: the language of fanaticism” by Amanda Montell

Do you have a morbid fascination with cults? Do you often wonder how someone can give up their whole personalities to what appears to be something crazy as an outsider? Are you worried it could happen to you? If so, definitely check out Amanda Montell’s compelling nonfiction work, “Cultish”. Montell breaks down cultish language by […]

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Ron’s Gone Wrong

“Ron’s Gone Wrong is a computer-animated film set in a world where it’s the norm to have B-Bots, digitally connected robot companions. Barney is a shy middle-schooler who is the last one in his city to finally get Ron, his B-Bot. Unfortunately, his “Best Friend Out of the Box” becomes a major pain, malfunctioning on […]