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Som's beautiful collection of stories will keep readers on their toes as she unflinchingly challenges cultural and gender norms and opens up new worlds and possibilities, inviting us to expand the limits of imagination. Throughout, Som's interest in interrogating spatiality is evident not simply in the text but in the way she presents her work, employing traditional comic-book techniques then switching it up to emphasize larger-than-life moments. Mixing the fantastic with the more banal parts of everyday life, Som reminds us that even within what we consider normative there is always space for much deeper, richer possibilities--sometimes it's only a matter of creating that space ourselves.

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$24.95
ISBN: 9781936932818
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Published: Feminist Press - April 14th, 2020

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Zauner reports that her mother adored the word "lovely," which for her "encompassed a certain beauty and ardor"--an apt description for Zauner's memoir itself. In moving prose, the singer paints a vivid picture of the pain she endured growing up as the biracial daughter of a Korean mother (with whom she had a complex relationship) and an American father, one that will resonate deeply with those who straddle the line between two cultures. Using food as a central motif, Zauner organizes her account around the dishes and snacks that evoke particular memories, showing us intimate moments she shared with her family in Oregon and Seoul; so richly intertwined are the meals and emotions, that Zauner uses loss of appetite as a metaphor for grief and decline. This is a raw--and truly lovely--work that will stay with you.

 

 

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$26.95
ISBN: 9780525657743
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Published: Knopf - April 20th, 2021

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In Sakita, a small city left behind by the modern world, we meet Anna Ogata, a lonely sixteen-year-old who mostly lives in her own head. Outcast from her peers and loved ones, Anna finds a far more exciting existence in her imagination, where the friends she creates help her make sense of the world around her. Orbiting Anna is LEO, a satellite whose meditations on humanity add an interesting layer to the book's themes of loneliness as he yearns to join the people he watches from above. In Satellite Love, Genki Ferguson shares with us a tender tragedy that highlights the values of connection and being present while asking what it means to truly exist and be real. 

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$16.95
ISBN: 9780771049873
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Published: McClelland & Stewart - March 2nd, 2021

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