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Did you know that would-be brides used to run around holly trees to make their husbands magically appear? Or that the cowslip flower is said to have bloomed after St. Peter accidentally dropped the keys to heaven? What about the unexpectedly dark and twisted legend behind the delicate, starry blossoms of the forget-me-not? Floriography, authored and gorgeously illustrated by Jessica Roux, is one of those rare finds that's packaged as a light, novelty gift, but is secretly a one-of-a-kind read that's both enlightening and a bit coquettish. Each page introduces a different flower: its scientific and colloquial names, origin myth and historical uses, and what to pair it with to express everything from "newfound affection" to "displeasure at an outcome."

Floriography: An Illustrated Guide to the Victorian Language of Flowers Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781524858148
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 15th, 2020

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Brandi Carlile opens her heartfelt memoir by recounting the origin of its title:to her daughter's question, "Mama, remember when you were poor, how could you afford horses?" Carlile answered, "I couldn't, I was given broken ones." This idea--that behind our gilded perceptions lie the broken bones of the past--runs throughout this episodic account. Each chapter walks the reader through a specific era of songwriting, coupled with lyrics and photographs that reveal Carlile's deep commitment to family, faith, social activism, and the music that ties them all together. It's a fast, "love-at-first-read" type of book. (Pro tip: listen to Carlile's songs between each chapter for a truly immersive experience!)
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780593237243
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Published: Crown - April 6th, 2021

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"Oh, I've been meaning to get around to Invisible Women..." is exactly what Perez is seeking to address in her spot-on analysis of the global gender data gap. History is riddled with missing information about the labor and lives of over half the Earth's population, and yet little is being done to investigate (let alone correct) this massive omission. A perfect read for changemakers with a knack for statistics, Perez's razor-sharp reporting will leave readers wondering, "Is unisex really unisex? Or is it just another way to say, 'one size fits man'?"

Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781419735219
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Published: Abrams Press - March 2nd, 2021

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