Rikki

I love both fiction and nonfiction. Magical realism, secret histories, horror, the morbid, and the macabre are particular areas of fascination.


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Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: Big Questions from Tiny Mortals about Death Cover Image
By Caitlin Doughty, Dianne Ruz (Illustrator)
$25.95
ISBN: 9780393652703
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 10th, 2019

A wonderful read for any age, and possibly a humorous way to take the edge out of death anxiety for teens and pre-teens. Doughty shows off both her trademark knowledge and cheekiness, resulting in a book that might make you see death as just another funny part of life.


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Gentle Discipline: Using Emotional Connection--Not Punishment--to Raise Confident, Capable Kids Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143131892
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Published: TarcherPerigee - August 29th, 2017

I was so pleased with this author's ability to turn my vague parental goals and philosophies into actionable plans. I'm making my husband read it, too!


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Things to Do When You're Goth in the Country Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781609809157
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Published: Seven Stories Press - July 9th, 2019

These stories start in a familiar, concrete place and then snake imperceptibly into the fantastic. Were you the weird kid at your small high school? Have you ever watched a police standoff in your trailer park? Ever had a supernatural experience while on hallucinogens? This book is for you, and when you begin to read, you’ll feel like it was written JUST for you.


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Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781512602494
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Published: ForeEdge - February 6th, 2018

Fallon writes about ecology, conservation, history, and mythology, tying it all together with her personal experiences and connection to the titular birds. Her style echoes the nature writers she clearly admires. Entertaining, informative, with a clear mission of winning people over to the protection and conservation of an important bird, this is an excellent piece of pop science writing.


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Lexie the Word Wrangler Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399169571
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - April 4th, 2017

Rootin' tootin' wordplay!


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A Cowgirl and Her Horse Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781933855714
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Published: Rio Chico Books for Children - October 2011

A lovely book about friendship, responsibility, and reciprocity.


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Cindy Ellen: A Wild Western Cinderella Cover Image
By Susan Lowell, Jane Manning (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780064438643
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Published: HarperCollins - December 18th, 2001

What a fun, western twist on a classic! You'll be rootin' for this little cowgirl.


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Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays (Picador Modern Classics) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250160652
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Published: Picador Modern Classics - November 7th, 2017

I was blown away by this collection of essays. I didn’t realize I had been seeing the DNA of Didion’s work in so much of the writing I love. Clearly hugely influential, even though the pieces are all slices of life from the '60s, the writing feels incredibly contemporary. I’ll be seeking out everything else Didion wrote, without question.


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The Last Cowboys: An Pioneer Family in the New West Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780393356991
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 4th, 2019

The Last Cowboys is one part ethnography, one part sports writing. Branch spent three years with the Wrights, at their homes, at their ranch, and on the road to countless rodeos. The result is a warm, fascinating account of a family that might not know how extraordinary they are.


Revenge of the She-Punks: A Feminist Music History from Poly Styrene to Pussy Riot Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781477316542
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Published: University of Texas Press - May 7th, 2019

Probably the best history of punk music I've ever read, re-establishing the lost trail of women in punk that were so important to several different genres. Goldman has a unique ability to accurately and compellingly describe the sound of songs.


Life Doesn't Frighten Me (25th Anniversary Edition) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781419727481
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - January 9th, 2018

What a beautiful way to introduce these two incredible artists to the little ones in your life!


Sonya's Chickens Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781770497900
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Published: Tundra Books - January 9th, 2018

This stunningly beautiful book packs a multitude of incredible lessons for kids. The “circle of life,” the beauty hidden in grief, and the responsibilities of love. Every family should have this on their shelf.


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Parable of the Sower Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538732182
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 30th, 2019

Parable of the Sower makes familiar characters in a classic scenario (a dystopian apocalypse) gripping and fresh through plain language and emotional intelligence. Though the story is grim, a heart bursting with hope and love is at its core.


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On Cussing: Bad Words and Creative Cursing Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781947793262
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Published: Tin House Books - March 26th, 2019

Written with stonefaced hilarity, this book could make you a better writer and one eloquent sonofabitch.


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Hell and Damnation: A Sinner's Guide to Eternal Torment Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780889775848
Availability: Backordered
Published: University of Regina Press - March 2nd, 2019

A literary history of Hell (and comparable underworlds) is every bit as scintillating and page-turning as it sounds. Told with a healthy dose of snark, the book is divided into easily digestible sections, often as direct answers to questions that would naturally arise in a matter-of-fact discussion of perdition. Dark, nasty fun.


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Walking Each Other Home: Conversations on Loving and Dying Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781683642008
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Published: Sounds True - September 4th, 2018

Ram Dass and I disagree on a number of theological points, and I haven’t lived a life anything like his. The questions he contemplates peacefully from a Maui beach house overlooking the Pacific, I contemplate on my dusty Tucson patio. So it came as somewhat of a surprise that I found so much of his wisdom relatable and true. Regardless of your spiritual background, age, or experience, there is a loving universality to Ram Dass’s words. This is unflinching love in the face of oblivion.


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Queer: A Graphic History Cover Image
By Meg-John Barker, Julia Scheele (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781785780714
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Published: Icon Books - November 15th, 2016

What a wonderfully broad and inclusive introduction to queer theory. I found this really fascinating, even when I disagreed with a specific point here and there. It'll certainly be a jumping-off point for other readings, many of which are cited in this book!


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Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374214968
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 21st, 2019

John Waters is nothing if not consistent. He always delivers exactly what we expect from him and, if you're a fan, exactly what you want. This reads exactly like his spoken word work. Hilarious (if stubbornly outdated).


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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393351903
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 28th, 2015

I read this after reading her second book, From Here to Eternity, which I loved. I liked this one even more. This one is about the death industry, yes, but it's also about the individual struggle to accept mortality. Doughty gets extremely personal, seeming at once one-of-a-kind and deeply relatable.


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Being Edie Is Hard Today Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316521741
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 7th, 2019

Sometimes being a kid is hard. Wouldn't you rather be an armadillo or a worm? This book, full of beautiful and stylistic art, explores what every kid has felt at some point.


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The Rough Patch Cover Image
By Brian Lies, Brian Lies (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062671271
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Published: Greenwillow Books - August 14th, 2018

This sweet and poignant book manages to make something as painful and amorphous as loss into something both relatable and hopeful. A beautiful book for anybody— of any age— that has dealt with loss. Be ready to cry!


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Even Cowgirls Get the Blues: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780553349498
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Published: Bantam - April 1990

I don't know if I want more to grow up to be Sissy Hankshaw or Bonanza Jellybean, who are just two of the incredible characters in this story that takes place somewhere between mid-century America and the strangest corners of your dreams. If you haven't had the pleasure of reading this joyfully bizarre book, it's high time.


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A Little Bit of Astrology: An Introduction to the Zodiac Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781454932239
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Published: Sterling Publishing (NY) - November 6th, 2018

An enjoyable and accessible exploration of astrology that’ll appeal to practitioners of any experience level.


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Living the Airstream Life Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780062440822
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Published: Harper Design - September 19th, 2017

Totally aspirational— great for planning or daydreaming.


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Press Here (Baby Board Book, Learning to Read Book, Toddler Board Book, Interactive Book for Kids) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781452178592
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Published: Chronicle Books - February 19th, 2019

Interactive fun for reading together.


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Read & Riot: A Pussy Riot Guide to Activism Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780062741585
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Published: HarperOne - October 9th, 2018

This book is like a pep-talk and a hug for everyone’s inner radical.


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We Found a Hat Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763656003
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Published: Candlewick - October 11th, 2016

A beautiful, stylishly drawn story about simple acts of friendship.


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White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143129677
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Published: Penguin Books - April 4th, 2017

A clear-eyed exploration of something that is usually only discussed as the subject of jokes. An important piece of the puzzle when addressing hierarchical systems of power in the U.S.


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My Mother Wears Combat Boots: A Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781904859727
Availability: Special Order
Published: AK Press - October 2007

I read a couple dozen books during my pregnancy looking for a parenting book that resonated with me, matched my values, and was also an entertaining read, and this was the ONLY one that fit the bill. This book is a natural extension of DIY punk ethos and anarchist community-building, and a great parenting resource.


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A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781620104996
Availability: Backordered
Published: Limerence Press - June 12th, 2018

This book is so charming and accessible. A must read. Give this to your well-meaning aunt who says all of this is "just too confusing."


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Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions Cover Image
$8.95
ISBN: 9780525434801
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Published: Anchor - May 2018

A wonderful gift for new parents, or a great overview for how we can unlearn misogyny in our daily lives. Adichie’s writing is so warm, it feels like a conversation with a friend (which it originally was).


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Witchbody: A Graphic Novel Cover Image
By Sabrina Scott, Tim Morton (Foreword by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781578636648
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Published: Weiser Books - March 2019

Have you ever read a graphic novel with a bibliography?Reading this and taking in the beautiful illustrations is a meditation. The theory is good thought exercise, even if you find yourself disagreeing on some points.Witchbody will bring more beauty and consideration into your life.


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How to Be Successful without Hurting Men's Feelings: Non-threatening Leadership Strategies for Women Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781449476076
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 30th, 2018

Essential for every feminist’s coffee table. Laugh so you won’t cry!


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Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316264372
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Published: Hachette Books - August 29th, 2017

A punk rock coming-of-age told with raw emotional immediacy.


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Truck Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780446391535
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 1990

I’m not sure I’ve ever read anything that better captured misfit teenage girlhood. Gross, embarrassing, harrowing, and absolutely gripping. There’s nothing precious about this protagonist.


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Bastard Out of Carolina: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780452297753
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Published: Penguin Books - February 2012

This book will earn your love and then traumatize you terribly. Be warned. The language is natural, the characters people I knew in my own childhood. It’s like a workout for the heart- it’ll leave you sore but very alive.


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Egg Board Book Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062408747
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Published: Greenwillow Books - January 22nd, 2019

An emotional, visually enticing story of acceptance.


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Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101980200
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Published: Penguin Books - October 3rd, 2017

A surprisingly natural meeting place for history, social justice, and ghost stories, and an addictive read.


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Death: An Oral History Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781942186120
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Published: Pulp - August 2nd, 2016

A conversational and vulnerable exploration of the many ways death impacts us. Warm and familiar.


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From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death Cover Image
By Caitlin Doughty, Landis Blair (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393356281
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 9th, 2018

A lighthearted but respectful exploration of some of the ways we deal with our dead. Coming from a perspective of cultural health and ecological conservation, you’ll walk away with as many questions as answers.


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I Wanna Be a Cowgirl Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481452991
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Published: Beach Lane Books - November 14th, 2017

A beautifully illustrated book that prizes dreaming big and teaches kids that being tough and tender can go hand in hand.
 


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Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616207434
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Published: Algonquin Books - January 30th, 2018

An engaging, witty, and accessible dive into the anthropology and biology behind a long-standing taboo.