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Our favourite LGBT books

Melissa Eisenmeier

Our favourite LGBT books


5 books you need to read if you're interested in Native American history or culture

Melissa Eisenmeier

5 books you need to read if you're interested in Native American history or culture

As a kid, I was a Iittle obsessed with all things Native American. Eventually, that faded, but I'm still curious about Native American culture and history. Judging by the dream catchers and books on Native American history or with Native American characters, there's a lot of people out there who are curious, too. Here are 5 books on Native American history or about the Native American experience.  1. Owls Don't Have to Mean Death, by Chip Livingston  As a Florida Creek child, Peter Strongbow learned owl   sightings were bad luck. A hooting in the night, eerie   screeches that echoed into...


$0.99 books Stan Lee recommends

Melissa Eisenmeier

$0.99 books Stan Lee recommends

Meow meow! Stan Lee the senior ranking staff cat here. If you need some cheap books for the winter, the humans at Carpe Librum are offering a bunch of used books at 99 cents plus free shipping. Here are some I suggest. I couldn’t keep my paws off Bleaker House, by Nell Stephens. It’s a bookish true book about a writer who travels to the bottom of the world to write a novel and comes home with a memoir. Also, there's penguins and bookishness. The Island House by Posie Graeme Evans was purry good. It’s about an Australian grad student...


Our favourite LGBT books

Melissa Eisenmeier

Our favourite LGBT books

It's been really cool seeing LGBT+ people represented in books lately. Here are some of my favourites. 1. Girls Like Me by Nina Packebush is about Banjo, a teenager who identifies as queer and gets pregnant by her genderqueer paramour. After Banjo's paramour commits suicide, she's committed to the psych ward, where she befriends two other patients. I thought it was pretty cool seeing gender non-conforming represented; you don't see them in books much. New, $10.99           2. Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart is YA fiction about Lily, a trans teenager and Norbert. Norbert has bipolar...


Best books for the millennial reader

Melissa Eisenmeier

Best books for the millennial reader

I really liked Malinche's Conquest, by Anna Lanyon. It's the story of how an Australian discovered the story behind Malinche, an indigenous woman from Latin America and Mexico who helped the Spanish conquistadors and was later branded a traitor by Mexicans. Used, $0.99  Stan Lee and I both liked The Quelling, by Barbara Barrow. He claimed a copy ages ago, when I brought it home after buying it at the publisher's stall at the local book festival, while I just read it within the last week after getting a copy for Christmas. It's fiction about two sisters who have spent...