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Kaibyocover.jpg Kaibyo: The Supernatural Cats of Japan
Zack Davisson

An in-depth exploration of the sometimes charming, sometimes gruesome feline creatures and ghosts of Japan. Davisson illuminates the vast realm of kaibyō, or supernatural cats, with historical and modern cultural context. Lushly illustrated in full color with dozens of ukiyo-e prints and drawings. A must-have book for the Japanophile and cat-lover alike!

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TimberCurtaincover.jpg Timber Curtain
Frances McCue

Timber Curtain occupies a space between ramshackle and remodel. It starts with the demolition of a house—Richard Hugo House, the Seattle literary center where Frances McCue worked, lived, and mourned her husband. From there, McCue’s poems spiral out to encompass icebergs, exorcisms, the refugee crisis, and the ethics of the place-myths we create for ourselves. The speaker is plainspoken, oracular, wry, indicting, and hopeful. Like the Seattle skyline, poems erase and recombine into a landscape forever saturated with ghosts. Several poems will be central in McCue’s upcoming (2018) documentary Where the House Was.

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Land of Five Waters Cover.jpg The Land of Five Waters
Deborah Sanwal

This culinary memoir and cookbook by Deborah Sanwal is the perfect introduction to Punjabi cuisine and culture. The recipes are made for the non-expert curious about India. The memoir chronicles one year in the author's life, when she and her fiance moved to Punjab to prepare for and ultimately celebrate their wedding. Sanwal provides intimate insights into the culture and the people. The photo-rich book is a treasure for expat Indians longing for home as well as anyone wanting to get to know one of the world's most fascinating cultures.

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Ghostscover.jpg Ghosts of Seattle Past
Curated by Jaimee Garbacik; Maps by Josh Powell

"Part eulogy, part cultural cautionary tale, this book is Seattle's collective conscience -- reminding us of who we used to be." -- Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Seattle is built on booms—logging, fishing, aerospace, and now tech. This anthology gathers essays, interviews, photography, and comix to reconstruct community hubs lost to growth. From the settlements of Native American tribes to the incubators of grunge, from a foxxxy cabaret to an Old Spaghetti Factory, Ghosts of Seattle Past provides an eyes-on-the-street view of a city in flux.

The Ghosts of Seattle Past anthology comes at a critical point: Seattle had the country’s steepest rent hikes in 2015. The city is becoming a national focal point for issues of development. Both recent transplants and the old guard are trying to figure out how to live in the new landscape. Through their warm, conversational, whip-smart voices, the city speaks not only to the current boom, but also to longer-brewing problems of segregation, queer erasure, and colonization. Tracing the issues across six hand-drawn maps, Seattle’s best-known artists (including Elissa Washuta, Kate Lebo, and Paul Constant) join community lynchpins (including Chief Seattle’s great-great-great-great grandson) in a dialogue as incisively political as it is richly human.

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TLtCEcover.jpg To Love the Coming End
Leanne Dunic

"With the emotional precision and eye of a poet, Dunic traverses the vast expanse of Asia, examining how people—and nature—wound each other, but how love is the specific balm that heals. Her travels allow us to see details—scarlet, a mynah bird, a fissure—through her eyes. Her inward eye allows us to feel the pain and pleasure of a singular love. Dunic weaves a wondrous, mysterious and magical web with a deft touch that is as light as it is tight." -- Marie Mutsuki Mockett, Where the Dead Pause and the Japanese Say Goodbye

In this teeming lyrical novel, love is remembered as a jungle of flora and fauna cleaved by tectonic shock and human fault. Our restless narrator stirs between Singapore, Japan, and British Columbia with prose that engulfs like radioactive mist. Personal, geographic, political, and cultural environments take on one another's qualities, culminating in the Tohoku earthquake that shatters Japan.

Leanne Dunic is a multidisciplinary artist and is the singer/guitarist for the band The Deep Cove.

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White Elephantcover300dpi.jpg White Elephant
Mako Idemitsu

Hiroko, headstrong and irreverent, uses her father's money to move to New York, promising to become a famous artist. Intolerant of weakness in others, she crumbles in the face of her own shortcomings. Sakiko, fragile and unsure in 1960s San Francisco, falls into marriage with a brazen Californian artist. From catty carpooling moms to manipulative stoners, abortions to adultery, White Elephant is a vivid book from a seasoned artist turned writer. Mako Idemitsu, daughter of Rockefelleresque petroleum executive Sazo Idemitsu, reconfigures her own family discord to reflect on the binds of being female in this quietly complex English translation by Juliet Winters Carpenter.

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