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Death Note, Vol. 1 By Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781421501680
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Published: VIZ Media LLC - October 10th, 2005

What if you could make anyone die just by knowing their name? That’s the situation that Light Yagami finds himself in after being visited by a god of death, Ryuk. Light takes it upon himself to be judge, jury, and executioner of the human race under the name “Kira”. But can he choose life or death for others without becoming twisted himself? Things get more heated as different parties become interested in capturing Kira and making him pay for the crimes he committed. Whether you’ve watched the anime or not, you have to have read Death Note. It is the dark hero manga. You’ll be on the edge of your seat the whole time.

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Spy x Family, Vol. 1 By Tatsuya Endo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781974715466
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Published: VIZ Media LLC - June 2nd, 2020

There’s a reason why this was the most anticipated anime of the fall. I can’t recommend this manga enough for younger readers who are looking for something fun and exciting. Loid is a spy who has completely erased his past to serve the fictional country of Westalis. When he needs a cover to infiltrate another country, he enlists Yor and the adorable Anya to be his fake wife and child. (We’re going to ignore the fact that a blonde man and black-haired woman are supposed to have had a pink-haired child.) What Loid isn’t aware of is that his “wife” is an assassin, and his “daughter” is a telepath who knows the secrets of everyone involved. Your kid (or you!) will love keeping up with Loid and Yor’s misunderstandings, death-defying missions, and overall heartwarming antics. Great intro to manga for the curious person in your life.

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I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying: Essays By Bassey Ikpi Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062698346
Published: Harper Perennial - August 20th, 2019

Ikpi says more in a single sentence than some authors do in entire chapters! This memoir is a collection of essays about Ikpi's familial, romantic, and personal relationship, each of which are affected by her diagnosis with bipolar disorder and her identity as a Nigerian-American immigrant. The stories that she details are sensational and wild and scary, and at certain points she is (literally) standing on the edge. But the end of the day, her memoir isn't just spectacle, but a love letter to the complexities of navigating relationships in an unstable world. And she's a poet, so the prose is GORGEOUS.

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The Happy Couple: A Novel By Naoise Dolan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063330467
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Published: Ecco - November 7th, 2023

Luke and Celine are getting married... but should they? Dolan lets us decide after taking us through five key perspectives: the bride, the groom, the sister, the old flame, and the best friend. It’s a tale as old as time, but Dolan makes it fun and fresh. Her unsentimental portrayal of a relationship from every angle makes it all more than worth the ride. Fans of Sally Rooney will love!

If you’re a lover of science fiction, then you have to read this collection. Written and edited by Chinese women and non-binary authors, this group of stories will leave you feeling the sort of unsettled that only the best science fiction does. But, despite being a standout in the genre, you’ll also get magical realism, nods to folk tales, new fables, and more. Some of the stories feature a virtual baby conceived for a video game, a cursed painting of a faceless child, and essays that question the future of translation, gender, and science fiction. This book was one that I couldn’t put down. (I read it on the train every day!) If you’re a fan of Babel or The Poppy War you can find translations and an essay by R.F. Kuang too.