heyo! The name's Hylia! I'm born and raised in St. Louis and I've always been in love with literature! I'm always trying to learn something new, no matter what genre, but I'm in love with psychology, dark fantasy, and science. Some of my hobbies include playing guitar, bullet journaling, cosplaying, and drawing. Come to Left Bank Books and say hi! 

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How to Break Up with Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life By Catherine Price Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399581120
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Published: Ten Speed Press - February 13th, 2018

Wow, this book has really helped me realize a lot about my phone usage. It offers tips, steps, and tons of information about how smart phones and the internet can impact our lives and how to transition to a less digitally-obsessed life. We all, to some degree, have a dependency on our devices. I really think everyone should read this book.

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The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Omnibus By Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino, Irene Koh (Illustrator), Killian Ng (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino, Irene Koh (Illustrator), Killian Ng (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781506733883
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Published: Dark Horse Books - December 27th, 2022

No need to write a review because KORRASAMI no but seriously Overall a pretty fun continuation of Korra's story after the TV series ended. it warms my heart to Seeing Korra and Asami's relationship flourish in the comics. just perfect 100% recommend. One of my best experiences ever.

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How to Live in a Chaotic Climate: 10 Steps to Reconnect with Ourselves, Our Communities, and Our Planet By LaUra Schmidt, Aimee Lewis Reau, Chelsie Rivera Cover Image
ISBN: 9781611809930
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Published: Shambhala - August 8th, 2023

If you're reading this, I recommend you read this book. How to Live in a Chaotic Climate is required reading for the Anthropocene. Eco-anxiety and climate trauma are becoming more common, adding to the growing mental health crisis. This is a heart-centered invitation to welcome our feelings regarding the climate crisis, sit with them, and learn from them as we move forward. It contains a wealth of empathetic, fierce, and inspiring wisdom that is certainly needed now more than ever. The book provides a necessary space to address the worries, uncertainties, and grief associated with global climate change.

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A Strange and Stubborn Endurance (The Tithenai Chronicles #1) By Foz Meadows Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250829290
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Published: Tor Books - September 19th, 2023

A Strange and Stubborn Endurance is a political fantasy mystery romance about trauma recovery and family. Foz Meadow's latest book is truly a journey of healing, love, political intrigue, and cultural exploration. The characters were all so well rounded, the world-building was phenomenal, and I could not put it down. Despite the heavy themes, this book made a wonderful read with an equally amazing romance at its core. It deals with some very heavy topics early on, so please take the warnings in the introduction seriously.

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Afrikan Wisdom: New Voices Talk Black Liberation, Buddhism, and Beyond By Valerie Mason-John (Editor), Jan Willis, PhD (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Valerie Mason-John (Editor), Jan Willis, PhD (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781623175627
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Published: North Atlantic Books - July 20th, 2021

A wonderful and informative anthology of wisdom stories from Black liberation teachers and leaders. In each essay, Buddhist theory and practices are incorporated and integrated with Black Liberation and Black Activism. I found this to be an incredibly renewing and refreshing read.

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Poison Study (Chronicles of Ixia #1) By Maria V. Snyder Cover Image
ISBN: 9780778324331
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Published: Mira Books - February 27th, 2007

"You've slipped under my skin, invaded my blood and seized my heart. You have poisoned me." Poison study is such an amazing book because it balances EVERYTHING. With magic, danger, plot twist, action, and adventure, all while the the romance sits on the backburner. Seriously "one more page!" will turn into "one more chapter."

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The Joy of Being Online All the F*cking Time: The Art of Losing Your Mind (Literally) By Jennifer McCartney Cover Image
ISBN: 9781682684658
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Published: Countryman Press - November 17th, 2020

Being a content creator it's literally my job to be online all the time and often times I'd feel bad about it! We're always urged to "cut back our screen time!" or to "go outside and embrace nature," which is fine, but this book is a really fun refreshing read that reminds you to embrace the information age! We use the internet for literally EVERYTHING, we might as well celebrate that!

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Beyond the Gender Binary (Pocket Change Collective) By Alok Vaid-Menon, Ashley Lukashevsky (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593094655
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Published: Penguin Workshop - June 2nd, 2020

“Imagine how beautiful it would be if the way we navigated the world was about creative expression, not conforming to arbitrary norms.” Do yourself a favor and read this book. It's such a little gem and I'm happy i picked it up. For such a tiny book its so powerful and informative. For cis people like me who completely accept and honor the full spectrum of gender identities, it was still extremely helpful to be given new ways to think about gender as a concept and construct.

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The Princess and the Prick By Walburga Appleseed Cover Image
ISBN: 9780008401108
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Published: HQ - October 12th, 2021

"Come undress, jump into bed with me, let me devour you," said the wolf to little red riding hood. "Deal" she said. Even though this book is short, it'll defiantly get a couple of laughs out of you. A great gift for a feminist friend!

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Immune: A Journey into the Mysterious System That Keeps You Alive By Philipp Dettmer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593241318
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Published: Random House - November 2nd, 2021

Absolutely fascinating book! As a fan of Kurzgesagt I was excited to read more about the immune system, because 10 minute videos aren't enough! Philipp is always fantastic communicator and make incredibly complex things easy and enjoyable to read. I didn't think in a million years I'd read a book about the immune system but the frequent summaries and metaphors really help make sense of the concepts.

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Spirits of the Otherworld: A Grimoire of Occult Cocktails and Drinking Rituals By Allison Crawbuck, Rhys Everett Cover Image
ISBN: 9783791387147
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Published: Prestel - September 7th, 2021

I've always been drawn to the histories of magic and occult practices. With Spirits of the Otherworld I was be able to mix a drink that reflects my interests and satisfies my dark curiosity. Each recipe is presented in a double-page spread that includes an engaging history, clear instructions, and original photography. Whether you're serious about cocktails, or the occult or both! I highly recommend this book to all.

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Mel D. Cole: American Protest: Photographs 2020-2021 By Mel D. Cole (Photographer), Jamie Lee Curtis (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Mel D. Cole (Photographer), Jamie Lee Curtis (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9788862087544
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Published: Damiani Ltd - November 30th, 2021

Take a few moments to just flip through these pages and really digest every image you come accross. These images are graphic but this is exactly the reminder we need, a raw reminder that things need to change.

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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The Definitive, 4th Edition By Betty Edwards Cover Image
ISBN: 9781585429202
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Published: TarcherPerigee - April 26th, 2012

This book is honestly a life saver. For years I would be so frustrated with my art that I was on the verge of giving up. This book gave me a entirely different way to perceive my art. Betty Edwards uses scientific studies of the left and right hemispheres of the brain but, she explains it non-scientifically, and with different exercises to help. My entire approach to drawing has changed and it’s so refreshing.

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The Year of the Witching By Alexis Henderson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593099612
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Published: Ace - June 15th, 2021

This was such A PHENOMENAL DARK FANTASY. It was EXACTLY everything I was craving. This dark feminist fantasy had me hooked from start to finish. You could literally feel the tension with every page you turn. Gothic, dark, bloody, and sinister. The Year of the Witching is a non stop horror thrill ride from start to finish. Yeah this book is the shit and I want EVERYONE to know about it.

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Garden Spells: A Novel (Waverly Family #1) By Sarah Addison Allen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553384833
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Published: Bantam Discovery - April 29th, 2008

Such an enchanting book! Garden spells is such a delicious and delightful summer read. I loved the magical elements to this book and the characters. The characters in this novel draw you in and make you feel as if you're part of the family! I could picture their house so clearly as well as the apple tree. If you're a fan of Alice Hoffman, I highly suggest Sarah Addison Allen!

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Fangs By Sarah Andersen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524860677
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 1st, 2020

This is such a wholsome book, it had me smiling and giggling all the way through! It should be ILLEGAL for graphic novels to be this cute! I love Sarah Andersen's work, so I knew I needed this in my life as soon as I saw it on our shelves!

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Berserk Deluxe Volume 1 By Kentaro Miura, Kentaro Miura (Illustrator), Jason DeAngelis Cover Image
ISBN: 9781506711980
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Published: Dark Horse Manga - March 26th, 2019

Berserk is the epitome of the finest parts of dark fantasy. I've never seen a manga as violent as this (and I absolutely love it). There are a lot of dark and twisted elements to this story, but you'll love the way the author develops the main character. You will be mesmerized by the details in the artwork. Despite Miura’s untimely passing, Berserk is still one of the most visually stunning and thrilling manga series in history. I could not recommend it more highly. But warning! It's not for the faint of heart.

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Dark Matter: A Novel By Blake Crouch Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101904244
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 2nd, 2017

A book like Dark Matter thrills, horrifies, and asks deep theoretical questions at the same time. This book is like a roller coaster ride; I can't even BEGIN to describe how amazing it is. You can't say much about this book, lest you ruin it for others. All I can say is, it's a fantastic book with a concept that boggles the mind. The whole story is definitely crazy and when you feel you may have got it figured out it gets even crazier.

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Game Selfish Space By Ridleys (Created by) Cover Image
By Ridleys (Created by)
ISBN: 5055923767108
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Published: Ridley's - August 6th, 2019

want to really REALLY test your friendships? How far are you willing to go to save yourself from the vacume of space? after one game you'll really know how ruthless your "friends" can be!

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Here (Pantheon Graphic Library) By Richard McGuire Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375406508
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Published: Pantheon - December 9th, 2014

"Life has a flair for rhyming events" I've never seen anything like this, it was fascinating to flip through. This was more of an experience than a book that you read. This unique graphic novel is almost hypnotizing. I felt the excitement build every time I was about to flip the page and reveal how the author imagined the past and the future. Believe me: you want this book in your house, somewhere. In the living room. On the dining room table. Or perhaps in a corner.

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Boys Run the Riot 1 By Keito Gaku Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646512485
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Published: Kodansha Comics - May 25th, 2021

A trans MC in a manga AND a trans mangaka? hell yeah I'm in! Boys Run the Riot is an incredibly powerful and important manga which I encourage all to read. there aren't so many mangas with transgender characters that are actually realistic about the topic, so I was so excited to read this. this is everything I want in a queer and trans manga tbh ragtag band of misfit kids teaming up to do kickass shit? *chef's kiss*

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ID:Invaded #Brake-Broken, Vol. 1 By Yuuki Kodama (By (artist)), Otaro Maijo, Amanda Haley (Translated by), Bianca Pistillo (Letterer) Cover Image
By Yuuki Kodama (By (artist)), Otaro Maijo, Amanda Haley (Translated by), Bianca Pistillo (Letterer)
ISBN: 9781975317737
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Published: Yen Press - February 23rd, 2021

ID: INVADED has proven itself to be a fascinating trip into psychological science-fiction. If you have watched the anime then youll like the manga. An elite team of detectives dive into the reconstructed unconscious minds of active serial killers to search for clues to the murders’ identities and locations. The main character, Narihisago, is an impressive and complex individual who is well suited for navigating these broken, convoluted, and intense worlds. Narihisago is, at his core, a broken, twisted man, my favorite type of protagonist.

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Transcending: Trans Buddhist Voices By Kevin Manders (Editor), Elizabeth Marston (Editor) Cover Image
By Kevin Manders (Editor), Elizabeth Marston (Editor)
ISBN: 9781623174156
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Published: North Atlantic Books - October 22nd, 2019

I am so glad this book exists. An excellent collection of essays exploring the relationship between trans individuals and Buddhism. This is a wonderful perspective to add to the modern Buddhist dialogue. Throughout this book, I was deeply inspired to continue my own Buddhist practice while also exploring my personal gender identity. Certain essays had me feeling like These are my sangha! I truly resonated with so many of the pieces within in ways I didn't even know to expect.