Aster is a ballet teacher and bibliophile. When not at Talking Leaves, they are teaching and studying at Lisa Taylor's Academy of Ballet.

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Strong Female Protagonist Book One Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780692246184
Published: Top Shelf Productions - November 25th, 2014

In the early 90’s, a mysterious electrical storm lasting several months precipitated a transformation that changed the world forever. Fifty percent of the children born during or after this storm have “biodynamic anomalies” manifesting once they hit puberty; a new generation of super-children has been born. Strong Female Protagonist follows Alison Green, a former superhero turned super-college student, as she struggles to solve the puzzle: if a supervillain tries to rule the world and a superhero tries to save it, how can a superhuman change it?


Content warnings: graphic depictions of violence. (Vol.2 centers around themes of sexual assault and rape.)

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Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware The Kitten Holy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781608866878
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: BOOM! Box - April 7th, 2015

Graphic novel series -- 8-12, all ages

Punk rocker mermaids! Feminist literary icons! Capture the Flag! Trans girls of color!

And most importantly...friendship to the max!

If these things sound like your cup of bug juice, then holy mother of Mary Wollstonecraft do I have a comic for you. Join the Lumberjanes as they navigate mysterious supernatural forces like demonic kittens and crushes on cabinmates.

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Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781627798341
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - April 3rd, 2018

Intriguing look at the lives of two men whose legacy has shaped generations of musical theatre artists and audiences. Perdum approaches his subjects with a refreshing candor and maintains his own unique voice throughout. The technical details of Rogers' composition are detailed without becoming dry, and Perdum does not make excuses for his subjects' character faults, failings, and downfalls. The resulting biography is engaging to a reader with a passing interest in musical theatre. Those of us who used to spend study hall singing scales will be riveted from beginning to end.

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Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812981117
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 25th, 2010

A funny, thoughtful, and occasionally poignant memoir from one of America's greatest living food writers. Reichl takes readers through her young childhood in 1950s Greenwich Village and an otherworldly account of boarding school in Quebec, dares us to join her forays into 1960s student life, and lovingly recounts her days living in a commune in 1970s Berkeley, California. Along the way, she sows recipes like bread crumbs for us to follow and introduces us to the diverse range of people who have shaped her approach to food. The perfect read for a cozy afternoon, after which you may find yourself approaching dinner in an entirely new way.