Quirk Books Summer Boardwalk: The Blue Lagoon

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Grab your floaty tube and take a relaxing trip around the blue lagoon—all you need is one of these reads for entertainment while you float! Learn how you can embrace your inner goblin with Goblin Mode, explore the nature in your own backyard with Thrive Where You’re Planted, steer your life by the stars with The Astrology of You and Me, and more.


Goblin Mode: How to Get Cozy, Embrace Imperfection, and Thrive in the Muck

by McKayla Coyle

Embrace your inner goblin! Learn to decorate, dress, craft, forage, and live according to the goblin principles of community, diversity, and joyful mess.

Do you ever feel strange, gross, chaotic, underappreciated, or like you don’t quite fit in? Great news: you might be a goblin! That means your imperfections and idiosyncrasies are the most awesome things about you, and you can build a more harmonious life by accepting and honoring them—taking inspiration from the frogs, fungi, moss, rocks, and dirt that goblins love.

Goblin Mode includes life advice for celebrating physical and mental diversity, rejecting prejudice, and generally hanging on to a little joy. Can a mushroom give you fashion tips? Can a snail teach you to be a happier person? You bet they can.

Featuring 25 whimsical illustrations by Marian Churchland, Goblin Mode will help you rethink your relationship with your self, your home, your community, and the earth.

Read author McKayla Coyle’s blog post, Top 10 Goblin Mode Things You Can’t Live Without.


Thrive Where You’re Planted

by Andrea Debbink

Find peace and appreciate the wonder of the natural world through this meditative guided journal—without leaving your own neighborhood.

Everyone knows that being in nature can help you feel less anxious, more centered, and at peace. The sound of a waterfall, a swaying green canopy, a distant horizon—all of these things slow your heart rate, open your lungs, and calm your mind. But what if—like most North Americans—you live in a suburb or a city and can’t go into the great outdoors every day?

Naturalist Andrea Debbink will show you that nature is all around you, even in the densest metropolis and will teach you how to find wildness in a city sparrow, beauty in a roadside dandelion, and stillness on a park bench.

Organized by month, this guided journal encourages you to center yourself in the cycle of the seasons through:

  • Nature-inspired meditation exercises
  • Outdoor activities and crafts
  • Flora and fauna trackers
  • Weather charts
  • Urban foraging tips

This hardcover journal is perfect for throwing in a backpack and taking to the park, featuring a rounded spine for easy writing, a fabric bookmark to keep your place, and a full-color illustrated design that changes with the seasons.


Dry Humping: A Guide to Dating, Relating, and Hooking Up Without the Booze

by Tawny Lara

A lighthearted, cheeky, and judgment-free handbook from sober sexpert Tawny Lara on how to have better sex, better dates, and better partnerships—without relying on alcohol!

When you’re intimidated or overwhelmed, it’s easy to turn to “liquid courage” to feel more relaxed and outgoing. But what if you want to cut back or cut out alcohol from your life? What do you do on dates? How do you soothe worries and hang-ups? And how the heck do you get up the nerve to be naked with someone new?

In Dry Humping, you will learn how to have better dates, sex, and partnerships with tools like:

  • Booze-free date ideas
  • Scripts for awkward conversations
  • Interviews with experts
  • Thought-provoking prompts
  • Perspectives from a diverse range of regular people
  • And more!

You don’t need alcohol to have a fun, carefree, fulfilling dating life. Dry Humping offers you the tools to step away from alcohol, for however long you want to, while also having more fun in and out of the bedroom.



The Astrology of You and Me: How to Understand and Improve Every Relationship in Your Life

by Gary Goldschneider

This astrological relationship guide is indispensable for dealing with everyone from friends and family to bosses and coworkers.

Steer your life by the stars and make all your interpersonal relationships shine. This beautifully designed, horoscope-driven handbook will teach you to bring energy to your relationships and divine the true nature of personalities using the power of astrology. Do you know how to live peacefully with a Taurus? Discuss money issues with a Cancer? Improve your sex life with a Scorpio? With chapters arranged by astrological sign, The Astrology of You and Me will give you help and guidance for every imaginable star-crossed situation, and the beautiful design features astrology-inspired illustrations throughout.



Basic Witches: How to Summon Success, Banish Drama, and Raise Hell with Your Coven

by Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman

Want to feel terrifyingly beautiful? Wear the right color of eye shadow to project otherworldly glamour. Need to exorcise a toxic friendship? Repeat the proper incantation and make it disappear. Want to increase your energy? Whip up a tasty herbal “potion” to rev up your stamina. DIY projects, rituals, and spells—along with fun historical sidebars—summon the best trends of the modern witchy lifestyle and the time-trusted traditions of the hell-raising women of the past. With humor, heart, and a hip sensibility, Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman dispense witchy wisdom for the curious, the cynical, and anyone who could use a magical boost.


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