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Allegheny Front Cover Image
By Matthew Neill Null, Lydia Millet (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781941411254
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Published: Sarabande Books - May 10th, 2016

“He is alive, but he cannot go home to face his mother and father, where they mattock small graves from a hillside, and that is a kind of death. He has a sliver of ice. Home is not for him. He lies breathing. He is rushing on.”

This is a collection for anyone who loves a really kickass short story. Set in a West Virginia spanning the Civil War era all the way through the present day, these stories are surprising and brutal and thoroughly unsentimental. Despite being steeped in history, these stories are both poetic and experimental.

-Other Brian


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Difficult Women Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780802125392
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Published: Grove Press - January 3rd, 2017

“Folks are generally comfortable with the small lies they tell each other. They don’t know what to do with someone like me, who mostly doesn’t bother with small lies.”

This collection proves- as if there was any doubt- why Roxane Gay is a powerhouse in modern fiction. Here you will find eviscerating wit paired with honesty raw as a car crash. You will not look away. Each story is told in a different style, keeping the flow fresh. Gay tells women’s stories with a complexity and nuance typically reserved for men in fiction- and is delightfully unapologetic in her approach. I am in love.

-Shannon


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$25.00
ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 14th, 2015

“How do I live free in this Black body?”

In Between the World and Me, Coates provides a narrative to his only son of what he’s recognized the existence of his Black body to mean in America.

This is a memoir of a father urging his son to remember to attack every day of his life determined to struggle, because that is the only American way our [Black] people know. Coates’ words will leave you with this harsh reality and truth: we must now begin writing books of love to our kindred encouraging them to know that they come from a people whose bodies built the broken American society that still enslave us today. Between the World and Me doesn’t come from a place of happiness, encouragement or hope. Rather, Coates presents to his son the realities of American society that he himself grew up in, as well as the society that he is watching his son grow up in. Coates writes to affirm that our Black bodies in America can be taken from us in any fleeting moment; and that all we can do is hope that our sons and daughters will live long enough to read the words we leave for them.

“In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body- it is heritage.”

-Amira


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$27.00
ISBN: 9781455563937
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - February 7th, 2017

“Living every day in the presence of those who refuse to acknowledge your humanity takes great courage.”

In this saga of a transplanted family that comes to neither fully belong in Japan or their native Korea, Lee has shown herself to be an artist simultaneously capable of remarkable scope and intimacy. This is a story of hardship that never feels downtrodden, of searching without feeling lost. You will love these characters even when you hate them. In short, a literary novel, but one you won’t be able to put down. There’s not much else to say except YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK.

-Shannon


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Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781560258285
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Published: Nation Books - December 29th, 2005

“People have always been good at imagining the end of the world, which is much easier to picture than the strange sidelong paths of change in a world without end.”

Written at the height of the Bush era, these essays remain a relevant tool kit for anyone wishing to change society for the better. Neither gloom and doom nor naïve utopian sentiment, Solnit presents a pragmatic view of activism that reminds us meaningful change usually occurs not in the spotlight, but by small actions in the dark backstage or in the audience itself. With a dynamite new forward and afterward, this book offers reason to hope and to act in our crazy times.

-Shannon


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Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781559363846
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - December 24th, 2013

“Harper: I don’t understand why I’m not dead. When your heart breaks, you should die. But there’s still the rest of you. There’s your breasts, and your genitals, and they’re amazingly stupid, like babies or faithful dogs, they don’t get it, they just want him. Want him.”

Angels in America is as important now as it was when it premiered in the early 90s. Tony Kushner creates a world that is both relatable and fantastical in nature. Not only does this play shed light on life during the AIDS epidemic, it tells the story of people learning to cope with seemingly untamable demons in a variety of ways. Angels in America is both a spectacle and a character piece and it is necessary in every collection.

-Martha Rose


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The Stories of John Cheever Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780375724428
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Published: Vintage Books USA - May 9th, 2000

“Fiction is art and art is the triumph over chaos… to celebrate a world that lies spread out around us like a bewildering and stupendous dream.”

Don’t make the mistake of thinking of Cheever as just another boring WASPy old New Englander- Cheever’s stories are brimming with equal parts passion and existential sadness. Cheever’s melodic language will lull you into a place where you never see his next gut punch of a plot twist coming.

-Other Brian


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There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941040539
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Published: Tin House Books - February 14th, 2017

HOLY CRAP, BUY THIS BOOK! HOLY CRAP, BUY THIS BOOK! HOLY CRAP, BUY THIS BOOK! HOLY CRAP, BUY THIS BOOK! HOLY CRAP, BUY THIS BOOK! HOLY CRAP, BUY THIS BOOK! HOLY CRAP, BUY

-Other Brian


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By Thi Bui
$24.95
ISBN: 9781419718779
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 7th, 2017

The Best We Could Do is a beautifully crafted memoir about a family’s journey from Vietnam to America. An important story of the power of family and the perseverance that comes with love, Bui combines both art and words beautifully to tell her story. Not to be missed.

-Martha Rose


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Commonwealth Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062566874
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Published: HarperLuxe - September 13th, 2016

“Bad habits were all a matter of perspective, and as long as the present was viewed through a lens of the past, anyone would say he was doing a spectacular job.”

Who owns a story? The people who lived it? The author who wrote it, or his multitude of fans? Can upheaval, even tragedy be traces back to a single vanishing point, and if the web of blame becomes too tangled, is no one at fault? Or is everyone? As only she can, Patchett spins a tale in details seemingly mundane until they mean everything. Her shifts in time, character, and place examine a family from all angles while never leaving the reader behind or confused. This book raises more questions than answers in the best possible way.

-Shannon


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Let's Talk about Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781441166777
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Published: Bloomsbury Academic - March 13th, 2014

What is taste? How is it formed? Why do we despise some music and feel drawn to others? How do we think about the music we love and the music we loathe. Carl Wilson explores these questions and more in his humorous, readable book, which chronicles his exploration of the work of Celine Dion. He watches Youtube videos, Christmas specials, listens endlessly to albums, even sees a show in Vegas. Does he end up loving Celine? You have to read it to find out.

-Steve


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The Hidden South--Come Home Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9781592988358
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Published: Beaver's Pond Press - October 25th, 2016

“See, this is why I didn’t want to tell you that shit. I don’t need nobody’s fucking pity.”

With so much of the country (and the world) buying the simplified narrative that the South is all pastoral farmhouse scenes or KKK rallies, Brent Walker’s The Hidden South is the rude awakening thrust in the face of myth. His interview/conversations with the people often overlooked in the slums of Southern cities pair with raw, honest photographs to tell the story of us, unfiltered. Travelling from Charlotte to Atlanta to New Orleans and more, Brent brings to light stories of addiction, abuse, humor, and insight about what being down on your luck in the South does and doesn’t mean. Gorgeous and heartbreaking in the best ways.

-Shannon


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Why Is Blue Dog Blue?: A Tale of Colors Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781584791621
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 2002

“Artists don’t have to paint things the way they really are.”

Fire up your imagination to follow artist George Rodrigue and Blue Dog in our favorite book for learning colors. Blue Dog isn’t always blue, after all. Sometimes he’s yellow, or red, or even chartreuse! But mostly, Blue Dog is blue. Why, why, why? You’ll have to flex your art muscles to find out! Fun text and beautiful artwork make this book an all-around winner.

-Shannon and Dominic


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Little Tree Cover Image
By Loren Long (Illustrator), Loren Long
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399163975
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Published: Philomel Books - October 27th, 2015

Little Tree is one of our favorite books to read at home. Simple, elegant illustrations tell the story of a little tree who has to learn that letting go and facing the unknown is the only way to grow.

-Shannon

THIS BOOK IS THE BEST! I LOVE THE PICTURES!

-Dominic


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State of Wonder Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062049810
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 8th, 2012

“No one tells the truth to people they don’t actually know, and if they do it is a horrible trait. Everyone wants something smaller, something neater than the truth.”

Patchett is the empress of truly unique fiction, and this novel lives up to that reputation. Her lush descriptions lead into the tangle of Amazonia where neither people nor research are what they seem. Peopled by intricate, ambitious characters, State of Wonder will snare you and not let go.

-Shannon


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Honeydew: Stories Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316297233
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 22nd, 2015

“It was as if she had once been almost smothered and then allowed to live only if she limited her vocabulary and breathed hardly at all.”

In her newest collection, Pearlman offers glimpses of achingly real characters whose diverse professions revolve around the commonality of offering themselves daily to the public light while hiding that most private inner seed in darkness. Perspectives float seamlessly between the characters, bestowing readers with the inescapable hunch that we all walk the same flowered lane of crowded estrangement.

-Shannon


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Flight Behavior Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062124272
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 4th, 2013

“Jack London and Ernest Hemingway, confidence swaggering against the storm: Man against nature. Of all possible conflicts, that was the one that was hopeless. Even a slim education had taught her this much: Man loses.”

A smart and deeply human read. One mountain woman is thrust by one irreversible choice into the fray of climate science and the impending result of our treatment of the planet while her own decisions of the last decade reach their tipping point. This is an intelligent, lovely jaunt into the life of a unique character.

-Shannon


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The Lacuna Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060852580
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 2010

“The most important thing about a person is usually the thing you don’t know.”

This powerful book- sweeping from Diego Rivera’s Mexico to the McCarthy era witch hunts of post-war US- examines the missing piece, or lacuna, that pervades all histories and lives. The gaps between public perception and reality, the masks we don and our truest inner selves are seen through the eyes of one remarkably insightful and compassionate narrator with plenty of his own dark secrets to hide.

-Shannon


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You Deserve Nothing Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781609450489
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Published: Europa Editions - August 30th, 2011

“Everything can change, but only with abandon.”

Controversy! Controversy! This book is deft, eloquent, and a bit disturbing. Accusations of this book being more autobiography than fiction stirred up controversy, but one thing is certain- Maksik is one hell of a good writer. I love this one.

-Other Brian


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A Brief History of Seven Killings Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594633942
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 8th, 2015

“Is a hell of a thing when a gun come home to live with you. The people who live with you notice it first. Everybody talk to you different when them see a new bulge in your pants… nobody ever own a gun. You don’t know that until you own one.”

A sprawling novel told in a number of first person voices, from CIA operatives to 14-year-old boys in the Kingston ghetto. Beginning with the attempted assassination of Bob Marley, it covers more than thirty years and traverses seven continents. This will be one of the most absorbing and electric books you’ll read this year.

-Steve


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Jitterbug Perfume Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780553348989
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Published: Bantam Books - April 7th, 1990

“Never underestimate how much assistance, how much satisfaction, how much comfort, how much soul and transcendence there might be in a well-made taco and a cold bottle of beer.”

Jitterbug Perfume is an odyssey, a journey filled with mythical creatures, perfume, love, sex, life, and death. It follows the quest for the perfect scent to complete the most luscious perfume in the world. This book is poetic and epic and will excite until the end.

-Martha Rose


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Serena Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061470844
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Published: Ecco Press - September 29th, 2009

“Nothing is but what is now.”

In Serena, Rash has crafted a tale at once suspenseful and lyrical that is impossible to put down. Perspectives alternate seamlessly between rising lumber magnate Pemberton, his Appalachian workers, and Rachel, mother of his illegitimate son to give the reader intimate glimpses within the book’s sweeping scope. At the story’s center is Serena, Rash’s masterfully crafted villainess, whom you’ll love, hate, and love to hate all at once. Utterly fabulous work by this NC-native author.

-Shannon


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ISBN: 9780385721677
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Published: Anchor Books - March 30th, 2004

“After everything that’s happened, how can the world be so beautiful? Because it is.”

Oryx and Crake is the dystopian future saga for people wanting more darkness and depth than a YA dystopia can offer. Unlike most future ‘world falls apart’ novels, Atwood’s tale feels as complex as our own reality, giving the sense that her future could (and might) come to pass. A dynamite start to a thoroughly literary sci-fi series.

-Shannon


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At Night We Walk in Circles Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781594631719
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 31st, 2013

Somewhere in South America a young actor takes a job in the revival of an avant-garde play that got its writer jailed years previously. As the small troupe tours various backwaters in the mountain and valleys, Nelson’s old life slowly begins to fade away, first into the character La plays onstage, then into other roles La must take on just to survive. How much of our identity is an act? A performance we modulate based on circumstances? Alarcon has written a vivid book, dusty with dry mountains and cold memory.

-Steve


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The Orphan Mother Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780446581769
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 13th, 2016

“There were consequences of freedom; the world had not been miraculously transformed by paper declarations of independence. Nevertheless, she was not afraid. Others would have to carry it forward from there. But if she had not taken her seat, the seat would have disappeared.”

Picking up in post-emancipation Tennessee after Widow of the South, Hicks knocks this story of racial strain and the search for justice out of the park. He deals with complex themes without being heavy-handed or diverting attention from his well-constructed characters. Widow readers will love this one, but you don’t have to read the previous novel to enjoy this installment.

-Shannon


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Dispatches Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780679735250
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Published: Vintage - August 6th, 1991

One of the books that made me want to be a writer. Luminous, immersive prose. A first person account of a journalist covering the Vietnam War. By no means your usual war reporting. Inspired both Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket.

-Steve


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Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age -- From Picture Books to eBooks and Everything in Between Cover Image
By Jason Boog, Betsy Bird (Foreword by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781476749792
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Published: Touchstone Books - July 15th, 2014

For any parent or parent-to-be of young children, this book is an absolute necessity alongside What to Expect. Boog synthesizes current research on raising kids who will love to read and thrive intellectually as they grow in easy-to-read, enjoyable prose peppered with stories from his own parental experiences. He also includes recommended books, as well as suggestions for navigating the perils of the digital age. I’m so glad I found this book while expecting my first child.

-Shannon


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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060852566
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 29th, 2008

In a modern food culture in which most of our children, and many adults, “never knew potatoes had a plant part,” but think that our food springs spontaneously into being on fluorescent supermarket shelves. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is a vital reclamation of American food life. This phenomenally important book, presented as the story of one family’s decision to consume only foods they grew themselves or were produced locally, brings us back to the all-encompassing question of our daily diet decisions: where does our food come from? What is its petroleum footprint? Who’s really profiting from our food choices? And more. Bottom line- this book will change how you think about food forever.

-Shannon


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Geek Love Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780375713347
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Published: Vintage - June 11th, 2002

“They thought to use and shame me but I win out by nature, because a true freak cannot be made. A true freak must be born.”

I’ve never read another book quite like Geek Love. Dunn has crafted a truly original and jarring tale of carnies, freaks, and social experiments gone awry that sheds light on the humanity in all of us. This one’s not for the faint of heart.

-Shannon


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We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312243357
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Published: Picador USA - September 4th, 1999

In writing about the Rwandan genocide, Gourevitch not only documents cases of remarkable courage and bravery, he also explores the way in which cultures deal with horror and guilt, the way grief seeps into memory, and the ways memory transforms the past. He investigates what it means to survive, and whether the surviving is a blessing or a curse.

-Steve


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Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307460998
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Published: Broadway Books - March 5th, 2013

“The artificial privacy of defense among our national priorities is a constant. Unearned windfall for some, but it’s privation for the rest of America; it steals from what we could be and can do. In ECON 101, they teach us that the big picture fight over national priorities is guns versus butter. Now it’s butter versus margarine. Guns get a pass.”

This is an impeccably researched, eye-opening read. Our populaces’ insulation from the horrors of war (and therefor ignorance of its true cost) combined with military contracting and politicians who profit from its industries have lured us into perpetual war none should ignore.

-Shannon


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The Secret Chord Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780670025770
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Published: Viking - October 6th, 2015

“But it is one thing to transmit the divine through a blasting storm of holy noise, another thing entirely to write a history forged from human voices, imperfect memories, self-interested accounts.”

This is the story of King David of Israel as you’ve never read it before. Viewed through the keen eyes of the prophet Natan, we see a raw, sometimes disturbing human portrait of a man whose life has fed legend for millennia. It’s a riveting read that gets to the meat of what it would take- joyous and horrific- to make a kingdom out of Israel, and the one man capable of it.

-Shannon


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Highly Illogical Behavior Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525428183
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Published: Dial Books - May 10th, 2016

“We’re just floating in space trying to figure out what it means to be human.”

This intensely readable book does the coming-of-age story one better, focusing on a little discussed aspect of adolescence that many struggle with- anxiety and panic disorders. Whaley’s descriptions of these experiences are relatable and spot-on, but they do not define Simon’s character or the way his friends see him, which is refreshing.  Simon, Lisa, and Clark defy stereotypes, and their flaws make them readable and loveable. A great story with a lot to say about growing up a millennial.

-Shannon


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Every Exquisite Thing Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316379595
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 31st, 2016

“Maybe the goal in America is to have an easy life, and so we find it too disgraceful to tell the truth. I meet a lot of people in my line of work, and I can say with the utmost certainty- life is pretty hard for almost all of them.”

Nanette has it all- popular friends, a top spot on her school’s soccer team and the promise of college scholarships- but as graduation looms, she’s realizing the life ahead is not the life she wants. As for so many of us lifelong readers, it’s the discovery of that one cult classic book that pushes her to step out of her mold and into the joys-and pains- of life outside the bubble.

-Shannon


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The Sense of an Ending Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307947727
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Published: Vintage Books - May 29th, 2012

“What you end up remembering isn’t always the same as what you have witnessed.”

A gem of a novel about the messy collisions of human interaction, of memory and missed opportunity. Julian Barnes at his best is an absolute marvel.

-Other Brian


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The Financial Lives of the Poets Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061916052
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 2010

“My dreams tend to be either so obscure as to seem random, or so obviously connected to my subconscious that it’s embarrassing- as if even my hidden depths lack depth.”

Walter writes the story of a man careening towards ruin like someone who has been there. You will relate, and then you will sigh, and then you will laugh. But mostly laugh.

-Other Brian


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Animal Dreams Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062278500
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 7th, 2013

“Pain reaches the heart with electric speed, but truth moves to the heart as slowly as a glacier.”

A story of an awkward, long-deferred return to an Arizona hometown that brings with it new love, old family rifts, and an unlikely chance for one woman to save the town she thought she’d left for good from environmental disaster. Animal Dreams is at once joyful and heart-wrenching- it will feel like home to anyone who has ever felt like a stranger in their own life.

-Shannon


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A Cure for Suicide Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101872130
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Published: Vintage - June 14th, 2016

“We are at the bottom of a ditch and there is just a parcel of air to be found, a parcel and when it is done, we push at the space and another little space of air presents itself. Who can talk of Love? There is only air- or none, and if there is none then there is nothing at all.”

Between this and his last novel, Ball has become one of my favorite writers out there. This one is super weird and I promise you will never have read anything like it. It’s surprisingly touching- or rather, just surprising. Pleasantly so.

-Other Brian


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Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines Cover Image
By Alexis Pauline Gumbs (Editor), China Martens (Editor), Mai'a Williams (Editor)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781629631103
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Published: PM Press - April 2016

“What would it mean for us to take the word “mother” as a less gendered identity and more as a possible action, a technology of transformation that those people who do the most mothering are teaching us right now?”

In Revolutionary Mothering, contributors redefine mothering as an inclusive and transformative practice, while reiterating that we cannot transform our futures without just increasing the visibility of the voices and visions of mothers.

-Amira


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$15.95
ISBN: 9780811217071
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - May 2008

A thrilling, stunning, terrifying book about what it’s like to live in constant fear. Salvadoran Moya perfectly captures the surreal nightmare. And did I mention that it’s funny? It’s really, really funny. Roberto Bolano says: “Like Buster Keaton or a time bomb.”

-Steve


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The Cat's Table Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307744418
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Published: Vintage Books - June 12th, 2012

Ondaatje’s novels turn on such delicate gears as to be nearly magical. We experience them the way we experience our own lives, in brilliant moments and seemingly random sparks and frictions. A randomness becomes a thread then becomes a meaning. Always sensual and devastatingly human, he seems to fashion his narrative from thin air where it hangs like smoke, when actually it’s the stuff of life itself. One of the best writers working today.

-Steve


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The Last Wolf & Herman Cover Image
By Laszlo Krasznahorkai, John Batki (Translator), George Szirtes (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780811226080
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 27th, 2016

A man is hired, through a case of mistaken identity, to write the story of the last wolf of Extremaduara, a barren and blasted swath of Spain. At some point, it becomes impossible for him to admit he’s an imposter; all he can do is proceed with the job as if it really is his own.

Strangely, over the course of this one sentence which soldiers on over 96 pages, the reader begins to get a sense of something else. It’s something the narrator doesn’t know, the bartender doesn’t know, and Krasznahorkai asserts the author doesn’t know either. And what that is, of course, you have to find out for yourself.

-Steve


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The Lover Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780375700521
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Published: Pantheon Books - September 8th, 1998

Marguerite Duras is a novelist you should know about.  Sensual, spare, seamless prose about longing, memory, and love. The Lover details an affair between an adolescent French girl and her Chinese lover. It’s full of exploration, discovery, and surrender. Duras’ prose is a country unto itself.

-Steve


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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250062185
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Published: Picador USA - January 6th, 2015

“The current extinction has its own novel cause: not an asteroid or a massive volcanic eruption but ‘one weedy species’.”

The view from the brink has never been better than Sixth Extinction. Neither hopeless nor naively optimistic, Kolbert offers a pragmatic synthesis of how we know what we know about Earth’s major extinction events and what we can do to minimize the scope of impending mass die-offs. Don’t be dissuaded by the dark subject matter. In this gap between denial and despair lies the hope for our species. Required reading for citizens of the 21st century.

-Shannon


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The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate--Discoveries from a Secret World Cover Image
By Peter Wohlleben, Tim Flannery (Foreword by), Jane Billinghurst (Translator)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781771642484
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Published: Greystone Books - September 13th, 2016

“Trees could solve the problem if the people trying to improve things would only allow them to take over.”

Whether you have a background in ecology or simply revel at the natural world, you need this book in your life. This is the first nonfiction in a while that I’ve not been able to put down. Wohlleben’s mastery of his subject is evident, as is his love for forestry and tree communities. Since reading this book I’ve found myself noticing trees anew, not just appreciating their majesty but also the very real ways they affect our lives. He makes me wish I could ask them, “Just what ARE you thinking?”

-Shannon


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Nine Stories Cover Image
$8.00
ISBN: 9780316769501
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Published: Little Brown and Company - May 1991

“Poets are always taking the weather so personally. They’re always sticking their emotions into things that have no emotions.”

These nine stories are Salinger at the top of his game. His experiences during World War I heavily influenced these works, lending a haunted quality to even seemingly lighthearted plots. Bottom line- even if you think Holden Caulfield was a whiny, melodramatic brat, don’t skip this volume.

-Shannon