Ghosts Of Booksellers Past

While these booksellers themselves aren't necessarily ghosts, their recommendations still stand even after they've left our stores.



Redeployment Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143126829
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Published: Penguin Books - February 24th, 2015

Billed as “The Things They Carried for the Iraq War,” Redeployment tells of the dissonant homecomings of America’s soldiers. With brutal oo-rah humor, Klay shows us the empty gestures of civilian thanks, missing girlfriends, and the cognitive echoes of an ignored war.

-- Ryan


Necessary Errors Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143122418
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Published: Penguin Books - August 6th, 2013

This is the first novel from long-time N+1 critic Caleb Crain. It’s about a young man who has traveled to Prague right after the fall of Soviet rule, trying to understand his sexual identity and his literary ambition.

-- Ryan


Netherland Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307388773
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Published: Vintage Books USA - May 7th, 2009

O’Neill writes with superbly intelligent prose in this book about post 9/11 NYC, the immigrant experience, and the quiet satisfaction of playing cricket. A novel about a sensitive observer and his charismatic friend in the tradition of the Great Gatsby.

-- Ryan


The Folded Clock: A Diary Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804171441
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Published: Anchor Books - March 8th, 2016

Think E.B. White, John Irving, and maybe even Bridget Jones. The Folded Clock is biting, self-aware, stubborn, and refreshingly un-fluffy for a diary-of-sorts. I wish as a sequel she would publish the diary she wrote as an eight-year old; how has nobody done that already? Keep an eye out for Flora: At Eight.

-- Flora


Critical Mass: Four Decades of Essays, Reviews, Hand Grenades, and Hurrahs Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780767930635
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Published: Anchor Books - April 14th, 2015

Wolcott’s Wikipedia page lists him as a practicing Transcendental Meditator, but you wouldn’t know it from his zinging, resonant critical essays that in the course of a few years can applaud and then brutally strike down (see: Woody Allen). I appreciate his acknowledgement of the intellect behind all things media, and his ability to call out a phony when he sees one. None of the decades-old essays feel creaky with age; if anything they nostalgically remind us of the power that movies, books, and late-night talk show hosts have on a culture-hungry country.

-- Flora


The Flick Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781559364584
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - September 30th, 2014

I never would have guessed that a play about the internal happenings of a movie theater and its employees would so powerfully address the equally mundane and fantastic experience of going to work each day-- what one brings in with them, what they leave, and what they communicate to one another-- but now it seems so perfect. The Flick is funny and depressing, hopeful and quiet, and illustrates the everlasting importance of the game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.”

-- Flora


Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye Cover Image
$17.50
ISBN: 9780306811913
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Published: Da Capo Press - May 10th, 2007

An incredibly moving and musical biography and conversation with one of the most talented and important musicians of the twenty first century. Show the man some respect and read this!!

-- Flora


Mickelsson's Ghosts Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9780811216791
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 1st, 2008

A great novel of academic meltdown, with Mormon ghosts, some thoughts on Nietzsche, divorce, and departmental politics, from the author of Grendel and On Moral Fiction.

-- Theo


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316013697
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Published: Little, Brown Young Readers - April 1st, 2009

Alexie accurately and honestly sums up the many struggles that come with growing up on reservation today. The book deals with the prevalence of alcohol abuse and poverty on reservations while slipping in small standout details, like a love for Pepsi, all while focusing on the game of basketball. An important read for teens and adults alike.

-- Tanwaporn


Milk and Honey Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781449474256
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 6th, 2015

A collection of raw, resilient poetry that deals with the trauma of sexual abuse and the process of survival. Rupi Kaur’s voice demands to be heard. While it’s a fast read, the poems stay with you long after the book is closed.

-- Tanwaporn


The Queen of the Tearling Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062290380
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - April 14th, 2015

Queen of the Tearling is like Tamora Pierce's best for adults. Johansen creates a dynamic, complex protagonist in Kelsea. Tearling blends all of your favorite fantasy elements while bringing in a sci-fi aspect that makes the tale all the more chilling. I couldn't put this book, or the sequel (Invasion of the Tearling) down

-- Tanwaporn


War and Peace Cover Image
By Leo Tolstoy, Richard Pevear (Translator), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781400079988
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Published: Vintage - December 2nd, 2008

One of the finest examples of the phenomenal capabilities of language, this may be called one of the greatest books ever written. As a reader one finds whatever one is looking for, and the beauty of 'War and Peace' is that one can find anything within.

-- Marina


Cunt: A Declaration of Independence Cover Image
By Inga Muscio, Betty Dodson (Foreword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781580050753
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Published: Seal Press (CA) - October 15th, 2002

This isn't "feminist literature". This is a text on the notion of freedom, on language, on examples of living as a woman, on the importance of playing chess every day, and on having a sense of humour. "Cuntlovingly decontextualized, 'a goldmine between your legs' is a wonderful sentiment. Like what you find at the end of the rainbow."

-- Marina


Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812997668
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Published: Random House - August 4th, 2015

Different incarnations of Shirley Jackson lurk throughout each uncanny story, thoughtful essay, craft lecture, and quotidian grocery list in this collection of found manuscripts--co-edited with obvious care by Jackson's children. Use the satin red ribbon to jump between the refractions of Jackson, a master of suspense who explored the subtle horrors of American life with acerbic wit.

-- Rachel


The Wherewithal: A Novel in Verse Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393351446
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 3rd, 2015


This novel-in-verse follows one man from a childhood in Nazi-occupied Poland to adolescence in Chicago to broken adulthood in Zodiac-era San Francisco. But instead of telling it straight, his life story is shredded, flayed, and tossed in the air. The horrors—a tragic accident, draft-dodging, the massacre in Jedwabne—mingle with the humor—certifiably insane coworkers, life-saving typos, drama of philosophy departments. The non-linear storytelling is as vital as the poetry. The Wherewithal is Perseus’s shield, allowing us to face unfathomable darkness without losing sight of our humanity.

-- Rachel


Uprooted Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804179034
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Published: Del Rey Books - May 19th, 2015

Rooted in Polish folklore, this novel upends fairytales and stars a heroine who is wholly her own. Seventeen-year-old Agnieszka's journey has shades of the familiar (Grimm and Austen come to mind) but her voice is compelling and original. You won't want to leave this fully-realized fantastical world where empathy and identity -- not princes or gold -- are the true treasures.

-- Rachel


The Memory Painter: A Novel of Love and Reincarnation Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250053039
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Published: Picador USA - April 28th, 2015

This perfect summer read has the heart of "Cloud Atlas" and the pacing of "The DaVinci Code." Each chapter becomes a puzzle box leading you through a centuries-spanning mystery and romance through reincarnation. But the true heart of this book lies in the imaginative and historically riveting visions of life in Ancient Greece, 1980s Boston, feudal Japan, and Viking voyages. Though a light read, the many layers will leave you guessing and mesmerized up until the final act.

-- Rachel


After Birth Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544273733
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - February 17th, 2015

Terrible title. Incredible novel. The writing is electric, the characters equal parts dazzling and damaged, the content purely original. There is not artifice here—just verve. You may get whiplash from the swerves between righteous anger and gallows humor; you may even drown in the choppy waves of feminism; but you will not be able to stop reading. I haven’t been this transfixed by a writer in years.

-- Rachel


Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307949424
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Published: Anchor Books - April 8th, 2014

I usually pop Prozac like Pez when people talk about extinction and climate change, but this book was a revelation. Newitz breaks down complex scientific issues in a conversational and thought-provoking way. Also, instead of fear-mongering or existential angst, she highlights humanity's resilience and our penchant for creativity and kindness. (What other species would make sure animals boarded the ark, too?) Perfect book to read for education and inspiration.

-- Rachel


Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy: Annihilation; Authority; Acceptance Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780374261177
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Published: Fsg Originals - November 18th, 2014

Binge read Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy in one gorgeous volume. Go from the atmospheric, Hitchcockian first novel (Annihilation) to the second’s spy vs. spy showdown (Authority) to an ending that connects all the plots like constellations (Acceptance). You won’t want to leave Area X after starting this swampy sci-fi series—and Area X might not leave you.

-- Rachel


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