Ghosts Of Booksellers Past

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



Slightly Out of Focus Cover Image
By Robert Capa, Richard Whelan (Introduction by), Cornell Capa (Foreword by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780375753961
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Published: Modern Library - June 12th, 2001

A memoir of Robert Capa is not only important for its description of historic events, but also amazingly funny. Robert Capa started as a war photojournalist in the Spanish Civil War and continued through WW II. He died in 1954 during the Indochina War when he stepped on a landmine. Apart from being a war photojournalist he also took photos of regular life of the "Generation X" - people who reached adulthood shortly after WW II.

-- Daniel


Moscow to the End of the Line Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780810112001
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Published: Northwestern University Press - July 1st, 1992

This book, banned in USSR for a long time, show the late Soviet life through an eye of a delusional alcoholic. It is funny and sad at the same time and is considered one of the most important Soviet novels.

-- Daniel


The Conquest of Bread Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781904859109
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Published: AK Press - March 1st, 2007

This book is a fundamental work of Kropotkin, one of the founding fathers of anarchism as it is understood nowadays by the majority of activists. It shows that naarchism does not equal chaos, but is a comfortable way for a society to exist.

-- Daniel


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$5.99
ISBN: 9780142409053
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Published: Puffin Books - May 15th, 2008

This is the story of an unlikely bond that develops between two young girls living and going to school in New York City. Drita, a refugee from Kosova, flees to America with her family, knowing very little English and very little about living in New York City. It is within her new public school that she is befriended by Maxie, who is struggling with the recent loss of her own mother. Through alternating first person narratives between to the two girls, this story features poignant messages about bravery, perspective, respect, friendship, and difference. This is a wonderful read aloud for students grades 3-7.

-- Kylie M.


The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780618526413
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Published: Mariner Books - April 21st, 2004

Is the slow death of dreams inevitable?

-- John L.


Binary Star Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781937512255
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - January 13th, 2015

This book Left me dizzy & lightheaded & short of breath. It is, as promised, "too loud to ignore."

-- Arielle S.


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$22.00
ISBN: 9780807029237
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Published: Beacon Press - July 30th, 2007

In A Dialogue On Love, queer theorist Eve Sedgwick explores questions of gender identity, and selfhood through the lens of her experience in therapy. Her writing is experimental, weaving together poetry, dreams, memory, and her therapist’s notes throughout the text. There is honesty and sharpness in her account, one of reflection, creativity, and growth. I highly recommend this book!

-- Maxine K.


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$17.95
ISBN: 9781552452974
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Published: Coach House Books - October 7th, 2014

Lisa Robertson's Cinema of the Present is unlike any book of poetry I've read before. The book is structured as an uninterrupted poetic dialogue between two unnamed voices and is a meditation on relationships, the language of thought, and most of all, self creation--all taking place right now in this book.

-- Maxine K.


I Capture the Castle Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780312201654
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 15th, 1999

This 1930s English coming of age story is sometimes funny, sometimes heavy, and always eccentrically lovely. A struggling family living in a dilapidated castle on the English countryside boasts a father who was once a bestselling author, a step mother who likes to go for nude walks, and Cassandra and her sister, who dance around fires to celebrate long forgotten pagan holidays. Cassandra Mortmain must be one of the most charming narrators any book has seen. Often compared to Jane Austen and lauded by J.K. Rowling, this is the perfect read for a rainy day.

-- Andrea


Summer and Bird Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780142425053
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Published: Puffin Books - August 7th, 2014

This is a fiercely imaginative story about two sisters lost in the woods. Summer and Bird are realistic, flawed girls who just want to find their parents (and learn to speak to the birds, of course).

-- Andrea


Mr. Fox Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594486180
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 6th, 2012

Told through a man's short stories, his recurring main female character / muse / fantasy woman "comes to life" to teach him a lesson about killing off all the women in his books. It is dark, bizarre, charming, and cheeky all at once.

-- Andrea


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By Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translator)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781933372600
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Published: Europa Editions - September 1st, 2008

This satire on class is infused with philosopht and ramarkable wit. The writing is so beautiful, each sentence could be quoted on a poster. Picking a favorite books was nearly impossible until I read The Elegance Of The Hedgehog.

-- Andrea


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$24.99
ISBN: 9781606997406
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Published: Fantagraphics Books - August 3rd, 2014

I picked this up on a whim and could not physically put it down until I finished it. Beautiful, heart-wrenching, hilarious and deeply weird all at the same time.

-- Skylar N.


Hild Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250056092
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Published: Picador USA - October 28th, 2014

Immersive tale of political intrigue and religious upheaval set in Dark Ages Britain. Told from the point of view of Hild, a historical figure, from childhood to early adulthood, Griffith brings her story to life with a keen eye for detail that adds a lush texture to an already compelling narrative. "Game of Thrones" for archaeology nerds and academics!

-- Skylar N.


Pattern Recognition Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780425192931
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Published: Berkley Books - February 3rd, 2004

Fast paced, brilliantly written adventure into the depths of various subcultures across the globe and incorporating Gibson’s obsessions at the time -- fashion, Japanese urban landscape, corporate sabotage and the Curta calculator. In typical Gibsonian fashion, his treatment of the viral video phenomenon back in 2003 is particularly prescient. GREAT vacation read and the most accessible introduction to Gibson’s ouvre.

-- Skylar N.


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ISBN: 9781597801584
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Published: Night Shade Books - May 1st, 2010

One of the most innovative examples of world-building in recent fiction, “The Windup Girl” is set in post-catastrophic Bangkok where global politics are driven by extreme food shortages and corporate monopolies on calories. Fast-paced, vividly descriptive, and engaging, this book explores the consequences of excessive bioengineering without ethical consideration. I wish I could read this again for the first time.

-- Skylar N.


The Ghost Network Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781612194349
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Published: Melville House Publishing - May 5th, 2015

Molly Metropolis is the world's biggest pop star when she disappears. A journalist teams up with her personal assistant to puzzle over Molly's journal to try to find out if she willingly disappeared or if her obsession with an architecture cult and the Chicago public transit system lead her down a dangerous path. I'm not normally a mystery reader, but the weirdness of the plot and inventiveness of the narration sucked me in. I can't stop talking about this book.

-- John


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ISBN: 9780812998689
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Published: Random House - October 27th, 2015

Slade House only appears every nine years on the Saturday before Halloween. If you do manage to find the house, you're already dead. Two vampiric twins construct increasingly elaborate traps to lore our doomed narrators to the Slade House attic where something worse than death awaits. Few books are as unputdownable as this one, it will keep you up at night.

-- John


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