Our Most Anticipated Books of June 2024

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The Future Was Color: A Novel By Patrick Nathan Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781640096240
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Published: Counterpoint - June 4th, 2024

This new novel is utterly brilliant, and has everything I love: monster movies, grand dames of mid-century stage and screen, Tennessee Williams, ill-fated romance, the list goes on. Beneath the dazzling setting is a chronicle of George Curtis and the disconnect he feels throughout his many lives. No one captures loneliness quite like Patrick Nathan, and I guarantee you'll be so pulled in you'll miss your stop. Also, we're hosting an event for the book on Tuesday, June 11th!


A Cage Went in Search of a Bird: Ten Kafkaesque Stories By Tommy Orange (Contributions by), Ali Smith (Contributions by), Naomi Alderman (Contributions by), Elif Batuman (Contributions by), Helen Oyeyemi (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Tommy Orange (Contributions by), Ali Smith (Contributions by), Naomi Alderman (Contributions by), Elif Batuman (Contributions by), Helen Oyeyemi (Contributions by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781646222636
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Published: Catapult - June 4th, 2024

What happens when Kafka’s idiosyncratic imagination meets some of the greatest literary minds writing in English across the globe today? Find out in this anthology of brand-new Kafka-inspired short stories by prizewinning, bestselling writers. With contributions from: Naomi Alderman, Elif Batuman, Joshua Cohen, Charlie Kaufman, Yiyun Li, Tommy Orange, Helen Oyeyemi, Keith Ridgway, Leone Ross, and Ali Smith. 


youthjuice By E.K. Sathue Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781641295925
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Published: Hell's Hundred - June 4th, 2024

American Psycho meets The Devil Wears Prada: outrageous body horror for the goop generation. A 29-year-old copywriter realizes that beauty is possible—at a terrible cost—youthjuice is surreal, satirical send-up of NYC It-girl culture.


Blessings: A Novel By Chukwuebuka Ibeh Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780385550642
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Published: Doubleday - June 4th, 2024

Set in post-military Nigeria and culminating in the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act of 2013, Blessings is an elegant and exquisitely moving story that asks how to live freely in a country that forbids one’s truest self, and what it takes for love to flourish despite it all.


Brat: A Novel By Gabriel Smith Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593656877
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Published: Penguin Press - June 4th, 2024

From a provocative new literary talent, a hilarious and haunted novel featuring an unlikable protagonist grappling with grief, inheritance, and the ghosts of his past. Part ghost story, part grief story, flirting with the autofictional mode while sitting squarely in the tradition of the gothic, Brat crackles with deadpan humor and delightfully taut prose.


Cross-Cultural Harlem: Reimagining Race and Place By Sandhya Shukla Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780231208475
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Published: Columbia University Press - June 4th, 2024

Over the course of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Harlem has been the capital of both Black America and a global African diaspora, an early home for Italian and Jewish immigrant communities, an important Puerto Rican neighborhood, and a representative site of gentrification. How do we understand the power of a place with so many claims and identifications? Drawing on fiction, sociology, political speech, autobiography, and performance, Sandhya Shukla develops a living theory of Harlem, in which peoples of different backgrounds collide, interact, and borrow from each other, even while Blackness remains crucial.


Sing Like Fish: How Sound Rules Life Under Water By Amorina Kingdon Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593442777
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Published: Crown - June 4th, 2024

A captivating exploration of how underwater animals tap into sound to survive, and a clarion call for humans to address the ways we invade these critical soundscapes—from an award-winning science writer.


Mouth: Stories By Puloma Ghosh Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781662602474
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Published: Astra House - June 11th, 2024

“These stories are so sharp, so strange, so precise - like perfect razors, meant to cut to the heart and open it up to the gasp of pain but also, to astonishing beauty.”
—Amber Sparks, author of And I Do Not Forgive You


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War By Louis-Ferdinand CĂ©line, Charlotte Mandell (Translated by) Cover Image
$15.95
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ISBN: 9780811237321
Published: New Directions - June 11th, 2024

Love him or hate him, Celine stands as one of the undisputed masters of French post-modernism. The manuscript for War, long thought lost, was unearthed in 2020 and comes screaming across the literary sky, here in English for the first time.


Hip-Hop Is History By Questlove, Ben Greenman (With) Cover Image
By Questlove, Ben Greenman (With)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374614072
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Published: AUWA - June 11th, 2024

This is a book only Questlove could have written: a perceptive and personal reflection on the first half-century of hip-hop. A history of the genre written with not only the encyclopedic fluency and passion of an obsessive fan but also the expertise and originality of an innovative participant.


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Parade: A Novel By Rachel Cusk Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374610043
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - June 18th, 2024

NEW. RACHEL. CUSK. And it promises to be another stunner.


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Little Rot: A Novel By Akwaeke Emezi Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780525541639
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 18th, 2024

One weekend.
The elite underbelly of a Nigerian city.
A party that goes awry.
A tangled web of sex and lies and corruption that leaves no one unscathed.


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Sandwich: A Novel By Catherine Newman Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780063345164
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Published: Harper - June 18th, 2024

“Sandwich is joy in book form. I laughed continuously, except for the parts that made me cry. Catherine Newman does a miraculous job reminding us of all the wonder there is to be found in life."

—Ann Patchett, author of Tom Lake


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The Language Puzzle: Piecing Together the Six-Million-Year Story of How Words Evolved By Steven Mithen Cover Image
$36.00
ISBN: 9781541605381
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Published: Basic Books - June 18th, 2024

The emergence of language began with the apelike calls of our earliest ancestors. Today, the world is home to thousands of complex languages. Yet exactly how, when, and why this evolution occurred has been one of the most enduring—and contentiously debated—questions in science.  Deeply researched and brilliantly told, The Language Puzzle marks a seminal understanding of the evolution of language. 


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Bear: A Novel By Julia Phillips Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525520436
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Published: Hogarth - June 25th, 2024

Man or bear? A perfectly timed novel, Julia Phillips's new work Bear tackles the grizzly-half of the question when two sisters living in an isolated cabin are confronted by a bear on their doorstep. A propulsive, mythical, richly imagined novel from the author of Disappearing Earth.


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Hombrecito: A Novel By Santiago Jose Sanchez Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593542187
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 25th, 2024

"Hombrecito is a charged and charmed tapestry; drawn from a painstaking and meticulous eye-witness account of a young immigrant, navigating the perilous fault lines of place within family and his awaking sexuality. Your heart will be first shattered then expanded forever."

—Brontez Purnell, author of 100 Boyfriends


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Think to New Worlds: The Cultural History of Charles Fort and His Followers By Joshua Blu Buhs Cover Image
$42.00
ISBN: 9780226831480
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Published: University of Chicago Press - June 24th, 2024

A history of Charles Fort, the maverick writer who scanned newspapers, journals, and magazines for reports of bizarre occurrences: dogs that talked, vampires, strange visions in the sky, and paranormal activity, whose writings have inspired artists, authors, philosophers and general conspiracy theorists for over half a century.


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The Miracle of the Black Leg: Notes on Race, Human Bodies, and the Spirit of the Law By Patricia J. Williams Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781620978160
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Published: New Press - June 25th, 2024

Brilliant essays from the renowned Nation columnist--aka the Mad Law Professor--tackling questions of identity, bioethics, race, surveillance, and more. In the spirit of Dorothy Roberts, Rebecca Skloot, and Anne Fadiman, The Miracle of the Black Leg offers a brilliant meditation on the tricky place where law, science, ethics, and cultural slippage collide.