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Ghosts Of Booksellers Past

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



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Graffiti Palace: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250310309
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Published: Picador - March 12th, 2019

In a nutshell, this book replaces Odysseus with a graffiti artist/historian named Americo Monk, and replaces the Ancient Mediterranean with 1965 Los Angeles amidst the Watts riots, but let’s get into what really makes this book an incredible and unique read. By taking the formula used by Homer and Joyce and using it to tell the story of artists who are both figuratively and literally erased from the conversation of “real” art, Lombardo complicates not just the standard for who can be a hero or a monster, but who gets to decide such delineations. But beyond its lofty artistic assertions, the story sucks you in right away because of how damn fun it is – who said literary fiction couldn’t be driven by a great plot? If reading a book that blends history with fantasy and features encounters with The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, magical albino weed, Godzilla, and a one-eyed gangster who lives in the sewer, look no further my friend.

-- Mack


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Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812978902
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 5th, 2018

Fantasyland is an in-depth examination into the birth of “alternative facts” America, tracing the winding thread that connects Puritans and Jamestown settlers convinced they’d find mountains of gold to hippies rejecting medicine and evangelicals rejecting evolution. A truly crazy thing I learned about this book, which maybe you saw on the shelf, rolled your eyes at, and filed into the “another F’ing Trump book” part of your brain, is that he began writing it before Trump was even running. The absurdity of that whole campaign/ dystopic Newspeak Hell we inhabit today just led tons of credence to the points there were to be made about the only developed country where 7-out-of-10 people actually believe in Heaven, and 2-in-5 believe the Earth is 10,000 years old. As depressing, though fascinating, as that all may sound, the book is actually deeply comforting in a way with the authority with which it defends logic, science, and objectivity, giving the impression (to me at least) that hope is not entirely lost, and reason ultimately does win out over fantasy and delusion. Someone tell de Blasio! Funnily enough, the very week I finished the book Andersen was featured on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast for an interview that really opened the book up even wider – is God trying to tell me something, is Mercury in retrograde, or am I just a superstitious, self-obsessed American with delusions of grandeur?

-- Mack


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Nightlights Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781910620571
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Published: Nobrow - March 5th, 2019

When does a dream become a nightmare?

Few artists have the ability to create a world as luscious as Lorena Alvarez has done in the Nightlights series. Her use of form and color will completely envelop you in Sandy's imagination.

-- Jocelyn


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Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get On the Mat, Love Your Body. Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780761193111
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - April 4th, 2017

Instagram yoga powerhouse, Jessamyn Stanley, has crafted one of the most relevant and relatable yoga guides out there. This is filled with helpful pictures and concise cues to make yoga more accessible to beginner and veteran yogis alike -- especially those practicing at home!

-- Jocelyn


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The Book of Lost Saints Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250185815
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Published: Imprint - November 5th, 2019

I don't think this book could feel more personal if I had written it myself. I am half convinced Older pried this story from the hearts of Cuban-Americans to lay bare for the rest of the world to see. It is a love letter, a haunting, and utterly unforgettable.

-- Jocelyn


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The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978273
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 5th, 2019

This collection of essays is a vulnerable and intimate look at mental illness and stigma -- especially as experienced by the author herself -- that manages to strike a tone often reminiscent of Audre Lorde's "Sister Outsider." It is deeply emotional and will force you to confront your own biases of the schizophrenias. Highly recommended for those interested in mental health and collections that read like memoirs.

-- Jocelyn


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If We Were Villains: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250095299
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 17th, 2018

At its core, this is a love letter to Shakespeare and the theatre -- in the form of a thriller. As the circumstances of thespian Oliver's imprisonment unfold, you are brought along for the entirety of the exhilarating, dramatic, and haunting journey. I promise this story (and the deliciously insufferable characters therein) will live with you long after you finish.

-- Jocelyn


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Gods of Jade and Shadow Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525620778
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Published: Del Rey - February 18th, 2020

Nobody breathes life into characters like Silvia Moreno-Garcia. This time we find ourselves at the threshold: between tradition and change, life and death, mythology and reality. Let yourself be swept away by the unapologetically human, Casiopea, and her journey with the Maya god of death, Hun-Kame.

-- Jocelyn


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The Serpent's Secret (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781338185713
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Published: Scholastic Press - January 29th, 2019

If you've made your way through the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series and are searching for your new favorite mythology books, look no further! These are packed with princes, prophecy, and all the Bengali creatures you could want.

-- Jocelyn


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Whichwood Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781101994801
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Published: Speak - September 18th, 2018

Beautiful yet macabre, Mafi has created a world completely unlike anything you've read before. A great fantasy choice for those who loved the creepiness of "Coraline" and the whimsy of "Nevermoor."

-- Jocelyn


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Small Spaces Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780525515043
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Published: Puffin Books - July 9th, 2019

Somehow this manages to be both a cozy read and a spooky one. This is perfect for anyone looking for a Halloween book -- regardless of the season.

-- Jocelyn


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Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble Cover Image
By Anna Meriano, Mirelle Ortega (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062498472
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Published: Walden Pond Press - January 8th, 2019

Leo is brave, curious, and does NOT like being kept from her family's secret. This is sweet from start to finish. It even includes recipes so you can try some baking magic of your own!

-- Jocelyn


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Don't Date Rosa Santos Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368039703
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 14th, 2019

From the smell of the pastelitos baking to the sound of the viejitos gossiping and playing domino, I was completely transported to Port Coral. Within these pages I laughed and cried alongside Rosa. Sweet, fun, and relatable, this is the best YA contemporary of the year.

-- Jocelyn


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Not Your Sidekick Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781945053030
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Published: Interlude Press - September 1st, 2016

Superheroes, first crushes, summer internships, and a supportive group of friends, this book has everything you could want. Lee plays a lot with the idea of heroes vs. villains and Jess will surely win your heart in the process.

-- Jocelyn


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We Set the Dark on Fire Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062691323
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 14th, 2020

In this world of gods of salt and sun, where women fulfill certain roles as primeras and segundas, there is a growing rebellion and a need to question the status quo. This is where we find our main character, Dani, who is learning what love and loyalty mean to her. If you love courageous, sapphic women, this might just be your new favorite series.

-- Jocelyn


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Motherhood: A Novel Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781250214782
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Published: Picador - May 7th, 2019

I had two copies of this book and now I have none because I’m forcing all my friends to read it. Some classic nonfiction from Sheila Heti, this book explores the question of having children and what that choice means in a way that feels like an exercise in expanding your mind. Sheila follows a practice of the i ching by tipping coins to answer very complicated questions. It is a delight.

-- Emily


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Near to the Wild Heart Cover Image
By Clarice Lispector, Alison Entrekin (Translated by), Benjamin Moser (Preface by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811220026
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Published: New Directions - June 13th, 2012

I’m pretty sure this book is a living breathing creature. If you want to embark on Lispector, a criminally under-read genius, this is where to start.

-- Emily


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Educated: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590504
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Published: Random House - February 20th, 2018

Tarta Westover was raised entirely isolated in a Mormon-survivalist family, barely home schooled, shuffled around, and somehow made it all the way to Cambridge. In her first college years she had never heard of the Holocaust and she thought summer was called “canning season.” This is her story.

-- Emily


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Disoriental Cover Image
By Négar Djavadi, Tina Kover (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781609454517
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Published: Europa Editions - April 17th, 2018

100 Years of Solitude meets Persian culture / pans / modern day fertility clinic. This book is an epic family tale, politics and myth through the eyes of the Sadrs. All told from the perspective of one daughter in the waiting room of a clinic, but stretching back hundreds of years. If someone as cool as Rivka Galchen is a fan, you will be too.


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Antigonick Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9780811222921
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Published: New Directions - May 29th, 2015

Favorite play, favorite translation, favorite author. Antigone is the most performed play from the western world for a reason, and Anne understands her better than anyone else. Forget Hegel. What is a nick?


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