Ghosts Of Booksellers Past

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



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Motherhood: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
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 Negar 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?


The Green Road: A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393352801
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 3rd, 2016

The cover of this book is deceptive. It makes you think you are about to embark on a peaceful journey through mystical Ireland. That is not this book. Your journey will be more of the harrowing, soul-cleansing variety, guided by Anne Enright's strange and stunning writing. In The Green Road, Enright tells the story of the Madigan family while bypassing every cliche of a family saga. It will haunt you in the best of ways.

-- Emily


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Ducks, Newburyport Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781771963077
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Published: Biblioasis - September 10th, 2019

THIS BOOK MESSED ME UP + I mean that in the best possible way!

-- Josie


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Men in the Sun and Other Palestinian Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780894108570
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Published: Lynne Rienner Publishers - July 31st, 1998

A bare and brutal protest novella that will leave you flat out on the floor.

-- Josie


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The Last Samurai Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780811225502
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Published: New Directions - May 31st, 2016

An absolute roller coaster of a novel, somehow simultaneously brilliant, surprisingly hysterical and deeply tender.

-- Josie


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Tell Them of Battles, Kings, and Elephants Cover Image
By Mathias Énard, Charlotte Mandell (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811228947
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Published: New Directions - October 29th, 2019

Clearly deviating from his previous work, this beautiful little volume is a sketchbook in itself - briefly painting scens of love, lust, and violence in Michelangelo's fabled travels.

-- Josie


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I Hotel Cover Image
By Karen Tei Yamashita, Jessica Hagedorn (Introduction by), Karen Tei Yamashita (Preface by)
$21.95
ISBN: 9781566895453
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Published: Coffee House Press - October 8th, 2019

Absolutely wild.

-- Josie


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Orange Horses Cover Image
By Maeve Kelly, Simon Workman (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780993459207
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Published: Tramp Press - February 21st, 2017

Thesestories are quietly fierce, settling over you for days before crawling under your skin.

-- Josie


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The Seas Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781947793569
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Published: Tin House Books - July 16th, 2019

The obsssive nature of first love! Trauma from needless war! Lonliness in small towns! Mermaids?!

-- Josie


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Flowers of Mold & Other Stories Cover Image
By Seong-Nan Ha, Janet Hong (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781940953960
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Published: Open Letter - April 23rd, 2019

Dark, disturbed + twisted little stories unearthed from the banality of daily life in South Korea. Driven entirely by atmosphere and aesthetics, this collection is utterly strange and fantastic.

-- Josie


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Too Much and Not the Mood: Essays Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374535957
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Published: FSG Originals - April 11th, 2017

Chew-Bose’s poetic essays are dense, rhythmic, and astoundingly lovely. Her explorations of personal and creative identity are fresh and intimate, revealing a growing confidence without falling into self-congratulation.

-- Josie


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Bride and Groom Cover Image
By Alisa Ganieva, Carol Apollonio (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781941920596
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Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - March 27th, 2018

Absolutely judge this book by its cover, it’s all about the aesthetics. The tension - between generations, between national identities, between all kinds of lovers - is a living thing, hovering around you. Coupled with a vividly portrayed Dagestan and brilliant linguistic rhythm, you’ll feel this book for days after it’s done.

-- Josie


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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


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The Queen of the Tearling: A Novel (Queen of the Tearling, The #1) Cover Image
$16.99
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


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Ducks, Newburyport Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781771963077
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Published: Biblioasis - September 10th, 2019

Holy shit.

-- James


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The Cat in the Hat for President: A Political Fable Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781944869717
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Published: OR Books - April 10th, 2018

Originally published in 1968 in the run-up to Nixon's presidency, it is no wonder it is being re-printed in 2018. In both this book and 1977's "The Public Burning," Coover has proved himself a prophet by imagining an America so ridiculous that it couldn't help but become reality. (Definitely NOT for kids!)

-- James


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