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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Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich Cover Image
By Norman Ohler, Shaun Whiteside (Translated by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781328915344
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Published: Mariner Books - March 6th, 2018

This was INSANE! It turns out the Nazis were basically doped-up on meth, coke and all sorts of other "miracle drugs" the whole time. And then there was Hitler --a droopy, drooling, paranoid lump in the end. Crazy-good must-read!

-- Matt


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People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo--and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780374230593
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Published: FSG Originals - May 22nd, 2012

This was like an episode of Law & Order SVU that gets more twisted and horrifying as the story unfolds. Unforgivable crimes, bizarre mind-games, curious testimonials, questionable authorities... It's a dark book about dark people.

-- Matt


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Binti Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780765385253
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Published: Tordotcom - September 22nd, 2015

So many cool ideas packed into such a tiny book! This first of three novels is basically a gateway drug into Okorafor's Afro-futuristic world of Binti. Imaginative and easy-to-digest sci-fi goodness.

-- Matt


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Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780307947901
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Published: Anchor - January 24th, 2017

INFURIATING, but an essential read.

-- Matt


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The Dreamers: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812994162
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Published: Random House - January 15th, 2019

Much like Walker's first novel, THE DREAMERS is about a strange and somewhat apocalyptic phenomena affecting a small town and its inhabitants. This gives us grounded and believable characters, while the sleeping “sickness” brings the fear and danger of the impossible-unknown. There are moments of joy, revelation, and tragedy. And in the end, we’re left with a beautiful, but haunting exploration of what people want from, and perceive to be, reality. Not a dystopian novel, but a great alternative to those craving comfort in doom.

-- Matt


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The Girl With All the Gifts Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316334754
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Published: Orbit - April 28th, 2015

Technically, it’s a zombie horror story, complete with peril and gore. But it’s a story that carries such unexpected substance and emotional weight that it broke my stupid heart on numerous occasions. The characters are complex, fleshed out and uniquely motivated. There's tense action, and wholly original revelations all throughout the book. M.R. Carey took a genre that's overcrowded with repetitive tropes or Walking-Dead-wannabes, and created something that's equal parts chilling and heart-breaking.

-- Matt


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On the Beach (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307473998
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Published: Vintage - February 9th, 2010

"The human race was to be wiped out and the world made clean again for wiser occupants without undue delay." Beautifully bleak premise. And paced in a way that while the oncoming doom is ever present, it isn't always the focus. The characters are the focus. And they cope and live their lives the way they best know how. Some drink, some work, some deny. And when the inevitable end finally comes, Shute orchestrates a brutal, but true closing to their stories and convictions.

-- Matt


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Revolutionary Suicide: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Huey P. Newton, Fredrika Newton (Introduction by), Ho Che Anderson (Illustrator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143105329
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Published: Penguin Classics - September 29th, 2009

The Black Panther Party organized a community centered around respect and perseverance. Food was provided for children. Safety was provided for families. They policed the police, ensuring officers operated under the legal guidelines and nothing more. They wanted equality for all, not just whites, not just Blacks, but for all. They were a movement of positivity and progressive ideas, fueled by generations of unjust oppression. Huey's words are immaculate, and universal to anyone with a sense of what's right. He speaks from experience and with wisdom. He's seen the world in its ugliest, lowest form, yet he continues to fight in the hope that proper change can one day come.

-- Matt


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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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