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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Archivist Wasp Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781618730978
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Published: Big Mouth House - May 5th, 2015

Wasp, our fierce and stubborn heroine, just wants to stay alive. It's easier said than done. If the girls who want to take her position as archivist (at once ghost hunter and historical curator) don't kill her for it, starvation might. Or one of the ghosts she's been tasked with capturing, studying, and killing. That is, until the strongest ghost any archivist has ever seen comes to Wasp asking for help. What happens next is at once harrowing, mythical, and deliciously strange. In a literary world overfull of postapocalyptic fiction (it's Katniss Everdeen's world, we're just living in it) Archivist Wasp renewed my faith in just how captivating, beguiling, and redemptive the genre can be.

-- Haley


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What the Living Do: Poems Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393318869
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 17th, 1999

This is one of those books that almost makes me angry because I didn't write it. I have never encountered a more tightly-constructed sequence of poems. Each one flows so seamlessly, so inexorably and relentlessly into the next that they demand to be devoured in a single sitting. The grief explored here is so potent and crucial, it's impossible to look away. This book is an event. I keep coming back to it again and again, in awe.

-- Haley


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How to Breathe Underwater (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400034369
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Published: Vintage - April 12th, 2005

I might be biased, because Julie Orringer is from my hometown where a story from this collection is set, but this is probably my favorite short story collection of all time. The stories have a single through-thread; each inhabits a moment where a character is submerged underwater, or feels like they are. It's a compelling arc, tying together stories that otherwise inhabit wildly different places and lives, ranging from wrenching to funny to deeply chilling. It's wonderful how many styles and voices Orringer slips into and fleshes out for the reader to explore. If this book was a lake, I'd sink to the bottom and never come back up.

-- Haley


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Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency Cover Image
By Nan Goldin (Photographer), Mark Holborn (Editor), Marvin Heiferman (Editor)
$50.00
ISBN: 9781597112086
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Published: Aperture - October 31st, 2012

Goldin has an eye for capturing raw emotion that jumps out at you from the page and beats you all over, leaving you just as bruised as some of her subjects. There is an obvious connection between the artist and those she captures, her "tribe" of friends and family, and this passion is harsh, complicated, and extremely human.

--Marissa


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Florida Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594634512
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 5th, 2018

"I initially had this on my TBR list to bring a bit of home with me while I study in Italy for a year, and now that I'm a few stories in I realize that Lauren Groff totally gets me and my home-state. She has an uncanny way of linking her characters' simmering anguish with the lurking Floridian wildlife, ready to spring forth at any moment. Within my reading only a few sentences into the first story, the surrounding humidity went up 40% and I swear mosquitoes started swarming in my room. It's just like Jumanji, Groff's descriptions of the Sunshine State came to life around me and reminded me exactly why I moved up north as soon as I could (mainly running away from all the snakes)."

-- Marissa


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CIRCE Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316556347
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 10th, 2018

Where my witches at?! Grab your familiar (probably your cat) and cuddle up with Madeline Miller's new epic about the most infamous witch in Greek mythology. You might remember her as the woman who turned all of Odysseus' men into pigs, but after reading this classical re-imagining, you'll realize Circe is so much more! Beautifully written character development is the star here, slowly building to an epic and empowering end that will have you applauding from your couch/nook/coffee shop table.

-- Marissa


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The Dharma of The Princess Bride: What the Coolest Fairy Tale of Our Time Can Teach Us About Buddhism and Relationships Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780865477766
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Published: North Point Press - September 12th, 2017

If you love "The Princess Bride" but are completely useless in your social relationships, then this book is for you! If you have loving and wonderful relationships, you should still read this book, and if you say you don't love "The Princess Bride" then you're wrong, go re-watch the movie and then read this book. You'll breathe better afterwards. (No, really, Nichtern will teach you.)

-- Marissa


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The Regional Office Is Under Attack!: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399573217
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 11th, 2017

I like when a title explains everything you need to know about a book before you even crack the spine, no poetic metaphors or tricks of language. If you've daydreamed that a "Die Hard" scenario would happen at your day-job or if you've ever wanted a robotic arm, pick up this book now!

-- Marissa


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Confessions of the Fox: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399592270
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Published: One World - June 26th, 2018

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Sight: A Novel Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9780525574606
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Published: Hogarth - August 21st, 2018

This is a life-changing book. Jessie Greengrass is one of the best prose stylists writing today. Individual clauses can speak paragraphs in her hands. In Sight, Greengrass blends fiction and history to tell a poignant story about the relationship between mothers and daughters and the way we see ourselves and each other in the world. Read this now!!!

--Adam


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Look at Me (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679738138
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Published: Vintage - January 14th, 1997

I can't believe there was a time when I hadn't read Anita Brookner. Her brilliant novels explore solitude and intellectual work with impeccable prose that is, in turns, hilarious and touching. Look at Me is a great introduction to her work, as Brookner portrays the life of Frances Hinton (she does not like to be called Fanny), a librarian who struggles with companionship and the life of the mind in a bracing meditation on what it means to be a writer in society. 

-- Adam


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4 Kids Walk Into a Bank Tp Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781628751888
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Published: Black Mask Comics - November 21st, 2017

4 Kids Walk Into a Bank is a fantastic play on nostalgia and friendship. The story is riveting, Tyler Boss is one of my favorite artists working right now, and, frankly, who doesn't love a good bank heist pulled off by a bunch of nerdy kids? This book is like The Goonies but much darker and just as funny or like Dog Day Afternoon but sweeter and with more heart. You won't regret reading this one. 

-- Adam


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Registers of Illuminated Villages: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978006
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 6th, 2018

Through her impeccable manipulation of poetic form, Tarfia Faizullah brilliantly makes you feel all the pain, hunger, and anxiety that these poems narrate. This book shows poetry's immense power to rewire our experience of the world in unexpected and touching ways. Navigating between individual bodies in pain to losses felt by entire cities, Faizullah shows us how language can turn violence and loss into reparation, understanding, and dazzling illumination.

-- Adam


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Worlds from the Word's End Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9781911508106
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Published: And Other Stories - September 2017

Walsh shows off her brilliance in these brief, witty stories that are as clever as they are touching. Joanna Walsh been one of my favorite writers since her previous book, Vertigo, and Worlds from the Word's End is even better. It's the perfect book for anyone who loves great puns and brilliant explorations of literature's possibilities.

-- Adam


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The Seventh Function of Language: A Novel Cover Image
By Laurent Binet, Sam Taylor (Translated by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374261566
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 2017

"Bonkers" is not a word typically used to describe literary theory, but it might apply to Binet's hilarious mystery investigating the "death of an author," who also happens to be Roland Barthes. Binet takes his readers through some of the heavyweights of French theory, delving into the seedy underworld of Semiology, debate clubs, and Parisian bathhouses, in a darkly comic tale that will be the most fun you've had since your undergrad theory course.

-- Adam


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Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash Cover Image
By Eka Kurniawan, Annie Tucker (Translator)
$7.98
ISBN: 9780811225649
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - August 2017

Kurniawan's pithy title should give you some idea of what this book is about. A thrilling, pulp masterpiece, Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash also surprises its readers with a touching narrative of trauma, love, and personal growth. Through Ajo Kawir's unique "problem," Kurniawan tells an amazing story that you will not be able to put down. 

-- Adam


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Melville: A Novel Cover Image
By Jean Giono, Paul Eprile (Translated by), Edmund White (Introduction by)
$14.00
ISBN: 9781681371375
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Published: NYRB Classics - September 12th, 2017

Even as he completely disregards the "facts" of Melville's life, Giono brilliantly captures some of Melville's energy, in this tale of seafaring, romance, and artistic inspiration. Giono's "introduction" to the first French translation of Moby-Dick gives us insight not into the novel's composition or historical production but rather into the energy that has drawn readers to this American--and now French--masterpiece.

-- Adam


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Paper Girls, Volume 1 Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781632156747
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Published: Image Comics - April 5th, 2016

From one of the creators of Saga, this is my favorite comic book right now. It's like Netflix's Stranger Things but better, in that it's about newspaper delivery girls in the late 80s, who fight sexism, high school students, and alien invaders. Filled with gorgeous art by Cliff Chiang, Paper Girls is the next new series you need to obsess over.

-- Adam


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Priestdaddy: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594633737
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 2nd, 2017

This is the funniest book I've ever read. Poet Patricia Lockwood's memoir is wacky and touching. She intersperses this hilarious tale of the midwest with beautiful images, life learned, and compelling portraits of her close family, most notably her bizarre father, who happens to be a Catholic priest.

-- Adam


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White Tears: A novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451493699
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Published: Knopf - March 14th, 2017

Selected as one of the options for One Book, One New York

Hari Kunzru understands that history is just noise until we listen to it. White Tears turns that noise into a song that is just as catchy as it is terrifying. Kunzru's latest novel delves into Blues history to provide an urgent tale for our contemporary cultural moment. Exploring issues of class, cultural appropriation, and racial segregation, White Tears brilliantly blends a gripping narrative with some of the most amazing descriptions of music I've ever read. Read this book today.

-- Adam


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