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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Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions Cover Image
By Valeria Luiselli, Jon Lee Anderson (Introduction by)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781566894951
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Published: Coffee House Press - April 4th, 2017

In this undeniably timely and elegiac essay, author Valeria Luiselli recounts her experiences as an interpreter for child immigrants, describing our present United States as, “a country as beautiful as it is broken.” Through the lenses of mother, immigrant, and activist, Luiselli exposes the atrocities migrants overcome both crossing the border and the unending limbos they’re forced into upon arrival.

-- Sarah


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The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781626569768
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Published: Berrett-Koehler Publishers - February 13th, 2018

I chose this book as one of my summer staff picks. I should also preface that I generally enjoy psych/self-help/mind-and-body books (Year of Yes, Braving the Wilderness, You Are a Badass, and Big Magic are some of my favorites) so I knew this would be delectable going in.

Reader, I can't even tell you how highly I recommend this book. What was once just a tidbit of wisdom to her friend at a poetry-slam competition turned into a work, a manifesto, and a movement. The Body Is Not an Apology is a guide for anyone who has ever questioned the validity of their physical being. An intersectional, sex-positive, self-love manual is what you have in front of you. What are you even waiting for.

-- Sarah


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On Chesil Beach Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307386175
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Published: Anchor - June 10th, 2008

Looking for something to break your heart? Search no further. In a mere 203 pages McEwan takes hold of your heartstrings then snips them one by one as the Fates would. Good old masochistic fun!

In witnessing the rise and fall of characters Edward and Florence, the reader is left with a very important lesson: if you let good love get away you will inevitably be left alone on a rocky English beach.

-- Sarah


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How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781328764522
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Published: Mariner Books - April 17th, 2018

First of all, ignore the title. This is a brilliant collection of confessional essays ranging from Chee's time as an AIDS whistleblower in the Castro District of the 90s to the connection between personal trauma and art to working as a waiter/caterer for Mr. and Mrs. William Buckley in the Upper East Side. In short, it's not a how-to guide but an offering to past and present selves.

-- Sarah


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A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780156364652
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Published: Mariner Books - August 23rd, 1977

Being a Georgian lady myself, Flannery has always had a very special place on my bookshelf. Her mastery of the short story has yet to be beat; merging southern gothic with human grotesques, her characters are so far ethereal they almost seem inhuman (and sometimes are likened to vegetables, in fact). O’Connor sums up her work the best: “Anything that comes out of the South is going to be called grotesque by a northern reader, unless it is grotesque, in which case it is going to be realistic.” Enjoy!

-- Sarah


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Far from the Madding Crowd Cover Image
By Thomas Hardy, Rosemarie Morgan (Introduction by), Rosemarie Morgan (Notes by), Shannon Russell (Introduction by)
$10.00
ISBN: 9780141439655
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Published: Penguin Classics - April 29th, 2003

If you are like me and relish in the worlds of Austen, Eliot, and the Brontë sisters, this novel is for you. Hardy paints a pastoral masterpiece that achieves what so many male novelists of his time strive to do – he gives his readers a realistic depiction of a young woman vacillating between the pulls of her head and her heart.

-- Sarah


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The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250118035
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Published: Picador - June 6th, 2017

Oh man…this one is great if you’re young and fresh in the city. It’s also great if you’re not. Laing follows five artists who struggled with loneliness in NYC, studying their solitude to find comfort in her own. Laing beautifully elaborates on the light and noise-filled beast that is NYC – that monster we love to live with but sometimes leaves us feeling lonely.

-- Sarah


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The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780679724674
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Published: Vintage - October 23rd, 1989

There has been a glaring omission withheld from the teaching of our history that can found in the tale of Toussaint L'Ouverture and the slave rebels of Haiti. This, the only successful slave revolt in history was on the one hand opposed by America as it was feared that the news would spur uprisings in the Carolinas, but also so broke Napoleon's will that he was driven to selling us the Louisiana Purchase for only sixty-eight million Francs. A debt, then, I think needs to be paid and honor most certainly owed to the brave men and women who dared to stand to their full height, and I can thin of no better place to start than CLR James' magisterial account found in "the Black Jacobins."

-- Jacob


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Silas Marner Cover Image
By George Eliot, David Carroll (Introduction by), David Carroll (Notes by)
$9.00
ISBN: 9780141439754
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Published: Penguin Classics - April 29th, 2003

I hope it shouldn't sound too self-pitying, but the tale of the weaver of Raveloe is the sort of thing that gives me the rather lugubrious sense that I shouldn’t be in the writing business every time I revisit its pages. While I'm not entirely sure if George Eliot is my favorite author, I do believe there is quite enough evidence to suggest that she is the best author, which is a distinction I think is readily proved in "Silas Marner." Never since Shakespeare has there been someone who has truly struck the essence of the human experience and understood why and how we behave in the way that we do.

-- Jacob


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My Year of Rest and Relaxation Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525522119
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Published: Penguin Press - July 10th, 2018

This book! It's just so incredible and so perfect. I can't believe it even exists. It plays into all of your absurdist desires, and then some. I can't stop thinking about it. 

-- Josh


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My Year of Rest and Relaxation: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525522133
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Published: Penguin Books - June 25th, 2019

This book! It's just so incredible and so perfect. I can't believe it even exists. It plays into all of your absurdist desires, and then some. I can't stop thinking about it. 

-- Josh


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The Flick (Tcg Edition) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781559364584
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - September 30th, 2014

I was not expecting to love this play as much as I did. It's just actual genius. It hits home in so many ways, it's extremely intimate, it's extremely lonely, it's..... just perfect.

-- Josh


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Lie With Me: A Novel Cover Image
By Philippe Besson, Molly Ringwald (Translated by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9781501197871
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Published: Scribner - April 30th, 2019

A gorgeous and intimate history of the strength of love lost. This is one of those novels that has the intensity of a young adult novel-- the intensity of having to keep reading as fast as possible. It's not light, however, and is extremely touching. LIE WITH ME is a recounting of a relationship the author had in his adolescence, and the effects of it throughout is life, and the other boy's through an accidental encounter with the old lovers' son.

-- Josh


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Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250316776
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 14th, 2019

Simple plot summary: a romance plot between the First Son of the United States and the Prince of Wales. You know, this book did its job perfectly. It’s sappy, witty, and hilarious. A cheeky parallel universe that, honestly, we’d all love right now.

-- Josh


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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525562023
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Published: Penguin Press - June 4th, 2019

Trust me, you want to savor every single word of this book. All parts beauty and a work on identity. Much like Alexander Chee's EDINBURGH, ON EARTH WE’RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS portrays incredible amounts of terrible, haunting images and paints them with beauty, love, and sexuality. It’s art at its finest, and writing like none other.

-- Josh


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Wanderer: A Novel Cover Image
By Sarah Léon, John Cullen (Translated by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590519257
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Published: Other Press - January 8th, 2019

I am completely stunned and breathless after reading this book. The way in which Léon is able to craft the past into this novel is probably the most stunning storytelling I’ve come across. Uncover the dark past that Hermin and Lenny shared together before Lenny, now a famous pianist, leaves Hermin, his tutor and leaves, with essentially no notice, but reappears in Hermin’s isolated cabin deep in the blustery mountains. Coming from a millennial author, Wanderer is worthy of attention, and I hope it's spread widely. Be sure to grab a blanket for this one, because it’s cold.

-- Josh


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Who Killed My Father Cover Image
By Edouard Louis, Lorin Stein (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811228503
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - March 26th, 2019

Louis returns to his dreary home in France to visit his dying father, who is barely fifty, and well... it's truly haunting. A highly critical essay and a poignant interweaving of a heartbreaking story of father and son, sociology, and intense political criticism which goes far in such a short essay, managing to tackle poverty, homophobia, class wars, and more. Heartbreaking and extremely touching at the same time, Louis has hit a new high with this, and it should be read widely.

-- Josh


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My Cat Yugoslavia: A Novel Cover Image
By Pajtim Statovci, David Hackston (Translated by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525432456
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Published: Vintage - March 20th, 2018

There is simply no other book like this one. One of the most original ideas I’ve ever had the luck of finding, My Cat Yugoslavia is quite the powerful debut that tackles sexuality, immigration, and war in a truly remarkable and raw form. It features a two narrative story dealing with Emine, speaking from the past, who is trapped in an arranged marriage, and her son, speaking from the present, who keeps a large talking cat (of which he met at a gay bar) and boa constrictor as companions. Bonkers, right?

-- Josh


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What If It's Us Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062795250
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Published: HarperTeen - October 9th, 2018

Could you ask for a better author duo to write a book? But, in a lot of ways, these two authors write very different stories; Becky tends to favor the happier and more smushy endings, while Adam likes to single handedly rip your heart out (and stomp on it too). So what can you expect in this multiple viewpoint novel? I simply won't say, but I know you'll think about this book forever.

-- Josh


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The Parting Gift: A Novel Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781590519431
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Published: Other Press - September 4th, 2018

A hauntingly beautiful and extremely erotic epistolary novel. Much like Call Me By Your Name, this novel stays almost suffocatingly close to the main character and his raw affair with an Israeli spice merchant. Best read in one sitting-- you won’t be able to put this book down.

-- Josh


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