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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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
$15.00
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 12th, 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)
$29.70
ISBN: 9780374261566
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 1st, 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 1st, 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
$26.95
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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Vertigo Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780989760751
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Published: Dorothy a Publishing Project - October 1st, 2015

These disorienting stories of travel, motherhood, and lust insightfully explore our everyday relationship to the places and people around us. Walsh's Vertigo is a gripping collection that you can pick up again and again, each time with a renewed appreciation

-- Adam


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Exit West: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735212176
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017

Exit West tells a tale that we all need right now. In this fantastic novel, Mohsin Hamid dares to imagine how we might live in a world ungoverned by borders and begins the urgent task of learning to love those around us, regardless of how different or similar, distant or near. Through Nadia and Saeed, Hamid's novel is at once heartbreaking, hilarious, and politically insightful. I look forward to seeing it's impact on the world in which we live now.

-- Adam


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Melville's Philosophies Cover Image
By Branka Arsic (Editor), K. L. Evans (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781501321016
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Published: Bloomsbury Academic - May 18th, 2017

This book offers the excellent opportunity to reconsider an author that we all think we know. Arsić and Evans have a brilliant introduction that not only situates how philosophers have discussed Melville in the past but also lays the ground for considering Melville himself as a philosopher. These ideas get worked out in excellent chapters that look at Melville in surprising and revelatory ways, like Rachel Cole's "The Lawyer's Tale," or through different interlocutors like Paul Grimstad's exploration of Leos Carax's film adaptation of Pierre.

-- Adam


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Hill Cover Image
By Jean Giono, Paul Eprile (Translated by), David Abram (Introduction by)
$14.00
ISBN: 9781590179185
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Published: NYRB Classics - April 5th, 2016

 

Jean Giono's Hill explores human interactions with our environment through the story of a group of peasants fighting to survive in Provence. Giono takes readers into the past to tell a vivid and gripping tale of how humans interact emotionally with non-human forces. This masterful novel will change the way you view the world around you.

-- Adam


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The Dead Ladies Project: Exiles, Expats, and Ex-Countries Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780226278452
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Published: University of Chicago Press - September 22nd, 2015

Jessa Crispin's intelligently irreverent travelogue/memoir/essays has changed my life more than any recently published book. Perfect for anyone who loves literary and literary history, Crispin goes places where many have been but asks questions that none have dared to explore. The Dead Ladies Project is a fantastic entry into the exploration of the possibilities provided by biography, creative nonfiction, and the more everyday practice of reading.

-- Adam


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Beauty Is a Wound Cover Image
By Eka Kurniawan, Annie Tucker (Translator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780811223638
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 8th, 2015

Eka Kurniawan is one of the most fantastic storytellers writing today. His breathtaking Beauty is a Wound spans Indonesian history from colonial history through recent events. Kurniawan blends a rich narrative with humor, romance, and conflict in this tale that feels both personal and epic at the same time.


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