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 Great Believers Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735223523
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Published: Viking - June 19th, 2018

Quite honestly, a near perfect book. For the lovers of art, Chicago, winter, and queer literature, The Great Believers focuses on the AIDS in the late 80s and early 90s and portrays its impact on the 21st Century, too! Beautiful characters and tear jerking moments throughout the whole thing, TGB is really worth picking up.

-- Josh


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Amberlough: Book 1 in the Amberlough Dossier Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780765383822
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Published: Tor Books - February 13th, 2018

Honestly, this novel is just so incredibly fun. Imagine a fictionalized version of the Nazi takeover of Paris but add in a gay spy, a drag queen drug smuggler, and a really badass runner. Can you image it? Maybe. But now you literally don’t have to because I’ve put it in your hands. Politics drama mixed with lovers spats, Amberlough is a unique book (and a first in a series!) with even more particularly remarkable characters.

-- Josh


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What's Left of the Night Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781939931610
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Published: New Vessel Press - October 2nd, 2018

I love nothing more than long beautiful sentences (I should also mention that this book is pretty... hot). Intensely lyrical, raw and downright erotic, the novel almost seems like a poem itself as it follows the young poet C.P. Cavafy before his notoriety.

-- Josh


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History of Violence: A Novel Cover Image
By Édouard Louis, Lorin Stein (Translated by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780374170592
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - June 19th, 2018

The most interesting part of reading this memoir of a brutal rape is the way that the book reaches into your understanding. We don’t just follow the rapist and the victim, we shine light on the rapist’s family, Louis’s childhood neighbors, and his family. Under that light is the stories of violence that they have all suffered through. This book is not a novel, and I think it’s far more complex than a memoir. It’s a magnificent essay on, well, you guessed it: [A] HISTORY OF VIOLENCE

-- Josh


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Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316316132
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 22nd, 2018

We've all ready countless reviews of this book at this point, and I think it's safe to say you're either going to read it or not, but let me give you the tiniest push. Please just read this amazingly clever and insanely funny novel.

-- Josh


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Some Hell: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977986
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 13th, 2018

A devastatingly beautiful read. I think hearing the author speak about the book before reading it helped me really grasp what he was doing here. Most of this novel is so surreal it feels like a dream within a dream. Simply put, I love deep, dark, queer novels and this is EXACTLY that. I love books that delve into a mother-and-gay-son theme. While the ending left me a little empty at first, I quickly realized that Nathan spoke about playing with a David Lynch inspired world full of insane clichés but with a crazy twist, and that’s exactly what he did. In fact, it felt incredibly like watching Mulholland Drive.

-- Josh


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Marriage of a Thousand Lies Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781616959470
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Published: Soho Press - July 10th, 2018

To Lucky’s family, she’s in the perfect marriage with her husband, Kris. What the family doesn't realize is just how convenient this marriage is-- a lesbian and her gay best friend married so he can remain in the country and so Lucky’s family will leave her alone about marriage. The tension in this Publishing Triangle Edmund White Award winning novel between Lucky and her family is something queer people everywhere are too familiar with, but the added racial tension that her family continues to build within their own community takes it to an entire new level. Now that Lucky must return home to be with her grandmother who just recently took a big tumble, it’s like she’s a teenager all again. Marriage of a Thousand Lies will quite literally have you holding your breath.

-- Josh


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

This was truly such a brilliantly crafted book and I can’t wait to see what everyone else has to say about it. This historical fiction reimagining notorious eighteenth-century thief Jack Sheppard as a trans man will keep you hooked, but the abundant use of arcane eighteenth-century vocabulary and writing style will keep your speed in check— and trust me, you don’t want to finish this book too fast. Did I mention that the novel itself is a found, unpublished manuscript while our transcriber, Dr. Voth, tries to prove the legitimacy of story inside? I promise, you want to read this book!

-- Josh


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Enigma Variations: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250159977
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Published: Picador - January 9th, 2018

Within five intensely passionate, raw, and interconnected stories, Aciman is gives us a character who fully embraces the all-consuming power of human love and sexuality from adolescence into adulthood from both himself, and those around him. Aciman's ability to write the psyche hones deep inside yourself and awakens all of your own desires and pains of your own memories in this unforgettable novel. Plus, one of the best bisexual representations in literature.

-- Josh


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Sweet and Low: Stories Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780399573651
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Published: Blue Rider Press - June 5th, 2018

Nick white is easily the next master of the Southern gothic. These short stories, most of which create more of a novella, solidify White's talent since How to Survive a Summer and I hope to see more from him. He's someone to keep an eye out for-- he deserves the big break through.

-- Josh


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Running Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781476757582
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 20th, 2018

This book is truly wild and I loved it. For those who don’t typically go for books with a changing POV, please stick with this one; I don’t think it will let you down. The sheer power in making homelessness, drug addiction, insanity, and a bit of terrorism erotic in more ways than one is rather impressive. Enjoy this trip to the darker parts of Greece.

-- Josh


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The End of Eddy: A Novel Cover Image
By Édouard Louis, Michael Lucey (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250181992
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Published: Picador - May 2018

A book shining the light on extreme poverty, violence, and self acceptance, The End of Eddy is a small but heavy read that is so important to current times. It's poetic, unique, and devastating but you will always be rooting for Édouard in this autobiographical novel about growing up in a small French village with a small boy waking up every single day saying "Today I am really gonna be a tough guy." Sadly, an effeminate, and intelligent boy who finds other boys cute will never be allowed to be a tough guy in this poverty stricken village.

-- Josh


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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

If you’re not familiar with Chee’s work, you won’t know just how fantastic he is and I hope this changes that. This new book of essays might be the best things he’s done yet (although Edinburgh is a real masterpiece, too). How to Write an Autobiographical Novel is likely one of the most important collection of essays in print; it’s full of raw honesty, activism, and struggle of identity. What is it like to grow up as a son to a Korean family in America, to be a gay son, to be a celebrated writer at a very young age, to live through the first battles of AIDS awareness, or live in New York before, during, and after 9/11? These essays are vast in subject and will simply blow you away.

-- Josh


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The Heart's Invisible Furies: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781524760793
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Published: Hogarth - March 6th, 2018

Journeying through the life of Cyril Avery will be one of the most inspirational and beautiful things you can read-- and I'm using the word "life" as its real meaning. Spanning through 1945-2015, we get the entire life of Cyril, a gay man living through conservative and Catholic Ireland. His thoughts, actions, mistakes, and triumphs will make you weep with despair and then laugh out loud. Not since Call Me By Your Name have I felt the incredible intensities of love and I have never found myself crying with joy of just perfect storytelling. This book is a masterpiece and must live on for a very long time.

-- Josh


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$18.00
ISBN: 9781632863409
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - June 12th, 2018

A story that alternates between the present and snippets of two lives nearly 50 years ago right after WWII about Wendell and Frank who have given up every aspect of normality to hide away and and create a secret life together deep in the woods of rural Eastern North Carolina. It's extremely touching and beautiful and it will always manage to build your heart up and tear it all down again.

-- Josh


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Call Me by Your Name: A Novel Cover Image
$6.98
ISBN: 9781250169440
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Published: Picador - October 3rd, 2017

With the addicting writing style that so deeply and almost exclusively represents Elio’s thoughts, the Italian Riviera setting that really warms you to the core, and the most powerful and gut-punching romance I have ever encountered in literature, Andre Aciman created  the perfect summer read. It is THE gay novel I have been waiting for. One that holds the intensity of a YA novel but with a prose so beautifully constructed you won’t feel guilty for reading it and portrays all aspects of an all consuming obsession. I simply cannot recommend this book enough. 

--Josh


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History Is All You Left Me Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781616958732
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Published: Soho Teen - February 6th, 2018

Only four books have made my cry but only one matters now. History is All You Left Me tore me into pieces that I don’t know will ever come back together. What does it feel like to break up with the person you love the most because you love them? What happens when they fall in love with someone else? And while they still love you? What happens when they die in a freak accident? And what about now-- Jackson is the only person that understands Theo absence? All of these questions are answered for Griffin after Theo. History is all You Left Me will literally have you U-G-L-Y crying in one chapter and laughing out loud in the next in its incredibly touching story every single person can find heart in.

-- Josh


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Edinburgh Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780544916128
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Published: Mariner Books - November 2016

An eerie story of human resilience that constantly teetered between intense reality and complete surrealism. I loved every sentence of this intense and raw novel that depicts the ugly and makes it beautiful.

-- Josh


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Inside/Out Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781943977444
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Published: Sibling Rivalry Press, LLC - January 18th, 2018

Although short, Inside/Out packs a powerful punch of emotions. This experimental memoir of a long-term break-up portrays the power in expressing vulnerability in any piece of art intended for public consumption using a concept of inside or outside specific aspects of life. Osmundson’s experiment with queer theory and narrative while working with the general insecurities of existing as a gay man is astonishing.

-- Josh


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$26.00
ISBN: 9781632863386
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - February 16th, 2016

A story that alternates between the present and snippets of two lives nearly 50 years ago right after WWII about Wendell and Frank who have given up every aspect of normality to hide away and and create a secret life together deep in the woods of rural Eastern North Carolina. It's extremely touching and beautiful and it will always manage to build your heart up and tear it all down again.

-- Josh


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