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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Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977887
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 3rd, 2017

To put it simply, this is a insane and wild ride that I think every person should get on. This collection of short stories left me with the perfect amount of chills and questions.

-- Josh


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Perfect Ten Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425288115
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - June 6th, 2017

Okay listen, I'm just a sucker, okay? I have a weird pickiness that even I can't define exactly but I really loved reading this. But also, like, anything with some witchcraft (even though it's subtle) along with dramatic gay boys should basically be given to my through an IV. It's cute, it's fun, and it makes a good book for distraction during a particularly stressful time.

-- Josh


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Oryx and Crake (The MaddAddam Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780385721677
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Published: Anchor - March 30th, 2004

Next to Station Eleven, this is the best dystopian novel featuring a world annihilating plague. Oryx and Crake is a bit cooler because it takes place in this terrifying future that doesn't seem too far away from us. A book that leaves you asking questions to the very end and doesn't disappoint.

-- Josh


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The Heart's Invisible Furies: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524760786
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Published: Hogarth - August 22nd, 2017

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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Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too: A Book Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062569028
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 27th, 2017

If you have a quick moment to sit down and read this book it will only take you 30 minutes and it will be one of the best 30 minutes you've ever spent. Blunt, honest, fair, pithy, and beautifully bittersweet, everyone's a aliebn when ur a aliebn too is the story of a lonely alien coming to Earth to learn the ways of "humabns." Jomny meets all kinds of friends during his journey and is learns what it's like to be a human and experience humanity. Much like the power behind The Little Prince, this is a book that you will continue to learn something new about yourself and to remember to find love, acceptance, and friendship in everything around us.

-- Josh


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How to Survive a Summer: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399573682
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Published: Blue Rider Press - June 6th, 2017

Nestled in rural Mississippi, Camp Levi, a dilapidated old place with no electricity or running water, exists to cure young boys of their budding homosexuality. The smell from four weeks of not showering, the oozing sores from the bodies of the campers, the polluted lake used for total immersion, the Sweat-Shack, and the death of a fellow camper just days before liberation haunt still Will a decade after leaving the camp. Although Will never forgets Camp Levi, the light shines brighter on those buried memories with the release of a new movie based on those barbaric four weeks. With past and present intertwined, Will must return to the abandoned campgrounds to solve the mystery of the summer that changed his life forever. How to Survive a Summer is a modern Southern-Gothic horror story that you will never forget.

-- Josh


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Here Comes the Sun Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781631492945
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - June 6th, 2017

Much like our idea of Jamaica, this cover and title is just a front. The dialog is written in thick Jamaican dialect but captures the troubles that lie beyond the resort walls in Montego Bay-- the extreme poverty and religious intolerance that runs throughout. A heavy family drama that is full of twists and turns that make Here Comes the Sun read a lot like a play.

-- Josh


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We Are Okay Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525425892
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - February 14th, 2017

A quick but absolutely beautiful read! The writing style really reminded of me Donna Tartt especially when describing the bitter north eastern cold and winter storms. A really lovely story of love lost, love gained, betrayal, and family. The tense relationship between Marin and Mabel made me want to die and maybe a little part of me did.

-- Josh


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Carry On (Simon Snow Series #1) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250135025
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Published: Wednesday Books - May 9th, 2017

Is this a great book? Not necessarily. Will you still love it though? Yes. It is just a sweet, sweet YA novel that will give you the guilty pleasure/ emotional fuzzies you're possibly searching for in a YA novel. It's a complete Harry Potter spin-off which makes many so, so happy.

-- Josh


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Did You Ever Have a Family Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781476798189
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - May 17th, 2016

The narrative throughout this book kept me hooked. This is a beautiful, multi-story novel that is so well done that you cry. I sighed a huge sigh after finishing and gently placed the book down as if it were a baby. The amazing part of this is that I read the ARC of this novel. I can only imagine how beautiful the published version must be with corrections and additions. If you loved Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin, you'll love this even more.

-- Josh


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The Great American Whatever Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781481404105
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 25th, 2017

It's not too often that I read nearly an entire novel in one day. This book was just so unbelievably pleasant in every way and it turns into one of those books that you keep thinking about even when you've put it down to shower or eat and you have to pick it right back up when you're finished! Our main character is Quinn, gay, about to turn seventeen and has all the characteristics of a seventeen year old; however, there is a terrible tragedy in his family that takes place just before the novel starts that makes Quinn not your average seventeen year-old boy. All together, this is a pleasant little YA novel that is about our friend Quinn finding himself again, learning that not all of our heroes turn out to be heroes, and not everything is always as bad as it seems.

-- Josh


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We Are the Ants Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781481449649
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Published: Simon Pulse - May 16th, 2017

This book hits many important themes that are often ignored or misrepresented: male body dysmorphia, homosexuality, bisexuality, teenage grief, and severe mental illness in young-adults. I read the synopsis of this book and was just enthralled by the rollercoaster I just knew was inside and I was not let down. This is the story of Henry who's boyfriend killed himself and now he is periodically abducted by aliens who have given him the option to save the world or let it burn. We get 144 days of Henry's life and the obstacles thrown his way as he decides to push the button to save Earth or leave it to perish.

-- Josh


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Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780553499148
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Published: Ember - April 25th, 2017

This crazy and disastrous novel is simply so amazing. Told through a series of hacked emails, maps, files, IMs, medical records, interviews, and documents of that nature, we are gifted with a story of a rescue mission gone awry after a giant corporation attempts to destroy an entire community to eliminate the competition. Prepare for a capitalistic version of Star Wars meets Station Eleven in this completely immersing novel that you won’t be able to put down.

-- Josh


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The End of Eddy: A Novel Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780374266653
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 2nd, 2017

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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Six of Crows Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781627792127
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - September 29th, 2015

This first book of two kept me so intensely hooked that I almost refused to ever put it down. There is so much action and strong and beautiful characters that I was just dying to find out what happened next.

A group of teenage gangsters breaking into an impenetrable prison for a giant fortune? Say no more.

-- Josh


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The Graveyard Book Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean (Illustrator), Margaret Atwood (Foreword by)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780060530945
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Published: HarperCollins - December 24th, 2018

I am so glad that I had this book forced upon me for class. What an incredible story (loosely based on The Jungle Book) of belonging, coming of age, and journeying on your own.

The Graveyard Book is a perfect step into fantasy for those who don't tend to dip into the genre and are feeling a little wild. It's also a really great story that you will can hold with you forever no matter how old you get. I hold this kind of book on the same level as The Little Prince for its importance in children and adults.

It's just such a great middle-grade-but-bordering-on-YA book that should be spread widely!

-- Josh


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More Happy Than Not Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781616956776
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Published: Soho Teen - April 26th, 2016

I just love it when an author throws me for a loop. I was so disappointed in this novel while reading it until ~that part~ happened and all of your skepticism is validated and allowed. After reading History is All You Left Me and jumping back in Silvera's timeline, I now see serious growth as an artist. A long review on this book is dangerous because it could give away a serious spoiler to the entire thing so I'll keep it brief.

This is the perfect novel for anyone, not just LGBT people, but for anyone on a journey to find happiness. A reminder to everyone how important our memories are and how the past shapes our present and future.

-- Josh


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Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781442472426
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 22nd, 2016

A bit of a slow start but the idea itself will keep you invested. A world with no more death-- only a select few have the power to decide when it's someone's turn to be 'gleaned'. A whole separate world with it's own separated government is surely destined to become toxic. So toxic that they set two Scythe Apprentices against each other-- one will win the Scythe ring, the other will be 'gleaned' by the victor. A wonderful novel that occasionally hits a little too close to home in our current political standing.

-- Josh


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History Is All You Left Me Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781616956929
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Published: Soho Teen - January 17th, 2017

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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Enigma Variations: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374148430
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 3rd, 2017

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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