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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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 (Translated by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811228503
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Published: New Directions - 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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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)
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ISBN: 9781250181992
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Published: Picador - May 1st, 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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