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Snow Country (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679761044
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Published: Vintage - January 30th, 1996

This book is like a snowflake: delicate and detailed, beautiful and fleeting. Kawabata distills the quiet, somber essence of love that's never allowed to blossom.


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In the Dream House: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781644450031
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 5th, 2019

Smart, vulnerable, and genre-defying, In The Dream House is an instant and urgently needed addition to the queer canon.


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Homesick: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781945814952
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Published: Dzanc Books - October 15th, 2019

A weird and wonderful debut collection that I can’t stop thinking about. Nino Cipri is one to watch!


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Moomin Book One: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781894937801
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - November 14th, 2006

Join the residents of Moomin Valley as they tackle pirates and existential angst. These comics are funny, tender and sweet without being childish. "I only want to live in peace, plant potatoes and dream!" cries Moomintroll--and honestly? Same.


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The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781328589286
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Published: Mariner Books - April 16th, 2019

This book utterly changed how I look at the end of Antiquity. Nixey is a terrific writer as well as historian. Fair warning, if you're the kind of person who gets teary-eyed thinking about the Library of Alexandria, you're gonna want some tissues.


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Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781541645769
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Published: Basic Books - November 6th, 2018

What a great read! From the roaches in our kitchens to the mold on our shower curtains, Rob Dunn presents a fascinating look at the critters who share our homes and why we should all step away from the disinfectant from time to time. “What we ideally want in our homes is a kind of garden,” Dunn writes, “in a garden.... You take care of the diverse species.”


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Ghost Wall: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374161927
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 8th, 2019

Did you like the movie The VVitch? Ghost Wall might just be for you. Emotionally taut, rich with the innate mysticism of young womanhood, this slim novel packs a punch.

--Devon


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Lanny: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555978402
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Published: Graywolf Press - May 14th, 2019

Max Porter's latest novel is not just an engrossing read, it's an immersive one. I didn't read Lanny, I watched it, like a movie in my mind's eye. Rich in literary experimentation, Lanny sings with the voices of suburban England and beats with the heart of the half-dead, old gods modern life has left behind.  


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Gingerbread: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594634659
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 5th, 2019

To me, any new book by Helen Oyeyemi is a cause for celebration and GINGERBREAD is no exception. Harriet Lee is a mother, a daughter, a PTA-wannabe, a GCSE tutor, a gingerbread baker. She is also Druhastranian--a refugee from a country that may (or may not) exist. No one is quite sure where Druhastana is, or how to get there, but Harriet's daughter, Perdita, is determined to find out even if it kills her. While still imbued with Oyeyemi's trademark fairy tale essence, this novel is a departure into weirder, more uncanny territory. Oyeyemi, who lives in Prague, has finally given us her 'Czech novel' and it's perfect.


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Territory of Light: A Novel Cover Image
By Yuko Tsushima, Geraldine Harcourt (Translated by)
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 12th, 2019

In this beautiful novel, our mostly-divorced protagonist grapples with her new life as a single mother in modern Tokyo. Tsushima balances the bitter and the sweet here with a deft hand and a keen eye for those tender little moments that make life worth living. Perfect for lovers of Days of Abandonment and Convenience Store Woman.


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Everything Under: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555978266
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 23rd, 2018

 

In the backwater canals of rural England, there's a Greek tragedy unfolding. Daisy Johnson beautifully weaves together the lives of these characters with such captivating panache, it'll leave you in mourning for people who never existed.
 


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Record of a Night too Brief (Japanese Novellas #3) Cover Image
By Hiromi Kawakami, Lucy North (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781782272717
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Published: Pushkin Press - December 5th, 2017

 

Holy. Smokes. This book. Kawakami gives us 3 stories that are weirder and more captivating than your wildest dreams. The perfect read if you love Her Body and Other Parties, Leonora Carrington, or just want to take a trip to wonderland.
--Devon


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

These stories reach in and grab you by the bones. In turns sexy, vibrant, raw, and weird, it's hard to believe so immaculate a collection is a debut. As lyrical as Angela Carter, as unnerving as Kelly Link, Carmen Maria Machado has instantly become one of my favorite authors.


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Excellent Women Cover Image
By Barbara Pym, A. N. Wilson (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780143104872
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 26th, 2006

Reading Barbara Pym is like drinking a cup of warm tea in a window seat, even if you're actually jammed on a crowded subway platform watching the third train in a row bypass your station. Her bittersweet observational humor is always spot-on and makes you laugh in that way reserved for things that are just so trueExcellentWomen is considered the best of Pym's novels, but please, don't make me choose!


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The Nakano Thrift Shop: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781609453992
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Published: Europa Editions - June 6th, 2017

Kawakami gives us a slice of Japanese suburban life, away from the crowds and chaos of Tokyo. Quietly humorous, The Nakano Thrift Shop is ultimately about transitions in life and the relationships which transcend them.


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Gods, Graves & Scholars: The Story of Archaeology Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780394743196
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Published: Vintage - July 12th, 1986

Embrace your inner-Indiana Jones and dive into this rich, compelling book. Ceram tells the history of Western archaeology through the lives of its pioneers. From the academic gentleman-adventurer, to the conquering general, these pages are full of unforgettable characters, as well as some of history's greatest discoveries.
--Devon


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Classic German Baking: The Very Best Recipes for Traditional Favorites, from Pfeffernüsse to Streuselkuchen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781607748250
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 18th, 2016

Say what you will about French patisserie, I think German baked goods are king, and this book contains all the crown jewels. A recent publication, yet every culinarily-minded person I know already swears by this book.


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The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories: 75th-Anniversary Edition (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Angela Carter, Kelly Link (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780143107613
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Published: Penguin Classics - May 26th, 2015

 

Sensuous, dark and decadent, these stories are so gorgeously written, I want to wrap myself up inside them. Carter reaches into the wellspring of European folklore and drags her characters, kicking and screaming, into the almost-but-not-quite modern world.

--Devon


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By Sasa Stanisic, Anthea Bell (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781941040393
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Published: Tin House Books - June 14th, 2016

The Irish Examiner called Stanisic "offensively gifted" and I agree. His writing is unfairly clever. His tone is so hypnotic, I found myself thinking in the language of the novel. Reminiscent of Gogol, endlessly devourable.

--Devon


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Published: George Braziller Inc. - September 17th, 1980

Frame is one of those authors whose popularity ebbs and flows, but her talent is constant. I love the way she plays with language, perception, and perspective in Scented Gardens, which tells the story of three family members robbed of their senses in more ways than one. Full of memorable characters, allegories, and imaginary insect friends, this book is like nothing you've read before.

--Devon


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By Sylvia Townsend Warner, Alison Lurie (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780940322165
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Published: NYRB Classics - September 30th, 1999

Declared an old maid before she's thirty, Laura "Lolly" Willowes longs to escape her overbearing family to forge a life for herself, even if she ends up a witch in the process. Independent women, sumptuous nature writing, and the occasional pact with the devil, what more could you want?

--Devon


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What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours Cover Image
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017

This collection of 9 interconnected short stories explore lives intersected by secrets kept under lock and key--literally and otherwise.  In what you might call her signature style, Oyeyemi enfuses a fairy-tale-like quality into contemporary settings. Echoes of Borges, Nabokov, and the Brother's Grimm throughout as a pop star is plagued by demons after a YouTube scandal, married psychologists experiment with turning each other into ghosts, and an old woman in a red cape has a fateful encounter with a "wolf". I particularly enjoyed the diversity represented in the characters--nearly every story features a queer character or a person of color--breathing some new life into the European-style fable.
 
With five novels under her belt at 31, it's no wonder Oyeyemi was named one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists (2013). Don't forget to check out Andrea's review of Oyeyemi's Mr. Fox.
 
--Devon


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LaRose: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062277022
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Published: Harper - May 10th, 2016

In LaRose Erdrich does what she does best, creating a multi-generational portrait of a family with careful attention paid to nearly every person mentioned; there are no side characters here, only finely sketched individuals who are part of a whole. Reading this book feels a lot like becoming part of that family.  It also contains perhaps the most riveting depiction of a high school volleyball game ever to come into print. 
 
--Devon


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An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States (ReVisioning American History #3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807057834
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Published: Beacon Press - August 11th, 2015

Writer, historian and activist, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz gives U.S. history a much-needed retelling. Starting with a portrait of the native nations before colonialism, Dunbar-Ortiz charts the impact of U.S. nation-building on the peoples and cultures who were already here. She brings to light often-downplayed individual and systemic violence against Indigenous peoples over the last 400 years and highlights those who have fought to maintain sovereignty and preserve their culture in the face of it all.  With engaging prose, Dunbar-Ortiz may have invented the first history textbook that's a page-turner to boot. Required reading for sure.


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Geek Love: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375713347
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Published: Vintage - June 11th, 2002

This book is a wild ride. Dunn means the word 'geek' here in its original sense--yes, as in the person who bites heads off of chickens at the circus--as she paints a family portrait of the Binewskis, carnival-owners and performers. There's conjoined twins; Arturo, the meglomaniacal Aqua Boy; Oly, the hunchback dwarf with a golden voice; and Chick, the seemingly 'normal' child. The San Francisco Chronicle called it "A Fellini movie in ink" and I agree. Riveting, shocking and so, so good. 


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Our Spoons Came from Woolworths Cover Image
By Barbara Comyns, Emily Gould (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781590178966
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Published: NYRB Classics - November 10th, 2015

So engrossing it caused me to miss my subway stop.  Twice.  Wryly funny, yet heart-wrenching.  The phrase 'rediscovered genius' gets bandied about a lot, but with this book, I feel Comyns earns the title.

--Devon


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The Bone People: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780140089226
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Published: Penguin Books - October 7th, 1986

The Bone People is so many things I almost don't have words to explain it. Startling, almost fragmented prose weaves together the story of three fractured souls; each character isolated, yet increasingly bound to the others, like the islands of Hulme's native New Zealand. It's no wonder this sprawling, beautiful novel won Hulme the Booker prize.

--Devon


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The Jailing of Cecelia Capture Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780826310033
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Published: University of New Mexico Press - July 1st, 1987

In this semi-autobiographical novel, Janet Campbell Hale explores the struggle for identity and purpose at the intersection of Native American and white American cultures.  On the evening of her 30th birthday, the eponymous Cecelia finds herself in jail for DUI. There, she reflects on the course of her life from her childhood on reservations in rural Idaho and Washington, teenage motherhood, and marriage to her demeaning white husband, to her eventual enrollment in law school--a lifelong goal that now seems soured by previous hardships. Hale's prose is cool, almost detached, which allows her to describe the best and worst moments in Cecelia's life unabashed, without feeling sensationalist. A very raw, unflinching look at a Native American woman's experience that feels as poignant and necessary today as 30 years ago.

--Devon


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The God of Small Things: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812979657
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - December 16th, 2008

Part-mystery, part-political drama, The God of Small Things tells the story of twins living in southern India in the late 1960's and the tragedies that tear their family apart.  Roy's prose is rich and playful, making for a truly cinematic novel that conjures up vivid images and leaves you with wonderful musings like, "there are no black cats, only black cat-shaped holes in the universe."

--Devon


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The Haunting of Hill House Cover Image
By Shirley Jackson, Laura Miller (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780143039983
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Published: Penguin Classics - November 28th, 2006

A classic of the horror genre, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House is a slow-churning kettle of thrills. Her prose is intoxicating and the characters are rich and delightful.  I was surprised by just how funny this book was.  Like Hill House itself, the story telling convinces you to let your gaurd down with a playful, comedy-of-manners sort of prose that stands in sharp contrast to the sinister twists and turns that will get your heart racing!

--Devon


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Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware The Kitten Holy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781608866878
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Published: BOOM! Box - April 7th, 2015

When they signed up to be Lumberjanes, the girls probably thought they'd spend the summer weaving baskets and rowing canoes around picturesque lakes. They probably did not expect to be running from were-bears and fighting supernatural beasties! Riddles, mazes, velociraptors, the Lumberjanes face them all (more or less) fearlessly with each other's help. Winner of the 2015 Eisner awards for Best New Series and Best Publication for Teens, Lumberjanes is a fun series that's full of diverse female characters and great for all ages.

--Devon


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Honor: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143125044
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Published: Penguin Books - February 25th, 2014

What leads a boy to murder his own mother? Can two souls share a single destiny? These are some of the questions central to Elif Shafak's novel, Honor. Shafak, who is Turkey's most-read female author, constructs this heartbreaking portrait of a family so completely, that the book feels much longer than it is in the best possible since. Spanning across cultures and time, Honor fits the scope of an epic into a slim volume, and left me excited to explore more of Shafak's works.

-- Devon


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Rat Queens Volume 1: Sass & Sorcery Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781607069454
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Published: Image Comics - April 8th, 2014

The Rat Queens are a brash group of lady adventurers. A hipster dwarf, an atheist cleric, a rockabilly Elven mage, and a hippy Smidgen thief walk into a bar, down some ale, and take on the forces of evil in this bawdy, grown-up play on the fantasy genre. Gory, hilarious, and definitely NOT for kids!

-- Devon


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My Backyard Jungle: The Adventures of an Urban Wildlife Lover Who Turned His Yard into Habitat and Learned to Live with It Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780300205664
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Published: Yale University Press - April 29th, 2014

After certifying his suburban backyard as a wildlife habitat with the National Wildlife Federation, James Barilla learned that life with wild creatures is not always a peaceable kingdom. Faced with squirrels stealing his garden crops and opossums invading his crawl space, Barilla set out across the globe to see how humans and animals share the urban landscapes we both call home.  From monkeys in India and marmosets in Brazil, to black bears in Massachusetts and the squirrels in our yards, this book provides a wonderfully in-depth look at the limits of coexistence.  Barilla's prose is both authoritative and friendly--you immediately get the sense he's a man who knows his stuff, but at the same time the book is approachable for anyone, regardless of their academic background.

-- Devon


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Saga Volume 4 (Saga Tp #4) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781632150776
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Published: Image Comics - December 23rd, 2014

Saga continues! Star-crossed alien lovers struggle to raise a toddler while on the lam; a Robot Prince with amnesia tries to remember what he's searching for; stuff blows up and relationships fall apart. This genre-bending series from an Eisner Award winning author/illustrator duo is gritty, touching, and hilarious all at once.

-- Devon


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We Need New Names: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316230841
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 20th, 2014

Some books you know right away you love, and some you come to love over time. This book is both – Bulawayo’s prose is immediately arresting and her characters and literary voice stays with you long after you’ve finished. Remarkable read!

-- Devon


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Atmospheric Disturbances: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312428433
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Published: Picador - April 27th, 2009

Totally engrossing and heart wrenching, this book is the perfect blend of page-turning mystery and thought-provoking literature. When a man’s wife goes missing, leaving a doppelganger in her place, he searches high and low to unravel the mystery – from the farthest reaches of Pategonia to just down the street at Hungarian Pastry Shop.

-- Devon


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By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781933372006
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Published: Europa Editions - September 1st, 2005

I've been hit with 'Ferrante Fever' ever since I started reading her Neopolitan series in the fall of 2014.  Ferrante is an elegant writer who has a masterful ability to capture those fleeting everyday thoughts in just the right way.  In Days of Abandonment Ferrante's prose shines even more intensely--it's raw, at times terrifying, and emotionally charged.  After her husband leaves her, Olga struggles to reestablish the life she's put on hold to become a wife and mother.  Fighting against regret, the agony of love and life lost, and the summer heat, she must relearn how to take care of her children, and more importantly, herself.

-- Devon


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The Shelf: From LEQ to LES: Adventures in Extreme Reading Cover Image
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 19th, 2015

Looking to free herself from the tyranny of book reviews and course syllabi, literary critic Phyllis Rose set out on a unique literary experiment: to read a whole shelf of books from the New York Society Library. Everything: good, bad and otherwise.  The result is The Shelf: From LEQ to LES, a chronicle of her journey as well as an exploration of the hows and whys some authors become part of our literary cannon and others fade into obscurity.  Packed with great insights and written with a great deal of warmth and wit, The Shelf feels like a thought-provoking discussion with Rose--you can almost picture the two of you deep in conversation over a hot beverage.

-- Devon


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The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316178525
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 17th, 2013

Did you know that squirrels communicate with tail twitches? Or that most of the bird species you see in an average day aren't native to North America? In her book, Haupt reforges the medieval bestiary for the modern age, taking readers into the lives of some of our most common furry and feathered city-dwelling neighbors. Drawing on history and folklore in addition to tracking techniques and observation, The Urban Bestiaryhighlights the often invisible ways humans and animals impact each other's lives in the ever-growing urban jungle. Haupt has a great passion for wildlife that shines through her writing; thanks to this book I'll always have a warm feeling towards opossums and a great curiosity about pigeons.

-- Devon


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The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and Wisdom from an Obsessive Home Cook Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307595652
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Published: Knopf - October 30th, 2012

Deb Perelman is such a delight. A self-taught home cook and photographer, she's funny, passionate, and as a New Yorker herself she understands the trials of cooking in a shoebox-sized kitchen. I've been following her blog of the same name for years, and this beautiful cookbook is everything I hoped a book from her would be.

Favorite Recipe: Apple Cider Caramels - They're so easy to make, taste sublime, and never fail to impress come holiday time.

-- Devon


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Flour, Too: Indispensable Recipes for the Cafe's Most Loved Sweets & Savories (Baking Cookbook, Dessert Cookbook, Savory Recipe Book) Cover Image
By Joanne Chang, Michael Harlan Turkell (Photographs by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781452106144
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Published: Chronicle Books - June 4th, 2013

As a former Bostonian who frequented Flour Cafe, maybe I'm biased when I say it's home to the greatest sandwiches, but, seriously, this place makes great sandwiches--and now you can, too! Joanne Chang's recipes take simple, wholesome ingredients and make magic. In college, we used to read her cookbooks to each other like bedtime stories; even if we didn't, I'd still dream about her Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake.

Favorite Recipe: Roast Lamb with Tomato Chutney and Rosemary Goat Cheese Sandwich - I have literally walked a mile in the snow for this sandwich. Tender lamb, sweet chutney, and tangy goat cheese. Need I say more?


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The Tucci Cookbook: Family, Friends and Food Cover Image
By Stanley Tucci, Francesco Tonelli (Photographer)
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ISBN: 9781451661255
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Published: Gallery Books - October 9th, 2012

Yes, Stanley Tucci the actor, that Stanley Tucci. Actor or not, this man knows his Italian food. Nothing against actors, in fact, I got this as a birthday present a number of years ago precisely because I enjoy Tucci's acting so much, but I had no idea this book would be the treasure trove it is. Drawing on several generations of his family's most cherished recipes, this is a book is all about making Italian dishes the old-fashioned way: everything, everything homemade with lots of love and olive oil.

Favorite Recipe: Drum of Ziti - It's pasta inside of pasta inside of pasta. Pasta-ception! This book also contains my go-to recipe for homemade pizza dough: only a few ingredients and just the right amount of rise.


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Plenty More: Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London's Ottolenghi [A Cookbook] Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781607746218
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 14th, 2014

Culinary super star Yotam Ottolenghi has done it again: made me love vegetables. What can I say? I'm a dyed-in-the-wool carnivore. But Ottolenghi's fresh take on vegetarian cuisine never fails to prove me wrong. This highly anticipated sequel to his first book, Plenty, shows yet again how to elevate veggies from side dish to main attraction. Whether you're vegetarian or not, you've got to give his recipes a try.

Favorite Recipe: Butternut Squash with Buckwheat Polenta and Tempura Lemon - The creamy polenta marries well with the savory-sweet squash, with an added kick from the crispy lemon. Make it weeknight-friendly and swap the fancy fried lemon for a squirt of lemon juice instead.


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Vile Bodies Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316216340
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Published: Back Bay Books - December 11th, 2012

A hilarious satire of the faults and follies of Britain's Lost Generation delivered with Waugh's signature wit.  Failing writer Adam Fenwick-Symes and his on-again/off-again, wealthy fiancee, Nina, flow from country homes and auto races to parties, mingling London's decadent, if aimless, youth (aka Bright Young Things). Guaranteed to make you giggle in public.

--Devon


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The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553380965
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Published: Spectra - May 2nd, 2000

A thief in future Shanghai swipes a high tech learning primer meant for a nobleman's daughter and inadvertently sets a revolution in motion. This steam-punk-inspired sci-fi novel is part political thriller, part coming of age tale and a whole lot of fun. Stephanson anticipates some ipad/ebook technology and explores the impact of learning and access to information on a young mind.
 
--Devon


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Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads: The Culture and Evolution of Natural History Museums Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780195163360
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - May 1st, 2001

 
If, like me, you love staring at the dioramas at AMNH, especially the older, more sun-faded ones, this book is for you. An engaging look at natural history museums and their changing place in our culture. From two-headed snakes in jars in a cabinet of curiosities to the modern institutions of research and education and every phase in between.  Great read for those interested in history of science, museology and taxidermy.
 
--Devon


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China in Ten Words Cover Image
By Yu Hua, Allan H. Barr (Translated by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307739797
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Published: Anchor - August 21st, 2012

Each focused on a particular word, these essays explore the changing landscape in China from the Cultural Revolution, to the perplexing capitalist/communist hybrid of today. Yu Hua's writing is funny, personal, and touching; this book reads more like a chat with a fascinating friend than a stogy cultural history. The chapter on "Reading" is worth the price of admission alone.

--Devon


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We Have Always Lived in the Castle: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Shirley Jackson, Jonathan Lethem (Introduction by), Thomas Ott (Illustrator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143039976
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 31st, 2006

A country mansion, an acquitted murderess, her uncle, her sister, and townsfolk that hate them all: these are the ingredients for Shirley Jackson's classic tale of isolation and deception. It will leave you wondering who the real villains are.

--Devon


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Clandestine in Chile: The Adventures of Miguel Littin Cover Image
By Gabriel García Márquez, Francisco Goldman (Preface by), Asa Zatz (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781590173404
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Published: NYRB Classics - July 6th, 2010

In 1985, exiled filmmaker, Miguel Littin, returned to his native Chile disguised as a Uruguayan businessman to see (and secretly film) how the country had changed under the iron-rule of Pinochet. Littin's story, wonderfully rendered here by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, is part political thriller, part homage to his homeland, and all stranger than fiction.


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Owls Do Cry Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619028401
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - December 13th, 2016

Frame is a master lyricist and the inner lives of her characters are rich beyond measure. I am so excited to see this book back in print after far too long--a real classic!


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Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451495112
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Published: Hogarth - February 21st, 2017

These stories are not for the faint of heart--they are dark, sometimes violent, sometimes grotesque, and deeply unnerving. This is Mariana Enriquez's first work to be translated into English and it will leave you wanting more.

Reminiscent of Shirley Jackson, HP Lovecraft, and Silvina Ocampo. 


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White is for Witching Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594633072
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 4th, 2014

For three generations the Silver family has lived in their seaside mansion full of hidden passageways and dark secrets. And for three generations the Silver women have been plagued by supernatural powers. But it's the year 2010--the house is being turned into a Bed-and-Breakfast and Miranda Silver is just trying to navigate college, nevermind otherworldly magic. A modern take on the Gothic genre, written by Oyeyemi, who might just be the master of the contemporary fairy tale.


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Swallowing Mercury Cover Image
By Wioletta Greg, Eliza Marciniak (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781945492044
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Published: Transit Books - September 12th, 2017

In this collection, Wioletta Greg recounts childhood in rural Poland during the 1980s with a poet's touch. Like the sour cherries Wiola sells with her grandmother, SWALLOWING MERCURY packs a big, bitter-sweet punch into a small package.


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Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555977863
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 5th, 2017

This book is utterly original: a travelogue, a history, a fine work of journalism, all rolled into one with gripping and elegant prose. Let Kassabova take you on a journey to the borderlands where clash between East and West, native and refugee, tradition and modernity is timeless, but not hopeless.


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The Woman Next Door: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250124579
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Published: Picador - February 7th, 2017

A female Odd Couple set in South Africa--How could I resist? Omotoso has a great talent for atmosphere and the women of this novel are some of the most flawed, nuanced and human characters I have ever read.


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ISBN: 9780385476331
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Published: Anchor - February 1st, 1995

This month takes us to French Guadeloupe, a collection of islands in the Caribbean about 400 miles off the shores of Puerto Rico, and into the heart of a mysterious death. With each chapter Conde introduces a new character (suspect? lover? friend?) whose stories elegantly weave together into a portrait of the dead man and the tropical small town of Riviere au Sel.


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Medieval Europe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780300228823
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Published: Yale University Press - August 29th, 2017

Wickham examines a pivotal time in Europe with a critical eye and a nuanced understanding of how religious, economic & social influences shaped politics (and still do!). It feels weird to call a medieval history 'fresh' or 'original', but that's just what this book is.


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Molly on the Range: Recipes and Stories from An Unlikely Life on a Farm: A Cookbook Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781623366957
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Published: Rodale Books - October 4th, 2016

What happens when Brooklyn meets North Dakota? Asian Scotch Eggs, Za'atar Monkey Bread, homemade tater tot topped hotdishes, and so many other gems found in this dazzling new cookbook by one of my all-time favorite food bloggers. Yeh's tasty recipes are accompanied by sumptuous photos, illustrations, and tales of her relocation told with her signature wit.

 

Plus, three different recipes for Mac & Cheese--need I say more?


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Go Home! Cover Image
By Rowan Hisayo Buchanan (Editor), Viet Nguyen (Foreword by), Alexander Chee (Contribution by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781936932016
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Published: Feminist Press - March 13th, 2018

In her editor's note, Buchanan asks: "Where is it that Japanese-Chinese-Scottish-English-American people come from?" A good, cheeky question for our ever-globalizing world. The answer: this spectacular collection combining memoir, fiction and poetry from 23 authors of Asian descent--from Syria, to Singapore--on what it means to "go home."


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How to Travel without Seeing: Dispatches from the New Latin America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781632060556
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Published: Restless Books - August 30th, 2016

In 2009, Argentine-Born, Spanish author Andres Neuman recorded his impressions of the 19 countries he visited during his South American book tour. Like all good travel writing, this book makes you long for places you may never see. But it's a literary travelogue as well, and Neuman teases us with quotes from untranslated works we may never get to read in English. Some day... Some day...


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Mrs. Caliban Cover Image
By Rachel Ingalls, Rivka Galchen (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780811226691
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Published: New Directions - November 28th, 2017

Quiet, domestic fiction meets Guillermo del Toro in this pithy novella when a lonely housewife meets her own creature from the black lagoon. Electric, fascinating and funny as hell.


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Convenience Store Woman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802128256
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Published: Grove Press - June 12th, 2018

Keiko is a real outsider's outsider, the kind of character that sticks to your ribs, and Murata's writing grips you. This is the kind of book that makes you want to run up to people and say "you've got to read this!"


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Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307474414
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Published: Vintage - March 23rd, 2010

These essays are an utter delight. Laurie Colwin doesn't write--she speaks to you like an old friend, leaning against the kitchen counter, coffee cup in hand.


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The Iguana Cover Image
By Anna Maria Ortese, Henry Martin (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780914232957
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Published: McPherson - October 1st, 1988

What would you get if you mixed Fellini with The Brothers Karamazov? Something like this delirious, delicious novel.


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ISBN: 9781940436449
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - February 14th, 2017

Ingalls's writing is deceptively simple--she knows how to pack a wallop into a few words. These stories are shocking, haunting, stick-to-your-ribs kind of stories. As soon as you finish reading them, you'll want to turn around and read them again.


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Atlas of a Lost World: Travels in Ice Age America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307908650
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Published: Pantheon - May 1st, 2018

Who were the first Americas? How did they live? Craig Childs charts the 20,000 year history of human settlement on our continent. Childs is a compelling writer, and Sarah Gilman's captivating illustrations make this book a beauty, inside and out.


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Mirror, Shoulder, Signal: A Novel Cover Image
By Dorthe Nors, Misha Hoekstra (Translated by)
$7.98
ISBN: 9781555978082
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Published: Graywolf Press - June 5th, 2018

A beautiful novel about the growing pains of middle adulthood. Sonja's search for visions of her future is raw and familiar no matter your age. The last 20 pages of this book blew me away; Nors has done something incredible here. Something cosmic and unforgettable.


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Friday Black Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781328911247
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Published: Mariner Books - October 23rd, 2018

Reading these stories is like taking a breath underwater and discovering you've always had gills. Sometimes painful, often revelatory, Adjei-Brenyah's explosive debut collection has me breathing/seeing/living in a whole new way.


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ISBN: 9781250153708
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Published: First Second - July 17th, 2018

Hail and Well-met Heroes! Join Taako, Merle and Magnus on their quest for glory, goofs and gold in this graphic novelization of the popular podcast series. Whether you're a McElroy mega-fan, or never heard of 'em before, you'll find something to enjoy in this hilarious take on Dungeons & Dragons. Take a risk, you can't resist, step into... THE ADVENTURE ZONE!


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The Lonesome Bodybuilder: Stories Cover Image
By Yukiko Motoya, Asa Yoneda (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781593766788
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Published: Soft Skull Press - November 6th, 2018

These stories are just the right blend of whimsy and weirdness. I'm so glad to have discovered Yukiko Motoya's work and I can't wait to read more!


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Heart of a Dog Cover Image
By Mikhail Bulgakov, Mirra Ginsburg (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780802150592
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Published: Grove Press - January 21st, 1994

In an age when it was dangerous to be posh and deadly to be critical of the Party, Bulgakov, in his monocle and tux, dared to be both. His writing is always clever, funny, bizarre, and political. Here, an erudite professor accidentally creates his worst nightmare: the archetypal Soviet man. Master and Margarita may be Bulgakov's most popular work, but this novella is my all-time favorite. 


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By Mikhail Lermontov, Paul Foote (Translated by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780140447958
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 1st, 2001

Join the ne'er-do-well officer Pechorin on his adventures through the snowy Caucasus mountains as he cheats death, charms ladies, and generally makes the most of the Byronic hero archetype. Published in 1840, A Hero of Our Time is regarded by many as the first Russian novel and it's one of my all-time favorites.


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The Middle Ages Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780618057030
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Published: Mariner Books - February 26th, 2001

An oldie, but a goodie--Bishop is from that generation of historians that writes as if speaking to you by a fireside over a nice glass of port. Is it entirely accurate? No clue, but it's a delight to read.