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Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution By R. F. Kuang Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063021426
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Published: Harper Voyager - August 23rd, 2022

Choo Choo! All aboard the dark academia anti-colonialism magical realism train. Next Stop. Oxford University Royal Institute of Translation. Let's burn this f*cker down. 


Stay True: A Memoir By Hua Hsu Cover Image
By Hua Hsu
$26.00
ISBN: 9780385547772
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Published: Doubleday - September 27th, 2022

If you define yourself by what you are not, if you are a true hater, if you love your friends more than life itself, if your friends ARE life itself, if you find yourself drowning in crippling nostalgia for 10 minutes ago... here you are.


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Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow: A novel By Gabrielle Zevin Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593321201
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Published: Knopf - July 5th, 2022

If your favorite literary trope is "childhood best friends" to "love does not begin to describe what I feel for you" then this is precisely the book that will break and make your heart.

 


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Antigone Rising: The Subversive Power of the Ancient Myths By Helen Morales Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781568589367
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Published: Bold Type Books - March 16th, 2021

My podcast did an entire episode based solely on one chapter of this book. You can read this book, or listen to us regurgitate it wherever you get your podcasts. Seaweed Brain: A Percy Jackson Podcast, Special Episode 2: Queering the Classics.


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The Chosen and the Beautiful By Nghi Vo Cover Image
By Nghi Vo
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250820129
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Published: Tordotcom - March 29th, 2022

The Great Gatsby the way it was always meant to be-- frightening, magical, swimming in otherness. Also, blatantly gay. 


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How High We Go in the Dark: A Novel By Sequoia Nagamatsu Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063072640
Published: William Morrow - January 18th, 2022

Like a Black Mirror for plague times. Sci-fi/Cli-fi at its best. I don't normally make it through sad books, but these stories taught me so much about grief, I owed it to them to feel all the way to the end.


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The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) By N. K. Jemisin Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316229296
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Published: Orbit - August 4th, 2015

I think half the staff has staff-picked this already but trust me, you cannot overhype N.K. Jemisin, she's just. that. good.


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The America Play and Other Works By Suzan-Lori Parks Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781559360920
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - November 1st, 1994

All of history is written by faulty humans. How do we go about refilling The Great Hole of History?


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I'll Give You the Sun By Jandy Nelson Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780142425763
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Published: Dial Books - October 27th, 2015

Required reading for all young adults, middle adults, and old adults :) Funny, tender, burning coming of age. My all-time favorite YA.


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Interior Chinatown: A Novel (National Book Award Winner) (Vintage Contemporaries) By Charles Yu Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307948472
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Published: Vintage - November 17th, 2020

OW, CHARLES! OUCH!!! 

How did you write somethign so entirely original, and aldo violently familiar? How did you know I've always wanted to be Kung Fu Guy and how io sometimes cry when my dad sings at karaoke and how much it sucks to try being importat on television? Probably because of your own experienced career climbing from "Generic Asian Man." I'll be rereading this.


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The Book of Form and Emptiness: A Novel By Ruth Ozeki Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780399563669
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Published: Penguin Books - June 14th, 2022

The aching beauty of an Ozeki Book (this one with a capital B) lies in its ability to knot together more and more people, spaces, and perceptions, until you can't help but feel the inter-being of all things! This is the sort of Book you wish you wish would never end, so you'd never have to stop seeing the world through Ozeki's eyes.


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Rick Riordan Presents: The Last Fallen Star-A Gifted Clans Novel By Graci Kim Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781368061278
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - April 26th, 2022

Kim's debut novel (the first installment of a planned trilogy) is jam-packed with delightful mythological world building, sisterhood, and epic Korean-American foods. Weeks later, this story STILL has me thinking about transnationalism, mixed identities, and what makes a community.


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Six of Crows By Leigh Bardugo Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781250076960
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Published: Square Fish - February 6th, 2018

The HEIST novel to END ALL HEIST NOVELS. Set in the deliciously grotesque seaport town of Ketterdam, featuring a witch, a witchunter, an acrobat, a sharpshooter, a scientist, and a 17-year-old criminal mastermind. Also featuring one of the greatest YA ships of all time #KANEJ


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Cat's Cradle: A Novel By Kurt Vonnegut Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385333481
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - September 8th, 1998

God made mud.
God got lonesome.
So God said to some of the mud, "Sit up!"
"See all I've made," said God, "the hills, the sea, the
sky, the stars."
And I was some of the mud that got to sit up and look
around.
Lucky me, lucky mud.
I, mud, sat up and saw what a nice job God had done.
Nice going, God.
Nobody but you could have done it, God! I certainly
couldn't have.
I feel very unimportant compared to You.
The only way I can feel the least bit important is to
think of all the mud that didn't even get to sit up and
look around.
I got so much, and most mud got so little.
Thank you for the honor!
Now mud lies down again and goes to sleep.
What memories for mud to have!
What interesting other kinds of sitting-up mud I met!
I loved everything I saw!
Good night.
I will go to heaven now.
I can hardly wait...
To find out for certain what my wampeter was...
And who was in my karass...
And all the good things our karass did for you.
Amen.


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The Hole By Hiroko Oyamada, David Boyd (Translated by) Cover Image
By Hiroko Oyamada, David Boyd (Translated by)
$12.95
ISBN: 9780811228879
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Published: New Directions - October 6th, 2020

"Who do you think you are? Alice in Wonderland? You thought you’d follow a white rabbit down a hole and find yourself at the start of some big adventure? Is that what you thought would happen?" 

Rarely does a book spook me so effectively and in so few pages! The perfect rainy summer night read. 

Now tell me, what's more frightening-- your grandfather-in-law's empty smile peaking out from underneath his wide brimmed hat as he stands motionless watering the garden for hours on end, or the lonliness of wifehood?