Felisa C. Staff Picks


 

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393351903
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 28th, 2015

Somehow, this memoir about working in the death industry is lighthearted and funny at the same time as it is deep and thoughtful. Caitlin Doughty deftly talks about how we treat death as a culture, and what a "good death" actually means, without shying away from the difficult bits. I blew through this in a day and a half and have not stopped thinking about it since.


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My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525564201
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Published: Anchor - July 30th, 2019

I don't know how to sell you on this better than the title, but if you need another push to read this book, here it is. Filled with humorous hijinks and outlandish circumstances, this is also somehow a touching story about sisterhood, family, and finding yourself. A truly unique and memorable read.


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Where the Wild Ladies Are Cover Image
By Aoko Matsuda, Polly Barton (Translated by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781593766900
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Published: Soft Skull - October 20th, 2020

This is a collection of linked short stories that contemporize and build off of traditional Japanese ghost stories. But it's also so much more. These women are strange and absurd and idiosyncratic and completely normal. And there are ghosts. Just ladies being ladies.


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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781401324643
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Published: Hachette Books - September 11th, 2012

This reads very much like if Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker's Guide) and Wes Anderson had a baby. It's quirky and creative and you never know what this man is going to get himself into next, which is what makes it so fun. Oh, and the explosions too.


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Human Acts: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101906743
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Published: Hogarth - October 17th, 2017

This reads more like 7 short stories with varying structures, focusing on different characters, but they mesh beautifully to tell the story of the long-lived effects of the 1980 uprising and massacre in Guangju, South Korea. You can tell Kang was originally a poet by her uniquely artistic writing style. HIGHLY recommend.


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Flowers For Algernon Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780156030304
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Published: Mariner Books - May 1st, 2005

Quick question: do you like reading a book and then having it possess the entirety of your thoughts for days? Do you like pain, but it's mixed with happiness, but mixed with grief, but mixed with every other emotion, and you don't actually know how you feel, and now you're having a bit of an emotional crisis? Then this is for you. A quick, easy, and fun read, this book stays with you.


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And the Mountains Echoed Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594632389
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 3rd, 2014

Any book by Hosseini is beautiful and moving and perfect, but especially this one. Hosseini tells the stories of several pairs of siblings, both separated by and connected through time, space, and memory, and in the process, has created one of the most touching and powerful epics about family I've ever read. One of my favorite books ever.


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She Who Became the Sun (The Radiant Emperor Duology #1) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250621801
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Published: Tor Books - July 20th, 2021

Incredibly fleshed out, morally gray characters; desire, ambition, and betrayal on all sides; honestly, just everything you could ask for from an epic fantasy following a rebellion in 14th century China. And of course, it's also beautifully written.