Marissa A. Staff Picks


 

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The Mists of Avalon: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780345350497
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 12th, 1987

The Arthurian legend told through only the eyes of women?! Everything I wanted and more as a teenager! Fairly recently some disturbing news about the author has been revealed, so investiagte yourself and decic\de whether there can be a separation between art and artist.

-- Marissa


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S. Cover Image
By J. J. Abrams (Created by), Doug Dorst
$40.00
ISBN: 9780316201643
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Published: Mulholland Books - October 29th, 2013

From the mind of Lost's J.J. Abrams, so you already know it's strange and frustrating, but so worth it! A book within a book, you'll love this if you're a multi-book reader. Solve the mystery of 'S'!

-- Marissa


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The Eye: An Insider's Memoir of Masterpieces, Money, and the Magnetism of Art Cover Image
By Philippe Costamagna, Frank Wynne (Translator)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781939931580
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Published: New Vessel Press - August 14th, 2018

How does an expert tell whether a Van Gogh is real and not a forgery? Costamagna takes you through his experience of learning the skills to become an "Eye" in the artworld and how even an expert can be wrong.

-- Marissa


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In the Next Room: Or the Vibrator Play Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9781559363600
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - November 16th, 2010

Remember the good ole days when women who were diagnosed with "hysteria" were treated with the newest medical technology, i.e. the vibrator? Dive into this hilarious play that reads like a kooky Victorian sitcom.

-- Marissa


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Representing Women Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780500294758
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Published: Thames & Hudson - May 21st, 2019

"Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?" was a 1971 essay by Nochlin that was a call to action for feminist art historians. With this collection, Nochlin studies and analyzes women's role as subject in artworks as well as the new methodology that art history should follow to be more inclusive.

-- Marissa


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The Name of the Rose Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544176560
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Published: Mariner Books - April 22nd, 2014

A 14th century monastic murder mystery set in NOrthern Italy that wonderfully explores the medieval inquisition era with intrigue and close historical accuracy. Throw in a Sherlockian monk and a mysterious Borges-inspired library to draw you in even more!

-- Marissa


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Meddling Kids: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101974445
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Published: Anchor - May 29th, 2018

If you're both a nostalgic & spooky person like me, then you'll love this book! Imagine a crew very much like Scooby-Doo's Mystery Incorporated but all grown up and dealing with the traumas of their teenage adventures. It's funny, tragic, and heartwarming all in one. Also, ever 'shipped Daphne and Velma? Cantero definitely did, too.

-- Marissa


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Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency Cover Image
By Nan Goldin (Photographer), Mark Holborn (Editor), Marvin Heiferman (Editor)
$50.00
ISBN: 9781597112086
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Published: Aperture - October 31st, 2012

Goldin has an eye for capturing raw emotion that jumps out at you from the page and beats you all over, leaving you just as bruised as some of her subjects. There is an obvious connection between the artist and those she captures, her "tribe" of friends and family, and this passion is harsh, complicated, and extremely human.

--Marissa


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Florida Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594634512
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 5th, 2018

"I initially had this on my TBR list to bring a bit of home with me while I study in Italy for a year, and now that I'm a few stories in I realize that Lauren Groff totally gets me and my home-state. She has an uncanny way of linking her characters' simmering anguish with the lurking Floridian wildlife, ready to spring forth at any moment. Within my reading only a few sentences into the first story, the surrounding humidity went up 40% and I swear mosquitoes started swarming in my room. It's just like Jumanji, Groff's descriptions of the Sunshine State came to life around me and reminded me exactly why I moved up north as soon as I could (mainly running away from all the snakes)."

-- Marissa


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Circe Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316556347
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 10th, 2018

Where my witches at?! Grab your familiar (probably your cat) and cuddle up with Madeline Miller's new epic about the most infamous witch in Greek mythology. You might remember her as the woman who turned all of Odysseus' men into pigs, but after reading this classical re-imagining, you'll realize Circe is so much more! Beautifully written character development is the star here, slowly building to an epic and empowering end that will have you applauding from your couch/nook/coffee shop table.

-- Marissa


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The Dharma of The Princess Bride: What the Coolest Fairy Tale of Our Time Can Teach Us About Buddhism and Relationships Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780865477766
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Published: North Point Press - September 12th, 2017

If you love "The Princess Bride" but are completely useless in your social relationships, then this book is for you! If you have loving and wonderful relationships, you should still read this book, and if you say you don't love "The Princess Bride" then you're wrong, go re-watch the movie and then read this book. You'll breathe better afterwards. (No, really, Nichtern will teach you.)

-- Marissa


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The Regional Office Is Under Attack!: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399573217
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 11th, 2017

I like when a title explains everything you need to know about a book before you even crack the spine, no poetic metaphors or tricks of language. If you've daydreamed that a "Die Hard" scenario would happen at your day-job or if you've ever wanted a robotic arm, pick up this book now!

-- Marissa