Nicola G. Staff Picks


 

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The Mars Room: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781476756554
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Published: Scribner - May 2018

I loved this book so much that after I finished it, I couldn’t read anything else for two weeks. It’s that good. Meticulously written, explosively plotted, and exquisitely written, set primarily in a women’s prison this is a novel about people whose lives turned out very differently than they expected. Kushner is a fearless writer, and this is her best book yet.

-- Nicola


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A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories Cover Image
By Lucia Berlin, Stephen Emerson (Editor), Lydia Davis (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780374202392
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 18th, 2015

This book deserves all the hype. Berlin is a master of the short story who deserves  a place alongside Denis Johnson and Grace Paley. If you like Mary Gaitskill, Jennifer Egan, or Lydia Davis, you have to read this book.

-- Nicola


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Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781933517575
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Published: Wave Books - August 7th, 2012

This is a book of lectures, but it feels more like reading letters from your most brilliant friend. This is a book about poetry but it’s also about the moon landing, four, Anne Frank, sentimentality, lying, Versace, secrets, and time. It’s sharp, lucid, and most surprisingly, addicting to read. It’s unlike everything else I’ve ever read.

-- Nicola


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JELL-O Girls: A Family History Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316510615
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - July 24th, 2018

This book weaves together the cultural history of Jell-o with the story of the author’s family. Absorbing, heartbreaking, and wholly original.

-- Nicola