Sophia K. Staff Picks


 

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Gather the Daughters: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316463683
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Published: Back Bay Books - July 24th, 2018

This book did NOT get the attention it deserved upon its release, but is one of the best dystopian novels I've ever read. On an isolated island, the boys grow up knowing that they will be in charge of their home + community while the girls will be expected to be content to be barrefoot and pregant, literally, for their entire lives after their "summer of fruition." But until then, every summer, they're allowed to run wild - until one girl begins to question it all. A perfect book fo rlovers of The Giver, The Handmaid's Tale, never Let Me Go, and Spring Awakening.

-- Sophia


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The New Me Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143133605
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Published: Penguin Books - March 5th, 2019

This existential satire about trying to live a fulfilling life- as a temp. With no money, no less. Might remind you of yourself in alarming ways. I read this book in an hour.

-- Sophia


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The Old Man and Me Cover Image
By Elaine Dundy, Elaine Dundy (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590173176
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Published: NYRB Classics - June 16th, 2009

This is one of the funniest books I've ever read. If you love Jane Austen's heroines and Bridget Jones, this book is perfect for you.

-- Sophia


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These Truths: A History of the United States Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780393357424
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 1st, 2019

Her creativity in finding sources is unparalleled, and her research is painstakingly thorough. Lepore's attention to historical detail is exceptional, and this book is Lepore at the peak of her powers.

-- Sophia


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Karen Green: Frail Sister Cover Image
By Karen Green (Artist)
$39.95
ISBN: 9781938221194
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Published: Siglio Press - October 23rd, 2018

If you only have time to look at one book today, this should be it. This is one of the coolest pieces of mixed media art/writing I've ever seen.

-- Sophia


Deaf Republic: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555978310
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 5th, 2019

It is rare to come across a collection that so flawlessly blends narrative and commentary. This is one of my favorite poetry books of the year.

--Sophia


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The Tradition Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781556594861
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 2nd, 2019

In this book, Jericho Brown introduces us to the duplex, a new poetic form he has invented, blending the sonnet, the ghazal, and the blues. These poems ask unflinching questions about fissures in our society, but he never fails to find moments of beauty in unexpected places. I had a sneaking suspicious Jericho Brown is a genius. The Tradition confirmed it. 


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Vanishing Twins: A Marriage Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781593762919
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Published: Soft Skull Press - September 4th, 2018

If you like essays that read like poems, or collections of poems that feel like essays, you'll like this book. Perfect for lovers of Lydia Davis, Maggie Nelson, Anne Carson, or Jane Hirschfield.


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Barracoon: The Story of the Last
By Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker (Foreword by), Deborah G. Plant (Introduction by)
$24.99
ISBN: 9780062748201
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Published: Amistad - May 8th, 2018

Towards the end of what most Americans remember as the “Roaring Twenties,” Zora Neale Hurston traveled to Alabama to interview the last known living survivor of the Middle Passage. I think this might be the most important book in the store.

-- Sophia


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The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374154776
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 11th, 2018

“Nations don’t tear themselves in two accompanied by poetic strains of eloquence alone.” (p. 4) If you think the state of American partisan politics has “never been worse,” read this book.

-- Sophia


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Lot: Stories Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780525533672
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 19th, 2019

If you like short stories, this should be next on your list. I read this collection the day it came out on my lunch break and haven’t stopped thinking about it since.

-- Sophia


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The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780525521037
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Published: Knopf - February 12th, 2019

If you only buy one hardcover in 2019, this should be it. Nobody writes like Toni Morrison, and this is a collection of some of her most beautiful thinking, distilled into thoughtful, elegant prose. She’s my favorite writer of all time.

-- Sophia


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Zong! (Wesleyan Poetry) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780819571694
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Published: Wesleyan University Press - August 15th, 2011

This book contains some of the most haunting poetry I’ve ever read. M. NourbeSe Philip uses the legalese of court documents from a case in which over 100 people were murdered so that the slave ship’s owners could collect insurance to tell a story that simultaneously “cannot be told but must be told.”

- Sophia


What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735211032
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 3rd, 2018

This collection of short stories is incandescent; each tale unfurls with grace and precision, and then snaps shut before you’re ready for it to be finished. They get more absurd as they go on - in one, a woman rips herself out of a photograph back into real life - yet no theme is too heavy for Arimah to capture. Heartbreaking and haunting, these stories are unforgettable.

-- Sophia