Zofia W. Staff Picks

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McGlue: A Novella By Ottessa Moshfegh Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525522768
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Published: Penguin Books - January 8th, 2019

Enticed at first by the writing, then by the plot, and then by the joining of the two,this book crept up on me in the subtle and haunting way that Ottessa Moshfegh's style is uniquely wont to do.

-- Zofia


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Chekhov's Three Sisters and Woolf's Orlando: Two Renderings for the Stage By Virginia Woolf, Anton Chekhov, Sarah Ruhl (Adapted by) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781559364041
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - May 28th, 2013

Two magical plays, adapting and translating two vastly different iconic works in brilliant ways. This pairing of plays is just one example of the masterful versitility prevalent across ruhl's writings.

-- Zofia


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Death in Her Hands: A Novel By Ottessa Moshfegh Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984879370
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Published: Penguin Books - June 22nd, 2021

EERIE! Moshfegh is uniquely capable of laying a groundwork of unease with a level of subtlety that, oddly enough, increases the reader's discomfort with every page turn. If you want a chill read, maybe hold off on this one, but if you're looking to be kept up at night, this is your book!


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In the Dream House: A Memoir By Carmen Maria Machado Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781644450383
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Published: Graywolf Press - December 1st, 2020

An unintended one-sitting read. Form and content struggle against and support one another in wildly enticing ways in what is easily the best memoir I've read. Machado explores the far-too-close-to-unexplored with a fluidity and searing quality that is simply so special.


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The Beginners By Anne Serre, Mark Hutchinson (Translated by) Cover Image
By Anne Serre, Mark Hutchinson (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811230315
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Published: New Directions - July 6th, 2021

I haven't been able to stop thinking about this book -- both whilst reading and since finishing it. Serre's utterly beautiful  is so quietly yet vigorously grasping -- a sparkling demonstration of storytelling that feels like a gift to read.


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The Amen Corner: A Play (Vintage International) By James Baldwin Cover Image
$15.00
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ISBN: 9780375701887
Published: Vintage - February 17th, 1998

It comes as no surprise that this master of prose-- both fiction and non-fiction -- should be so adept at playwriting. While surprising it's not, Baldwin knocks you flat on your back with this play as with all of his writing.


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Valley of the Dolls By Jacqueline Susann Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780802125347
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Published: Grove Press - July 4th, 2016

God, just an all-time fave and go-to recommendation. The tragically accurate historical detail combined with the deeply engrained American obsession with celebrity and success makes this piece of fiction shockingly memorable. Asking "what happens after you achieve all you've ever wanted?", this emotional analysis of societal expectations meeting basic humanity is a page turner in the truest sense.


Nobody Is Protected: How the Border Patrol Became the Most Dangerous Police Force in the United States By Reece Jones Cover Image
$26.00
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ISBN: 9781640095205
Published: Counterpoint - July 5th, 2022

I hesitate to call this book "easy to read" or "digestible" because the topics discussed are far from either...  Regardless, this is a very good read for anybody looking to learn more about the history of the Border Patrol, how & why we've ended up where we have, the ways in which policy & practice have changed over the years, and the ways in which they have not.


Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings By Shirley Jackson, Laurence Jackson Hyman (Editor), Sarah Hyman DeWitt (Editor), Ruth Franklin (Foreword by) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812987324
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 7th, 2016

This collection is a beautifully eclectic reminder that our favorite queen of horror is not to be pigeon-holed. Among her always impressive spooky-ookies, she proves herself a humorist, keen observationalist, & often all-too relatable, even (especially?) by today's standards.