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Mind Fixers

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Mind Fixers: Psychiatry's Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness By Anne Harrington Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780393358063
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 16th, 2020

An especially fascinating and thorough story of the reflections of societal beliefs in the mental health field over the years. From the horrific eugenics movement to our current world, Mind Fixers is a great read for anyone even moderately interested in the often chilling and intersectional history of how psychology/psychiatry came to be what they are, and how that morbid history still informs us today, despite all the progress made.

Seamus


Night Sky with Exit Wounds

Night Sky with Exit Wounds By Ocean Vuong Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781556594953
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 5th, 2016

Ocean Vuong's debut poetry collection is beautiful, poignant, and an absolute marvel to witness. I was stunned, amazed, dazzled, spellbound, [insert every adjective for "completely in awe"] by the immense heart in his words. Pick up a copy and give one poem a skim—you might just realize that Vuong's command of the English language will up the vibrancy of your view of the world, reminding you of everything that makes life so worth living. (Warning: If you're an annotator like myself, your copy will quickly be overtaken with sticky tabs, intense highlights, underlines, hearts, and exclamation points galore.)

-Cindy


We Love You, Charlie Freeman

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We Love You, Charlie Freeman: A Novel By Kaitlyn Greenidge Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616206444
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Published: Algonquin Books - January 31st, 2017

A salty teenager. A rowdy chimp. A queer teen romance. All amidst a backdrop of questionable science and racial tension in this debut novel from local author Kaitlyn Greenidge (whose acclaimed new novel Libertie is now out in paperback). Spanning multiple time periods, Greenidge explores themes of loneliness, betrayal, and racist pseudoscience with humor, hurt, and insight.

Rachael


Refuse to Be Done

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Refuse to Be Done: How to Write and Rewrite a Novel in Three Drafts By Matt Bell Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781641293419
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Published: Soho Press - March 8th, 2022

I've read a ton of craft books. This is the first one about novel writing that fully acknowledges how messy a process it is, while also giving concrete steps to navigate the hard parts. Buried within these tips is a philosophy that the act of creation is in itself, beautiful. It hasn't left my desk since I finished it.

Dave


The Sirens of Titan

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The Sirens of Titan: A Novel By Kurt Vonnegut Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385333498
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - September 8th, 1998

Someone once said to me that Kurt Vonnegut writes children's books for adults. They meant it as a compliment, and I totally agree. His stories are often fantastical and funny, with a ton of heart at the center. This is my favorite of his books, and in my top 5 of all time. It's the story of Malachi Constant, who wanders into a vast conspiracy that takes him from Earth, to Mars, back to Earth, and to a moon of Saturn. 

Dave


Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition Vol 1

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Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition, Vol. 1 By Hiromu Arakawa Cover Image
$19.99
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ISBN: 9781421599779
Published: VIZ Media LLC - May 8th, 2018

Experience the delight, horror, humor, and tragedy of this classic tale of two brothers who tried to raise the dead and ended up losing an arm, a leg, and an entire body. That's just the beginning of their story!

Shana


Cleopatra and Frankenstein

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Cleopatra and Frankenstein By Coco Mellors Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781635576818
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - February 8th, 2022

For fellow fans of Sally Rooney, Coco Mellor’s is a new writer to keep an eye on. Her debut novel Cleopatra and Frankenstein depicts the course of a tumultuous marriage between Cleo, a young artist from the UK wanting to extend her stay in NYC by obtaining a green card, and Frank, a much older American advertiser. Mellors deals with complex and heavy topics with a refreshing hand and creates a cast of characters that you are sure to have complicated feelings about.

Morgan


Manhunt

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Manhunt By Gretchen Felker-Martin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250794642
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Published: Tor Nightfire - February 22nd, 2022

A horror book that centers around gender politics in a way that doesn't use trauma in the queer community as its only crutch! A wildly entertaining read that also makes you think about the world around us and the horror that exists today. Side note: if you are also angry with J.K. Rowling because.. duh... there is a moment in this book specifically for you. CW: transphobia, mental health, mentions of self harm, graphic violence
 

Jane


A Year and Other Poems

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A Year & Other Poems By Jos Charles Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781571315472
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Published: Milkweed Editions - March 15th, 2022

There is a hum to this collection, an intensity that feels quiet at first but grows as you spend time balancing your own thoughts & feelings on the poise and precision of Charles’s poems. Like walking through a bee-loud glade & then putting your ear against the hive. Think of Merwin. Think of Ocean Vuong. Think of Ilya Kaminsky. 

Josh


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