Adults 11/23

Heaven (Staff Pick)

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Heaven By Mieko Kawakami, Sam Bett (Translator), David Boyd (Translator) Cover Image
By Mieko Kawakami, Sam Bett (Translator), David Boyd (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781609457457
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Published: Europa Editions - August 16th, 2022

Such a stunningly raw and lyrical piece of Japanese literature!! This book will leave you absolutely heartbroken alongside the characters, while still reeling in the uplifting beauty of a story of two teenagers who find friendship in the midst of social isolation. (The bullying scenes can be a bit difficult to read, but it’s well worth it.)

- Alyssa


Cousins (Staff Pick)

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Cousins By Aurora Venturini, Kit Maude (Translated by) Cover Image
By Aurora Venturini, Kit Maude (Translated by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781593767297
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Published: Soft Skull - May 16th, 2023

This irreverent, dark comedy coming of age story about a young artist in 1940s La Plata, Argentina made me chuckle. Don’t want to take my word for this strange posthumous translation? Then let the introduction by Mariana Enríquez persuade you.

- Katie H


The Tale of Genji (Staff Pick)

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The Tale of Genji: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) By Murasaki Shikibu, Royall Tyler (Translated by) Cover Image
By Murasaki Shikibu, Royall Tyler (Translated by)
$36.00
ISBN: 9780142437148
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Published: Penguin Classics - November 26th, 2002

This fits into the category of books where reading it increasingly becomes a life experience. Royall Tyler's translation, notes, and appendices are the perfect blend of the scholarly and literary. And for anyone looking to get ahead on their holiday shopping, this is a beautiful edition and would make a lovely gift (although I’m not sure it would fit in a stocking).

- James


Built from the Fire (Staff Pick)

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Built from the Fire: The Epic Story of Tulsa's Greenwood District, America's Black Wall Street By Victor Luckerson Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593134375
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Published: Random House - May 23rd, 2023

This closely focused history Tulsa's Greenwood neighborhood, starting with the Tulsa Massacre, shows how thoroughly racism shaped and shapes American society. Though a history of tragedy, it is also a history of how people can triumph despite the systemic forces against them.

- Josh


Life is Not Useful (Staff Pick)

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Life Is Not Useful By Ailton Krenak, Alex Brostoff (Translator), Jamille Pinheiro Dias (Translator) Cover Image
By Ailton Krenak, Alex Brostoff (Translator), Jamille Pinheiro Dias (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781509554058
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Published: Polity Press - May 8th, 2023

This book is my go-to when I start spiraling over climate change and capitalism. For hope & determination without self-delusion, there is no better teacher than Ailton Krenak, an Indigenous leader who has survived decades of colonial oppression in Brazil.

- Murphy


The Comfort of Crows (Staff Pick)

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The Comfort of Crows: A Backyard Year By Margaret Renkl Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781954118461
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - October 24th, 2023

Organized like a devotional prayer book, Renkl’s fifty-two, short meditations closely observing the wonders of nature in her small backyard is a perfect book to daily turn to reconnect with the web of life sustaining us.

- Dale


The Writer's Garden (Staff Pick)

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The Writer's Garden: How gardens inspired the world's great authors By Jackie Bennett, Richard Hanson (By (photographer)) Cover Image
By Jackie Bennett, Richard Hanson (By (photographer))
$40.00
ISBN: 9780711277168
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Published: Frances Lincoln - September 26th, 2023

Lose yourself in the beauty and imagination of literary gardens (and see if you can guess what garden belonged to which writer).

- Stacey


The Employees (Staff Pick)

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The Employees: A workplace novel of the 22nd century By Olga Ravn, Martin Aitken (Translated by) Cover Image
By Olga Ravn, Martin Aitken (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811234825
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Published: New Directions - February 7th, 2023

Inspired by the sculpture of Danish artist Lea Guldditte Hestelund, this experimental, philosophical sci-fi consists of a smattering of HR interviews from humans and humanoids aboard a spaceship. Among topics discussed are the nature of humanity, mortality, and the uncanny objects that have been brought on board and seem to hold a mysterious sway over the psyches of the crew. Eerily beautiful, this novel is as spare and cryptic as Hestelund’s art.

- Rachael


Land of Milk and Honey (Staff Pick)

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Land of Milk and Honey: A Novel By C Pam Zhang Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593538241
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 26th, 2023

Fine dining in a blighted world. Zhang’s new book is mysterious, engaging and the most delicious dystopian novel you’ll ever read. A 1984 Chianti—dark, rich, and densely layered with thematic notes of consumption, conservation and the violent, primal pleasures we take in eating the flora and fauna of a dying planet. 

- Sam


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