Adults 9/23

Shark Heart (Staff Pick)

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Shark Heart: A Love Story By Emily Habeck Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781668006498
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Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - August 8th, 2023

I know it sounds a little crazy to say that a story about a man transforming into a great white shark is actually a moving love story - but it is. It is not a weird fantasy about marine anatomy, but rather a compelling story about change, heartbreak, passion and connection. I've never read such a moving novel based on such an unlikely premise.

- Dina


A Manual For Cleaning Women (Staff Pick)

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A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories By Lucia Berlin Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250094735
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Published: Picador - August 2nd, 2016

Collected posthumously by her friends in the literary world, this sometimes brutal, sometimes transcendent book is an emotional journey through the life of an artist struggling with addiction.

- Wendy


The Art of Loving (Staff Pick)

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The Art of Loving By Erich Fromm Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780061129735
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - August 6th, 2019

This is one of those books I read excerpts from for years before the time finally came to read it through. For anyone who wishes to be a little wiser about that wonderful thing we call love.

- James


Housekeeping (Staff Pick)

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Housekeeping (Fortieth Anniversary Edition): A Novel By Marilynne Robinson Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250769763
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Published: Picador - August 4th, 2020

Marilynne Robinson's debut novel is exquisite. Housekeeping is the story of sisters Ruth and Lucille, dropped off on the doorstep of their grandmother's house after their mother drives a borrowed car off a cliff. The town of Fingerbone, quiet and cold and stolid amidst all of the death that swirls around the girls, is an impeccably constructed setting for their coming-of-age. Gorgeously atmospheric- think windswept, candlelit nights, the sound of a train whistle in the distance, the commingled freedom and restriction that comes with girlhood in a small town- and full of achingly beautiful sentences.

- Catherine


Blindness (Staff Pick)

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Blindness By José Saramago Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780156007757
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Published: Mariner Books - October 4th, 1999

A man stops at a red light. By the time it turns green, he's blind, & before long (almost) the entire population is infected by this unexplained contagion. One of the most dismal portraits of humanity I've ever read, yet still oddly uplifting. Absolute masterpiece!

- Alyssa


Dearborn (Staff Pick)

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Dearborn By Ghassan Zeineddine Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781959030294
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Published: Tin House Books - September 5th, 2023

Seriously hilarious. Set in my hometown of Dearborn, MI, this one is close to my heart. Zeineddine crafts each of his short stories with nuance, humor, and humanity, speaking not only to the Arab American experience, but also to the neither-here-nor-there feeling of the diaspora, and more generally, what it means to reconcile individuality with community. As the saying goes, a focus is not an exclusion, and this beautiful Arab work has something to offer everyone.

- Meghan, Writer in Residence


Landscapes (Staff Pick)

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Landscapes By Christine Lai Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781953387387
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - September 12th, 2023

Catastrophes are also quiet. Climate change will also change our hearts & minds. In what might be my favorite novel on the topic, Li uses the dissolution of previously grand English estate & the grumbling mental & emotional resolve of its archivist to explore the experiences and emotions of decay and disintegration. Art. Politics. A love triangle involving brothers. There is also great depth to this story beneath the big impacts of rising sea levels. A truly brilliant novel.

- Josh


Terminal Boredom (Staff Pick)

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Terminal Boredom: Stories By Izumi Suzuki, Polly Barton (Translated by), Sam Bett (Translated by), David Boyd (Translated by), Daniel Joseph (Translated by) Cover Image
By Izumi Suzuki, Polly Barton (Translated by), Sam Bett (Translated by), David Boyd (Translated by), Daniel Joseph (Translated by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781788739887
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Published: Verso Fiction - April 20th, 2021

Edgy, dissociative characters battle existential dread, insidious technology, and social constraints while playing with gender and listening to a hip soundtrack in this 70’s/80’s Japanese sci-fi, newly translated for an English-speaking audience. Warning: some characters express transphobic or ageist sentiments.

- Rachael


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