April 2020

Apeirogon

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Apeirogon: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781400069606
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Published: Random House - February 25th, 2020

A masterpiece of storytelling. Of two real people, an Israeli and a Palestinian man, who both lost teenage daughters (one to a suicide bomber and one to an Israeli soldier's bullet) and who have become close friends and allies in a attempt to reshape common understanding of the conflict.  The novel is brilliant, empathic, illuminating - it will cause you to rethink much of what you "know" and ask questions you didn't know to ask.  The book is not political, it simply weaves together an incredible number of stories and perspectives and history. 

David


Wonderbook

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Wonderbook (Revised and Expanded): The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781419729669
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - July 3rd, 2018

Trying to start that new sci-fi/fantasy novel during quarantine? Just looking for some inspiration to keep your spirits up? Do you enjoy reading snippets about storytelling from some of your favorite authors? How about creative and zany illustrations? This book's for you!

Stacey


Glass Hotel

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The Glass Hotel: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525521143
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Published: Knopf - March 24th, 2020

Mandel's book is like the glass in her title: her language glitters yet also offers clarity and reflection, and her characters are like broken shards, mesmerizing in one light, and dangerously ordinary in another. Combining the humanity and structure of Station Eleven with the brutal realism of her earlier works, The Glass Hotel is an exceptional novel. 

Marika


Finna

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ISBN: 9781250245731
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Published: Tor.com - February 25th, 2020

Is this capitalist hellscape the best of all possible verses in the multiverse? When an elderly customer at a big box furniture store (not that one) goes through a portal, it's up to two minimum wage workers to risk life and limb to retrieve her. Very diverting, very queer, very relatable for all people who have worked retail.

Rebecca


Wicked Enchantment

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ISBN: 9781574232370
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Published: Black Sparrow Press - April 7th, 2020

Wanda Coleman, a poet laureate of anger and honesty, lived resistance and shouted rebellion, has always been the poet America needed, though sometimes it seemed like she was the only one who knew that. With this new book of poems selected and introduced by Terrance Hayes, perhaps America will finally know it too. 

Josh


BECOMING EVE

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ISBN: 9781580059169
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Published: Seal Press - November 12th, 2019

Abby Stein’s memoir is an engaging story of growing up as a queer person (a trans woman, specifically) in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. Funny, heartbreaking, and always compassionate, this is a great read for anyone interested in trans life stories, intersections between queerness and religion, or communal responses to trauma.

 

Sacha Lamb, Writer in Residence for Young Readers


Weather

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ISBN: 9780385351102
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Published: Knopf - February 11th, 2020

Described as “the perfect worry novel”, Jenny Offill’s latest work is about the weather (mainly the looming threat of climate change) but it also speaks to weathering smaller anxieties (politics, marriage, interfamily relationships, a failure to live up to expectations). Told through narrative fragments and wry observations, Weather offers a kaleidoscopic and tender experience of being alive during uncertain times. 

 

Justin, Writer in Residence for Adults


House in the Cerulean Sea

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$26.99
ISBN: 9781250217288
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Tor Books - March 17th, 2020

Utterly charming. Featuring outcast weirdo children that will win your heart and a deeply satisfying romance, with a side of rising up against injustice. This book feels as familiar in tone as putting on a favorite sweater while still managing to bring something new and special. A great comfort read!

Shana


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