April 2022

Night Sky with Exit Wounds

Night Sky with Exit Wounds By Ocean Vuong Cover Image
$16.00
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
$16.95
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
$18.00
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
$25.00
ISBN: 9781421599779
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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


It Starts With a Bee

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It Starts with a Bee: Watch a tiny bee bring the world to bloom By Jennie Webber (Illustrator), Words & Pictures Cover Image
By Jennie Webber (Illustrator), Words & Pictures
$22.99
ISBN: 9780711270350
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Published: words & pictures - April 5th, 2022

Spring has sprung, (in the usual New England fashion where the sun shines but there is still that lovely, looming chill in the air)! This is the perfect spring children’s book highlighting the beautiful importance of bees with rhymes galore! Don’t forget to check out the informational section in the back that gives you all sorts of great facts about our buzzing friends.

Jane


Messy Roots

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Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese American By Laura Gao, Laura Gao (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Laura Gao, Laura Gao (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063067769
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Published: Balzer + Bray - March 8th, 2022

This graphic memoir about Laura Gao's experience as a queer immigrant from Wuhan to Texas is great — funny, infuriating, and heart wrenching in turns, with a really smart and compelling approach to rendering bilingual conversation. Throw in Laura Gao and Weiwei Xu's expressive lines, gorgeous palettes, and energetic composition, and you've got a really lovely comic!

Piera


Knight Owl

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Knight Owl (Caldecott Honor Book) (The Knight Owl Series #1) By Christopher Denise, Christopher Denise (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316310628
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Published: Christy Ottaviano Books - March 15th, 2022

Being a Knight of the Night Watch is Owl’s dream come true. He is brave, he is clever, and he is about to have many new friends. Christopher Denise’s debut picture book is truly delightful!

Robin


If This Gets Out

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If This Gets Out: A Novel By Sophie Gonzales, Cale Dietrich Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250805805
Published: Wednesday Books - December 7th, 2021

Ruben and Zach are members of superstar boy band Saturday on a worldwide tour when they start developing feelings for each other. Will their romance keep them together as they navigate the layers of coming out? This book is for anyone who swooned over One Direction or who wants a queer YA romance that is rewarding and sweet while not ignoring the complexities of teen queerness.

April


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


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