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Slewfoot

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By Brom
$23.99
ISBN: 9781250622006
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Published: Tor Nightfire - September 14th, 2021

 

This book is everything I could want in an atmospheric book of witchcraft and haunting. Part fable, part horror story, part cobbled-together myth, it's a treat to read and a treat to hold; the author's gorgeous illustrations add another layer that I'm always wishing for but rarely get with adult fiction. Unlike a lot of New England witch trial narratives, this  one doesn't so much concern itself with the Christian god, but borrows heavily from American Indian lore. You should be reading Slewfoot this October.

Meaghan


The Manningtree Witches

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781646220649
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Published: Catapult - August 10th, 2021

When the Witchfinder General comes to town, he warps reality to fit his needs. That's what happens to the women of Manningtree when Matthew Hopkins purchases a local inn and decides he sees witches. A fictionalized version of the true tale of Hopkins's first witch hunt, The Manningtree Witches is much more about the women he persecuted, and the ways that they were victimized by or survived the maelstrom he started. 

Meaghan


Wake

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By Rebecca Hall, Hugo Martínez (Illustrator)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781982115180
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 1st, 2021

So many histories of women can only be found in the cracks, pieced together through what is omitted rather than saved. In her debut graphic novel, with striking pen and ink illustration by Hugo Martinez, Rebecca Hall recounts the struggle to uncover narratives about women’s roles in slave revolts for her PhD. But where she is met with lack and institutional gatekeeping, she fills in the stories of these women herself. A necessary and heart-wrenching read.

Meaghan


I Believe I'll Go Back Home

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$22.95
ISBN: 9781625345653
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Published: Bright Leaf - May 28th, 2021

I Believe I'll Go Back Home is an excellent survey of the function and traditions of folk music in New England (starting with what little we have left of the traditions that predate colonization) and how those made Boston and Cambridge fertile ground for the birth of the Folk Revival of the late 1950s into the 1960s. There is such a rich musical history in New England that gets obfuscated because it didn't birth the major American music genres of today, but its contribution is not small. Curren's fast-paced and readable history colored in this opaque backstory and brought to life the cultural movement that percolated in clubs and coffeehouses on streets I know and love. 

Meaghan


Folklorn

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781645660163
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Published: Erewhon - April 27th, 2021

A mosaic of reality and fairytale with boundaries muddied like a red ribbon dragged through the mortar, Folklorn explores generational trauma, the Korean immigrant experience, grief, mental illness, and Korean mythology in a book that chills and captivates. Truly, I couldn't put it down.

Meaghan


Women and Other Monsters

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$25.95
ISBN: 9780807054932
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Published: Beacon Press - March 9th, 2021

In Women and Other Monsters, Jess Zimmerman explores the mythological and cultural ways that women have been portrayed as monsters, particularly in the Greek pantheon. We are Gorgons, who turn men to stone with our ugliness; we are Charybdis, murderous and unseemly in our hunger; in all the ways we are unideal, we are monstrous. Zimmerman’s experience and her articulation of it was so crisp and felt so real. This book made me feel deeply seen and more at ease with my own monstrosity.

Meaghan


Justine

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$19.95
ISBN: 9781951142339
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Published: Tin House Books - March 2nd, 2021

Have you ever had a desire or relationship so intense, so all-consuming that it burns itself out nearly as soon as it began? That is the feeling of this book, a teenage crush that means the world until it doesn’t. And it’s illustrated by the author. (Whoever decided adult fiction shouldn’t have pictures was just plain wrong.)

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