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Long Way Down (Staff Pick)

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Long Way Down By Jason Reynolds Cover Image
$10.39
ISBN: 9781481438261
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - April 2nd, 2019

When Will’s brother gets shot, he’s prepared to follow the rules: no crying, no snitching, get revenge. But as the elevator descends, at each floor someone will get on and complicate his decision. This novel-in-verse will be sure to appeal to fans of poetry, readers of all levels, and those affected by gun violence and incarceration.

- Rachael


Corregidora (Staff Pick)

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Corregidora (Celebrating Black Women Writers #1) By Gayl Jones Cover Image
$12.80
ISBN: 9780807061091
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Published: Beacon Press - January 29th, 2019

For every man who’s told her “I don’t mean you no harm,” Ursa has a scar, psychological or physical. These wounds add depth to her voice as a blues singer and vivify the stories passed down from her great-grandmother about the cruelties of slavery. With a narrative arc similar to Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, Jones tackles trauma with such finesse Toni Morrison took her on as a protege at the age of 25.

- Rachael


Monkey Boy (Staff Pick)

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Monkey Boy By Francisco Goldman Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802157683
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Published: Grove Press - May 10th, 2022

In this erudite autofiction, Latino-Jewish writer “Frankie” uses a trip home to Boston to reflect on a lifetime of trauma, from childhood bullies to his abusive father to the military thugs he exposed as a journalist in Guatemala. He also seeks shelter in strong women — girlfriends, nannies, and most of all, his mother. Despite all the turmoil, Goldman’s writing, full of funny anecdotes and surprising metaphors, will lead you happily through the meanderings of memory.

- Rachael


Birds of Maine (Staff Pick)

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Birds of Maine By Michael DeForge Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9781770465664
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - August 2nd, 2022

Deforge imagines a bird utopia on the moon, and it’s full of teenage angst. Weird, fungal illustrations and ironic avian dialogue make this graphic novel well suited for bird lovers and connoisseurs of leftist satire, surrealism, and jokes about cloacae.

- Rachael


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


To Shape Dragon's Breath (Staff Pick)

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To Shape a Dragon's Breath: The First Book of Nampeshiweisit By Moniquill Blackgoose Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593498286
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Published: Del Rey - May 9th, 2023

15, Indigenous, and queer, Anequs must navigate the micro- and macroagressions against her and her misfit friends (Black, Indigenous, and autistic) at a 19th century boarding school for dragoneers. A little bit steampunk and very much anticolonialist, this book of alternate history features alchemy, poly romance, and lots of speaking truth to power.

- Rachael


Moon and the Mars (Staff Pick)

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Moon and the Mars: A Novel By Kia Corthron Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781644213162
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Published: Seven Stories Press - September 12th, 2023

History buffs will appreciate seeing key U.S. events of 1857-78 through the eyes of Theo, a half-Black, half-Irish girl living in the multiethnic “slum” of Five Points, Manhattan, as her two communities interweave and are ultimately rent horribly apart. Author Corthron brings a playwright’s feel for character, dialogue, pacing, and poignancy.

- Rachael


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


Riley Reynolds Crushes Costume Day (Staff Pick)

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Riley Reynolds Crushes Costume Day By Jay Albee, Jay Albee (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jay Albee, Jay Albee (Illustrator)
$6.95
ISBN: 9781666344080
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Published: Stone Arch Books - August 1st, 2022

Riley is a nonbinary 4th grader with some serious Monday feels when Mx. Aude announces that Friday is dress-up day for Book Week. Now this is an area in which Riley can excel. Will Riley help their classmates find perfect costumes based on their favorite books? An homage to the world of children’s lit as well as an example of a nonbinary kid just living their best life, this book is full of infectious enthusiasm.

- Rachael


When We Cease to Understand the World (Staff Pick)

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When We Cease to Understand the World By Benjamin Labatut, Adrian Nathan West (Translated by) Cover Image
By Benjamin Labatut, Adrian Nathan West (Translated by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781681375663
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Published: New York Review Books - September 28th, 2021

A great companion to Oppenheimer, this “nonfiction novel,” a finalist for the Booker Prize, is a ghost story about science — how it haunts the minds of scientific thinkers and generally terrorizes the living. From the very real horror of chemical weapons to the disconcertion of quantum theory, these linked stories grow increasingly fictionalized as the book progresses. Lyrical and lush, the book also serves as a haphazard history of math and physics in the modern era.

- Rachael


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