Staff Picks

THEY CAN'T KILL US UNTIL THEY KILL US

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By Hanif Abdurraqib, Eve L. Ewing (Foreword by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781937512651
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - November 7th, 2017

 

Like the music he writes about, Hanif Abdurraqib's essay collection is by turns novel and nostalgic, euphoric and poignant, contemplative and raw. A moving examination of the way pop culture ties into the current state of our nation--and how it affects us on a personal level.

Kate


Deadly Class

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By Rick Remender, Wesley Craig (Artist), Lee Loughridge (Artist)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781632150035
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Published: Image Comics - July 29th, 2014

 

If you're not convinced by SCHOOL FOR ASSASSINS I'm not sure I can help you, but here's some bonus stuff to love about this book: - Some of the most gorgeous, kinetic art in comics today - A wildly diverse cast of characters - A story that, even amidst all the high stakes, captures the angst of growing up and trying (/failing) to fit it. Get this one quick, because the TV adaptation is coming next year, and your friends are sure to be impressed by your scads of insider info when it becomes the Next Big Thing!

Caleb


Go, Went, Gone

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By Jenny Erpenbeck, Susan Bernofsky (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780811225946
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 26th, 2017

 

Superior writing about a retired professor from East Berlin who unwittingly befriends homeless African refugees. Subtle layering of ancient and recent history, politics and cultures. All delivered in quite gestures and conversations. Outstanding reviews from across the globe. Book group gold.

Molly


The Sparsholt Affair

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$28.95
ISBN: 9781101874561
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Knopf - March 13th, 2018

 

This alluring new novel by Man Booker Prize-winning author Alan Hollinghurst weaves a complex story of family, friendship and scandal, beginning in 1940’s Oxford, and proceeding forward into the present day. Exploring the social and sexual revolutions of the decades, this dazzling novel is written with grace, precision and passion.

Nathan


All Systems Red

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780765397539
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Published: Tor.com - May 2nd, 2017

 

The SecUnit who (secretly) refers to itself as "Murderbot" hacked its own governor module, so it could go rogue and kill all the humans if it wanted, but it would rather spend its time watching Sanctuary Moon. Unfortunately, its humans keep getting themselves into danger. Even more unfortunately, Murderbot actually finds itself caring about these humans. It's hard being a heartless killing machine when you have feelings.

Shana


Like a Mother

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$24.99
ISBN: 9780062662941
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Published: Harper Wave - May 29th, 2018

 

A blend of memoir and science explores what we know (and don't know--find out how little we understand about the placenta!) about the biology and psychology of pregnancy and childbirth that puts women's experiences at the center.

Sarah


Confessions of the Fox

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780399592270
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Published: One World - June 26th, 2018

 

One part sexy rogue’s tale, one part intellectual exploration of the nature of history, one part examination of how people are marginalized by the powerful, all wrapped up in a tale of frustrated love and surveillance, this wild novel wriggles through genres, tones, and themes like a Dickensian pickpocket disappearing into a crowded London street. You won’t read anything like it this year. One of my favorite books of 2018.

Josh


New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons

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By David Remnick (Foreword by), Bob Mankoff (Editor)
$60.00
ISBN: 9780316436670
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - October 2nd, 2018

 

It's not just enormous and hilarious, it's definitive and comprehensive and brilliant.  Bob Mankoff, longtime cartoon editor, has curated over 3,000 cartoons into categories (Adam and Eve, snowmen, and about 250 others) and has added sparkling, hysterical commentary.  There is no better gift you can buy for anyone who loves humor - or for yourself.

David


Gmorning, Gnight!

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By Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jonny Sun (Illustrator)
$22.00
ISBN: 9781984854278
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Published: Random House - October 16th, 2018

 

Hey, it's easy to feel discouraged right now. The world feels big, individual actions seem small, and one might even say that things are objectively BAD. Luckily Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jonny Sun are here to give you a dose of inspiration. Best read daily--or whenever you're feeling down--these pages will pick you up in the morning & comfort you at night. A great gift for the winter season or way to kick off the new year.

Kate


Make+Mend

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Make and Mend: Sashiko-Inspired Embroidery Projects to Customize and Repair Textiles and Decorate Your Home Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399579431
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Published: Watson-Guptill - August 21st, 2018

 

I may not be the target demographic, but when you're 6'4' and have trouble finding pants made for someone as tall and thin as I am, It's great to have a book that helps make them last longer.

John


Glamourie

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By Alice Starmore, Jade Starmore (Photographer)
$60.00
ISBN: 9781606600832
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Published: Calla Editions - February 14th, 2018

 

This mother daughter project is more than just a book of knitting patterns. It’s a beautiful compilation of stories in the style of folk tales, and complex designs that are more costumes than sweaters. Gift this to the knitter, the loud dresser, or the lover of folklore in your life.

Heather


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