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Civilwarland in Bad Decline

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By George Saunders, Joshua Ferris (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780812987683
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 26th, 2016

 

Before George Saunders was a genius minted by the MacArthur Fellowship folks, and the recipient of the Booker Prize for his first novel, he wrote this book of genuinely delightful, weird, tender stories. In terms of short story writers, Saunders has become American royalty. But this is him as a debut author, in what might be his wildest form.

Dave


You Deserve Each Other

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ISBN: 9780593085424
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 7th, 2020

 

Naomi and Nicholas are the lovey dovey fiances everyone's jealous of. But they're both burdened by an earth-shattering secret...they actually despise one another. With the wedding coming hot at their heels, It's too late to back out, though neither of them wants to tank the cost of their wedding by calling it quits. Suddenly, their "happily ever after" becomes a battle of wills: who's going to outlast the other in this crumbling relationship? Full of hilarious dialogue and trickery to last a lifetime, Sarah Hogle's debut You Deserve Each Other is the unconventional lovers-to-enemies-to-??? rom-com you didn't know you needed.

Cindy


The Tiny Upward Shove

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ISBN: 9780374277758
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 12th, 2022

 

If you're looking for new, unique, and diverse writing that is reminiscent of authors like Mona Awad, Cat Valente, and Carmen Maria Machado, this book is an ideal read for you! Chadburn's Filipino heritage lends a heavy filter to the narrative, which follows the too-short life of a woman cast out by society and transformed by death into an agent of justice--or mercy. Murdered by a serial killer, Marina Salles' life doesn't end the day she wakes up dead. Transformed into a monster from myth, she has nine days to decide whether to enact revenge.

Engel


The Dream of Reason

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ISBN: 9781556595196
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 17th, 2018

 

Not all of these poems are about death, but a lot of them are. Likewise, not all of these poems are about pigs, but really truly A LOT of them are, and Jenny George treats both subjects with the care and close attention of someone who loves this world and all the things living and dying in it. Describing a pig, George writes: "All sleeping things are children."

Piera


The Hacienda

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ISBN: 9780593436691
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Published: Berkley - May 3rd, 2022

 

If you enjoyed Mexican Gothic, you’re going to (lose it) over The Hacienda. Cañas has captured the eerie trapped feeling of a gothic with perfect skill and has crafted a vivid, gory, and terrifying story that you won’t be able to put down. This is the type of horror novel that keeps you up at night as its beautiful imagery creeps its way into your nightmares. And to top it all off, there’s a romance that will have you yelling “JUST KISS ALREADY” at the page

Katherine


Language of Flowers

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ISBN: 9780062873194
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Published: Harper Design - April 7th, 2020

 

Humans of all cultures have ascribed so much meaning to flowers and plants that you can often miss so much in literature (and in general) without knowing what is going unsaid. If you love flowers, mythology, colorful illustrations, and a dash of history, this is a compendium for you.

Stacey


A Marvellous Light

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ISBN: 9781250788870
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Published: Tordotcom - November 2nd, 2021

 

I was tempted to just write Gay! Historical! Magic! as a recommendation for this one because that would convince me, but if you want a little more—Robin is a civil servant who gets accidentally involved in the secret magical society of early 1900s London. Adventure, mystery, queer romance—it's all there!

April


Godl

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By Rumi, Haleh Liza Gafori (Translated by), Haleh Liza Gafori (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781681375335
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Published: NYRB Classics - March 8th, 2022

 

For folks unfamiliar with Rumi, Haleh Liza's translation is the perfect introduction. Rumi was a Muslim poet in 13th cen. Persia, and his work has often been translated by westerners who struggled with the original language. Haleh's translation is vibrant and accessible, and through her skill with both languages, she offers readers a glimpse at the love Rumi held for his friend and teacher, Shams, which echoes through the centuries. Even as someone who doesn't usually enjoy poetry, this collection has served as a source of joy. I can't recommend it enough. 

Murphy


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