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x + y: A Mathematician's Manifesto for Rethinking Gender Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781541646506
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Published: Basic Books - August 25th, 2020

Reasons I want you to buy this book:

Ingressive: if you buy my staff pick, I gain power and prestige as a bookseller.

Congressive: Separating gender out allows us to approach behavior without getting into the technicalities of "not all men". I want everyone to read this book so we can start using the vocabulary Cheng introduces (ingressive and congressive). Her mathematical approach to gender has the potential to be truly groundbreaking, and I want to see where it leads!

 

Shana


Moleskine Notebook, Expanded, Large, Ruled, Sapphire Blue,

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$29.95
ISBN: 8053853606259
Availability: Available at Wholesaler
Because of how it is sold to us we cannot accept a return of this title.
Published: Moleskine - February 19th, 2020

Sometimes, we all need the most amazing notebook with plenty of pages to get us through a pandemic in September. If your life is a mess, this will not solve any of your problems, but it will make it so that you can transfer a lot of your mess onto paper and forget about it. If your life is perfect, then please share your secrets with us, but still get this great notebook.

Sinny


A HISTORY OF KINDNESS

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$15.95
ISBN: 9781948814256
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Published: Torrey House Press - June 2nd, 2020

Linda Hogan, the current Chickasaw Nation Writer in Residence, is (in addition to being an incredible writer) an environmentalist, historian, and activist. These facets all shine through her newest poetry collection. A History of Kindness examines the violence that has been done to the American landscape and its peoples, and responds to it with beauty, compassion, and hope. If you enjoy Mary Oliver or Braiding Sweetgrass, or if you just need a book to feed your spirit and anchor you to the natural world right now, pick this one up.

 

Kate


Transcendent Kingdom

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$27.95
ISBN: 9780525658184
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Published: Knopf - September 1st, 2020

It's nothing new to say that a book is the book we need right now, but Transcendent Kingdom is the book we need right now. Narrator Gifty is both eloquently observant and clinical as she recounts the struggle of her Ghanaian immigrant family to survive in America while being Black, while being poor, while facing addiction and depression and tragedy. But she still finds hope.

Meaghan


Pink Mountain on Locust Island

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781566895941
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Published: Coffee House Press - September 8th, 2020

I can never remember the exact title of this book but I'm not likely to forget the riveting characters anytime soon. They're flawed and fascinating, and even their most mundane actions are compelling. A perfect crossover title (Lau was only a teenager when she wrote it, which makes me want to scream), this one is full of the kind of lines that deserve to be written in fancy script all over your wall.

 

Caleb


Hangsaman

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By Shirley Jackson, Francine Prose (Foreword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143107040
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Published: Penguin Classics - June 25th, 2013

In this novel, seventeen-year-old Natalie Waite embarks on her first semester of college. She is an interesting character with a lot of demons that may or may not be figurative, she doesn’t quite know either. Littered with existential spiels and a constant feeling of unease, Shirley Jackson perfectly executed the hard to swallow truth that sometimes the scariest place is simply one’s mind.

 

Hannah


The Only Good Indians

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ISBN: 9781982136451
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - July 14th, 2020

 

Stephen Graham Jones draws on Blackfeet culture (and the myriad ways in which indigenous culture exists in the modern United States) to create a masterful horror novel about guilt, grief, and revenge. These characters are haunted, both figuratively and literally, by both tradition and the ways they've broken from it. And the prose is just gorgeous (and gory--this is the most beautiful book I've ever read that also made me cringe, set it aside, and sleep with the lights on. I'm wary around motorcycles now!).

Kate


A Year in Nature

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$24.95
ISBN: 9781733653435
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Published: Green Writers Press - May 7th, 2020

 

Cambridge resident Clare Walker Leslie’s latest book is a selection from the nature journals she has kept for many years arranged to follow our year-long journey around our Sun. With her keen eye for observation and delightful sketches and watercolors she inspires us to slow down enough to savor the world around us.

 

Dale


The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water

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By Zen Cho
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250269256
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Published: Tordotcom - June 23rd, 2020

 

First, I was arrested by the cover; seriously, what a beautiful cover. Then I was taken in by the story, a relatively simple plot of smuggling contraband from point A to point B, but the addition of the nun Guet Imm to the smuggling party led by Lau Fung Cheung (but really by his second, Tet Sang), unravels the simple plot spectacularly. Because then the novella sneaks up on you with commentary on gender, honor, religion, and, ultimately, love. A genuinely fun and immersive read.

 

Meaghan


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