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Pink Mountain on Locust Island

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Pink Mountain on Locust Island By Jamie Marina Lau Cover Image
$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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Hangsaman By Shirley Jackson, Francine Prose (Foreword by) Cover Image
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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The Only Good Indians By Stephen Graham Jones Cover Image
$26.99
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ISBN: 9781982136451
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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A Year In Nature: A Memoir of Solace By Clare Walker Leslie Cover Image
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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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The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water By Zen Cho Cover Image
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


The Death of Vivek Oji

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The Death of Vivek Oji: A Novel By Akwaeke Emezi Cover Image
$27.00
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ISBN: 9780525541608
Published: Riverhead Books - August 4th, 2020

 

The way these characters and this family unfold around you is both exhilarating and tender. There's a feeling of both incredible momentum and a peaceful stillness that should be at odds with each other in one book, yet they dovetail together to celebrate the mingled beauty and terror of life and mortality, in particular one life: that of the unique and wonderful and tragic Vivek Oji.

Leila


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