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Essential Goethe (Staff Pick)

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The Essential Goethe By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Matthew Bell (Editor), Matthew Bell (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Matthew Bell (Editor), Matthew Bell (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780691181042
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Published: Princeton University Press - June 12th, 2018

The centerpiece of the collection is Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, the likes of which there hadn't been before and hasn't been since. The fact that you get Faust I thrown in along with selections of Goethe's poetry and scientific writings is a nice bonus.

- James

 


No Time To Spare (Staff Pick)

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No Time To Spare: Thinking About What Matters By Ursula K. Le Guin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781328507976
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 15th, 2019

CATS (for adults)!!! From the master of sci-fi comes this 10/10 essay collection...including some written in the perspective of her cat, Pard

- Alyssa

 


Slouching Towards Bethlehelm (Staff Pick)

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Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays (FSG Classics) By Joan Didion Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374531386
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 28th, 2008

Some of Joan Didion's best essays, written in the beginning of her extensive journalism career. Each essay narrates the beauty and individuality of California in the 60s. A must read!

- Olive


All Things Are Too Small (Staff Pick)

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All Things Are Too Small: Essays in Praise of Excess By Becca Rothfeld Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250849915
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Published: Metropolitan Books - April 2nd, 2024

The minimalist lifestyle had its moment, but I think we have now transition into the next phase where the girl-mathing, daily little treat buying, collectors of dopamine raising trinkets, have taken center stage. Through mesmerizing essays of media commentary, literary criticism and personal reflection, Becca Rothfield shines a light on the cultural and emotional cost of minimalism, and how the things that are over the top, and even unnecessary, are the things that may matter the most.

- Emma


The Devil & Sherlock Holmes (Staff Pick)

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The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession By David Grann Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307275905
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Published: Vintage - January 11th, 2011

You've read his books about lost cities, murderous reigns of terror, and mutiny on the high seas, but did you know he wrote about a professional imposter, the hunt for the giant squid, and the people tunneling hundreds of feet beneath New York City?

- John


It Came From the Closet (Staff Pick)

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It Came from the Closet: Queer Reflections on Horror By Joe Vallese (Editor), Carmen Maria Machado (Contribution by), Bruce Owens Grimm (Contribution by) Cover Image
By Joe Vallese (Editor), Carmen Maria Machado (Contribution by), Bruce Owens Grimm (Contribution by)
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ISBN: 9781952177798
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Published: Feminist Press - October 4th, 2022

Last year I spent October reading each essay in this book and then watching the corresponding movie, and let me tell you it made for one of the most magical (and spookiest) Octobers I've had in a while. This book had me nodding along as I read essays that echoed my own thoughts (such as Carmen Maria Machado's take on Jennifer's Body) as well as seeing some old favorites in a completely new way.

- Katherine


101 Horror Books to Read Before You're Murdered (Staff Pick)

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101 Horror Books to Read Before You're Murdered By Sadie Hartmann Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781645677802
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Published: Page Street Publishing - August 8th, 2023

It's never too early to plan for Halloween! Let Sadie Hartmann (aka Mother Horror) help you pick out your perfect spooky season read ahead of time! With over 100 books and authors to choose from, there is a horror novel here for everyone. With useful keys for genre, tropes, and content warnings, Mother Horror makes sure to give you the devious details without spoiling the story. Her endearing love for horror shines through every page! Whether you're new to horror or it's old hat, your next read awaits you.

- Jen


The Collected Schizophrenias

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The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays By Esmé Weijun Wang Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555978273
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 5th, 2019

Esme Wang won the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, as well as the Whiting Award for Nonfiction for her book, The Collected Schizophrenias.  She writes about schizophrenia related illnesses from her own lived experience, which is a perspective not often enough given a voice.  As such, her writing has the beauty and thorough consideration of someone who’s life is personally impacted by the illness as well as someone who’s an amazing author. 

Seamus


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