All Writers & Books Staff Picks

These are the books that we wholeheartedly recommend—either as gifts, or for yourself—all year round.

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Pleasure Dome: New and Collected Poems (Wesleyan Poetry) By Yusef Komunyakaa Cover Image
$25.46
ISBN: 9780819567390
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Published: Wesleyan University Press - September 20th, 2004

Recommended by Alison Meyers, our Executive Director


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Working: People Talk about What They Do All Day and How They Feel about What They Do By Studs Terkel Cover Image
$21.24
ISBN: 9781565843424
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Published: New Press - February 28th, 1997

I think I bought Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do in the seventies while working in an indie bookstore (all bookstores were indies in the 1970s). My well-worn, secondhand hardcover copy has survived many moves and as many purges of my personal library. The first sentence of the introduction,"This book, being about work, is, by its very nature, about violence--to the spirit as well as to the body," probably says as much about the author as it does about the 133 individuals whose first-person narratives fill over 500 pages. The search for "daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying" gives this book an existential heft equal to its authenticity. The voices of Terkel's subjects are unforgettable, a revelation.

- Alison Meyers, Executive Director


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Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity By Andrew Solomon Cover Image
$20.40
ISBN: 9780743236720
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Published: Scribner - October 1st, 2013

Recommended by Alison Meyers, our Executive Director


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Aftershocks: A Memoir By Nadia Owusu Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781982111236
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 3rd, 2021

The voice propelling the poems between the covers of this book is a force, every line a reckoning. Forest Primeval is not an emotionally easy collection. Its truths are hard won. In these pages, we face how close intimacy can be to violence, love to power, endurance and transcendence to suffering. And we also find great tenderness and redemption of deeply beautiful language. 

– Alison Meyers, Executive Director


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The World That the Shooter Left Us By Cyrus Cassells Cover Image
$14.41
ISBN: 9781954245099
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Published: Four Way Books - February 15th, 2022

Recommended by Alison Meyers, our Executive Director


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Balladz By Sharon Olds Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781524711610
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Published: Knopf - October 4th, 2022

Recommended by Alison Meyers, our Executive Director


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Mother Ocean Father Nation: A Novel By Nishant Batsha Cover Image
$23.79
ISBN: 9780063211780
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Published: Ecco - June 7th, 2022

Recommended by Alison Meyers, our Executive Director


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The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate--Discoveries from a Secret World By Peter Wohlleben, Tim Flannery (Foreword by), Jane Billinghurst (Translator) Cover Image
By Peter Wohlleben, Tim Flannery (Foreword by), Jane Billinghurst (Translator)
$22.91
ISBN: 9781771642484
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Published: Greystone Books - September 13th, 2016

Recommended by Alison Meyers, our Executive Director


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I Can Wonder Anything By Terence Degnan Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9798888381236
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(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Finishing Line Press - February 17th, 2023

Recommended by Alison Meyers, our Executive Director


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The Scarecrow Alibis By Denver Butson Cover Image
$13.60
ISBN: 9780984999125
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Published: Cloudbank Books - October 11th, 2022

Recommended by Alison Meyers, our Executive Director


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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel By Ocean Vuong Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780525562047
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Published: Penguin Books - June 1st, 2021

“What is a country but a borderless sentence, a life?” asks Ocean Vuong’s narrator, Little Dog. And, “What is a country but a life sentence?” This auto-biographical, non-chronological novel is a space where language, memory, violence, and love converge and collide. Raw and luminous, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is an illuminating story of immigration and what it means to become an American in a historical moment of great contradiction.

– Alison Meyers, Executive Director


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Line Break: Poetry as Social Practice By James Scully Cover Image
$14.41
ISBN: 9781931896184
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Published: Curbstone Books - August 1st, 2005

Recommended by Alison Meyers, our Executive Director


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Forest Primeval: Poems By Vievee Francis Cover Image
$14.41
ISBN: 9780810132436
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Published: TriQuarterly - November 30th, 2015

Recommended by Alison Meyers, our Executive Director


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Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land By Toni Jensen Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9781984821201
Availability: Backordered
Published: Ballantine Books - September 21st, 2021

Recommended by Alison Meyers, our Executive Director


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Story of a Poem: A Memoir By Matthew Zapruder Cover Image
$23.80
ISBN: 9781951213688
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Published: Unnamed Press - April 4th, 2023

Recommended by Alison Meyers, our Executive Director


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Make Way for Ducklings By Robert McCloskey Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780670451494
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers -

Every time I help a friend with bedtime duties, I turn to this favorite classic. The story endures, and is as loved today as it was when I was a child.

– Amanda Chestnut, Marketing Manager


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After The Eclipse By Sarah Perry Cover Image
$12.74
ISBN: 9781328511911
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Published: Mariner Books - September 4th, 2018

Sarah's book is a moving memoir, a love letter to her mother and a heartbreaking remembrance of her life. The "coming of age"-meets-"true crime" is somehow both hopeful and a gut punch.

– Amanda Chestnut, Marketing Manager


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Elisabeth Tonnard: In This Dark Wood By Elisabeth Tonnard (Photographer) Cover Image
By Elisabeth Tonnard (Photographer)
$29.75
ISBN: 9780989531108
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Published: J & L Books - October 31st, 2013

Recommended by Amanda Chestnut, our Marketing Manager


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When They Tell You To Be Good: A Memoir By Prince Shakur Cover Image
$23.76
ISBN: 9781953534422
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Published: Tin House Books - October 4th, 2022

I was an artist in residence at The Studios of Key West with Prince while he was working on this book. It was amazing to watch his story of being Black, queer, and political come together!

– Amanda Chestnut, Marketing Manager


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On Repentance and Repair: Making Amends in an Unapologetic World By Danya Ruttenberg Cover Image
$22.06
ISBN: 9780807010518
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Published: Beacon Press - September 13th, 2022

Rabbi Danya's work has shaped my understanding of forgiveness, grace, and repentance. Her writing has been informative in my personal life and as an activist.

– Amanda Chestnut, Marketing Manager


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Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir By Linda Ronstadt Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781451668735
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 2nd, 2014

A story of rock and roll success, Broadway stages, and maintaining a deep sense of self in a fast-moving, not always kind, world. Discovering that Ronstadt still holds the record for making the biggest-selling non-English language record in history, Canciones de Mi Padre, which she made to celebrate her Mexican American heritage, was stunning.

– Chris Fanning, Deputy Director


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I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyoncé By Michael Arceneaux Cover Image
$14.45
ISBN: 9781501178856
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Published: Atria Books - July 24th, 2018

Arcenaeux's reflection on his childhood gave me pause to stop and think about my own experience. I'm sure we are not alone in the late night prayers to Jesus to make us "like everyone else". How freeing it is to accept yourself and be accepted by others. It's also liberating to know that you will never change everyone's mind, and at least there will always be a Beyonce song to fall back on for support.

– Chris Fanning, Deputy Director


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Don't Call Us Dead: Poems By Danez Smith Cover Image
$13.60
ISBN: 9781555977856
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 5th, 2017

Smith’s poetry is both humbling and uplifting. His poetry speaks volumes to gay men about living in a world that is full of resistance, but believing in acceptance.

– Chris Fanning, Deputy Director


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Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales By Stephen King Cover Image
$16.14
ISBN: 9781501197963
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Published: Scribner - April 17th, 2018

Recommended by Chris Fanning, our Deputy Director


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We Are Not Like Them: A Novel By Christine Pride, Jo Piazza Cover Image
$14.45
ISBN: 9781982181048
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Published: Atria Books - August 2nd, 2022

Recommended by Chris Fanning, our Deputy Director


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Trust Exercise: A Novel By Susan Choi Cover Image
$13.59
ISBN: 9781250231260
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - May 5th, 2020

Recommended by Chris Fanning, our Deputy Director


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The Hundred Waters By Lauren Acampora Cover Image
$22.10
ISBN: 9780802159748
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Published: Grove Press - August 23rd, 2022

Recommended by Chris Fanning, our Deputy Director


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The Troop: A Novel By Nick Cutter Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781501144820
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Published: Gallery Books - August 16th, 2016

Recommended by Chris Fanning, our Deputy Director


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Thistlefoot: A Novel By GennaRose Nethercott Cover Image
$23.80
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ISBN: 9780593468838
Published: Anchor - September 13th, 2022

Recommended by Chris Fanning, our Deputy Director


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The Deep: A Novel By Nick Cutter Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781501144837
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Published: Gallery Books - August 16th, 2016

Recommended by Chris Fanning, our Deputy Director


Recommended by Chris Fanning, our Deputy Director


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The Maidens: A Novel By Alex Michaelides Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781250304469
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Published: Celadon Books - May 24th, 2022

Recommended by Chris Fanning, our Deputy Director


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The Last House on Needless Street By Catriona Ward Cover Image
$16.14
ISBN: 9781250812643
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Published: Tor Nightfire - September 20th, 2022

Recommended by Chris Fanning, our Deputy Director


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The Graveyard Book By Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean (Illustrator), Margaret Atwood (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean (Illustrator), Margaret Atwood (Foreword by)
$9.34
ISBN: 9780060530945
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Published: HarperCollins - December 24th, 2018

Recommended by Chris Fanning, our Deputy Director


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The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary By Simon Winchester Cover Image
$16.14
ISBN: 9780060839789
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 5th, 2005

Recommended by Chris Fanning, our Deputy Director


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Little Heaven: A Novel By Nick Cutter Cover Image
$16.14
ISBN: 9781501104237
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Published: Gallery Books - July 11th, 2017

Recommended by Chris Fanning, our Deputy Director


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When the Night Bells Ring By Jo Kaplan Cover Image
$22.09
ISBN: 9780744306118
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Published: CamCat Books - October 11th, 2022

Recommended by Chris Fanning, our Deputy Director


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Boys, Beasts & Men By Sam J. Miller, Amal El-Mohtar (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Sam J. Miller, Amal El-Mohtar (Introduction by)
$15.26
ISBN: 9781616963729
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Published: Tachyon Publications - June 14th, 2022

Recommended by Chris Fanning, our Deputy Director


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White Cat, Black Dog: Stories By Kelly Link, Shaun Tan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kelly Link, Shaun Tan (Illustrator)
$22.95
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ISBN: 9780593449950
Published: Random House - March 28th, 2023

Recommended by Chris Fanning, our Deputy Director


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Highly Irregular: Why Tough, Through, and Dough Don't Rhyme--And Other Oddities of the English Language By Arika Okrent, Sean O'Neill (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Arika Okrent, Sean O'Neill (Illustrator)
$18.69
ISBN: 9780197539408
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - July 1st, 2021

Recommended by Chris Fanning, our Deputy Director


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American Gods: A Novel By Neil Gaiman Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063081918
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 16th, 2021

A rollercoaster ride through mythology, religion, and spirituality. Gaiman uses his entire writer's tool box to create this vast, sprawling landscape for readers.

– Chris Fanning, Deputy Director


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Her Body and Other Parties: Stories By Carmen Maria Machado Cover Image
$14.45
ISBN: 9781555977887
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 3rd, 2017

I love spending time in Machado's eerie worlds, where the fears of our age play out in folklorish style. Plus, you can't go wrong with stories that are queer in every sense of the word.

– Clara O'Connor, Bookstore Coordinator


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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City By Matthew Desmond Cover Image
$16.14
ISBN: 9780553447453
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Published: Crown - February 28th, 2017

Absorbing and highly textured, this ethnography follows 8 families in their search for and struggle to maintain housing. Desmond exposes the exploitative nature of renting and the gross ways that poverty is be profitable in America.

– Clara O'Connor, Bookstore Coordinator


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Something That May Shock and Discredit You By Daniel M. Lavery Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781982105228
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Published: Washington Square Press - October 13th, 2020

Recommended by Clara O'Connor, our Bookstore Coordinator


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Gender Queer: A Memoir By Maia Kobabe Cover Image
$21.24
ISBN: 9781549304002
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Published: Oni Press - May 28th, 2019

Recommended by Clara O'Connor, our Bookstore Coordinator


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This Time Tomorrow: A Novel By Emma Straub Cover Image
$23.80
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ISBN: 9780525539001
Published: Riverhead Books - May 17th, 2022

Recommended by Clara O'Connor, our Bookstore Coordinator


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In the Dream House: A Memoir By Carmen Maria Machado Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9781644450383
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Published: Graywolf Press - December 1st, 2020

Recommended by Clara O'Connor, our Bookstore Coordinator


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Wilder Girls By Rory Power Cover Image
$11.04
ISBN: 9780525645610
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Published: Ember - June 2nd, 2020

Haunting. (G)ripping. Tender. Propulsive. Queer romance, Body horror, dark academia. Touching & strong platonic love. A nightmare/dream come to life, it is so magical & read & bizarre.

– Clara O'Connor, Bookstore Coordinator


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The Perfect Sushi By Emily Satoko Seo, Mique Moriuchi (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Emily Satoko Seo, Mique Moriuchi (Illustrator)
$8.49
ISBN: 9781646868384
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Published: Barefoot Books - April 4th, 2023

This heart-touching picture book is the story I needed as a perfectionist kid (and even now, as an adult, unlearning my perfectionism!) to teach me that the heart I put into my projects and endeavors so often matters more than technical precision. Seo's story, punctuated with Moriuchi's charming and textured illustrations, shines through with tender warmth and compassion.

– Clara O'Connor, Bookstore Coordinator


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With the Fire on High By Elizabeth Acevedo Cover Image
$13.59
ISBN: 9780062662842
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Published: Quill Tree Books - March 30th, 2021

Will leave you feeling as warm and satisfied, as if you just had a huge steaming bowl of your favorite home-cooked meal.

– Clara O'Connor, Bookstore Coordinator


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Fairest: A Memoir By Meredith Talusan Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780525561323
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Published: Penguin Books - June 8th, 2021

Recommended by Clara O'Connor, our Bookstore Coordinator


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Know My Name: A Memoir By Chanel Miller Cover Image
$16.15
ISBN: 9780735223721
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Published: Penguin Books - August 18th, 2020

Recommended by Clara O'Connor, our Bookstore Coordinator


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Ponyboy: A Novel By Eliot Duncan Cover Image
$14.41
ISBN: 9781324051220
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 13th, 2023

Recommended by Clara O'Connor, our Bookstore Coordinator


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Girl, Woman, Other: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner) By Bernardine Evaristo Cover Image
$14.45
ISBN: 9780802156983
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - November 5th, 2019

Recommended by Chris Fanning, our Deputy Director; and Clara O'Connor, our Bookstore Coordinator


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The Dispossessed: A Novel (Hainish Cycle) By Ursula K. Le Guin Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9780060512750
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - June 10th, 2014

Recommended by Clara O'Connor, our Bookstore Coordinator


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Howl's Moving Castle (World of Howl #1) By Diana Wynne Jones Cover Image
$10.19
ISBN: 9780061478789
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Published: Greenwillow Books - April 22nd, 2008

Recommended by Clara O'Connor, our Bookstore Coordinator


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Mother Noise: A Memoir By Cindy House Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781982168773
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Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - May 23rd, 2023

A mother grapples with how to tell her young son about the years she spent gripped by addiction. Turns into a testament to the healing & lifesaving powers of writing. *SHE'S FUNNY, TOO – TRAINED w/ DAVID SEDARIS!

– Clara O'Connor, Bookstore Coordinator


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I'm Glad My Mom Died By Jennette McCurdy Cover Image
$23.79
ISBN: 9781982185824
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 9th, 2022

Recommended by Lily Brunner, our Bookstore & Visitor Services Associate


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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel By Taylor Jenkins Reid Cover Image
$14.45
ISBN: 9781501161933
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Published: Atria Books - May 29th, 2018

This book has everything! Bisexual representation, cliffhangers, drama, scandal, romance! It's fast-paced and fun but also heartbreaking at the same time. A great book about being unapologetically yourself – even though that means living through the consequences.

– Lily Brunner, Bookstore & Visitor Services Associate


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Legends & Lattes: A Novel of High Fantasy and Low Stakes By Travis Baldree Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781250886088
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Published: Tor Books - November 8th, 2022

This book was so much fun! A high fantasy slice of life story in a coffee shop. Throw in a sapphic romance and a mouse named Thimble who likes baking biscottis? So sweet and comforting!

– Lily Brunner, Bookstore & Visitor Services Associate


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Everything Is OK By Debbie Tung Cover Image
$14.44
ISBN: 9781524863272
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 27th, 2022

I found this book when I needed it most. I was going through a tough time mentally, and I had found this book in a shipment to our store. I read this delightful graphic novel in just an hour and I resonated with it so quickly that I knew I needed to buy it immediately.

– Lily Brunner, Bookstore & Visitor Services Associate


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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory By Caitlin Doughty Cover Image
$14.41
ISBN: 9780393351903
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 28th, 2015

This book opened my eyes to a completely different perspective of mortality and death. It discusses the funeral industry, different cultures handling the passing of loved ones, and explores the author’s own experiences of working in a funeral home/crematory. I could spend days just talking about how good and important this book is.

– Lily Brunner, Bookstore & Visitor Services Associate


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A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk & Robot #1) By Becky Chambers Cover Image
$17.84
ISBN: 9781250236210
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Published: Tordotcom - July 13th, 2021

An instant favorite. Such a sweet and lovely story of hope, optimism, and figuring out what it is that humans need most. This restored so much faith in humanity and gave me all the warm and fuzzy feelings in my heart :) (Plus it's 150 pages, so you can read it in an afternoon!)

– Lily Brunner, Bookstore & Visitor Services Associate


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A Prayer for the Crown-Shy: A Monk and Robot Book (Monk & Robot #2) By Becky Chambers Cover Image
$18.69
ISBN: 9781250236234
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Published: Tordotcom - July 12th, 2022

I finished this book immediately after finishing A Psalm for the Wild-Built and it is just as beautiful and inspiring as the first book was. I never thought an old robot could make me feel so many emotions.

– Lily Brunner, Bookstore & Visitor Services Associate


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If Tomorrow Doesn't Come By Jen St. Jude Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781547611362
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - May 9th, 2023

Recommended by Lily Brunner, our Bookstore & Visitor Services Associate


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We Are in a Book!-An Elephant and Piggie Book By Mo Willems Cover Image
$9.34
ISBN: 9781423133087
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Published: Hyperion Books for Children - September 14th, 2010

Recommended by Lily Brunner, our Bookstore & Visitor Services Associate


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The Skull: A Tyrolean Folktale By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536223361
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Published: Candlewick - July 11th, 2023

A 112 page picture book that you can get through in 10 minutes. There’s adventure, spooky vibes, dry humor, and a girl who carries a skull around. This is one of the most bizarre books I've read in a while, and I mean that in all the best ways.

– Lily Brunner, Bookstore & Visitor Services Associate


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The In-Between: Unforgettable Encounters During Life's Final Moments By Hadley Vlahos, R.N. Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780593499931
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 13th, 2023

Recommended by Lily Brunner, our Bookstore & Visitor Services Associate


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Under the Whispering Door By TJ Klune Cover Image
$16.14
ISBN: 9781250217394
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Published: Tor Books - January 31st, 2023

Recommended by Lily Brunner, our Bookstore & Visitor Services Associate


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Lord of the Butterflies By Andrea Gibson Cover Image
$13.60
ISBN: 9781943735426
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Published: Button Poetry - November 27th, 2018

I typically find it very difficult to connect to poetry, but this collection was so beautiful. Andrea writes about some of the most difficult topics using the most lyrical language, making their words come alive on the pages. If you want poetry that will tear you to shreds and put you back together – this is it.

– Lily Brunner, Bookstore & Visitor Services Associate


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The Princess and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich (A Graphic Novel) By Deya Muniz Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9780316538725
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Published: Little, Brown Ink - May 9th, 2023

This graphic novel was hilarious. One of the most funny, ridiculous, and delightful books I've read. Filled with crossdressing, sapphic love, and a dog named Gouda, this is a perfect lighthearted and fun graphic novel. :)

– Lily Brunner, Bookstore & Visitor Services Associate


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The Other Family Doctor: A Veterinarian Explores What Animals Can Teach Us About Love, Life, and Mortality By Karen Fine Cover Image
$23.80
ISBN: 9780593466896
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Published: Anchor - March 14th, 2023

Fine introduced me to the term "anticipatory grief" and that knowledge has helped me have new perspective on my relationships with animals and loved ones.

– Chris Fanning, Deputy Director

I read this book right after my so beloved cat died, and it was everything I needed. A beautifully informative book on pets, our bonds with them, their mortality, and how to honor them. Not too light, not too heavy, and a great read for people who love their pets.

– Lily Brunner, Bookstore and Visitor Services Associate


Such a Fun Age: Reese's Book Club (A Novel) By Kiley Reid Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525541905
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - December 31st, 2019

I was moved by the myriad of decisions Emira has to juggle as she grows into her skin - something we all have had to, will do or are grappling with. Central to her story is choosing between what she thinks she loves and what is right for her at work and beyond.

– Rachael Kisenyi, Administrative & Development Associate


Becoming By Michelle Obama Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9781524763138
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Published: Crown - November 13th, 2018

This is a moving autobiography by Michelle Obama, humbly narrating her life's joys, transitions, challenges and moments for self-discovery. It is truly inspiring!

– Rachael Kisenyi, Administrative & Development Associate


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Girlhood By Melissa Febos Cover Image
$16.15
ISBN: 9781635579314
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - May 24th, 2022

I can't recommend Girlhood by Melissa Febos enough. she is really pushing the envelope in the conversation about the partriarchy and how it permeates so much of our subconscious, and conscious, ways of being in the world. Not to mention that she is an incredible writer and storyteller. This is an important book, for all genders.

– Sally Bittner Bonn, Director of Youth Education


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Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist By Judith Heumann, Kristen Joiner Cover Image
$14.44
ISBN: 9780807002803
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Published: Beacon Press - February 23rd, 2021

Reading this book made Judy Heumann my new hero. She changed the course of American policy as it relates to disability. Section 504? The ADA? Thank you, Judy!

– Sally Bittner Bonn, Director of Youth Education


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Knocked Down: A High-Risk Memoir (American Lives ) By Aileen Weintraub Cover Image
$19.51
ISBN: 9781496230201
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - March 1st, 2022

Aileen Weintraub is an incredible writer, very funny, very thoughtful. Her vulnerability on the page leads to poignant insights into marriage and relationships, pregnancy/motherhood, work/life balance, priorities and much, much more!

– Sally Bittner Bonn, Director of Youth Education


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Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants By Robin Wall Kimmerer Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781571313560
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Published: Milkweed Editions - August 11th, 2015

This book changed me. I learned so much—yes "facts" but more so a wisdom of gratitude. So beautiful and important.

– Sally Bittner Bonn, Director of Youth Education


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Priestdaddy: A Memoir By Patricia Lockwood Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780399573262
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 1st, 2018

This book is extraordinary. Laugh out loud funny, and also very poignant. Remarkable and poetic turns of phrase, but also a narrative that flies right off the page. Truly a stunning memoir.

– Sally Bittner Bonn, Director of Youth Education


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Golem Girl: A Memoir By Riva Lehrer Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984820327
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Published: One World - October 26th, 2021

Disability. Art. Family. Education. Love. Somehow Riva Lehrer captures 60 years of her incredible life in both a deep and comprehensive memoir. Stunning. Plus it includes many color reproductions of her groundbreaking portraits!

– Sally Bittner Bonn, Director of Youth Education


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I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death By Maggie O'Farrell Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780525436058
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Published: Vintage - March 26th, 2019

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How to Be an Antiracist By Ibram X. Kendi Cover Image
$16.14
ISBN: 9780525509301
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Published: One World - January 31st, 2023

This is one of the most important books I have read. Part memoir, part history, part philosophical instruction, Kendi illustrates the concept that there is no such thing as "not being racist." Policies and actions are either anti-racist, or they are racist. This book is a page-turning call to action.

– Sally Bittner Bonn, Director of Youth Education


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Men We Reaped: A Memoir By Jesmyn Ward Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781608197651
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 16th, 2014

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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption By Bryan Stevenson Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780812984965
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Published: One World - August 18th, 2015

This is an incredible memoir of Bryan Stevenson’s tireless work in support of the wrongly accused on death row, of fighting for children who have been convicted in an adult prison system, of fighting for justice. I learned a lot and was deeply moved; he is my new hero. I am glad I read this book before election day last November because it made me better understand how important my votes for judgeships and the DA are.

– Sally Bittner Bonn, Director of Youth Education


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Pain Woman Takes Your Keys, and Other Essays from a Nervous System (American Lives ) By Sonya Huber Cover Image
$15.26
ISBN: 9780803299917
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - March 1st, 2017

The writing in this book is stunning, and I learned so much. A memoir in essays about living with rheumatoid arthritis, its form is inventive, the language is often poetic. It brilliantly addresses a range of disability and gender bias issues. Beautifully honest.

– Sally Bittner Bonn, Director of Youth Education


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Fuel By Naomi Shihab Nye Cover Image
$14.45
ISBN: 9781880238639
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Published: BOA Editions - June 1st, 1998

This is a book I return to again and again. It is rich with imagery, and filled with deep meaning that is easily accessible. It is a book I also often turn to for teaching, as there are poems that are great for a range of ages. One of my favorites is "One Boy Told Me," a collection of remarkable quotes from Naomi Shihab Nye's son from when he was little, all strung together to make a poem. This feels poignant right now, when so many parents are spending 24/7 with their kids. Listen carefully, there might be some poetry flying through the rooms of your home without your even knowing it.

– Sally Bittner Bonn, Director of Youth Education


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Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive By Stephanie Land, Barbara Ehrenreich (Foreword by) Cover Image
$16.14
ISBN: 9780316505093
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Published: Legacy Lit - January 21st, 2020

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Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef By Gabrielle Hamilton Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780812980882
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - January 24th, 2012

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Raising a Rare Girl By Heather Lanier Cover Image
$14.45
ISBN: 9780525559658
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Published: Penguin Books - July 6th, 2021

A grounded and beautiful new memoir written by a mom raising a child with disabilities. The book is strikingly honest and sheds important light on—and fights against—ableism embedded in the fabric of our culture. I couldn't put it down.

– Sally Bittner Bonn, Director of Youth Education


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Lights to Guide Me Home: A Journey Off the Beaten Track in Life, Love, Adventure, and Parenting By Meghan J. Ward, Caroline Van Hemert (Foreword by) Cover Image
$21.25
ISBN: 9781771603591
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Published: Rocky Mountain Books Incorporated - September 27th, 2022

I LOVED reading this memoir--experiencing far-flung travel and wilderness exploration with Ward and her husband, and how they navigate their love for the outdoors once they have children.

– Sally Bittner Bonn, Director of Youth Education


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Easy Beauty: A Memoir By Chloé Cooper Jones Cover Image
$23.80
ISBN: 9781982151997
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - April 5th, 2022

This book is a journey that honors the complexity of disability with brilliantly crafted storytelling. I stopped and read portions of this out loud to my family while I was reading it because it was too good not to share. Read the prologue, you won't be able to put it down.

– Sally Bittner Bonn, Director of Youth Education


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Made in China: A Memoir of Love and Labor By Anna Qu Cover Image
By Anna Qu
$14.41
ISBN: 9781646221523
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Published: Catapult - August 2nd, 2022

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The Library Book By Susan Orlean Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781476740195
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 1st, 2019

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Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest By Suzanne Simard Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780525565994
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Published: Vintage - June 21st, 2022

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Not Something We Discuss Often By Sarah Cedeño Cover Image
$10.20
ISBN: 9781957248066
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Published: Small Harbor Publishing - October 27th, 2022

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Breadsong: How Baking Changed Our Lives By Kitty Tait, Al Tait Cover Image
$25.50
ISBN: 9781635578041
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - May 24th, 2022

I loved this book so much I only read it on the weekends to make it last longer. Part memoir, part cookbook, when 14YO Kitty Tait first watches her dad bake a loaf of bread it changes the course of their lives. The storytelling alternates between father and daughter and is full of love and delicious baked goods!

– Sally Bittner Bonn, Director of Youth Education


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A Ghost in the Throat By Doireann Ní Ghríofa Cover Image
$14.41
ISBN: 9781771964111
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Published: Biblioasis - June 1st, 2021

"This is a female text" is the refrain throughout this poetic memoir that honors the work of motherhood while the author, a 21st century Irish poet, delves into the work of an 18th century Irish poet. Exquisite and important.

– Sally Bittner Bonn, Director of Youth Education


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Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body By Rebekah Taussig Cover Image
$14.44
ISBN: 9780062936806
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Published: HarperOne - July 6th, 2021

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Once I Was Cool: Personal Essays By Megan Stielstra Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780810143920
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Published: Northwestern University Press - August 15th, 2021

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Craft in the Real World: Rethinking Fiction Writing and Workshopping By Matthew Salesses Cover Image
$14.41
ISBN: 9781948226806
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Published: Catapult - January 19th, 2021

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The Wrong Way to Save Your Life: Essays By Megan Stielstra Cover Image
$13.59
ISBN: 9780062429209
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 1st, 2017

I love Magan Stielstra's writing so much because I always feel like I am sitting down with her at a coffee shop or a bar listening to her stories--fiercely feminist, down to earth, full of wisdom--stories of art-making, parenting, finding her way as a human on this planet. Exceptional essays!

– Sally Bittner Bonn, Director of Youth Education


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Ghostbread By Sonja Livingston Cover Image
$19.51
ISBN: 9780820336879
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Published: University of Georgia Press - September 1st, 2010

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What Can a Body Do?: How We Meet the Built World By Sara Hendren Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780735220003
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 18th, 2020

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Yo!: A Novel By Julia Alvarez Cover Image
$13.56
ISBN: 9781616209490
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 9th, 2019

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The City We Became: A Novel (The Great Cities #1) By N. K. Jemisin Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316509886
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Published: Orbit - July 27th, 2021

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Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents By Isabel Wilkerson Cover Image
$27.20
ISBN: 9780593230251
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Published: Random House - August 4th, 2020

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A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother By Rachel Cusk Cover Image
$16.15
ISBN: 9781250828255
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Published: Picador - May 4th, 2021

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You Could Make This Place Beautiful: A Memoir By Maggie Smith Cover Image
$23.80
ISBN: 9781982185855
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Published: Atria/One Signal Publishers - April 11th, 2023

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Nerve Chorus By Willa Carroll Cover Image
$14.45
ISBN: 9781944585242
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Published: Word Works - September 1st, 2018

Recommended by Sakshi Kumar, Adult Programs Coordinator


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Demolition Suite By Willa Carroll Cover Image
$10.20
ISBN: 9781735483979
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Published: Split Rock Press - September 13th, 2023

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Time Is a Mother By Ocean Vuong Cover Image
$14.45
ISBN: 9780593300251
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Published: Penguin Books - June 6th, 2023

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Teahouse of the Almighty By Patricia Smith Cover Image
$15.26
ISBN: 9781566891936
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Published: Coffee House Press - September 1st, 2006

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Bluets By Maggie Nelson Cover Image
$13.60
ISBN: 9781933517407
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Published: Wave Books - October 1st, 2009

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Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound By Daphne A. Brooks Cover Image
$21.21
ISBN: 9780674292208
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Published: Belknap Press - February 1st, 2023

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let the dead in By Saida Agostini Cover Image
$13.59
ISBN: 9781942892281
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Published: Alan Squire Publishing - March 26th, 2022

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Jazz (Vintage International) By Toni Morrison Cover Image
$14.45
ISBN: 9781400076215
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

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Felon: Poems By Reginald Dwayne Betts Cover Image
$13.56
ISBN: 9780393542035
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 30th, 2021

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The Hollow Places: A Novel By T. Kingfisher Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781534451124
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Published: Gallery Books - October 6th, 2020

I needed something a bit thrilling and supernatural, and I found it here. I've read Kingfisher's other books and if this one grabs you, I'd suggest The Twisted Ones next.

-Chris Fanning, Deputy Director


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The Twisted Ones By T. Kingfisher Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781534429567
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Published: Gallery Books - October 1st, 2019

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A House With Good Bones By T. Kingfisher Cover Image
$22.94
ISBN: 9781250829795
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Published: Tor Nightfire - March 28th, 2023

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Annihilation: A Novel (The Southern Reach Series #1) By Jeff VanderMeer Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780374104092
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Published: FSG Originals - February 4th, 2014

I picked up Annihilation on a whim and ended up loving this entire series. Dark, scientific, and made my mind stretch in places, this story will stay with me a long time.

-Chris Fanning, Deputy Director


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Authority: A Novel (The Southern Reach Series #2) By Jeff VanderMeer Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780374104108
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Published: FSG Originals - May 6th, 2014

I picked up Annihilation on a whim and ended up loving this entire series. Dark, scientific, and made my mind stretch in places, this story will stay with me a long time.

-Chris Fanning, Deputy Director


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Acceptance: A Novel (The Southern Reach Series #3) By Jeff VanderMeer Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780374104115
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Published: FSG Originals - September 2nd, 2014

I picked up Annihilation on a whim and ended up loving this entire series. Dark, scientific, and made my mind stretch in places, this story will stay with me a long time.

-Chris Fanning, Deputy Director


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Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century By Kim Fu Cover Image
By Kim Fu
$15.26
ISBN: 9781951142995
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Published: Tin House Books - February 1st, 2022

Twelve short stories that range from whimsical to strange; all thought provoking and delicious to read. This book was a delight.

-Chris Fanning, Deputy Director


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Natural History: Stories By Andrea Barrett Cover Image
$14.41
ISBN: 9781324066118
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 5th, 2023

I loved Barrett's Servants of the Map and this book invokes the same feelings of being invited to travel across time and space with characters as they grow, learn, love, and survive.

-Chris Fanning, Deputy Director


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Tinkers: 10th Anniversary Edition By Paul Harding, Marilynne Robinson (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Paul Harding, Marilynne Robinson (Foreword by)
$15.29
ISBN: 9781942658603
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Published: Bellevue Literary Press - January 1st, 2019

One of my favorite books I read in 2023. Beautifully written, Harding weaves memory, joy, suffering, and emotion into every chapter.

-Chris Fanning, Deputy Director