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Our staff has loved these titles recently! Whether it's Zoe's fantasy, Skylar's poetry, Tabitha's literary fiction, Emmie's memoirs, Andy's graphic novels, Charlotte's classics, or Christian's nonfiction, we can recommend something for everyone.
When PR worker Gerald gets trapped within Slack (yes, the workplace communication app), he has a hard time convincing his coworkers that his pleas for help aren't part of an elaborate joke. After all, they have way more on their plates, like that luxury dog food brand that's been poisoning Pomeranians and THAT CEASELESS HOWLING. Several People Are Typing is Kafka for the late capitalist wasteland.
An eclectic, brave mix of short stories from one of the freshest new voices in American fiction, Rainbow Rainbow examines the queer experience with singular humor and tenderness. I loved reading about messy, flawed, realistic characters across the spectrum of queer and trans identities.
A love letter to the quiet refuge of the forest and to the yearning that compels us to venture out from our sanctuaries -- Tobias is the reclusive protector of the Greenhollow woods who uses his magic to ward the forest from the harm of humans. But now a malevolent spirit is returning and Tobias must enlist the aid of a new friend who has taken a keen interest in him and his home. A quick read that will compel you to finish in one sitting.
Stacy Willingham's debut novel is an edge-of-your-seat thriller that plunges you headfirst into the turbulent life of Chloe Davis. A Flicker in the Dark is as emotional as it is suspenseful, with a thorough and genuine portrayal of Chloe's experiences with trauma, fear, betrayal, and being disbelieved by the people she hoped would protect her.
My ex bought two copies of this book just before we broke up (one for me, one for him), knowing that Ernaux's raw, unfettered inner dialogue might be the only antidote to the blues of losing someone you love. Ernaux allows the reader to indulge feelings of crazy obsession alongside her protagonist. It's book therapy, and an expression of radical contemporary feminism.
There is a reason why Lydia Davis has been called, "the best prose stylist in America." Her work, whether it's one paragraph or twelve pages long, explores (seemingly) un-funny topics; such as unrequited love, insecurity, and digestion, in wickedly funny ways. Reading her work makes you rethink all the writing rules you learned in school. This is a great book if you're a stop-and-start reader, on a trip, or just short on time.
You've heard of regular London -- now get ready for magic London, post-apocalyptic London, and scary, dead London. If you love maps, Victorian fantasy, or female pickpockets with wits as sharp as their knives, you'll love this first book in Schwab's series!
This unabashedly thirsty story plunges headfirst into fantasy; not only sexual fantasy, but the fantasy of the frontier and the ability to escape one's own embarrassing foibles there. I simply couldn't put it down and I'll be thinking of sleaze-obsessed Mira and her disastrous summer in Alaska for a long while.
A beautiful exploration of love, loss, and a chosen family that bursts off the page. This book follows a unique, tender friendship from childhood into adulthood as they create video games. It filled up my heart and broke it a thousand times.
Zamora tells the heart-wrenching true story of his migration from El Salvador to the U.S. as a solo nine year old child. He uses the hope of reuniting with his parents to motivate him through the treacherous journey. Be prepared to cry.
A thriller full of suspense, secrets, and perfectly-paced twists. Balancing multiple narrators, difficult as it is, is executed masterfully. Perfect for fans of locked-room (or in this case, remote island) mysteries.
Still No Word from You chronicles the author's most intimate moments through writing he's loved. His sources, ranging from his grandparent's letters to Chekhov's plays, were his companions through his life -- and this book reminds the reader of what a good friend a novel can be. What we read follows us for our whole life.
Incredibly funny, sharp writing gives a nuanced portrait of what might seem like an endlessly complicated activist struggle. Ryan Lee Wong tells a story that, in addition to serving as a strong reminder of the significant histories that shape us, addresses the question of how we can not only function, but thrive in a society that seems increasingly bleak. Which Side Are You On has a lot to say about what matters, in what situations, and that there may never be a single right answer to either of those things, but there might be a right answer for you.
Truly perfect novel, with not a word wasted.The only problem is it ends too quickly. Enjoy this tale of 1980s Ireland and the hope and empathy it inspires as you follow a coal merchant around in what he thought was an ordinary week.
This past month I really needed a few laughs—and I found them in this highly silly and raunchy retelling of Egyptian creation myths! Even though this is a reread for me, the visual gags got me just as hard as they did the first time. There's boat races! Zombie and bird lady sex! Evil "salad dressing!" What more could you want to get through a reading slump?
Breathtaking, powerful, and fiercely honest, this collection of poems is perfection. Adrienne Rich writes about lesbian desire, female power, and the landscape of a relationship. My favorite poem is "Splittings" or "The Floating Poem, Unnumbered."
This is a fast-paced, exciting read from the very beginning, with a compelling premise and unpredictable twists. I was quickly invested in the characters and their story.
Van der Kolk approaches his research with total empathy. Each patient is treated as an individual person and thus they each receive different combinations of care. The care with which he approaches his work is evident in his writing. The result is a well written account of modes of healing that takes out the clinicalness of medicine and restores its humanity.
"What would it take for sex really to be free? We do not yet know; let us try and see." And so begins Srinivasan's luminous and unwavering collection of feminist essays. In each chapter, Srinivasan blends relentless argumentation, expansive research, and personal anecdote to produce an incredibly lucid read on the state of feminism today. I found her chapter on incels especially memorable (Especially after watching cinematic flop of 2022, Don't Worry Darling).
Freedom Fighters, socialists, terrorists, gangsters - justified or not, these are just a few of the labels used to describe the IRA. However, Patrick Radden Keefe's complete account of The Troubles leaves those judgements for the reader. Instead he focuses on the stories and people that were most affected by England's violent occupation of Ireland. This engrossing book is bound to enlighten and change any preconceived notions you have of the IRA.
Story of Your Life, the basis for the film Arrival, combines the hope and grief of motherhood cut short with the intrigue of discovering an extraterrestrial species. As a linguist I loved Louise's journey through the nuances of language, and as a daughter my heart ached for her as a parent. Hands down one of my favorite short stories.
The long-awaited sequel is here! Hell Bent is a dark, twisted story of magic in the Ivy League, but more importantly, it tells the tale of a girl carving out her own place in a less-than-welcoming environment. Bardugo's quick dialogue and hellish wit (haha, get it?) will keep you on your toes the whole time.
Laing has an unparalleled ability to write about art in a way that is accessible. From essays about the life and work of the late artist and AIDS activist David Wojnarowicz, to an exploration of the connection between The Grenfell Tower Fire and J.M.W. Turner's painting of the burning of the House of Commons. For anyone interested in the influence of politics on culture today and its connection to the culture of the past.
The first word that comes to mind when I think about Wash Day Diaries is 'intimate': reading the stories of these four gal pals feels like being invited to hang out with your best friends with all their triumphs and struggles. If you're feeling a little lonely or lost, why not reach for this book? I guarantee it will inspire you to reach out to your loved ones.
Tiana Clark's monumental talent shines in her first collection of poems. She finds beauty and resilience in her personal history of pain. Moving lyrics, stunning imagery, and impeccable technique run through this book.
Nausea erupted my perspective on the world around me. As Roquentin watched Bouville, I watched Covid-era New York City. I began to feel far away from the people who sat next to me on the morning B train or walked by me on Bedford Park Boulevard; "they looked like scenery." This novel is a beautiful reckoning with freedom and the randomness of existence. Read it for a week of weeping and catharsis.
2022 knocked me for a loop. I have faced obstacles of my own making, realized too late that many issues I am facing are of someone else's making yet greatly affect me, and I have created more issues for myself as I failed to distinguish between the two. (My cotinued apologies to those my mistakes harmed.) How We Heal is both gently and with some force helping me (please universe) ensure I do better in 2023.
Shepard is one of the great American dramatists of the last generation. His work extends beyond the parameters of theater and can be read by anyone with an interest in The American West, the collapse of the nuclear family, and the post-war culture shift. A real-life cowboy and true artist type, Shepard writes an authentic and beautiful experience of life on the plains. In reading plays like Angel City and Geography of A Horse Dreamer my feet were firmly planted on the ground but my head was in the clouds.