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Mildred is a litte odd, she's socially awkward and has just started a job at the top secret Hanford nuclear test site. But like the mythical Cassandra, she has the gift of prophecy, and she is doomed to be right, but never believed. Quirky and hopeful, unpleasant and dark, this book will tear you in a million different directions. You'll see the horror or war. The horror of being different. The horror of men. The horror of women. All told through the perspective of a character that youre not sure you can even believe. This is an intrigiong, disorienting and intense read that will keep you on the edge until the very end.

Picked by Courtney

She's at it again. Hide your children.

Picked by Wesley

Zweig here captures two striking truths. First, the transition from child to adult comes not by steady gradualism but in catalytic episodes in which the membrane between the two worlds thins by means of betrayal, violence (emotional and otherwise), and critical acts of independence. Second, a shocking number of life's Big Moments would entirely resemble cheap melodrama if not for the transmuting--almost alchemical--effect these moments initiate deep in the souls of innocent parties who are snared in the drama's orbit. A compulsive read!

Picked by Adam

In this gently fantastic and hallucinatory first novel by celebrated graphic designer Peter Mendelsund (What We See When We Read), Percy Frobisher travels to a kind of uncanny TED-conference institute in the desert to work on a project that grows more unfocused as the days pass, while becoming more and more fascinated with a local shop that can apparently reproduce anything at all.

Picked by Stephen

Ann Leckie is so intelligent and so wise about the way she crafts her stories. What we have here is a slow burn fantasy novel told from the perspective of an ancient god that resides in a huge rock, a plot summary which does not sound even remotely exciting. But friends, I'm here to tell you that it is. You will see life evolve, languages emerge and change, cultures form and get subsumed, and religious worship come into being. There is war, there is blood sacrifice, there are fully developed queer / trans characters. There is the deep, echoing feeling that life existed before you were born and will continue after you die.

Picked by Anje

The Collected Schizophrenias is a book that will change the way we view people's struggles with mental illness. From diagnosis to her ongoing treatment today, Esme Weijun Wang bravely provides us with an honest portrayal of her life with scizoaffective disorder. Written with a beautiful sensitivity, this book shatters the stigmas we have of schizophrenics and those battling mental illnesses. 

Picked by Kalani

A tragic accident orphans the Moreau children, catapulting them into boarding school and points yet to be known. Older siblings Liz and Marty move on, while Jules seems paralyzed by the loss of his parents and their idyllic life in Munich. With Jules' narration, Wells elegantly weaves the intricate patterns of reaching for security. Flowing language recounts the reunion of this scattered family and the unexpected interruption to their re-found lives. Through Jules, Wells will push readers into also wondering, "What if there's no such thing as time? If everything we experience is eternal, and it's not time that passes us by, but we ourselves that pass by the things we experience?"

Picked by Jane

Despite the subject manner, Doughty approaches her work as a mortician with a "death-positive" attitude, which extends itself to here exploration of cultures working outside the western tradition of burials and mourning. As tender as they are technical, her essays range from the beauty of a funeral pyre in a Colorado community to the high-tech world of Japanese cremation facilities, and all are told in an open and optimistic manner you wouldn't expect from someone dedicated to the art of death.

Picked by Sarah C.

Emotionally dense, but lyrically feather light, Vuong uses classical mythological references, multiple ethnic identities and the tense details of modern life to present a collection that is rich with emotion. He submerges you with his family's experience with the Vietnam War and it's connection to his queer identity in a way that feels incredibly personal and deeply relatable. The intesity of these poems consistently made me feel as if I had the wind knocked out of me, and  left me with an ache in my chest long after I finished.

Picked by Courtney