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The Art of Running: Learning to Run Like a Greek By Andrea Marcolongo, Will Schutt (Translator) Cover Image
By Andrea Marcolongo, Will Schutt (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9798889660330
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Europa Compass - April 2nd, 2024

A runner and a classical scholar, Marcolongo intertwines ancient history with personal memoir as she emotionally and physically prepares herself to run from Marathon to Athens. This book felt delightfully like if What I Talk about When I Talk about Running and Good for a Girl had a baby, and then that baby studied sport and wit directly from the great classic philosophers herself. Excellently written, and a must-read for runners who are also musers.


Review by Jess

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I Heard Her Call My Name: A Memoir of Transition By Lucy Sante Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593493762
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Published: Penguin Press - February 13th, 2024

Following her own transition at age 67, Sante looks back at her entire life to consider how we are molded by friendships, why we escape into art, and the ways we form and are formed by our identities as we move through the years. This is a memoir written by a master of the form; a quick, enjoyable read you will undoubtedly spend weeks thinking about.


Review by Connor

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Chipped: Writing from a Skateboarder's Lens By José Vadi Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781593767556
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Published: Soft Skull - April 16th, 2024

A memoir in essays about finding your people. José Vadi takes you into the culture of skateboarding and illustrates a rich history that is often overlooked. Even if you know nothing about skateboarding, you will find something for you in this book.  

 


Review by Rosa

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Other People's Words: Friendship, Loss, and the Conversations That Never End By Lissa Soep Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781954118355
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - April 16th, 2024

The moment after I read the last sentence, I sent a message to Lissa thanking her for writing this. In a beautiful combination of linguistics, letters, and love, Lissa shares her story of grief after the unrelated passing of two of her closest friends. As someone with an affinity for language, I deeply appreciate her use of linguistic philosophy and theory to impress the weight of words and meaning and how they emanate beyond their initial utterance. I have sinfully dog-eared many of my copy’s pages in an attempt to squirrel away sentences for when I need to read them most. I hope this book brings readers the same comfort it brought me.


Review by Bailey

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Loneliness & Company By Charlee Dyroff Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781639732081
Availability: Coming soon - available for pre-order now
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - May 7th, 2024

Builds and builds and crashes in a heart-stopping way.


Review by Emily

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Clear: A Novel By Carys Davies Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781668030660
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Published: Scribner - April 2nd, 2024

Presbyterian minister John has broken off from the Scottish church.  He needs money and takes a job from a wealthy landowner to clear the only inhabitant off a remote Scottish Island. Ivar is the last of his family and his community to try and eke out a living on the island.  Forced together, the two men without common background or language forge a friendship.  Spare, beautiful and big hearted, this is one of my favorite books so far this year.


Review by Charlotte

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The Cemetery of Untold Stories: A Novel By Julia Alvarez Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781643753843
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 2nd, 2024

My sole gripe with this book is that the cemetery is not real and I cannot go visit. Although I'd of course still need a good enough story to get past the gate. The characters are a more mature cast than in Alvarez's earlier novels, and there is a contemplative feel to the storytelling. An excellent addition to the canons of Caribbean literature and magical realism. 


Review by Natalie

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We Loved It All: A Memory of Life By Lydia Millet Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781324073659
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 2nd, 2024

Those familiar with Millet's fiction will be thrilled at the unfettered access to her piquant curiosities and newcomers will be instantly converted once they experience her infectious awe of the natural world.

Truly a book for every reader. 

One of our most formidable writers, this could well be the work to launch her into the stratosphere where she belongs. Household name stuff. 
 


Review by Wes

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The Fellowship of Puzzlemakers: A novel By Samuel Burr Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593470091
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Published: Doubleday - April 9th, 2024

Crosswords, jigsaws, garden mazes, sudoku; in a manor house full of puzzles, Clayton Stumper is the biggest mystery of them all. Abandoned on the doorstep of the Fellowship of Puzzlemakers as a baby, Clayton has spent his young life surrounded by love and logic in the companionship of the society. But the question still remains, who is he really? The puzzlemakers are now aging and Clayton needs to find his own way, and more of his own people, if he is to solve the most important puzzle of his life.


Review by Deborah

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Repression Queen: A Memoir About Gender Transformation Erotica By Harper O'Neill Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9798989744602
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Published: Harper O'Neill - February 1st, 2024

Repression Queen is a memoir, freckled with tg fantasy erotica short stories.
It’s not about gender transition, but what comes before it. It’s about men turning into women, and magic, and shame, and fear, and acceptance, and relationships, and privilege, and sex, and epiphanies, and addiction, and love. I’m grateful this book exists, for anyone who can relate to the feeling of not being at home in your skin.


Review by Bailey

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