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Janis: Her Life and Music Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781476793115
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 13th, 2020

Perfect for any Janis fan or someone into the 60's music scene. A good slow burn toward fame from a Texas girl who just wanted to paint but then discovered Bessie Smith. And like the cover says, it's about her life and her music, not harping on her death which already takes up too much space when she was such a fantastic vocalist and songwriter that inspired many.

 


Review by Emily

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Sometimes I Trip On How Happy We Could Be Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781538702741
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - August 17th, 2021

Yes!!! So real and honest on topics like sex, relationships, being black, how a slightly picky list of must-haves in a partner has changed over the years, did I mention sex? Normalizing conversations about pleasure, normalizing not being partnered at a certain age, all from the female perspective, really brought things to the forefront and I enjoyed how fun she could be while still taking it seriously. I know she wouldn't make me dinner but I'd love to be there when she had leftovers.

 


Review by Emily

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Matrix: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781594634499
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 7th, 2021

I didn't expect to care, but by the end I was crying. Not simply a character study of Marie de France, nor your average Medieval Nunnery slice of life; this epic story is also a meditation on power. Groff deftly asks readers is it better to be great than good? Do characteristics that society deem monstrous create the fortitude necessary to affect change? I don't know yet, but sapphic nuns are softly singing me to sleep, so I'll tell you in the morning. 

 


Review by Kitri

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A Ghost in the Throat Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781771964111
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Published: Biblioasis - June 1st, 2021

One of the best books I've read about what it means to be a mother and an artist. I still think about this book and the emotional ride it took me on. I found so man answers in these pages. Simply put, I ADORE this book. 


Review by Rosa

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With Teeth: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593191507
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 1st, 2021

If you liked Arnett's first novel, Mostly Dead Things, you'll love this one! She does flawed characters so well - I'm able to hate them and feel for them depending on the page. As someone with two moms, I found it fist-pumpingly refreshing to see a very real, albeit not the most successful, depiction of lesbian parenthood. Our main character, ripped away from the impulse to make queer characters 'good,' is messy and brutal; I couldn't put her down!


Review by Emily

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I Hope This Finds You Well: Poems Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9780063137998
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 9th, 2021

Like any powerful woman in her position would do, Baer takes the criticism she gets from being a writer, a mother, a woman on the internet and makes it into art. On the left page are real messages and comments, positive and negative, Baer has received while the right page has an erasure (or blackout) poem taken from the message, blacked out to reveal only a few words and phrases. They are sparse and minimal but, with the origin in mind, they are beautiful and bold. 

 


Review by Emily

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Real Estate: A Living Autobiography Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781635572216
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - August 24th, 2021

An innovative memoir that explores concepts of home, the passage of time, and the power of movement, imagination, and family.


Review by Joe

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A Certain Hunger Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781951213145
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Published: Unnamed Press - December 8th, 2020

Dorothy is a fortysomething food critic that gives a whole new meaning to the word maneater. The descriptions of food are indulgent and decadent. Her tastes are highbrow but the fictional memoir style confessional brings you back down, in on the not-so-secret secret. Read it for the power and the quiet insanity, the tricks she pulls off and the ones she doesn't. 

 


Review by Emily

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Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night Cover Image
By Morgan Parker, Danez Smith (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781951142568
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Published: Tin House Books - July 13th, 2021

Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night kept me up at night! in a good way! because I had to finish it in one sitting! This is a reissue of her first poetry collection printed from the Portland small press, Tin House. Parker's words dance amidst pain and reality television, Gwendolyn Brooks and Jay-Z. My favorite: "The World Is Beautiful but You Are Not in It" 

 


Review by Emily

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The Worst Kind of Want: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250758194
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Published: Picador - July 20th, 2021

I couldn't put this book down. The beautiful prose exhales its story of re-coming of age, lifecycles of desire and grief, and reckonings with power and lust directly into the reader's consciousness. Powerful and honest fiction that quietly but consistently wowed me.


Review by Joe

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