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We The Animals: A Novel By Justin Torres Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780547844190
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Mariner Books - September 11th, 2012

I never saw the film this book was made into, and I didn't need to. The images in this book are seared into my brain and heart as though I was in the room when the action was taking place.  The family violence, the wild otherness of the brothers, the blooming sexuality and sex itself, so much packed into this small book.  I felt it all and wanted more.


Review by Charlotte

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The Book of Love: A Novel By Kelly Link Cover Image
$31.00
ISBN: 9780812996586
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Random House - February 13th, 2024

I would have read and loved this book if it were just a messy story about teenagers in a band who kiss the wrong people. It is that and much, much more. Known for her shorter fiction, Kelly Link makes full use of the novel form to build an enchanting world grounded in the mundane but with magical twists: people turn into animals, supernatural beings vie for power, and four dead students come back to life and must complete a series of magical tasks to earn the power to stay. If you love weird slow burn puzzles that keep you guessing, read this book. If you want your heart to be touched, read this book.
 


Review by Jess

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The Premonition: A Novel By Banana Yoshimoto, Asa Yoneda (Translated by) Cover Image
By Banana Yoshimoto, Asa Yoneda (Translated by)
$24.00
ISBN: 9781640093713
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Counterpoint - October 10th, 2023

The Premonition is an exquisitely sparse meditation on how childhood traumas can chart the course of a life. Unable to escape the "premonition" that there is more to her story than she can remember, Yayoi moves in with her eccentric aunt and begins to uncover her past. The tone is somehow both melancholy and comforting, making this a lovely read over a cup of tea on a stormy afternoon. 


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Small Worlds By Caleb Azumah Nelson Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802161963
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Grove Press - July 18th, 2023

A tender tribute to love, grief, Blackness, family, dancing, cooking, hip hop, jazz, and home! Nelson builds crescendos of self contemplation amidst moments of forced reckonings that embody the uncertainty and wonder of growing up, falling in love, starting anew, being lost, losing people, knowing home, and upending one's soul. It's not until the last few pages that my heart fully wraps around the words I've been given and from there I sit in awe of the small world into which I was invited. 
 
 


Review by Sofia

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The Adult: A Novel By Bronwyn Fischer Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781643752723
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Algonquin Books - May 23rd, 2023

This is the closest a writer can get to sharing every thought a character has -- the interior voice of our main character, Natalie, is so unique just in its presence but also its frankness and believability. We see her go back home on break from school where her parents run a lodge, where they were busy caring for others and trusted her to care for herself. She then starts up a relationship with an older woman, trying to be the adult she was taught to be but doesn't actually believe she is.


Review by Emily

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Flowerheart By Catherine Bakewell Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063214590
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: HarperTeen - March 14th, 2023

Trust when I say this is the cottagecore fantasy you have been waiting for! Clara's story is rife with romance and magic, but the heart of it all is a young woman just trying to save her father and regain control of her life.



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Pizza Girl: A Novel By Jean Kyoung Frazier Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984899002
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Anchor - May 4th, 2021

Pizza Girl, a pregnant pizza-delivering eighteen year old, is nonchalantly trying to blow up her life despite the support from her golden retriever boyfriend and her Korean mother living the American Dream (through her). With the ghost of her alcoholic father haunting her off her own cliff, she grabs on to the last branch of safety: a crush on a middle-aged housewife. Ugly & uncomfortable, unwinding & gripping, set against the backdrop of the lazy, hazy suburbs of Los Angeles. Takeaways: tender but sharp writing for a debut and, screw pineapples on pizza, let's talk about pickles on pizza.

 


Review by Emily

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All This Could Be Different: A Novel By Sarah Thankam Mathews Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593489147
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Penguin Books - August 1st, 2023

One of the best novels I read this year. A beautiful story about trauma, family expectations, love and found family. Story unfolds in a way where every character feels real. Makes you want to call your friends, grab a drink and catch up. Loved Loved Loved!!!


Review by Rosa

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Crumbs By Danie Stirling Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780358467816
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Clarion Books - July 19th, 2022

Even with a character who can see the future, love is unpredictable. In this coming of age story, Ray and Laurie are forced to face their flaws, their desires, and each other.



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Honey and Spice: A Reese's Book Club Pick By Bolu Babalola Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063141513
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - July 4th, 2023

Let me be honest: I am not a romance reader. I find it difficult to read when my eyes are rolling across the floor at some of the dialogue or character descriptions. I am, however, a MASSIVE fan of rom coms (embrace your contradictions!), and this book delivers. Two characters with chemistry and emotional barricades that need to be torn down during a fake relationship on an English university campus, genuine and beautiful female friendships, and enough song references to build a reading soundtrack? Honey and Spice deserves a handful of popcorn with every turn of the page. 


Review by Sarah C.

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