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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
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
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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The Observable Universe: An Investigation By Heather McCalden Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593596470
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Published: Hogarth - March 19th, 2024

In a series of vignettes varying in length from a few pages to a few words, McCalden delves into the history of AIDS, the rise of the internet, and how those two cultural behemoths impacted her personally.  A beautiful, creative, and devastating book that will knock you sideways.

 

 


Review by Jade

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Family Meal: A Novel By Bryan Washington Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593421093
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 10th, 2023

Cam & TJ are childhood friends, almost brothers, estranged through time, distance and trauma.  When they find each other again in their hometown they circle each other warily, not trusting that the history they share is enough to bring them back together.   A beautiful and often graphic story of finding a way through the devastation of grief back to the arms of an imperfect and messy family.


Review by Charlotte

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Dead in Long Beach, California: A Novel By Venita Blackburn Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374602826
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Published: MCD - January 23rd, 2024

People grieve in different ways. Some cry and host a funeral. Coral texts as her dead brother from his phone and doesn't tell anyone. Grappling with loss and a strained tie to familial and romantic love, Dead in Long Beach, California will somehow take you through those stages of grief while still firmly plunged in denial. Cerebral and deeply original.

 


Review by Emily

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A Living Remedy: A Memoir By Nicole Chung Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780063031616
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Published: Ecco - April 4th, 2023

Nicole Chung's second memoir deals with how her blue color, middle class background failed both her parents during the pandemic and herself after their deaths. With her sharp wit she paints her anger, sorry, and grief over how the US healthcare system failed first her father, and then her mother, in this intense breakdown of health, grief, and rage. **read with tissues


Review by Alex

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Faith, Hope and Carnage By Nick Cave, Seán O'Hagan Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250872463
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Published: Picador - September 19th, 2023

I've had this on my TBR pile for close to a year, and then I saw an interview with Nick Cave regarding the death of his son, and how grief changes people on an atomic level. Reading the conversations between Nick and Sean challenges my thoughts on religion, the creative process, and the veil between us and another world. I fundamentally disagree with Cave on several different subjects, but I also found myself embracing his vision on humanity and all its complexities. 

 


Review by Sarah C.

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Stay True: A Memoir By Hua Hsu Cover Image
By Hua Hsu
$26.00
ISBN: 9780385547772
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Doubleday - September 27th, 2022

Hua Hsu spent 20 years writing this book as an homage to a friend, Ken, who was randomly murdered in a carjacking one night after a college party. The first half details their friends' lives in college at Berkeley in the 90s, and the sense of infinitute you feel when you're young. The second half is a completely arresting tribute to Ken and their friendship as Hsu struggles to process the grief of losing Ken, and the guilt of surviving without him. I can't put into words how good this is -- just read it for yourself and let Hsu tell you how much he loved Ken.



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Borne of Grief and Flow: A journey of grief and healing after the loss of my love. By Becky Gibler Cover Image
$44.99
ISBN: 9781667870526
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Published: BookBaby - January 23rd, 2023

Pairing breathtaking photography of the Seattle area with poignant prose, local author/photographer Becky Gibler takes readers on a deeply personal journey through grief after losing her partner of 19 years. It is deeply moving and I would highly suggest it to anyone who is mourning someone they love. Becky has accomplished something incredible here. While the book features an LGBTQ+ relationship (which is not often depicted in this genre) she proves that, truly, love is love. This book is for anyone who has loved or lost and I thank her for writing it.



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This Thing Between Us: A Novel By Gus Moreno Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780374539238
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Published: MCD x FSG Originals - October 12th, 2021

A man dealing with the sudden death of his wife then has to deal with the evil that follows him even when he tries running away. A little omniscient technology horror, a little haunted house horror, a little Mexican folklore horror. And Moreno's writing, Moreno's writing, Moreno's writing. Intimately written in the second person POV as if we were Thiago's wife. Funny, poetic, sharp and round. (Also a good soft eerie horror for the newbies.)


Review by Emily

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The Day I Die: The Untold Story of Assisted Dying in America By Anita Hannig Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781728259420
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Sourcebooks - November 7th, 2023

Dying is, to most, an uncomfortable topic. Even more taboo is assisted dying. Hannig approaches this topic in a sensitive and accessible way, shedding light on a conversation that we as a society should have.


Review by Zack

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