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Land of Milk and Honey: A Novel By C Pam Zhang Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593538241
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 26th, 2023

This book left me simultaneously sated and starved. The way Zhang describes food–you can smell it, feel it, taste it. In a near-future world where smog has devastated plants and animals alike, an unnamed chef goes to work in a reclusive community sheltered from the reality outside. There, she discovers what she is willing to do to survive. Land of Milk and Honey brings a whole new essence to “eat the rich.” 


Review by Lauren

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Lucy: A Novel By Jamaica Kincaid Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374527358
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 4th, 2002

Lucy doesn’t feel at home in Antigua or the states. Her relationship with her mother is painful but she can’t live without her. She’s running towards something but doesn’t know what. Jamaica writes with gentle, raw honesty about feeling like strangers in our homes. But Lucy is the answer; we build our own nests. I saw bits of myself through her, angry about the colonial histories of our native countries and how it plays into our wandering lost selves. Lucy might be unlikable to some, but that’s exactly why I love her so much. 
 


Review by Javi

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Mortal Leap By MacDonald Harris, Steven G. Kellman (Afterword by), Jonathan Coe (Introduction by) Cover Image
By MacDonald Harris, Steven G. Kellman (Afterword by), Jonathan Coe (Introduction by)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781915812100
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Published: Boiler House Press - March 29th, 2024

Out of print for over half a century, Mortal Leap is the very definition of a "lost classic."

It is a witty, captivating novel with the scope of a classic hero's journey but a mind all its own.


Review by Wes

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Greta & Valdin: A Novel By Rebecca K. Reilly Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781668028049
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - February 6th, 2024

Opening up this book was like joining Greta and Valdin's Russian-Maori-Catalonian family after all catastrophes have passed. I'm not down at rock bottom, but gradually climbing back up towards the sun with them, warming myself in their affectionate dysfunction. 


Review by Sarah C.

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Inherent Vice: A Novel By Thomas Pynchon Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143117568
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Published: Penguin Books - July 27th, 2010

My all-time favorite book, and a perfect entry point into the world of Pynchon. It's got everything you want from 1960s LA - beach culture, stoner humor, hippies, bikers, corrupt cops - all packed neatly into some 400 pages & with a killer soundtrack to boot.

 


Review by Connor

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Small Beauty By Jiaqing Wilson-Yang Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780994047120
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Published: Metonymy Press - May 13th, 2016

Small but oh, so mighty. A heartbreaking and mending meditation on grief, ancestors, race, loss, and life. wilson-yang's lyricism and care lingers as I'm left to ponder the beauty and gift of the time and space we're given to spend with the families we're born into and the families we make, choose, and find. 


Review by Sofia

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Abyss By Pilar Quintana Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781642861228
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Published: World Editions - February 7th, 2023

With a cold and beautiful mother obsessed with the deaths of tragic female figures (Grace Kelly, Princess Di) and a much older father who works often and barely speaks, little Claudia can't help but question her place in such a lonely and melancholy world. Her childlike approach to try and win her mother's fickle affections swings like a pendulum between hope and devastation over and over again throughout this slim sucker punch of a book.


Review by Sarah C.

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The Annual Banquet of the Gravediggers' Guild By Mathias Énard, Frank Wynne (Translated by) Cover Image
By Mathias Énard, Frank Wynne (Translated by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780811231299
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Published: New Directions - December 5th, 2023

Mon dieu, this book has it all. A frustrated anthropology PhD student who will probably never finish his thesis. A secret society of mortuary workers. Beautiful landscapes, reincarnation, agrarian life! Translating Mathias Enard must be a bit like translating Joyce, and Frank Wynne tracks all of Enard's cultural and historical allusions with overwhelming accuracy. Tons of brain-heavy fun. A marvelous gift.


Review by Spencer R.

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The Strangers (Spanish Literature) By Jon Bilbao, Katie Whittemore (Translator) Cover Image
By Jon Bilbao, Katie Whittemore (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781628974553
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Published: Dalkey Archive Press - February 21st, 2023

Lights over the sky! Mysterious relatives! Ennui, domestic discomfort, ufologists who invade the streets and parks of a coastal Spanish town. A singular, upsettlingly good book that's also partially about the dangers of freelancing. Think THE EMPLOYEES by Olga Ravn but better.


Review by Spencer R.

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I Who Have Never Known Men By Jacqueline Harpman, Ros Schwartz (Translator), Sophie Mackintosh (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Jacqueline Harpman, Ros Schwartz (Translator), Sophie Mackintosh (Afterword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781945492600
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Published: Transit Books - May 10th, 2022

Raised in an underground bunker with no outside contact, our protagonist has no name and no idea where she is. When she and the 38 other women imprisoned with her suddenly find themselves freed, they are released onto a vast, barren plane. Described as "Ursula K. LeGuin meets The Road" Harpman's writing is austere and beautiful. This is a book I will not soon forget. 


Review by Jade

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