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You & a Bike & a Road By Eleanor Davis Cover Image
$12.00
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ISBN: 9781927668405
Published: Koyama Press - May 16th, 2017

Eleanor Davis draws comics the way that regular people form sentences. She drew this travel diary on a cross-country bike trip, and the entries range from spare doodles of her progress or aching knees to finely rendered moments of heartbreaking beauty. 


Review by Stephen

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Mz N: the serial: A Poem-in-Episodes By Maureen N. McLane Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374537050
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 2nd, 2017

"Not a novel, not a memoir, not a lyric" — whatever this book is, it's a fiercely intelligent and sharply funny exploration of a woman's emotional and intellectual development that will have you running to keep up.


Review by Stephen

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October: The Story of the Russian Revolution By China Miéville Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781784782788
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Verso - May 22nd, 2018

The Russian Revolution is one of the defining events of modern history, and sci-fi author China Miéville has turned its tumultuous, hopeful, and ultimately tragic build-up into a thrilling and fascinating page-turner.


Review by Stephen

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Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions By Valeria Luiselli, Jon Lee Anderson (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Valeria Luiselli, Jon Lee Anderson (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781566894951
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Coffee House Press - April 4th, 2017

A heartbreaking look at the struggle of undocumented migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexican border. Drawing on stories she heard as a volunteer interpreter, Luiselli reveals the suffering and exploitation at the heart of an arbitrarily cruel border policy.


Review by Stephen

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The Hate U Give: A Printz Honor Winner By Angie Thomas, Amandla Stenberg (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Angie Thomas, Amandla Stenberg (Foreword by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

When Starr Carter sees her friend Khalil murdered by the police, she is forced to choose between staying silent and protecting her family, or speaking up and fighting for Khalil's memory. All of the difficult questions that come up in this book are carefully considered, with love, hope, humor, and courage. If you're feeling understandably discouraged by our ongoing nightmare political reality, pick up this book and let Starr and her family, friends, and community remind you of the the stakes of both winning and losing.


Review by Christina

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The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories: 75th-Anniversary Edition (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) By Angela Carter, Kelly Link (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Angela Carter, Kelly Link (Introduction by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143107613
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Penguin Classics - May 26th, 2015

With bold vision and glittering prose Carter brings us her own reteling of classic fables such as Bluebeard and Little Red Ridinghood. Simply captivating! With roaring sensuality we are carted straight to the dark mythic heart of these tales, made all the more beautiful by Carter's care and craft. It's not wonder she has gone on to inspire such authors as Emma Donaghue and Sarah Waters (go check them out as well!). Put on your warmest cloak, find a quiet wood, and enjoy.



A Contract with God By Will Eisner Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780393328042
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - December 17th, 2006

Will Eisner's expressively drawn collection, combining kitchen-sink melodrama with fairytale elements, introduced "graphic novels" to the world and inaugerated the modern era of comics as art. This beautiful new edition is the perfect way to experience them.


Review by Stephen

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Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) By Min Jin Lee Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781455563920
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 14th, 2017

Multi-generational sagas don't get better than this beautiful story of one poor Korean family that moves to Japan. Spanning the years 1910 to 1989, this book describes the immigrant's experience in a way that is completely relevant today. Min Jin Lee has found the perfect image, the pachinko board, to represent the uncertainties in life. I haven't read a novel with such emotion since Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance. 


Review by Kalani

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A Very Expensive Poison: The Assassination of Alexander Litvinenko and Putin's War with the West By Luke Harding Cover Image
$18.00
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ISBN: 9781101973998
Published: Vintage - January 24th, 2017

This timely and terrifying book offers a fascinating insight into the convergence of authoritarianism, espionage and organized crime in Putin's Russia.


Review by Stephen

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Affinity By Sarah Waters Cover Image
$17.00
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ISBN: 9781573228732
Published: Riverhead Books - January 8th, 2002

Margaret Prior is spiraling into spinsterhood and has just failed at an attempt at suicide. As part of her recovery she is to act as a visiting lady at Victorian London's Millbank women's jail. Here she is enthralled by one Selina Dawes, a recondite spiritualist imprisoned after hosting a seance that left an elderly woman dead. What ensues upon this union is an ever twisting game of 'Do you believe?'. Waters is in pristine form in this haunting, bleak, and pearl-clutching mystery.



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