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Tiger Woods By Jeff Benedict, Armen Keteyian Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9781501126444
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Simon & Schuster - April 2nd, 2019

At 42 years old, a 500-page biography naturally seems a bit premature in telling his complete life story, but Tiger's life since birth has truly been extraordinary. Not just for golf fans, this book reads like a Shakespearean tragedy. Absolutely one of the most compelling biographies I've read in a long time. 


Review by Kalani

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Waiting for Tomorrow: A Novel By Nathacha Appanah, Geoffrey Strachan (Translated by) Cover Image
By Nathacha Appanah, Geoffrey Strachan (Translated by)
$16.00
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ISBN: 9781555978037
Published: Graywolf Press - April 3rd, 2018

A short novel with just a couple characters, this is the perfect type of book to take on a weekend trip. Spanning several years of Adam and Anita's increasingly mundane marriage, their artistic creativity is re-awoken when the mysterious immigrant, Adele, is hired as their nanny. While only 150-pages, the book provides a thought-provoking study on heavy themes like love, marriage, friendship, art, and culture. 


Review by Kalani

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Agony By Mark Beyer, Colson Whitehead (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Mark Beyer, Colson Whitehead (Introduction by)
$15.95
Unavailable at this time.
ISBN: 9781590179819
Published: New York Review Comics - March 22nd, 2016

Reading Mark Beyer's Agony is a uniquely surreal and exhilarating experience. Beyer--a giant within the world of underground comics who once regularly graced the pages of Art Spiegelman's RAW magazine--draws with childlike abandon and tells stories (and jokes) like a man with a lifetime of suffering under his belt. I could try to say more about this book's bizarre charms, but the excellent introduction from Colson Whitehead does a much better job than I ever could. I'll just say: this is a book to tickle your funny bone and haunt your dreams.


Review by Theo

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An Ocean of Minutes: A Novel By Thea Lim Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781501192562
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Gallery Books - June 4th, 2019

When you venture into the pages of a time-traveling, plague-ridden dystopian nightmare, you come to expect a visceral exploration of what it takes to survive in an unforgivable world. 

What you don't expect is to become deeply invested in the love story that unfolds in flashbacks and written so intimately that it almost feels like intruding.


Review by Sarah C.

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Idaho: A Novel By Emily Ruskovich Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812984460
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - November 7th, 2017

Spanning 50 non-linear years, this poetically written novel is one of the best debuts of the year. Told from multiple points-of-voices, the characters in this book struggle to heal after a devastating tragedy destroys their small town Idaho life. Beautifully written, Emily Ruskovich is an exciting new name in the literary world of the Pacific Northwest.


Review by Kalani

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When You Love a Cat By M. H. Clark Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781943200993
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Compendium Publishing & Communications - June 1st, 2018

These simple words and beautiful illustrations capture perfectly what it is to be a cat lover. Joys so insignificant and enormous at the exact same time. "When you love a cat, you are chosen, over and over again, each day, for a lifetime." Guh. I'm not crying! You are!!!


Review by Erin

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Julián Is a Mermaid By Jessica Love, Jessica Love (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jessica Love, Jessica Love (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763690458
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Candlewick - April 23rd, 2018

Julian is a mermaid - of this there is no doubt. But how will this identity expression be met by his family? This is a question we get to explore through this book's resplendent watercolor illustrations and streamlined story. It's about the transformative power of loving acceptance during pivotal moments of self-doubt. For the mermaid in all of us. 



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The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason By Chapo Trap House, Felix Biederman, Matt Christman, Brendan James, Will Menaker, Virgil Texas Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501187292
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Atria Books - October 15th, 2019

If watching the Daily Show in 2018 feels like pelting rocks against the bloodstained blade of an IDF bulldozer, Chapo is here with a dose of the hard stuff. 


Review by Stephen

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Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation By Silvia Federici Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781570270598
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Autonomedia - September 15th, 2004

In this slim but substantive piece Federici examines the history of the (particularly female) body during the transition to capitalism. She tirelessly excavates and links an array of subjects:

  • The mind/body conflict necessary for successful labor production
  • labor power and dismantling of worker solidarity 
  • colonialism and slavery
  • witch hunts and the demonization of women

and so much more.



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How To Write An Autobiographical Novel: Essays By Alexander Chee Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781328764522
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Published: Mariner Books - April 17th, 2018

A beautiful, generous book of personal essays. As a writer, Chee is interested in the constructed self, how identity can be a mask that conceals and also reveals. His self-reflection on how his own identities have served, protected, and hindered him is also an persistent, gentle invitation to the reader to remember that "the ways you are human are not always visible to yourself." There's lots of germane advice for writers here, re: this book's title, but this book is for anyone with a brain and a heart.


Review by Christina

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