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Thrown in the Throat (National Poetry) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571315212
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Published: Milkweed Editions - August 11th, 2020

I stan HARD! This may be the best collection I've read in years. Pick this up ASAP!!

 


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Girlhood Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781635572520
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 30th, 2021

I am a huge fan of this author. Everything they write stops me in my tracks. The essays here will expand your thoughts on feminism and the media we've been consuming since childhood. 



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Acts of Desperation Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316429856
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - March 9th, 2021

A story of lust, love, obsession, pain and ultimately self-discovery. Brutally honest and beautifully written. Could not put down. 


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Catrachos: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450239
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Published: Graywolf Press - May 5th, 2020

I loved everything about this collection. There were so many lines I re-read over and over again in hopes I will remember them forever. 


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By R.O. Kwon (Editor), Garth Greenwell (Editor)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982110215
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 9th, 2021

Almost every story in this collection was fantastic! All your faves are in this collection and I promise you, you will find something within that will resonate with you. 

Kudos to the two editors who put this collection together! Could not put it down.


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ISBN: 9781732498686
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Published: Game Over Books - January 21st, 2020

Forget all your other faves. Ariana Brown is the real deal! Her poems will cut you up and heal you all at the same time. Reading this was one of the most personal reading experiences I've had in a long time.  



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Bring Me the Head of Quentin Tarantino: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450413
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 3rd, 2020

The title will hopefully make you pick this up but I promise this collection is so satisfying, especially the very last short story in this book. Wild! 


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What's Mine and Yours Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781538702345
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 2nd, 2021

Once a year a book comes out that truly makes bookselling easy. This is that book. A beautifully written interconnecting family drama that checks all the boxes. 



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Mona: A Novel Cover Image
By Pola Oloixarac, Adam Morris (Translated by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780374211899
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 16th, 2021

Ever wonder what happens when a bunch of renowned international writers gather for a weekend? No ego is left un-bruised in this novel. But I promise it's much more than the drama that unfolds between the writers. Mona is a character that will stay with you for a long time. 

 


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Crosshairs: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982146023
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Published: Atria Books - December 8th, 2020

What does it mean to be a true ally?

What are you willing to give up so EVERYONE is free?

These are the kind of questions this book will ask of you. Could not put down. Highly recommended! 


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Woven in Moonlight Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781624148019
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Published: Page Street Kids - January 7th, 2020

This is one of the best YA fantasy novels I ever read! It's got political intrigue, magic, romance and Bolivian folklore which makes this novel stand out from others. Fast paced and gorgeously written. Look out for the sequel too!!


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Drifts: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593087213
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 19th, 2020

This uniquely written novel tells the story of the author's journey to write a novel that is due to her publisher. It takes place in a 2yr span leading up to the 2016 election and birth of her child. It's honest, raw and made me miss NYC terribly. 


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Finna: Poems Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593132456
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Published: One World - August 11th, 2020

Nate Marshall gives so much of himself in these poems. Every line I read, I found myself taking a deep breath before continuing on to the next. So good!!


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Like a Bird Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781951213091
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Published: Unnamed Press - September 15th, 2020

One of the best books I read in 2020. This is a beautifully written novel about self-discovery, grief and loss.  How in spite of trauma, there is always hope. But more importantly, it's about community, and the strength one can find within it. 


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Ring Shout Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250767028
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Published: Tordotcom - October 13th, 2020

This book meets LOVECRAFT COUNTRY meets BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. You can read this in one sitting but fair warning, you will want more. 



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Sanctuary Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984815712
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2020

A dystopian YA novel that tackles immigration and what it means to seek refuge in a country that does not want you. Very original storytelling that left my heart racing till the very end. 



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The Undocumented Americans Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399592683
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Published: One World - March 24th, 2020

If you enjoyed the novel American Dirt, then I DARE YOU to pick this up.

This explores the real lives of undocumented Americans and what they have contributed to this country. You may find yourself surprised to find what they have done for all of us.



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Eat a Peach: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781524759216
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Published: Clarkson Potter - September 8th, 2020

Much like what Anthony Bourdain did with his memoirs, David Chang brings his whole self here. If you've watched his show or listened to his podcast, then you know you're going to read something special. His passages about his struggles with mental illness are some of the most honest and raw passages I've read in some time. I have a lot of respect for him and we need more voices like his in the restaurant industry. 



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Grown Ups: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982141936
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - August 18th, 2020

If you loved the show FLEABAG, then this book is for you. Funny as hell with some heartbreaking moments. One of the more real mother/daughter relationships I've read in awhile. Perfect book to read to help you get out of a reading slump. 



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A Mind Spread Out on the Ground Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781612198668
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Published: Melville House - August 4th, 2020

Reading these biographical essays made me feel seen. It's been awhile since a book did that for me and I will cherish this book for a very long time. Every chapter you're met with prose that hits you straight  in the gut and heart. I knew nothing about the author and went into this book blind. I suggest you do the same. 



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Mexican Gothic Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525620785
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Published: Del Rey - June 30th, 2020

Think Shirley Jackson meets the film GET OUT. If you like gothic novels, this one's for you. Scary and intense but wholly original. Silvia Moreno-Garcia is one of my favorite new writers. 



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Fiebre Tropical Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781936932757
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Published: Amethyst Editions - March 4th, 2020

One of the best queer stories I've read in a long time. A young Colombian girl is uprooted from her home and moves to Miami with her family. Her mom becomes a member of a local Evangelical church and pushes her reluctant daughter to join her. Things begin to really unfold when our main character begins to fall for the pastor's daughter. I can't recommend this novel enough! 



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Anna K: A Love Story Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250236432
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Published: Flatiron Books - March 3rd, 2020

Need a fun read to get your mind off things? 

Pick this up now. It's a fantastic retelling of Anna Karenina. Think Gossip Girl meets Crazy Rich Asians. Perfect for summer! 



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The Undocumented Americans Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399592683
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Published: One World - March 24th, 2020

This book will be making my best of 2020 list for sure. If you read the novel American Dirt and enjoyed it, then I dare you to pick this up. This explores the real lives of undocumented Americans and what they have contributed to this country. You may find yourself surprised to find what they have done for all of us. 



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The Vanishing Half: A Novel Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593286104
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Published: Random House Large Print - June 16th, 2020

You are taken to the Jim Crow south and to the upper class suburbs of California in this generational novel. Topics  like race, class, colorism and sexual identity are written about in such a tender and honest way. This is a novel every book club should read and discuss. 



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Excavation: A Memoir Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781892061706
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Published: Future Tense Books - July 18th, 2014

This memoir is about the author's inappropriate relationship with a teacher she first meets in middle school and the years following it. The prose hits like a razor to the skin, cutting deeper and deeper as you read. I was blown away by how honest and raw the author is throughout the book. These are the kind of writers I want to fill my shelves with. Do yourself a favor and read it and then pass it along. 



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Walking Distance Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781910395509
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Published: Avery Hill Publishing - December 20th, 2019

I don't get to do as much walking as I would like, but when I do, I feel great. Walking feels like a revolutionary art these days. This short but wtunning book invokd so many feelings for me. I wish this was 300 pages long because I would read it.

 



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High School Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374169947
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Published: MCD - September 24th, 2019

For every young creative who is just trying to find their place in the world. Reading this feels like you’re reading the diary of your best friend.



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Juliet the Maniac: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781612197593
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Published: Melville House - May 7th, 2019

Who is Juliet? She's any of us who ever felt like they were losing their minds. She's the friend you have that's beautiful and brilliant but can scare you sometimes. She's honest, she's real. She's you and she's me. For those who suffer from mental illness, this book will make you feel less alone. Read this book!



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Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780374538392
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 21st, 2019

If you watched the TV show, The Crown, then you know Princess Margaret was the much more compelling one! This book really gives you 99 glimpses of Princess Margaret that makes you love and hate her at the same time. Everyone in the book has an opinion of her, but did anyone really know her???



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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525562023
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Published: Penguin Press - June 4th, 2019

Writing a review for this book is gonna be hard but I'm going to try. This may be the I best book I've read this year. So many raw and stunning sentences just waiting for you to fall in love with.  Told through letters from a son to a mother, I underlined the hell out of my copy. It broke my heart but it also put it back together. Read this and join the Ocean Vuong fan club with me. 



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Normal People: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781984822178
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Published: Hogarth - April 16th, 2019

I first discovered Sally Rooney after reading her first book, Conversations With Friends, which I loved! So, of course, I rushed to read her second book, Normal People. On the surface, this sounds like another popular boy befriends awkward girl but this novel unfolds beautifully as you read. With a strong political undertone and exploration of social and economic status, Sally Rooney brings to light many issues worth discussing. But at the heart of the novel, Normal People is an exploration of those friendships we form when we're young that shape us and often times sets the tone of who and what we gravitate towards later in life. Nostalgia will loom over you while you read Normal People.