Staff Recommendations

A listing of staff proclivities, recommended by both past and present bookstore and publishing employees. Check back for new recommendations each month as we bring you the best of what we're reading or have read. Browse by title, author or staff member!



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  |  Michael
  |  Nancy
  |  Paul
  |  Peter
  |  Ryan
  |  Scott
  |  Solomon
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BEAUTIFUL ALIENS ' STEVE ABBOTT READER
early essential queer writing;New narrative father and co-originator, Steve Abbott continues to twinkle and inflame our senses long after his death. Transcending divine illuminations and oblique views, Jamie Townsend has ardently composed the proper altar for a pure San Francisco seraph ---Ryan
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BLACK LEOPARD RED WOLF
Spilling copious amounts of fresh warm blood, Marlon James' new fantasy dips into African Folklore and myth to breathe new life into a genre in danger of stagnation. -Daven
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Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture
Sudhir Hazareesingh
A new interpretation of the life of the Haitian revolutionary Toussaint Louverture --Recommended by Paul
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BORDERLAND APOCRYPHA
!HIJOLE! but theres something in the ground in Fresno that grows amazing Chicanx poets….. And now here comes Anthony Cody. Cody does nothing less than unearth our history and decolonizes the poem on the page, reforming it into a powerful timeline of Mexican Lynchings in the U.S and deeply felt family memories. --recommended by Josiah
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Dance on Saturday: Stories
Elwin Cotman
A few pages in and i was enthralled with this book. I gave away my copy twice, before i had finished it, to a friend and a stranger. I wanted them to share my fascination with Cotman's fantastical prose. These stories exist in a world that is unmistakably our own. "Y'all best get in on this." -RECOMMENDED BY RYAN
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FASCINATION ' MEMOIRS
the devil is hungry / the devil is sweet / if you are Soft then you will shiver. ---Ryan
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KAFKA IN A SKIRT
Stories From The Wall
Deeply rooted in Chicano culture as expressed through a modern Latinx view, these stories will make you laugh at what's not funny and recognize the unfamiliarity of our evolving culture in the modern details of this 21st century vida loca of ours. ---Josiah
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LUSTER
An electrifying slow-burn charted by a young Black woman The narrative shines with dark humor as the protagonist wrestles with IBS, paints still lifes of cadavers, cosplays for Comic Con, and navigates an increasingly complex relationship with a married white man, his white wife, and their adopted Black daughter. ---recommended by Anna
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MINOR DETAIL
Examining those allowed and not allowed to walk freely under occupation in Palestine, Shibli constructs a choreography of violence's movement through time. A document of truth buried beneath genocidal rubble, the precision of this translation speaks to the urgency and importance of the written word. I am still thinking about this book. ---Ryan
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STAMPED RACISM ANTIRACISM & YOU
A must read, foundational text in anti-racist education for the whole family --recommended by Caitlyn
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Let's Talk About Your Wall
Mexican Writers Respond to the Immigration Crisis
Alberto Quintero , Carmen Boullosa
At last a book that explains the Border Wall from the Mexican perspective. An array of Journalists, novelists, and documentary makers, all based in Mexico, help expand our North American view on what this evil American monument really represents. --Recommended by Josiah
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The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart
Alicia Garza
An essential guide to building transformative movements to address the challenges of our time, from one of the country's leading organizers and a co-creator of Black Lives Matter --Recommended by Paul
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The Fallen
A Novel
Carlos Manuel Álvarez
Alvarez story of a modern Cuban family and their desperation and pains left me amazed. The details and deteroritions of each member of the family and their dependence on each other is a rhythmic, impossible to put down read. --RECOMMENDED BY JOSIAH
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Caretaker
Doon Arbus
A perfectly strange Autumn tale. --Recommended by Josiah

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