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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  |  Nancy
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  |  Scott
  |  Stacey
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The Third Hotel
A Novel
Laura van den Berg
Laura Van Den Berg's haunting exploration of the dislocating loneliness of grief is focused and intensified by the twin lenses of horror and feminist philosophy. The result manages the delicate feat of being both unsettling and deeply moving. - Recommended by Christopher P.
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Carceral Capitalism
Jackie Wang
Wang's perspective is both scholarly and poetic, perfect for drawing close analyses of complex political interconnections. --Recommended by Ivy
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America Is Not the Heart
A Novel
Named one of the best books of 2018 by NPR, Real Simple, Lit Hub, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Post, Kirkus Reviews, and The New York Public Library ––Recommended by Andy and Paul
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Brightfellow
A Novel
A humid, shining, feverish gem. —Recommended by Vanessa, City Lights Books
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Dark Constellations
A Novel
Argentinian literary star Pola Oloixarac's wildly ambitious second novel investigates humanity's quest for knowledge and control, hurtling from the 19th century mania for scientific classification to present-day mass surveillance and the next steps in human evolution. - Recommended by Josiah
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Doomstead Days
"I'm in awe of Brian Teare’s wonderful new book: Standing as threshold between our own capacity to discover natural wonders and the understanding of how it is all being destroyed (sometimes simply by our presence) is an extraordinary place to remain open to the world."––Recommended by Chris C., City Lights Publishers
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Ghosts of Gold Mountain
The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad
A groundbreaking, breathtaking history of the Chinese workers who built the Transcontinental Railroad, helping to forge modern America only to disappear into the shadows of history until now. - Recommended by Paul
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How to Write an Autobiographical Novel
Essays
Alexander Chee's essays have a dark radiance to them, and are among the best examples of sensuality as a mode of intelligence I’ve found. Highly recommended. —Recommended by Vanessa
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Just Another Nigger
My Life in the Black Panther Party
Just Another Nigger is Don Cox's revelatory, even incendiary account of his years in the Black Panther Party. - Recommended by Paul
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Large Animals
Stories
Like telling a joke at a funeral. Like getting the spins in a friend's car. Like losing a limb but gaining some costume-shop wings. —Recommended by Ivy
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The Life and Legend of Bras-Coupé
The Fugitive Slave Who Fought the Law, Ruled the Swamp, Danced at Congo Square, Invented Jazz, and Died for Love
Although the name of Bras-Coupé is little known today, Bryan Wagner shows us that his life and legend should be a touchstone among scholars and students in the humanities and social sciences with an interest in the African diaspora. - Recommended by Michael
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Lot
Stories
In the city of Houston – a sprawling, diverse microcosm of America – the son of a black mother and a Latino father is coming of age. He's working at his family’s restaurant, weathering his brother’s blows, resenting his older sister’s absence. And discovering he likes boys. - Recommended by Paul
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The Mirror Thief
A Novel
Seay's debut novel is a true delight, a big, beautiful cabinet of wonders that is by turns an ominous modern thriller, a supernatural mystery, and an enchanting historical adventure story." Set in three cities in three eras.—Recommended by Andy
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Seraphina
Lyrical, imaginative, and wholly original, this New York Times bestseller with 8 starred reviews is not to be missed. Rachel Hartman's award-winning debut will have you looking at dragons as you’ve never imagined them before… - Recommended by Caitlyn

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