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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The Twilight Zone: A Novel
Nona Fernández
Fernandez's brilliant book is a hybrid of fiction and history that takes place during the height of Pinochet's dictatorship of Chile and frighteningly conveys the idea of how violence in society has the ability to transport us to a whole other reality. --Recommended by Josiah
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Written After a Massacre in the Year 2018
Daniel Borzutzky
This is the most intense book in this room. Borzutzky's method of confronting state-sponsored violence and hate is to address it in the most heartbreakingly clear language as possible. Don't look away. --Recommended by Chris
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Milk Blood Heat
Dantiel W Moniz
--Recommended by Paul
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Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019
Ibram X. Kendi, Keisha N. Blain
--Recommended by Paul
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Hades, Argentina: A Novel
Daniel Loedel
recommended by Paul
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Detransition, Baby: A Novel
Torrey Peters
--Recommended by Ryan
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The Dangers of Smoking in Bed: Stories
Mariana Enriquez
Top-notch, bone-chilling stories of death and undeath. A gothic unpeeling of how chauvinistic society runs by exploiting children and destroying women. This immensely beautiful, masterful writing makes the heaviest of subjects ghostly light, swirling like the last trail of cigarette smoke. --Recommended by Anna
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The Prophets
Robert Jones Jr.
--Recommended by Paul
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Nothing but the Music: Documentaries from Nightclubs, Lofts, Dance Halls & a Tailor's Shop in Dakar
Thulani Davis
Thulani Davis is as real as concrete and her poetic documentations and odes to 70's and 80's avante garde jazz perfectly capture the fire and essence of that visceral East Coast scene...and there's even a poem to Bad Brains up in here! --recommended by Josiah and Paul
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¡Printing the Revolution!: The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now
Claudia E. Zapata , Terezita Romo , Tatiana Reinoza, E. Carmen Ramos
A groundbreaking look at how Chicano graphic artists and their collaborators have used their work to imagine and sustain identities and political viewpoints during the past half century --recommended by Paul
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Black Futures
Kimberly Drew, Jenna Wortham
Reading and experiencing Black Futures' impressive, animate infinity is fundamental throughout all generations and directions of time. ---Recommended by Ryan.
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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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