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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  |  Chris C.
  |  Don
  |  Elaine
  |  Erin
  |  Garrett
  |  Greg
  |  Ivy
  |  Jared
  |  Joey
  |  Lawrence
  |  Linda
  |  Michael
  |  Nancy
  |  Paul
  |  Peter
  |  Ryan
  |  Scott
  |  Stacey
  |  Vanessa

   
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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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Largesse of the Sea Maiden
Stories
Denis Johnson
A bewitching epitaph. Nobody reported from the haunted depths of American life quite like Johnson. - Recommended by Michael
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Cat
Leonard Michaels
"You look at a cat, and it looks at you. You have the scary idea that a cat is a kind of person. You look more carefully and let the cat's eyes tell you what it sees. It sees you are a kind of cat."
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W. E. B. Du Bois's Data Portraits
Visualizing Black America
Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Britt Rusert
Recommended by Paul The colorful charts, graphs, and maps presented at the 1900 Paris Exposition by famed sociologist and black rights activist W. E. B. Du Bois offered a view into the lives of black Americans, conveying a literal and figurative representation of "the color line."
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Grabbing Pussy
Karen Finley
In a breathless cascade of poetry and prose, celebrated performance artist Karen Finley here lays bare the psychosexual obsessions that have burst to the surface of today's American politics.
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We That Are Young
A Novel
Preti Taneja
A stunning debut novel, a modern-day King Lear set in contemporary India: the tale of a battle for power within a turbulent family, for status within a nation in a constant state of transformation, and for the love and respect of a father disappearing into dementia. Recommended by Paul, City Lights Booksellers
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Notes from the Fog
Stories
Ben Marcus
Marcus is a master of the short story, and these addictive, at times hilarious, but undeniably unsettling tales are like a dozen dead canaries in our big, stinking American coalmine. --Recommended by Ivy, City Lights Booksellers
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The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish
A Novel
Gender and power dynamics spasm and ripple out of control in the most intimate spaces and, simultaneously, in a broader American context, framed by the 1960's student movements and the New York art scene of the 1990's. --Recommended by Ivy
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Amateur
A True Story About What Makes a Man
Thomas Page McBee
"Thomas Page McBee is this generation's essential and desperately needed voice on masculinity because he understands the crucial connection between power and trauma that constructs (and deconstructs) gender. This book is written with love and vulnerability about what literally makes a man fight."––Recommended by Chris C., City Lights Publishers
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The Incendiaries
A Novel
R.O. Kwon
A feast for the senses: feast on the sentences.––Recommended by Vanessa, City Lights Booksellers
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Fruit of the Drunken Tree
A Novel
Ingrid Rojas Conteras
Every character in this novel is lovingly portrayed with complexity and nuance; each grows and shifts under the strain of unpredictable violence in Escobar's Colombia. --Recommended by Ivy, City Lights Booksellers
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The New Dark Age
Technology and the End of the Future
James Bridle
Bridle's demonstrations of how the physical footprint of virtual space developed along the physical lines of traditionally imperialist, elitist power and continue to reinforce ever-deepening chasms of inequality are fascinating and alarming."––Recommended by Christopher P., City Lights Booksellers
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The Universal Machine
Fred Moten
A suite of three essays on Emmanuel Levinas, Hannah Arendt, and Frantz Fanon, concluding Fred Moten's trilogy consent not to be a single being. (Recommended by Michael)
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My Absolute Darling
Gabriel Tallent
Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At fourteen, she roams the woods along the northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles.

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