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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Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019
Ibram X. Kendi, Keisha N. Blain
--Recommended by Paul
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African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song
A Library of America Anthology
Kevin Young
A literary landmark: the biggest, most ambitious anthology of black poetry ever published, gathering 250 poets from the colonial period to the present.
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Afropessimism
Frank B. Wilderson III
In an eloquent mix of memoir, philosophy, and critical theory, Frank Wilderson unsparingly explains how humanity defines itself through anti-Blackness and racism. --recommended by Stacey
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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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Bezoar
And Other Unsettling Stories
Guadalupe Nettel
Difficult habits are stronger than good intentions, and these chosen folks are captive to their complicated appetites. Under unfathomable shelter, those vanquished by their perversions seek redemption through Nettel's gallant glaring and guidance. -Recommended by Ryan
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The Bitch
Pilar Quintana
This tiny novelita will hurt you, I promise. --recommended by Josiah
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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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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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Caretaker
Doon Arbus
A perfectly strange Autumn tale. --Recommended by Josiah
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A Confederacy of Dunces
John Kennedy Toole
The protagonist in this cult-classic is a hilarious Don Quixote-type hotdog seller named Ignatius, one of the most memorable characters in American literature. You will end up quoting him --Staff Picked by Don
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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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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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