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The Starless Sea
A Novel
Erin Morgenstern
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, a timeless love story set in a secret underground world—a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea. ––Recommended by Caitlyn
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Becoming Beauvoir
A Life
A symbol of liberated womanhood, Simone de Beauvoir's unconventional relationships inspired and scandalized her generation. ––Recommended by Caitlyn
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Ascend Ascend
Janaka Stucky
Equal parts Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" and Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain,” Ascend Ascend documents the ecstatic destruction of the self through its union with the divine. ––Recommended by Caitlyn
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Internment
Samira Ahmed
Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens. ––Recommended by Caitlyn
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I Just Ate My Friend
Heidi McKinnon
Recommended by Caitlyn
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Grumpy Monkey
Suzanne Lang
A hilarious picture book about dealing with unexplained feelings…and the danger in suppressing them!––Recommended by Caitlyn
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At the Existentialist Cafe
Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails with Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Others
Sarah Bakewell
Bakewell manifests the freedom and thrill of existentialism with hardly any of the dread. You are free. You decide. —Recommended by Caitlyn
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The Witches
Salem, 1692
Stacy Schiff
An unsensational, factual account of the oft-mythologized Salem witch trials. Schiff is a solid historian who makes this fact-dense, Protestant panoply enjoyable. —Recommended by Caitlyn, City Lights Bookstore
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The First Bad Man
A Novel
Miranda July
A surreal and hilarious telling of how one woman found herself through self-defense videos, a reincarnated baby named Kubelko Bondy, and realizing that everyone is just as neurotic as you fear yourself to be. —Recommended by Caitlyn, City Lights Books
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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