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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  |  Anna
  |  Caitlyn
  |  Chris C.
  |  Daven
  |  Don
  |  Elaine
  |  Emma
  |  Garrett
  |  Greg
  |  Joel
  |  Josiah
  |  Lawrence
  |  Michael
  |  Nancy
  |  Paul
  |  Peter
  |  Ryan
  |  Scott
  |  Solomon
  |  Stacey

   
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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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The Master & Margarita
50th Anniversary Edition
Mikhail Bulgakov
The Devil is not evil he's merely the mirror for society AND he's got a shit talkin', gun totin', chess playin' giant black cat with him. Masterpiece. --recommended by Caitlyn, Josiah and Daven
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Caretaker
Doon Arbus
A perfectly strange Autumn tale. --Recommended by Josiah
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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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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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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 Fallen
A Novel
Carlos Manuel Álvarez
Alvarez story of a modern Cuban family and their desperation and pains left me amazed. The details and deteroritions of each member of the family and their dependence on each other is a rhythmic, impossible to put down read. --RECOMMENDED BY JOSIAH
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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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The Bitch
Pilar Quintana
This tiny novelita will hurt you, I promise. --recommended by Josiah
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Hood Feminism
Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot
Mikki Kendall
Anyone who identifies as a feminist, especially a white liberal feminist, needs to read this book. Kendall points out how mainstream feminism too often centers the privilege of white cis women while leaving the specific issues of Black, brown, unhoused, trans, and poor womxn by the wayside. --recommended by Caitlyn
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STAMPED RACISM ANTIRACISM & YOU
A must read, foundational text in anti-racist education for the whole family --recommended by Caitlyn
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The Meaning of Freedom
And Other Difficult Dialogues
Angela Y. Davis
Though City Lights released this in 2012 and most of the collected speeches within date from 1994-2009, Davis' words are searingly appropriate for the racial, social, and political hellscape we are currently experiencing. We need her more now than ever. ---recommended by Caitlyn
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Finna
Poems
Nate Marshall
Sharp, lyrical poems celebrating the Black vernacular—its influence on pop culture, its necessity for familial survival, its rite in storytelling and in creating the safety found only within its intimacy --recommended by Paul

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