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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  |  Nancy
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  |  Stacey
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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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Tears of the Trufflepig
A Novel
Fernando A. Flores
One of The Daily Beast's Best Summer Beach Reads of 2019, one of Lit Hub and The Millions's Most Anticipated Books of 2019, one of Buzzfeed and Tor.com's Books to Read This Spring, and one of the Chicago Review of Books' Best New Books of May. ––Recommended by Paul
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Outline
Rachel Cusk
Chosen as one of fifteen remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write in the 21st century by the book critics of The New York Times. ––Recommended by Joel
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No-No Boy
John Okada
The first Japanese American novel: a powerful, radical testament to the experiences of Japanese American draft resisters in the wake of World War II. ––Recommended by Paul
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The Hanging on Union Square
H. T. Tsiang, Floyd Cheung
A subversively comic, genre-bending satire of bourgeois life by an essential Chinese American voice. ––Recommended by Paul
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East Goes West
Younghill Kang
"A wonderfully resplendent evocation of a newcomer's America" (Chang-rae Lee, author of Native Speaker) by the father of Korean American literature. ––Recommended by Paul
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Birthday
César Aira
Birthday is among the very best of Aira—it will surprise readers new to his work, and will deeply satisfy his many fans. ––Recommended by Josiah
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America Is in the Heart
Carlos Bulosan
A 1946 Filipino American social classic about the United States in the 1930s from the perspective of a Filipino migrant laborer who endures racial violence and struggles with the paradox of the American dream, with a foreword by novelist Elaine Castillo –– Recommended by Paul
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America Is Not the Heart
A Novel
Named one of the best books of 2018 by NPR, Real Simple, Lit Hub, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Post, Kirkus Reviews, and The New York Public Library ––Recommended by Andy and Paul
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The Life and Legend of Bras-Coupé
The Fugitive Slave Who Fought the Law, Ruled the Swamp, Danced at Congo Square, Invented Jazz, and Died for Love
Although the name of Bras-Coupé is little known today, Bryan Wagner shows us that his life and legend should be a touchstone among scholars and students in the humanities and social sciences with an interest in the African diaspora. - Recommended by Michael
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The Impeachers
The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation
Brenda Wineapple
"This absorbing and important book recounts the titanic struggle over the implications of the Civil War amid the impeachment of a defiant and temperamentally erratic American president."—Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Soul of America - Recommended by Paul
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Ghosts of Gold Mountain
The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad
A groundbreaking, breathtaking history of the Chinese workers who built the Transcontinental Railroad, helping to forge modern America only to disappear into the shadows of history until now. - Recommended by Paul
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Lanny
A Novel
Max Porter
"Max Porter does damaged psyche well. . . . Porter's winning new novel, Lanny, despair and unsettling entities are again on the menu, as are hard-won grace and beauty."—New York Times Book Review - Recommended by Paul
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Dark Constellations
A Novel
Argentinian literary star Pola Oloixarac's wildly ambitious second novel investigates humanity's quest for knowledge and control, hurtling from the 19th century mania for scientific classification to present-day mass surveillance and the next steps in human evolution. - Recommended by Josiah

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