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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Pedro Pietri
Selected Poetry
Pedro Pietri, Pedro Lopez Adorno, Juan Flores
A compelling and humorous collection of poems by the poet laureate of the Nuyorican Poets. Includes previously unpublished works.
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Just Another Nigger
My Life in the Black Panther Party
Just Another Nigger is Don Cox's revelatory, even incendiary account of his years in the Black Panther Party. - Recommended by Paul
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Solitary
Albert Woodfox
The extraordinary saga of a man who, despite spending four decades in solitary confinement for a crime of which he was innocent, inspired fellow prisoners, and now all of us, with his humanity. - Recommended by Paul
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The Old Drift
A Novel
Namwali Serpell
"A dazzling debut, establishing Namwali Serpell as a writer on the world stage."—Salman Rushdie, The New York Times Book Review - Recommended by Paul
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Midnight in Chernobyl
The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster
Adam Higginbotham
Journalist Adam Higginbotham's definitive, years-in-the-making account of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster—and a powerful investigation into how propaganda, secrecy, and myth have obscured the true story of one of the twentieth century’s greatest disasters. - Recommended by Daven
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Little Boy
A Novel
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
From the famed publisher and poet, author of the million-copy-selling collection A Coney Island of the Mind, his literary last will and testament — part autobiography, part summing up, part Beat-inflected torrent of language and feeling, and all magical. - Recommended by Stacey and Paul
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Imaginary Lives
Marcel Schwob
"The art of the biographer consists specifically in choice. He is not meant to worry about speaking truth; he must create human characteristics amidst the chaos."—Marcel Schwob - Recommended by Christopher P.
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After James
Michael Helm
For fans of Joshua Cohen and Ben Lerner, After James captures the dystopian strangeness of our current world. - Recommended by Christopher P.
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Meditations in an Emergency
Frank O'Hara
Frank O'Hara was one of the great poets of the twentieth century and, along with such widely acclaimed writers as Denise Levertov, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, and Gary Snyder, a crucial contributor to what Donald Allen termed the New American Poetry. - Recommended by Josiah
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The Wanderings of Chela Coatlicue
Touring Califatzlan
THE WANDERINGS OF CHELA COATLÍCUE is the first installment of a trilogy of coming-of-age adventures that follows a young brazen musical prodigy in search of a sacred bass once owned by a legendary blues musician Sugar Rivera. - Recommended by Josiah
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Go Ahead in the Rain
Notes to a Tribe Called Quest
Hanif Abdurraqib
The first chronicle of A Tribe Called Quest—the visionary, award-winning group whose jazz-infused records and socially conscious lyrics revolutionized rap in the early 1990s. - Recommended by Michael
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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
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What's in a Name?
Poems
Poems of effervescent grace from one of the best- known and best-loved poets of Portugal. - Recommended by Josiah
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Lost Children Archive
A novel
Valeria Luiselli
Lost Children Archive is a novel about archiving all that we don't want to lose. Luiselli looks into the American present as well as its history: into Native American history, and the many intersections between American and Mexican history that are and have always been there. This is the perfect American road trip novel for right now. —Tommy Orange

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