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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  |  Joel
  |  Josiah
  |  Lawrence
  |  Linda
  |  Michael
  |  Nancy
  |  Paul
  |  Peter
  |  Ryan
  |  Scott
  |  Stacey
  |  Vanessa

   
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Lot
Stories
In the city of Houston – a sprawling, diverse microcosm of America – the son of a black mother and a Latino father is coming of age. He's working at his family’s restaurant, weathering his brother’s blows, resenting his older sister’s absence. And discovering he likes boys. - Recommended by Paul
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The Parisian
A Novel
Isabella Hammad
A sublime debut novel by Plimpton Prize winner Isabella Hammad, The Parisian illuminates a pivotal period of Palestinian history through the journey and romances of one young man, from his studies in France during World War I to his return home to Palestine at the dawn of its battle for independence. - Recommended by Paul and Christopher P.
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Stony the Road
Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow
Henry Louis J r. Gates
A profound new rendering of the struggle by African-Americans for equality after the Civil War and the violent counter-revolution that resubjugated them, as seen through the prism of the war of images and ideas that have left an enduring racist stain on the American mind. - Recommended by Paul
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The Grave on the Wall
Brandon Shimoda
A memoir and book of mourning, a grandson's attempt to reconcile his own uncontested citizenship with his grandfather's lifelong struggle.
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Why Marx Was Right
2nd Edition
Terry Eagleton
In this combative, controversial book, Terry Eagleton takes issue with the prejudice that Marxism is dead and done with.
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Milkman
A Novel
Anna Burns
Winner of the 2018 Man Booker Prize
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My Sister, the Serial Killer
A Novel
Oyinkan Braithwaite
NOMINATED FOR THE 2019 BOOKER PRIZE WINNER OF THE LA TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR MYSTERY/THRILLER FINALIST FOR THE 2019 WOMEN'S PRIZE
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Trick Mirror
Reflections on Self-Delusion
From The New Yorker's beloved cultural critic comes a bold, unflinching collection of essays about self-deception, examining everything from scammer culture to reality television. - Recommended by Emma
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We Eat Our Own
Kea Wilson
Written by a fellow bookseller, this debut novel is about an enigmatic film shoot in the Amazon jungle, helmed by a director with a serious sadistic streak. This wonderfully compelling novel blurs the line between art and life (or is it death?) and is infused with the author's love of Italian horror films of the 1970s.-Andy
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Exhalation
Stories
Ted Chiang
Ted Chiang produces a short story so rarely, each tale is a celebration of exactitude. With an architect's eye for structure, the patience and temperament of a chemist, and a physicist's understanding of the order and chaos that underlines our world and our lives, these stories are each a carefully wrapped creation. -Daven & Christopher P
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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
A Novel
Ocean Vuong
Written as a son's letter to his mother who cannot read, this novel is raw and achingly beautiful. Vuong’s writing is both visceral and sublime with lines that will render you awestruck. – Andy
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Negrophobia
An Urban Parable
Darius James
Darius James's scabrous, unapologetically raunchy, truly hilarious, and deeply scary Negrophobia is a wild-eyed reckoning with the mutating insanity of American racism.
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The Overstory
A Novel
Richard Powers
"The best novel ever written about trees, and really just one of the best novels, period."—Ann Patchett
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Ways of Hearing
Damon Krukowski
Based on his ear-opening podcast, Ways of Hearing expertly chronicles the transition from analog culture to digital. And while Krukowski points out what is gained in the digital world, he also reminds us what we're losing- and who's making those decisions for us. - Recommended by Andy & Paul

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