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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  |  Lawrence
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  |  Paul
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  |  Scott
  |  Solomon
  |  Stacey

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A Novel
Mauro Javier Cardenas
Mauro Javier Cárdenas, the critically-acclaimed author of The Revolutionaries Try Again—"an original, insubordinate novel" (New York Times)—pens a profound story of literature about a man coming to terms with his dysfunctional Colombian family, as well as his own behavior, as an immigrant in America.
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Trick Mirror
Reflections on Self-Delusion
Jia Tolentino
Recommended by Emma

The New York Times bestselling book that examines the fractures at the center of contemporary culture with verve, deftness, and intellectual ferocity—for readers who wonder what Susan Sontag would have been like if she had brain damage from the Internet.

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Ted Chiang
Recommended by Daven

"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."

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A Novel
Téa Obreht
Recommended by Anna

"The Sixth Sense meets True Grit. The main characters are a tough old woman and a Middle Eastern cowboy. And there's a child obsessed with something called 'the beast'. What more could you want?"

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Native Country of the Heart
A Memoir
Cherríe Moraga
Recommended by Josiah

From the celebrated editor of This Bridge Called My Back, Cherríe Moraga charts her own coming-of-age alongside her mother's decline, and also tells the larger story of the Mexican American diaspora.

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Stony the Road
Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow
Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Recommended by Paul

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.

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Sabrina & Corina
Kali Fajardo-Anstine
Recommended by Josiah

A National Book Award Finalist. Latinas of Indigenous descent living in the American West take center stage in this haunting debut story collection--a powerful meditation on friendship, mothers and daughters, and the deep-rooted truths of our homelands.

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The Old Drift
A Novel
Namwali Serpell
Recommended by Paul

A stunning debut novel and the winner of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Ray Bradbury Prize, and longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.

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Little Boy
A Novel
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Recommended by Stacey

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.

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Dark Constellations
A Novel
Pola Oloixarac
Recommended by Josiah

Argentinian literary star Pola Oloixarac's visionary new novel races from the world of 19th-century science to an ultra-surveilled near future, exploring humanity's quest for knowledge and control, and leaping forward to the next steps in human evolution.

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Vernon Subutex 1
Virginie Despentes
From the provocative writer and filmmaker Virginie Despentes comes volume one of her acclaimed trilogy of novels, Vernon Subutex—short-listed for the Man Booker International Prize. But who is Vernon Subutex?
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Lost Children Archive
Valeria Luiselli
Recommended by Josiah & Christopher P.

"How much pain and sacrifice are we prepared to accept in the lives of others? This book reimagines the great American road novel as a heartfelt testimony to the thousands of unaccompanied children, many of them from Central America, who have attempted to cross the U.S. border since 2014."

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Ling Ma
Recommended by Anna

Maybe it's the end of the world, but not for Candace Chen, a millennial, first-generation American and office drone meandering her way into adulthood in Ling Ma's offbeat, wryly funny, apocalyptic satire, Severance.

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I Hotel
Tenth Anniversary Edition
Karen Tei Yamashita
An epic journey through one of America's most transformative decades via the stories of the activists, laborers, and students who shaped it. ––Recommended by Paul

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