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
  |  Linda
  |  Michael
  |  Nancy
  |  Paul
  |  Peter
  |  Ryan
  |  Scott
  |  Stacey
  |  Vanessa

   
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Biased
Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do
Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt
Unconscious bias can be at work without our realizing it, and even when we genuinely wish to treat all people equally, ingrained stereotypes can infect our visual perception, attention, memory, and behavior. With a perspective at once scientific, investigative, and informed by personal experience, Eberhardt offers us insights into the dilemma.
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The Summer of Dead Birds
Ali Liebegott
A poet documents depression and grief in this autobiographical novel-in-verse.
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Black Leopard, Red Wolf
(The Dark Star Trilogy)
Marlon James
Spilling copious amounts of warm blood, Marlon James has dipped into African folklore & myth to breathe new life into a genre that was in danger of stagnation. I had given up on anything contemporary resembling high fantasy. Then this book hit. What seemed old & stuffy now feels unique, shocking, & challenging. As it should. - Recommended by Daven
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The Hole
José Revueltas
The Hole tells in visceral and terrifying detail the frantic moments leading up to a desperate scheme by 3 inmates to smuggle drugs into Mexico's infamous Lecumberre Prison. An ominous parable about post-revolutionary Mexico’s institutions and their intent on the individual, and a classic of modern Mexican literature. - Recommended by Josiah
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The Golden State
A Novel
Lydia Kiesling
The gorgeous becomes mundane, the mundane becomes gorgeous. Like trying to run in a dream only your feet won't move, and it’s coming closer, it’s coming closer... - Recommended by Vanessa
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Largesse of the Sea Maiden
Stories
Denis Johnson
A bewitching epitaph. Nobody reported from the haunted depths of American life quite like Johnson. - Recommended by Michael
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Cat
Leonard Michaels
"You look at a cat, and it looks at you. You have the scary idea that a cat is a kind of person. You look more carefully and let the cat's eyes tell you what it sees. It sees you are a kind of cat."
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W.E.B. Du Bois's Data Portraits
Visualizing Black America
Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Britt Rusert
Recommended by Paul The colorful charts, graphs, and maps presented at the 1900 Paris Exposition by famed sociologist and black rights activist W. E. B. Du Bois offered a view into the lives of black Americans, conveying a literal and figurative representation of "the color line."
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The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish
A Novel
Katya Apekina
Gender and power dynamics spasm and ripple out of control in the most intimate spaces and, simultaneously, in a broader American context, framed by the 1960's student movements and the New York art scene of the 1990's. --Recommended by Ivy
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In the Distance
Hernan Diaz
The Western as American myth has rarely been done so well, or been so well subverted. Hernan Diaz's story of Hakan, a young Swedish immigrant forced to fend for himself in the Gold Rush-era American West, is a coming-of-age tale, a picaresque, and a survival story filled with evocative beauty. -- Recommended by Christopher P.
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The Unknown Poe
An Anthology of Fugitive Writings
Edgar Allan Poe, Raymond Foye
An indispensable anthology of brilliant hard-to-find writings by Poe on poetry, the imagination, humor, and the sublime which adds a new dimension to his stature as a speculative thinker and philosopher. Essays (in translation) by Charles Baudelaire...
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Grumpy Monkey
Suzanne Lang
A hilarious picture book about dealing with unexplained feelings…and the danger in suppressing them!––Recommended by Caitlyn
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Goodbye, Vitamin
A Novel
Rachel Khong
Her life at a crossroads, a young woman goes home again in this funny and inescapably moving debut from a wonderfully original new literary voice. (Recommended by Vanessa)
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As Black As Resistance
William C. Anderson, Zoé Samudzi
Here are the tools––they cut through the bullshit of systematic anti-blackness, white supremacist capitalism, & consumption based politics, & make way for systems that change resistance.––Recommended by Jared

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