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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Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman
Bob Kaufman, Neeli Cherkovski, Raymond Foye, Tate Swindell
Recommended by Paul

Collected for the first time, the complete surviving works of a major African-American Beat Surrealist poet.

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A Visit from the Goon Squad
Jennifer Egan
Recommended by Anna

"This wild ride includes: PowerPoint-formatted chapters, aging punk rockers, delicious time skips, and the tumult between self-destruction and redemption. Bold and startling, Egan's breakout novel is laugh out loud funny at times, and made me put my hand over my heart (I know) at others."

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Tears of the Trufflepig
A Novel
Fernando A. Flores
Recommended by Paul

An absurdist take on life along the border, an ode to the myths of Mexican culture, and an introduction to a staggeringly smart new voice in American fiction.

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Outline
A Novel
Rachel Cusk
Recommended by Joel

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.

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America Is Not the Heart
A Novel
Recommended by Andy & Paul

America Is Not the Heart is a sprawling, soulful debut about three generations of women in one family struggling to balance the promise of the American dream and the unshakeable grip of history.

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Pedro Pietri
Selected Poetry
Pedro Pietri, Pedro Lopez Adorno, Juan Flores
Recommended by Josiah

A compelling and humorous collection of poems by the poet laureate of the Nuyorican Poets. Includes previously unpublished works.

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Little Boy
A Novel
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Recommended by Stacey & Paul

"Lawrence Ferlinghetti offers the ultimate parting gift to us, the legions of readers who love him. His tale is bittersweet, melancholy, romantic, existential, inquisitive, nostalgic, and funny, and unsparing in his expression of hope for a better world."

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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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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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The Grave on the Wall
Brandon Shimoda
Recommended by Emma

Winner of the 2020 PEN Open Book Award.

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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The Overstory
A Novel
Richard Powers
Recommended by Andy & Michael

A book for all readers who despair of humanity's self-imposed separation from the rest of creation and who hope for the transformative, regenerating possibility of a homecoming. If the trees of this earth could speak, what would they tell us? "Listen. There's something you need to hear."

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Ways of Hearing
Damon Krukowski
Recommended by Andy & Paul

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.

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The Largesse of the Sea Maiden
Stories
Denis Johnson
Recommended by Michael

"A bewitching epitaph. Nobody reported from the haunted depths of American life quite like Johnson."

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A Cat
Leonard Michaels
Recommended by Don

While the mystery of the cat can never ultimately be defined, Michaels comes as close as possible to revealing its essence.


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