Meet Maria, the protagonist of Nevada and my new fictional best friend. Her favorite word is “whatever.” She is trans and Trying to Figure That Out. She is also freshly single and just got fired and kind of homeless and Trying to Figure That Out Too... without retreating into herself like she always does. Eventually, Maria "borrows" her ex's car and drives west. Trust me when I say you want to drive west with her.
Imogen Bonnie wrote this propulsive, luminous firecracker of a book in 2013. My hope is that this new edition released in 2022 will find new readers, because this is a book that really could change the world.
These events all took place in our Burlington store.
Behind this gloriously cheeky cover (ha!) lies a brilliant tour de force that I couldn't put down. The history of the butt, it turns out, says a lot about us humans! From colonialism to Nicki Minaj and everything in between, this is a fantastic and fascinating read.
I've always loved the word "rollicking," and for The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, it is the perfect descriptor. This book is a ROLLICKING coming-of-age joyride of a book. Michael Chabon has perfectly depicted the feelings that fill the air when you're a late teen and it's the summertime. Humor and sadness and heartbreak and hope! First love! Sneaking beers and doing other dumb things with your dumb friends! This book almost makes me miss being a teenager. Almost.
Natalie Haynes transforms the Medusa story we’ve been fed into a layered history of the women at its center and the monster we’ve all been taught to fear. Stone Blind delivers exactly the kind of retelling I have been craving, inexplicably rich, lyrical, and wound up in tragedy. With every delicate line and merciless moment, Haynes dismantles the complex relationships and powerful forces at play within the Medusa myth, creating a wholly authentic view of the monster and existing as a woman within the sphere of the gods.
Romance novel obsessed Tara Chen has had more than her fair share of heartbreak. After an inspiring interview, Tara gets an idea: revisit all of her past romances and reevaluate them with the hope of securing the time honored trope, the second chance romance. Amy Lea has written the romance heroine of my dreams and one of my all time favorite friends to lovers romances. A true love letter to every romance aficionado out there, and funny as hell.
Emily Wilde’s Encyclopedia of Faeries enchants with a cozy atmosphere and scholarly inquiry into the world of the fae. Combining fantasy, mystery, history, and romance elements, this is a one-of-a-kind story, unlike anything I've read concerning faerie so far. Fawcett debuts a delightful academic fantasy to cherish and revel in.
Roshani Chokshi breathes life into this gothic novel centered around fairytales, myth, and the treacherous secrets of a marriage. Wandering the halls of the crumbling House of Dreams, Chokshi spins her tale, interweaving fairy tales into the central narrative amidst broken promises and childhood dreams. This is everything you could possibly wish for in a gothic novel, and the way it slowly approaches the final act will leave you breathless in its downfall.
A delightfully modern retelling of Much Ado About Nothing where two opposites fake date each other to get back at their meddling friends. Chloe Liese designs a humorous and playful romance that made my heart ache. Fantastic neurodivergent and mental health representation, and one of the best romance pairings I have read about in quite some time. Matchmaking with a twist. Perfect for fans of the retelling.
Calling all fantasy lovers! Stop in to Phoenix Books Burlington on Saturday, January 21st to meet bestselling authors Tricia Levenseller and Laurie Forest! Tricia and Laurie will be on hand from 12-1:30PM to chat, answer questions, and will also be happy to sign and personalize copies of their books!
Please join us as we welcome Felicia Kornbluh to Phoenix Books in Burlington for a discussion of her new book, A Woman's Life is a Human Life: My Mother, Our Neighbor, and the Journey from Reproductive Rights to Reproductive Justice. Dr. Kornbluh will be in conversation with Senator Kesha Ram Hinsdale.