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Luster by Raven Leilani

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Ruth
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Luster: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374194321
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 4th, 2020

Wow. Leilani's prose is breathless, incisive, and bitingly funny.  The scathingly self-aware main character, Edie, is the most relatable character I've read in a long time. My favorite sentence from this book is "I think of all the gods I have made out of feeble men.” I read the last few pages as slowly as I could, just to savor it. This is a book I will be gifting to everyone I know. Literally. Everyone.


Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener

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Uncanny Valley: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374278014
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Published: MCD - January 14th, 2020

Who knew that an up-close view of the late-capitalist hellscape that is Silicon Valley could be so engrossing? Weiner's story is quintessentially, tragically millennial: a passionate but broke do-gooder moves to California to work on the fringe of the tech industry. The precision and wit of Weiner's prose makes this memoir one of the best I've read all year. 


Baby, I Don't Care by Chelsey Minnis

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$18.00
ISBN: 9781940696720
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Published: Wave Books - September 4th, 2018

“I love to go to bed sober, / which means I have to start drinking early,” writes Minnis. These poems are like the kind of friend you want to bring to a party but don't want driving your car-- aggressive, reckless, and absurd. You will devour them like a tub of cookie dough at 1 AM, except that you won't regret it.


Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh

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Homesick for Another World: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399562907
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Published: Penguin Books - December 5th, 2017

Jia Tolentino calls her the "the most interesting contemporary American writer on the subject of being alive when being alive feels terrible," and I could not agree more. Moshfegh has the uncanny ability to write brilliantly unlikable characters, the kind whose foibles are so tender that you find yourself laughing and crying in recognition of their plight. This is a collection that I come back to whenever I want to feel less alone.
 


Feel Free by Zadie Smith

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ISBN: 9780143110255
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Published: Penguin Books - February 5th, 2019

Intellectually adventurous, humorous, and original, there is not a single throw-away essay in this collection. Who else can muse about Justin Bieber, Brexit, and contemporary art with such grace and nuance? These essays left me feeling like all the doors of my mind had been blown open. 


Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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Riley
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By Joseph Conrad, Joyce Carol Oates (Introduction by), Vince Passaro (Afterword by)
$5.95
ISBN: 9780451531032
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Published: Signet - August 5th, 2008

Short in length, dense in substance. This book can be read with new layers of understanding each time. Conrad takes you deep into the jungle of the Congo and illustrates what it means to be beastly. I closed the back cover in awe.


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501173219
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Published: Scribner - April 4th, 2017

Everyone should read this book! Two characters from very different origins at the start of the 2nd World War find a connection in the place you'd least expect. Let Doerr take you back in time and introduce you to Marie-Laure and Werner, both who will steal your heart and bring tears to your eyes.


On Writing by Stephen King

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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982159375
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Published: Scribner - June 2nd, 2020

Part memoir, part craft book, King's famous writing talent shins through in his autobiography. He reveals his writing process and why he's able to pump out bestselling horror novels at a remarkable pace. For fans, critics, and writers alike, King's blunt, unapologetic, and confident style will keep you turning the pages.


The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

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By Cornelia Funke, Christian Birmingham (Illustrator), Christian Birmingham (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780545227704
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Published: Chicken House - May 1st, 2010

Three stories masterfully woven into one with how many twists and bends Funke works into this heart-warming story about a gang of orphans, their allusive leader, a humble detective, an unusual carousel, and of course, lots of thievery. Characters that will steal your heart, a setting that made me fall in love with Venice, Italy, and a mystery that only seems to deepen. One of my favorite books of all time! without a doubt!


The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

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The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780440420477
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Published: Yearling - March 13th, 2007

You know those books that you keep at your bedside just so they're there in case you want to reach over and open to a new chapter? This one is mine. It always cheers me up. When their normal vacation rental gets swept up at the last minute, the family stumbles into the guesthouse at snooty Ms. Tifton's grandeur estate. You'll inevitably get attached to one or all of the Penderwick sisters as they take you through their silly, mischievous, and wholesome adventures. This book will always have a place in my heart.


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