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    Chris, Bookseller & Cafe, Jersey City 

    Most recent staff pick:

    How to Survive a Summer by Nick White

    I don't believe there are enough adjectives to properly describe how incredible Nick White's astonishing debut novel How to Survive a Summer truly is! Will Dillard is good at keeping the past buried, especially the haunting memories from a long ago summer where he was sent to a camp "to cure him of his homosexuality"as a teenager. Now many years later, Will sets out on a road trip back to Mississippi to return to the same camp now abandoned, to ultimately make peace with his past in order to move on with his life. This is a hauntingly beautiful, thrilling, masterful piece of work. Nick White's words grab your attention and keep you guessing and glued to every page as you try and solve the mystery along with Will.  A true masterpiece and an audacious debut novel.

    How to Survive a Summer Cover Image
    $26.00
    ISBN: 9780399573682
    Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
    Published: Blue Rider Press - June 6th, 2017

    I don't believe there are enough adjectives to properly describe how incredible Nick White's astonishing debut novel How to Survive a Summer truly is! Will Dillard is good at keeping the past buried, especially the haunting memories from a long ago summer where he was sent to a camp "to cure him of his homosexuality"as a teenager. Now many years later, Will sets out on a road trip back to Mississippi to return to the same camp now abandoned, to ultimately make peace with his past in order to move on with his life. This is a hauntingly beautiful, thrilling, masterful piece of work. Nick White's words grab your attention and keep you guessing and glued to every page as you try and solve the mystery along with Will. A true masterpiece and an audacious debut novel.


    Lust & Wonder: A Memoir Cover Image
    $15.99
    ISBN: 9780312424824
    Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
    Published: St. Martin's Griffin - March 28th, 2017

    Augusten Burroughs is literally my voice of reason for this crazy adventure that we all call life! I count Augusten as one of the great storytellers of our time! Augusten takes his life (which would've been great works of fiction) and turns it into heartfelt, funny, and honest observations of what it is to find love, and ultimately find that person you were always meant to be...yourself! I bow down at the alter of Mr. Burroughs! 


    Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression Cover Image
    $26.99
    ISBN: 9780062414373
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    Published: Dey Street Books - April 11th, 2017

    David Leite's memoir is truthful, brave, and above all else a joyful look at a man who truly became the best version of himself. I've read my share of memoirs and I can confidently say this is one of the finest, I've ever had the pleasure to emerse myself in the life of a truly complex, beautiful soul. This is required reading for life! 


    The Upside of Unrequited Cover Image
    $17.99
    ISBN: 9780062348708
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    Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - April 11th, 2017

    Becky Albertalli understands how teens speak and in this lovely, funny, follow-up to the incredible Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, she's really hitting her stride of becoming the voice to a generation in need of a strong voice like Albertalli. This is smart and doesn't talk at you in "Juno" speak but actually treats its characters like fully realized human beings. I love this book! it's a must read heading into this Spring season. 


    Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family Cover Image
    $16.00
    ISBN: 9780735213463
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    Published: Riverhead Books - February 7th, 2017

    A devastating, brutally honest, and profoundly moving account of one young man’s journey of survival through gay conversion therapy. Garrard Conley’s memoir is an uncompromising tale that shines a spotlight on the often untold reality that some LGBTQ people of faith face.


    All Out: A Father and Son Confront the Hard Truths That Made Them Better Men Cover Image
    $17.00
    ISBN: 9780345813886
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    Published: Vintage Books Canada - January 24th, 2017

    An engaging, entertaining, and genuinely moving memoir! All Out goes back and forth between a father and son, giving two unique perspectives to the same experiences shared between them. It’s a beautiful portrait of what true unconditional love is, and the bond of a father and his child.


    Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin Cover Image
    $26.00
    ISBN: 9780812997231
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    Published: Spiegel & Grau - January 31st, 2017

    This was written by both of Trayvon Martin's parents and it crushed me into a million little pieces. The love they have for their son shines through on the page as they talk about their lives without him. Rest in Power encourages us all to take a moment to pull ourselves up and fight the good fight in the name of justice. Be the change you want to see in the world! This is a profoundly moving account of grief, healing, and the undying love of a parent for their child.


    American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus Cover Image
    $26.95
    ISBN: 9780393285093
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    Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 10th, 2017

    A fascinating, provocative expose on the hook-up culture happening today on college campuses around the country. American Hookup comes at a time where it couldn't be more relevant or of more significant importance! An eye-opening, at times uncomfortable, but an ultimately deeply moving book that packs a powerful punch.


    It Looks Like This Cover Image
    $16.99
    ISBN: 9780763687199
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    Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 6th, 2016

    Thoughtful, moving, and one of the most enjoyable novels I've had the pleasure to not just read, but thoroughly enjoy. LGBTQ young adult literature is thriving and I'm thankful for voices like Rafi Mittlefehldt, he wrote a book that my teenage self would've been incredibly thankful and lucky to have come across when I was coming out.