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    PriestDaddy: A Memoir by Patricia Lockwood

    This is a memoir collection that will cause you to cry/laugh/hiccup/ gasp all within the span of a few pages. Lockwood is an incredible poet and cultural observer, whose story makes your well trod "unconventional childhood" memoir territory literally a walk in the park. Recommend for fans of Jenny Lawson and unpretentious poetry alike.  

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    $27.00
    ISBN: 9781594633737
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    Published: Riverhead Books - May 2nd, 2017

    This is a memoir collection that will cause you to cry/laugh/hiccup/ gasp all within the span of a few pages. Lockwood is an incredible poet and cultural observer, whose story makes your well trod "unconventional childhood" memoir territory literally a walk in the park. Recommend for fans of Jenny Lawson and unpretentious poetry alike.  


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    $28.00
    ISBN: 9780812995343
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    Published: Random House - February 14th, 2017

    We read this over 6 months ago and have thought about it every day since. It's hard not to overpraise George Saunders, but there is not a funnier, sadder, more beautiful, empathy inducing, and ultimately heartbreaking book that will come out this year. Also, there are a lot of great dirty jokes. If you're a fan of Saunders short fiction, you will be astonished by what he does with all this space. If you have no idea who or what this is, you will love it anyway. Please read this. It's a transformative piece of work.


    I Am Not Your Negro: A Companion Edition to the Documentary Film Directed by Raoul Peck Cover Image
    $15.00
    ISBN: 9780525434696
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    Published: Vintage - February 7th, 2017

    A unique book that contains both the incredible thoughts, interviews, and writings of Baldwin himself and the creation of the documentary currently selling out theatres, I Am Not Your Negro is a kick in the stomach and a light bulb over your head. The mind of James Baldwin is an incredible thing to behold in any circumstances, and much needed now. 


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    The Loved Ones Cover Image
    $18.00
    ISBN: 9780984764846
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    Published: Relegation Books - October 18th, 2016

    I read THE LOVED ONES by Sonya Chung with breathless urgency. It was as expansive as I needed it it to be while also telling the most personal of family stories. Much missing American immigration and great migration history was missing for me that this beautiful story helped piece together. From the first page this novel is brimming with prismatic, intersectional moments I was not aware of between Korean and black americans in the post war era. The intergenerational aspect just helps the pages race by as generations carry each other's burdens and triumphs through the years. Fans of HOMEGOING and WHITE TEETH will feel this novel is a blessing on their nightstands.


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    Today Will Be Different Cover Image
    $27.00
    ISBN: 9780316403436
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    Published: Little Brown and Company - October 4th, 2016

    First world problems have never been more entertaining. Set in the same world as Where'd You Go Bernadette, Eleanor needs to get her life together. She's got the house, the husband, the hobbies and philanthropy and before it becomes too Mrs. Dalloway, she's got a way of seeing the world that proves just how... off...things may actually be in the happy world of upper class Seattle. For anyone who woke up and said, today is the day I eat/sleep/exercise/behave/work better and then the day just gets you, Eleanor's day will be surreally familiar.


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    The Clancys of Queens: A Memoir Cover Image
    $27.00
    ISBN: 9781101903117
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    Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - October 11th, 2016

    This is the story of a dying breed: multi-generational born and bred New Yorkers. It is a read that causes you to embarrass yourself on the subway laughing and crying out loud. It's told by an expert MOTH storyteller with the empathy, wordplay, and passion. I cannot wait to put this book in people's hands.


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    A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age Cover Image
    $28.00
    ISBN: 9780525955221
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    Published: Dutton Books - September 6th, 2016

    "Why don't they teach logic in these schools?" goes the professor in my favorite childhood book. If only he knew! In an era where flame wars and bold faced lies dominant our information, the subtler, perhaps more dangerous rhetoric and logic that control our everyday interactions on both a personal and a commerce level go univestigated. The logic and clarity Levitin encourages us to encounter the world through is also the tools used to write his book.


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    Lady Cop Makes Trouble Cover Image
    $26.00
    ISBN: 9780544409941
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    Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 6th, 2016

    The awesome sequel to Girl Waits with Gun dives further into the adventures of the Knopp sisters in turn of the century NYC and New Jersey. Historical and detective fiction at its best, Amy Stewart both entertains and makes you deeply curious.


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    The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race Cover Image
    $25.00
    ISBN: 9781501126345
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    Published: Scribner Book Company - August 2nd, 2016

    This book is like good church; it is a welcome home and everyone gets their say. The likes of Isabel Wilkerson, Kevin Young, and Claudia Rankine provide raw and yet perfectly punctuated contributions- even with all the heavy hitters in this collection no one phones it in. The topic of race rarely gets more than a few inofensive platitudes at best; insted Jesmyn Ward has currated on The Fire This Time harshly earned beauty and warm familiarity. I want to give this book to everyone I meet, and yet I feel it was written just for me.


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    The Lesser Bohemians Cover Image
    $26.00
    ISBN: 9781101903483
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    Published: Hogarth Press - September 20th, 2016

    How Eimer McBride wrote a love story that is both believable and defies reason is beyond me. I read this book in two sittings; enthralled both by her prose and by the mind of its heroine. McBride spares you neither the pain nor the joy of learning and loving another person while discovering yourself.


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    The Underground Railroad Cover Image
    $26.95
    ISBN: 9780385542364
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    Published: Doubleday Books - August 2nd, 2016

    Colson Whitehead has written in almost every genre, but it is in this bending of historical and the imaginary that has created my favorite novel. UNDERGROUND RAILROAD takes the idea of a literal railroad and applies it to the real trials of slavery. Whitehead's gift for character and dialog are on full display in the brilliant Cora and bold Cesar, whose escape the novel follows. People will tell you this novel is important and powerful, which it is, but it is first and foremost a transportative read.


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    The Last Days of New Paris Cover Image
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    ISBN: 9780345543998
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    Published: Del Rey Books - August 9th, 2016

    The history you think you know, retold by one of the most imaginative minds to put pen to paper, China Mieville's The Last Days of New Paris is the collision of WWII, Art, 20th-century extreme politics, and, my favorite part, a damned good thriller. When a surrealist bomb intended to finally defeat the Nazi regime instead releases weaponized madness, the full extent of philosophical consequences takes on a new reality. If that description made little sense but sounds interesting, Mieville's book will be very fun for you. Alternate reality does not quite suffice for the adventurous mind-bender that is The Last Days of New Paris. 


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    Trying to Float: Coming of Age in the Chelsea Hotel Cover Image
    $25.00
    ISBN: 9781501132988
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    Published: Scribner Book Company - July 12th, 2016

    Nicolaia Rips wrote a delightful, fond narrative of her "it takes a village" upbringing in The Chelsea Hotel. Every kind of New York character you can imagine fills her experience which, by the age of 17 when she published this title, is more reasoned and broad-viewed than most. Amidst the whimsical stories of Halloweens gone wrong are the truly anxiety-inducing tales of bullying and educational mishaps that can so harm us early on. But, Rips wears the Chelsea Hotel like armor, and if you read this book, so can you. (Hannah)


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    Underground Airlines Cover Image
    $26.00
    ISBN: 9780316261241
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    Published: Mulholland Books - July 5th, 2016

    If smartphones had been around, would the underground railroad have been better or more easily defeated? Ben H. Winters has reimagined our world without the civil war, where slavery still exists and wreaks obvious havoc on our country's soul. Victor is a brilliant black man taking one of the few jobs he can: bounty hunting. So begins the incredibly unique and thoroughly realized novel you will want everyone you know to read. (Hannah)


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    Heartbreaker: Stories Cover Image
    $14.00
    ISBN: 9780374536060
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    Published: Fsg Originals - July 12th, 2016

    Maryse Meijer's words have teeth. Her stories are brief and potent, capturing moments of heartbreak and creation. Using the tools of the fairy tale, Heartbreaker tackles subjects of loss, sex, and the tensions that occur on the cusp of transition into adulthood. There are terrifying consequences, surprising turns, and, yes, heartbreak, in the these few pages. A perfect read for those who travel or only have bite-sized moments in their day to read; there is a lot packed into 208 pages. (Hannah)


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    $28.00
    ISBN: 9780345505002
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    Published: Ballantine Books - May 24th, 2016

    The third book in this celebrated series brings it to a satisfying close. If you have not read The Passage this book will be confusing for you, but lucky you, you get to read Passage for the first time. Years after the events of The Twelve, Amy, the central protagonist, comes to face her destined foe in an epic battle amidst the ruins of New York. Few heroes of speculative fiction are as fully fleshed and familiar as Amy, and few dark forces are as unnerving as those found in Cronin's work. The pace of this book is well done, the post-apocalypse heavy with the uncomfortably real feeling of Cormac McCarthy and Margaret Atwood. Take Cronin with you on your travels, keep it by your bedside, and be blown away. (Hannah)


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    Rich and Pretty Cover Image
    $25.99
    ISBN: 9780062429933
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    Published: Ecco Press - June 7th, 2016

    It is so deeply satisfying to read a compelling female friendship set in the present day that goes beyond the coming of age narrative. Alam gives us the deeply felt and snarkily humorous story of two best friends who have made their lives and find themselves looking across the chasm of their life choices. Sarah & Lauren are grown women evaluating their lives and trying to reconnect, but falling into the traps of comparison, envy, and defensiveness. Alam captures the pain of the grass is always greener and offers the reader the truth that a life well-lived isn't always as satisfying as it should be if you lost your friend in the process. (Hannah)


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    Saint Mazie Cover Image
    $14.99
    ISBN: 9781455599905
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    Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 14th, 2016

    Attenberg brings to life the story of the “Queen of the Bowery” Mazie Phillips-Gordon from her best to her hardest times. Though the moments in the book cover a wide range of times and experiences, Attenberg’s light touch never falls prey to heavy-handedness and instead sweeps the reader into Mazie and her compatriot’s world. Written in journal form with "interview" interludes, the reading experience is an intimate and exciting one. She walks the streets of New York, bangles jingling, sharing what wealth and energy she has. But Mazie isn't a sob story. Part lesson in street smarts, part spiritual exploration of what makes us keep working against all odds, Mazie is a unique novel of one of the most fascinating historical figures you've never heard about. (Hannah)


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    The Noise of Time Cover Image
    $25.95
    ISBN: 9781101947241
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    Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 10th, 2016

    Here is Julian Barnes doing what he does best, exploring the gigantic significance of small moments and the personal side of historic events. The power of group thing and the struggle against the weight of expectations fight within the breast of Barne's characters in Noise, bringing personal pain to 1930s, 20th century New York, and the Soviet Union. Caught between survival, artistic integrity, and family, Dmitri Shostakovic is at time aggressive, small, and always real. 


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    Enter Helen: The Invention of Helen Gurley Brown and the Rise of the Modern Single Woman Cover Image
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    ISBN: 9780062342669
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    Published: Harper - April 19th, 2016

    The Woman, The Myth, The Badass. Helen Gurley Brown wrote Sex and the Single Girl and transformed Cosmopolitian magazine to help create a new kind of unapologetically single woman. This book is as much a dynamic biography of Brown herself, featuring interviews with colleagues, friends, and Brown's own letters, as it is a portrait of the swinging sixties, New York, and the postwar boom. Hauser's writing matches her subject is alternately playful and serious, it is completelyin control of its narrative. Second wave feminism, sex, and "having it all" get their due in this book about a woman who, love her or leave her, has transformed our lives.


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    How to Set a Fire and Why Cover Image
    $24.95
    ISBN: 9781101870570
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    Published: Pantheon Books - July 5th, 2016

    Lucia spends her days trying to follow one rule, "Don't do things you aren't proud of," but circumstances are not making that any easier as her parents disappear and school becomes a battleground. When she discovers her interest in fire, however, both her life and the novel light up. The story is brief and edge-of-your-seat as Lucia befriends the Arson Club and, in the incredibly clipped and dagger-true storytelling style only Jesse Ball has, descends. (Hannah)