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    Kristina, cafe manager, Jersey City

    Most recent staff pick: Triangle by Marc Barnett

    The first book of this upcoming trilogy introduces us to Triangle and Square. Within the beautifully illustrated pages Triangle sets out to Square's neck of the woods with a super sneaky plan to trick his friend. Will Triangle complete his mission successfully? What is his motivation? Will Square come up with his own plan? These are all questions that can be contemplated with the kids after reading.

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    By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
    $15.99
    ISBN: 9780763696030
    Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
    Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 14th, 2017

    The first book of this upcoming trilogy introduces us to Triangle and Square. Within the beautifully illustrated pages Triangle sets out to Square's neck of the woods with a super sneaky plan to trick his friend. Will Triangle complete his mission successfully? What is his motivation? Will Square come up with his own plan? These are all questions that can be contemplated with the kids after reading.


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    At the Existentialist Cafe: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails with Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Mauri Cover Image
    $25.00
    ISBN: 9781590514887
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    Published: Other Press (NY) - March 1st, 2016

    This book is great for the average person who wants to learn about or expand their knowledge on the philosophy of existentialism. Bakewell does a great job at trying to define existentialism (not an easy task), delivers interesting biographical information on the "key players" of the philosophy, and provides us with a historical timeline of the progression of Existentialism. (Kristina)


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    By Rob Campanella (Composer), Chuck Palahniuk (Read by)
    $30.00
    ISBN: 9781942600268
    Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
    Published: Rare Bird Books - December 16th, 2015

    This is a must-listen for all Fight Club fanatics, Chuck stalkers, and vinyl enthusiasts. Read by none other than Chuck himself and set to the perfect gritty-like music to set the mood, this Fight Club prequel takes us way back in time and gives us a glimpse of Tyler before he became acquainted with Sebastian. (Kristina)


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    You Don't Have to Like Me: Essays on Growing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding Feminism Cover Image
    $16.00
    ISBN: 9780142181683
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    Published: Plume Books - October 20th, 2015

    These essays made me want to find Alida Nugent and somehow become her best friend. She's witty, sometimes snarky, and is honest about the fact that she hasn't always owned up to her feminist viewpoints. Alida explains her transition from trying to fit in as "just one of the cool guys" to the proud woman that she is today, remaining transparent about the good and the ugly behavior. This is a great read for anyone that is confused or battling themselves about what feminism (that scary f-word) really means.


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    Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist Cover Image
    $26.00
    ISBN: 9780316386531
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    Published: Lee Boudreaux Books - January 12th, 2016

    Set amid the pandemonium of Seattle's 1999 WTO protest, we follow the narrative of seven contrasting viewpoints including cops, revolters, and a diplomat that end up being intricately weaved together. This book made me feel a vast array of emotions from terrified to empowered. Yapa's visceral emotion evoking prose (especially the heart-wrenching envisioning of massive teargas clouds) is going to haunt my thoughts straight through 2016. (Kristina)


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    Fishbowl Cover Image
    $24.99
    ISBN: 9781250057808
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    Published: St. Martin's Press - August 4th, 2015

    We begin with the presumed impending death of Ian, the goldfish, only knowing that he ends up plummeting towards the ground from a 27th floor balcony. He finally has freedom, but that doesn't even begin to graze what this novel is really about. In a story set solely inside The Seville on Roxy, Somer explores the diverse tenants (with their surplus of issues) and gives us a look into the interesting crusade of developing (or stumbling upon) and destroying human connection with one another. Oh, the webs we weave. (Kristina)


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    $24.99
    ISBN: 9781501100147
    Availability: Hard to Find
    Published: Touchstone Books - July 28th, 2015

    Gonzo Girl was inspired by Cheryl Della Pietra's experiences as former live-in assistant to Hunter S. Thompson. Recent college graduate/somewhat naive Alley "Cat" moves in as assistant to infamous author (drug abusing/gun loving lunatic) Walker Reade in the hopes of getting her manuscript recognized. There are good moments, but it is ultimately the lows that cause Alley to question how much is worth putting up with before she gives up what she thought was going to be the road to her big break as an author. (Kristina)


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    Perfect Days Cover Image
    $25.00
    ISBN: 9781594206405
    Availability: Special Order: Please email for availability
    Published: Penguin Press - February 16th, 2016

    Teo ditches his best friend, the corpse, to spend some quality time secreted away in a hotel room with the love of his life, Clarice. She arrives packed in Teo's suitcase, the mind games commence, and it's a race of who can outwit who. This psychological thriller is stomach-churning (not for the faint of heart) and keeps you guessing with several plot twists right up until the finale. (Kristina)


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    The Octopus Rises Cover Image
    $22.99
    ISBN: 9781606998472
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    Published: Fantagraphics Books - August 8th, 2015

    Each unique story has a brilliant level of absurdity: from the humanization of beloved childhood characters, Bert and Ernie, to a tale about a man who goes about his day in a normal manner while bleeding out from multiple wounds. (Kristina)


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    By Anne Garreta, Emma Ramadan (Translator), Daniel Levin Becker (Introduction by)
    $14.95
    ISBN: 9781941920091
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    Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - April 21st, 2015

    Beautifully translated from French, Sphinx is a genderless love story set amid the Parisian nightlife scene between the narrator, a DJ, and an American cabaret dancer who remains nameless throughout the entire story. Sticking to true Oulipo fashion, Garreta does an amazing job writing within the constraints she sets for herself and produces a risque story that challenges social & gender norms. (Kristina)