Eliza

Eliza, Programs Manager, Jersey City & Brooklyn

Most recent staff pick: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This book reads like the juiciest episode of Behind the Music you've ever seen in your life--there's romance, addiction, sleazy managers, tension in the band, and more addiction. Its only flaw is that you can't actually listen to the Six, who were apparently the band of the '70s. I finished it in two sittings while listening to the Star Is Born soundtrack, an experience I highly recommend for anyone else with strong opinions about Rumours.

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Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781524798628
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 5th, 2019

This book reads like the juiciest episode of Behind the Music you've ever seen in your life--there's romance, addiction, sleazy managers, tension in the band, and more addiction. Its only flaw is that you can't actually listen to the Six, who were apparently the band of the '70s. I finished it in two sittings while listening to the Star Is Born soundtrack, an experience I highly recommend for anyone else with strong opinions about Rumours.


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Astro Baby Cover Image
By Michelle Tea, Mike Perry (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781948340076
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Published: Dottir Press - April 9th, 2019

This book is perfect for the budding child astrologists, or at least the parents of children who wish their babies cared about rising signs. Written by Michelle Tea and illustrated by Mike Perry (you may recognize his work from the Broad City opening credits), Astro Baby is a fun and colorful introduction to the zodiac for all the little Susan Millers in your life.


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You Know You Want This:
$24.99
ISBN: 9781982101633
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - January 15th, 2019

You may remember Kristen Roupenian's viral short story "Cat Person" as the one that launched a thousand think pieces, but whether you loved or hated it, don't assume it'll tell you anything about the rest of her debut collection. You Know You Want This goes way, way darker than "Cat Person" within the first 10 pages, incorporating everything from vindictive preteens to "good" guys and cursed spellbooks hidden in libraries. YOU WANT IT.


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The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062661920
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Published: Ecco - September 11th, 2018

In this very readable true crime tale, Sarah Weinman uncovers the story of Sally Horner, the real-life preteen who almost certainly served as an inspiration for Nabokov's Lolita. While the chapters on the writing of Lolitawill delight Nabokov obsessives, it's Weinman's empathy for Horner that makes this book a keeper.


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Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062433732
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 10th, 2017

We've all heard of Jack the Ripper, Ted Bundy, and the rest, but in Lady Killers, Tori Telfer dives in to the significantly less explored area of female serial killers. Each chapter focuses on a different monster, some that you may have heard of—Elizabeth Báthory, aka the Blood Countess—but most that you haven't. Pro tip: If a woman's hanging around outside your building asking if any old men live there, she's probably looking for a new mark. Hide the arsenic! 


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I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer Cover Image
By Michelle McNamara, Gillian Flynn (Introduction by), Patton Oswalt (Afterword by)
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062319784
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Published: Harper - February 27th, 2018

Though the Golden State Killer has since been identified, Michelle McNamara's account of her obsessive quest to unmask the man who terrorized California in the 1970s and 80s is still an engrossing mystery that will keep you up all night. The book provides a terrifying history of the GSK's crimes, but the chapters where McNamara turns her focus inward are the ones that really stand out.


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Stripped (Happy Endings #1) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781496715241
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Published: Kensington - August 28th, 2018

Have you seen Magic Mike? No? You should fix that, but first read Zoey Castile's Stripped, which is like a book version of Magic Mike, only with more romance and less "wah wah, it sucks so much that my boyfriend is a stripper." It begins with a meet-cute over laundry and ends with our heroine finding herself and ~true love~ while hanging out with the boys of Mayhem City, an all-male revue led by a guy named Ricky who is just begging to have Matthew McConaughey play him in a film adaptation.


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An Unconditional Freedom (The Loyal League #3) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781496707482
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Published: Kensington - February 26th, 2019

An Unconditional Freedom, the third installment in Alyssa Cole's Civil War series, tells the story of two spies who ~fall in love~ while on a dangerous mission through the South. As usual, Cole has done a ton of research, so she keeps things historically accurate and illuminating while also bewitching you with a slow-burning romance.


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How to Eat Pizza Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780735228856
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Published: Dial Books - November 6th, 2018

I am not a child nor do I have any children, but this children's book about pizza is maybe my favorite book I've read this year. This could be because I just love pizza, but it could also be because Jon Burgerman's talking pizza slices are hilarious and adorable.


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I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer Cover Image
By Michelle McNamara, Gillian Flynn (Introduction by), Patton Oswalt (Afterword by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062319791
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 26th, 2019

Though the Golden State Killer has since been identified, Michelle McNamara's account of her obsessive quest to unmask the man who terrorized California in the 1970s and 80s is still an engrossing mystery that will keep you up all night. The book provides a terrifying history of the GSK's crimes, but the chapters where McNamara turns her focus inward are the ones that really stand out. Also, the paperback edition has a new appendix about how they caught the GSK (he was still unidentified when the hardcover debuted).