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Organs of Little Importance by Adrienne Chung

Find me another poetry book that begins with a Spice Girls quote. Go ahead. Try. You can’t. This collection is a beautiful little treasure. Reading Adrienne Chung’s stories is like holding a microphone to one’s head—all of these modern problems about confusing feelings that have been around since humans realized they were feeling things. It’s bright yet haunting.

—Nikole

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Organs of Little Importance (Penguin Poets) By Adrienne Chung, Solmaz Sharif (Selected by) Cover Image
By Adrienne Chung, Solmaz Sharif (Selected by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780143137740
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Published: Penguin Books - October 10th, 2023

Hearts of Darkness by Jana Monroe

The mention of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit often starts a frenzy among true crime fans. Hannibal, Criminal Minds, and Mindhunter all dramatize the FBI’s legendary criminal investigation unit. And none of that would have been possible without Jana Monroe. Monroe’s experience as not only one of the first members of the real-life unit but the first (and at the time, only) female profiler is both frustrating and liberating, and is a must-read for fans of the genre.  

—Nikole

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Hearts of Darkness: Serial Killers, the Behavioral Science Unit, and My Life as a Woman in the FBI By Jana Monroe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419766114
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 10th, 2023

The Future by Naomi Alderman

I’ve been a fan of Naomi Alderman since her Zombies, Run! days and have enjoyed watching her literary career explode with acclaim and success. Her newest book reminds me of Snowcrash in how fun, thrilling, intelligent, and fantastically bonkers it is. It is a genre-defying work that blends social critique, survivalist mania, futuristic tech, and philosophical treaties. I just couldn’t put it down. Two women whose meeting is unlikely and whose relationship is even more so, live in a world that teeters on the brink of disaster. I laughed, I cried, I stared at the ceiling thinking long into the night about my place in the world. Truly, this is one that will be talked about for many years to come.  

—Jax

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ISBN: 9781668025680
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 7th, 2023

Never Whistle at Night Edited by Shane Hawk & Theodore C. VanAlst

This collection opens with a beautiful invitation from Stephan Graham Jones: “Why don’t you come over here into the dark with us?” These short stories don’t feel exactly like legends retold or tales of ancestral horror; they feel like hands reaching out from a dark room, ready to guide you through what your imagination makes of the darkness. These authors, these tour guides, provide truly incomparable stories that force you to sit with them, uncomfortably. This anthology challenged me, and I am honestly thankful for that.  

—Nikole

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Never Whistle at Night: An Indigenous Dark Fiction Anthology By Shane Hawk (Editor), Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr. (Editor) Cover Image
By Shane Hawk (Editor), Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr. (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780593468463
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Published: Vintage - September 19th, 2023

Critical Hits Edited by Carmen Maria Machado & J. Robert Lennon

OMG, get this for the gamer in your life. If you know someone with a fascination for video games who also happens to love insightful literature, writing, and queer commentary, this is the book for them. The people who like video games get it, and the people who don’t, don’t; I think this collection of essays helps to close that gap as much as it helps people like me find community with people who are naturally a little more closed off.  

—Nikole

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By Carmen Maria Machado (Editor), J. Robert Lennon (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781644452615
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 21st, 2023

The Witching Year by Diana Helmuth

I began The Witching Year with the same hesitation that Diana Helmuth began her year of witchcraft with. I quickly overcame my uncertainty as I became familiar with her snarky sense of humor, her humbling honesty, and her genuine emotional investment. Helmuth’s journey is an insightful ride that takes us deep into the world of covens, rituals, and overpriced colored candles. Her experience hits close to home, as her roots are firmly planted in Northern California, and I found myself (a nonpracticing theoretical enjoyer of witchcraft) growing in confidence with each new leap of faith she takes—if she can do it, why can’t I?

—Nikole

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The Witching Year: A Memoir of Earnest Fumbling Through Modern Witchcraft By Diana Helmuth Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781668002988
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Published: S&S/Simon Element - October 3rd, 2023

Art Monsters: Unruly Bodies in Feminist Art by Lauren Elkin

When it comes to the creative process, women must work differently. It is a fundamental, emotional, psychological difference that has been voiced time and time again by the most brilliant feminist minds. In order to create, we must destroy. The contradiction of woman as maker/monster sparked this collection from Lauren Elkin, who takes it upon herself to dissect the role of women creators in a world not meant to fit their bodies of work. 

—Nikole

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ISBN: 9780374105952
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 14th, 2023

Killingly by Katharine Beutner

Killingly sends you on a somber journey to recover Bertha Mellish, an odd yet promising student at Mount Holyoke College, who disappeared out of thin air. This novel is full of shocking reveals, ulterior motives, and beautiful literary prose. Although it is a work of fiction, Katharine Beutner based this dark academia mystery off of a real disappearance in the winter of 1897. The tragic scenario resonates now, in the aftermath of Roe v. Wade being overturned, more than ever.  —NIKOLE

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ISBN: 9781641294379
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Published: Soho Crime - June 6th, 2023

The Insatiable Volt Sisters by Rachel Eve Mouton

This supernatural tale grabbed me by the throat and dragged me under. What begins as a simple story of two sisters reuniting for their father’s funeral transforms into a haunting exploration of the family’s dark past, their island’s monstrous origins, and the hidden powers that have been growing inside them. This novel is strange, engrossing, and a wonderful exploration of how both trauma and love surpass the physical realm and change us from within.  —NIKOLE

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ISBN: 9780374538323
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Published: MCD x FSG Originals - April 4th, 2023

Monsters: A Fan’s Dilemma by Claire Dederer

As lovers of art, as feminists, as humans with morals, and as artists ourselves, how do we look at the work created by monstrous people? This is the conundrum Claire Deberer finds herself struggling with in this deeply personal and brutally honest book. Deberer makes me, a female filmmaker and film enjoyer, feel heard—at least now I know someone shares my confusion, my conflictedness, about how to appreciate art when the artists themselves are flawed (terrible, sometimes) people.  —NIKOLE

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ISBN: 9780525655114
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Published: Knopf - April 25th, 2023

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