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Surviving 2020: Books That Will Make You Believe in Humanity
Strong Women Through the Ages
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Worlds Beyond Time: Sci-Fi Art of the 1970s By Adam Rowe Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781419748691
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Published: Abrams - July 25th, 2023


Lauren Groff’s every literary creation is exquisitely crafted, calculated, and audacious, each finding new ways to explore universal topics. Here she dives deep into the survival story as set in 1610 Jamestown, where a young woman flees the harrowing fort, entering a wilderness both philosophical and real, one that forces her to reconsider her beliefs, asking what it means to live, and from whom or what one is seeking to survive. The Vaster Wilds is urgent, visceral, teeming with unbound nature, and gorgeous in its rendering.  

—Melinda

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The Vaster Wilds: A Novel By Lauren Groff Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593418390
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 12th, 2023


Ntozake Shange, author of the seminal for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, was one of our greatest writers, and this collection, curated by editor Imani Perry, is a feast for those who have loved her work and love the literary word. Sing a Black Girl’s Song collects essays, poetry, and plays taken from handwritten manuscripts throughout her life. Her essays are poetry, her poems songs, and all read with immediate, beautiful power, marking her loss but celebrating the wealth we can still enjoy.  

—Jocelyn

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Sing a Black Girl's Song: The Unpublished Work of Ntozake Shange By Ntozake Shange, Imani Perry (Editor), Tarana Burke (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Ntozake Shange, Imani Perry (Editor), Tarana Burke (Foreword by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780306828515
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Published: Legacy Lit - September 12th, 2023


Southwest native Gabriel Dozal understands the U.S.-Mexico border and its complexity. His smart, playfully challenging collection explores its realities beyond our newsfeeds, and further considers what other borders are crossed in our hyper-technological world. Set alongside their Spanish translations, these poems create the tale of two siblings and their real/unreal experience. If you’re looking for something unexpected, there is much to gain in the unfettered reading of this trailblazing work. 

—Melinda

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The Border Simulator: Poems By Gabriel Dozal, Natasha Tiniacos (Translated by) Cover Image
By Gabriel Dozal, Natasha Tiniacos (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593447291
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Published: One World - August 15th, 2023


A Haunting on the Hill is a disturbing and tingling horror story that brilliantly combines terror and curiosity. Elizabeth Hand populates her version of Hill House with big egos that battle under the house’s deep gloom. She takes great care to create an unusual blend of fear and attraction. Everything is present, from gothic secrets to dubious housekeepers. As the storm approaches, emotions run wild, drawing you along with the characters toward insanity.  

—Kristina

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A Haunting on the Hill: A Novel By Elizabeth Hand Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316527323
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Published: Mulholland Books - October 3rd, 2023


This is a book you can taste, an exploration of flavor, a sensuous story of hunger, desire, and longing. A tale set in a future when only the wealthy thrive, high above the bland gray food consumed by the masses below. C. Pam Zhang’s writing is beautiful and creative and the ideas she explores are complex, disturbing, and provocative. This is an amazing novel, a reading experience that is immediate and visceral.  

—Trey

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Land of Milk and Honey: A Novel By C Pam Zhang Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593538241
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 26th, 2023


Nathan Hill’s deliciously satirical novel is smart, wide ranging, and fun. College sweethearts Jack and Elizabeth are now 20 years into their marriage and find themselves in midlife malaise as they strive to parent their child, better themselves, and rediscover each other. It is at once catastrophic and the status quo, but Wellness never becomes either—the narratives of love and humanity are threaded through time with great mirth and care. I feel so seen, but in ways that lighten the load and lift us all.  

—Melinda

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Wellness: A novel By Nathan Hill Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593536117
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Published: Knopf - September 19th, 2023


Barbra Streisand is an undisputed multitalent: She has won all four EGOT awards (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) and has made everything from beloved pop records to acclaimed films. Now, the notoriously private Streisand enters the book world with a comprehensive and definitive account of her life, in her words, at just under a thousand pages. With never-before-seen photos from Barbra’s personal collection, this buzzy memoir is sure to satisfy even the most devoted fan. 

—Yves

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My Name Is Barbra By Barbra Streisand Cover Image
$47.00
ISBN: 9780525429524
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Published: Viking - November 7th, 2023


Mason (Winter Soldier) brilliantly captures hundreds of years of personal and ecological history through intertwining stories of the inhabitants of one home deep in New England’s North Woods. For everyone from an apple farmer to a seance reader, from a true crime historian to a beetle, the cabin acts as a refuge and a convergence point for the personal desires of its occupants and as a place where the push and pull over the identity of a country plays out. An epic accomplishment.  

—Casey

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North Woods: A Novel By Daniel Mason Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593597033
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Published: Random House - September 19th, 2023


Ustedes ya conocen el mito de Medusa y el monstruo de Medusa, aquí está su oportunidad de escuchar su propia historia. La verdad es a la vez familiar y sorprendente. Este libro hermoso va directo al meollo de la historia y está lleno de ilustraciones que son igual de precisas. Realmente bella.


Medusa: The Girl Behind the Myth
You may already know Medusa the myth and Medusa the monster; here's your chance to listen to her tell the story. 

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La chica detrás del mito By Jessie Burton, Olivia Lomenech Gill (Illustrator) Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9786075575445
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Published: Gran Travesia - September 1st, 2023


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