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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead: A Novel By Olga Tokarczuk, Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Translated by) Cover Image
By Olga Tokarczuk, Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525541349
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 11th, 2020

I felt swaddled; wrapped in the paralyzing chill of a remote village and blanketed by a warm community (that is admittedly, at odds for now.).

The final moments are an axe to the skull, my perspective radically altered, left searching for footprints in the snow.


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In Tongues: A Novel By Thomas Grattan Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374608187
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Published: MCD - May 21st, 2024

A main character stumbling through his own gay life, laissez-faire and completely unable to gauge the social contracts he keeps signing, Gordon finds himself in an array of interesting places. 

A good travel book: easy, medium paced, character study. 

Reminds me of Andrea Lawlor's "Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl."


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Blue Hunger By Viola Di Grado, Jamie Richards (Translated by) Cover Image
By Viola Di Grado, Jamie Richards (Translated by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9781635579499
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 14th, 2023

Toxic. Lesbian. Romance? Serene in its description, chaotic in its actions. A main character full of sorrow and self loathing seems to define "we accept the love we think we deserve."

Does love consume us? Do we consume love? Is the consumption of another person an expression of love? Sharp yet pensive, Di Grado sets the stage in Shanghai for a bizarre exploration of relationship.


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The Other Valley: A Novel By Scott Alexander Howard Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781668015476
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Published: Atria Books - February 27th, 2024

The most original deviation on time travel I have ever experienced. Fluid writing and well-chosen main characters, a quick read despite the story's engrossingly complex circumstances.

Truly fascinating and borderline sci-fi in its exploration of time, but ultimately speaks to the reader on grief, sacrifice, and fate.


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First Comes Summer: A Novel By Maria Hesselager, Martin Aitken (Translated by) Cover Image
By Maria Hesselager, Martin Aitken (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593542613
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 9th, 2024

A little book, this is a misty and wandering tale. Non-linear structure. Preoccupied pacing. Mercurial main characters. These elements drown you in a hazy aura that makes the pages slide by until the final chapter wakes you up in a cold plunge. 

Similar things include Ottessa Moshfegh's Lapvona and A24's The VVitch.


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Rainbow Black: A Novel By Maggie Thrash Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063286870
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 19th, 2024

This book is a car crash. Reading it feels like pressing your foot through the floor on an imaginary brake, trying to prevent the next bad thing from happening or stop the main character from letting her teenage temper get to her, but it's always too late.

Glorious and torturous, I wanted to restart it as soon as I'd finished it.


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The Little Friend (Vintage Contemporaries) By Donna Tartt Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781400031696
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Published: Vintage - October 28th, 2003

Tartt's Southern Gothic slowburn casts a myriad of people in what seems to be a murder mystery but turns out to be a tumultuous and rapid coming of age that throws 12-year-old Harriet into a new life.

Incredibly complex depictions of character archetypes that are often sequestered to good or evil, this novel is a warning against expectation and a reminder that fate is clumsy, twisted, and riddled with undesirable but necessary overlaps.

For those who enjoy the morally grey.


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The Case for Open Borders By John Washington Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9798888900727
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Published: Haymarket Books - February 6th, 2024

A powerhouse. Washington weaves his case from the stories of those suffering from borders, the contrived existence thereof, and evidence that a post-border world could be. 

Labelling borders for what they are --farces of political pageantry that kill people-- The Case for Open Borders is essential reading. 


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Nordic Visions: The Best of Nordic Speculative Fiction By Margrét Helgadóttir (Editor), John Ajvide Lindqvist, Maria Haskins, Karin Tidbeck Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781837860296
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Published: Solaris - October 10th, 2023

What I expected from this book was a mix of Nordic folk tales, something to teach me some culture, instead I found a thrilling experiment of Nordic speculative (a word I had to google) fiction.

Nordic Visions is a rapid fire collection of original stories that compel.


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My Body By Emily Ratajkowski Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250848932
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Published: Metropolitan Books - September 13th, 2022

This book offers an almost baffling clarity and neutrality towards Ratajkowski's (very privileged) life. A book from an influencer that wasn't either trying to prove how deserving they were or apologizing for not being poor in the first place. 

It's a slice of a very new kind of life. 


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The Secret History (Vintage Contemporaries) By Donna Tartt Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781400031702
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Published: Vintage - April 13th, 2004

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House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) By Sarah J. Maas Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781635577020
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 2nd, 2021

I love a book that does not pretend to be more than it is. Overflowing with smart ass comments and flirting in every instance, this series is for those who want to explore a complex fantasy world filled to the brim with hotties and hot-heads.

That said, the plot that unfolds in these pages is intensely compelling and makes the books fly by. 


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A Court of Thorns and Roses By Sarah J. Maas Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781635575569
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - June 2nd, 2020

The best kind of brain candy. Enough fun to relax you with enough action to keep you moving through the series. The world is vibrant and new with gloriously complex lore that makes the rest of the series fly by. Sarah J. Maas has mastered the "romantasy" archetype.


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Big Swiss: A Novel By Jen Beagin Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982153090
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Published: Scribner - August 1st, 2023

The main character has more quirks and problems than Swiss cheese has holes, each more niche than the last. You can never guess what someone might say next, which really immerses the reader into the confounding nature of the book. A story of love, loss, trauma, and guilt.

"Big Swiss" is a wacky ride, but worth the quick read.


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Young Mungo By Douglas Stuart Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802162120
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Published: Grove Press - March 21st, 2023

Mungo must shed his naivete and face a hard truth; just because love is amorphous, does not mean we should accept it unconditionally, and that when someone says they know what's best for you, they might be lying. A beautifully ugly foray into how love and family clash with class.

"Young Mungo" is a gay-romance spin in the tried-and-true West Side Story archetype that is wrapped in brutally honest accounts of family matters similar to Ottessa Moshfegh's writing. This combines with an unashamed portrayal of real world trauma that reminds one of "A Little Life."


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A Little Life By Hanya Yanagihara Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780804172707
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Published: Vintage - January 26th, 2016

I think about Jude St. Francis, and this book in general, almost every day since I read it. Yanagihara has composed a masterpiece of a modern tragedy. An epic that spans the lifetime of one of the most heart-wrenching complexly loveable main characters to ever exist.

A story that unfolds in perfect timing. The more you learn about Jude, the harder it is to understand that this is a letter to a life that had ended, you just don't know when.

 


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The Song of Achilles: A Novel By Madeline Miller Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062060624
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Published: Ecco - August 28th, 2012

Greek mythology knowledge is NOT a requirement to drown in the beauty of the world Miller has created. In fact, I'd argue that going in blind is an even more immersive experience of this beautiful work. While the real Trojan War carries on, a separate battle of love and fate takes place between Achilles and Patroclus. Every moment of heartbreak is counteracted by one of the most poetic love stories to exist. A story retold a thousand times, a book to be read a million times over again.


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Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution By R. F. Kuang Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780063021433
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Published: Harper Voyager - August 29th, 2023

Kuang uses a sleek and fantastical analogy to emphasize the invisible labor behind modern capitalism and its luxuries. She creates beautiful characters who unearth the ugly truth of the world they live in, cling to each other for comfort, and fracture under the pressure of revolution.

Kuang goes above and beyond by using "academic" formatting in a fiction work to force the reader to reflect on what one regards as the authors of truth, and just how honest those historians are about how the world goes 'round.


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Where the Crawdads Sing: Reese's Book Club (A Novel) By Delia Owens Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735219106
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 30th, 2021

An intriguing story of class, love, and loss, wrapped in a ribbon of one of the best endings ever.


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Out of My Mind (The Out of My Mind Series) By Sharon M. Draper Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781416971719
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 1st, 2012

This book has stuck with me since the first time I read it, over a decade ago, in the 5th grade. An intense and immersive point-of-view that is almost never explored, this story is one every able-bodied child and parent could find value in reading and is perfect to read alongside your kid.