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Marlena Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781627797641
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - April 4th, 2017

PUB DATE APRIL 4

If I could bottle the quintessential, terrible love that is girlhood friendship and spill it into book-form, it would contain the exact story that Buntin tells here. In Marlena, two very different girls struggle through their Northern Michigan comings-of-age in two very different ways. But they are both hungry for something greater, and that is where their story begins. This book is bitingly observant, beautifully dark, and viscerally real. You will root for these girls on every page, in every sentence, and in every thought. 


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ISBN: 9780812994049
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Published: Random House - January 3rd, 2017

This is a beautiful and unflinchingly haunting debut by a writer of incredible intelligence and empathy. Idaho begins when tragedy strikes on an average camping trip. A family is destroyed in an instant and a man's life has changed forever. What follows is a heartwrenching tale of love, loss, and the terrible blessings and burdens of memory. This book is not to be missed. 


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ISBN: 9780399184512
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 11th, 2016

A sensational debut by a writer of incredible quiet, beauty, and humanity, The Mothers captivated and engulfed. I immediately fell for Nadia Turner, a young girl struggling through first love, her mother's death, and a secret she must keep hidden from her overbearing religious community. The waves of this secret ripple against the shores of Nadia's life in ways she could have never predicted. As she grows up, the decisions she made that one fateful summer affect every facet of her life until she returns home to confront her childhood and the fraught relationships she left behind. Brit Bennett has flawlessly executed a beautiful novel of girlhood, race, young and unending love, and that constant what-if we call life. 


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ISBN: 9780399576102
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 7th, 2017

Kitamura has masterfully, and with a haunting kind of precision, crafted a whip-smart and beautifully atmospheric novel of the secrets we all carry and the questions we are constantly asking. The book revolves around our unnamed narrator and protagonist and her search for husband who has gone missing on a Grecian coast that, like her marriage, has quietly burned to the ground. I was blown away by this novel and its constant, delicate simmering, every character calculating and visceral. Kitamura's story didn't take long to boil over and when it did, it was a fast and satisfying burn. A Separation is not to be missed.


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ISBN: 9781101875940
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 24th, 2016

I ate up every bit of this book (pun intended). Every sentence of Stephanie Danler's debut is a treasure, packed tight with notions of the unforgiving magic of New York and the ever-terrifying journey towards adulthood. Tess is an unforgettable protagonist: I loved her voice and I was entranced by the characters surrounding her: their love, their lust, their efforts in becoming the people they are hungry to become. Sweetbitter is a coming-of-age novel like no other. Inventive, curious, compelling, and postively edible.  


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ISBN: 9780812998603
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Published: Random House - June 14th, 2016

The Girls seduced me. I mean to say that the girls of this novel are seductive. I was immediately pulled into their world that beckons in the lost ones, the wanderers, the loners looking for an idol. I was fascinated by the ways in which the quiet battle of girlhood is illustrated here. Emma Cline describes it perfectly: the search for a sister; the lingering fear of the man who has just walked past you; the daily submission. This is an impressive debut, one that glimmers with a beautiful kind of dread and a very true kind of desperate humanity. 


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ISBN: 9781594634772
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 19th, 2016

PUBLICATION DATE: JULY 19

In a world that frequently seems as if it couldn't get much sadder, it is so refreshing to dive into a book that is at once both incredibly touching and laugh-out-loud funny. I found this in Losing It, a poignant tale of a young woman looking to lose the thing she feels has come to define her life. I was immediately drawn to our protagonist Julia's voice--scathing, smart, and deadpan hilarious--and the ways in which this novel says so much about both the ridiculous concept of virginity and that heart-wrenching fear in the back of our minds that we might just never find what we're looking for. Feminist, funny, and fresh, Losing It quickly topped my list of girl-power anthems. 


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ISBN: 9780062359988
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Published: Amistad Press - August 9th, 2016

PUBLICATION DATE: AUGUST 9

It's been a long time since I've read anything as beautiful as the melody of Jacqueline Woodson's Another Brooklyn. As I walked along the streets of a Brooklyn suffocating in racial tension and poverty with a dreamy, lost, beautiful black girl named August growing up without her mother, I was halted, over and over again, by the beauty of Woodson's prose. Filled with words that spread over me like warm summer sun, Another Brooklyn deals with race, memory, and that quiet, rolling ache we call girlhood in the most powerful and enlightening ways. This book manifests the strongest truths: that life powers forward with or without the people we hold dearest; that the present never really exists; and that maybe where we come from has everything to do with where we're going. This quickly became one of my very favorite books. 


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ISBN: 9781555977368
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Published: Graywolf Press - April 5th, 2016

"Next I tried to imagine everyone I had ever loved, and everyone who had ever loved me, wrapped around me. I tried to feel that I was the composite of all these people, instead of alone in a shitty motel room with a broken heater somewhere outside of Detroit, a few miles from where Jane's body was dumped thirty-six years ago on a March night just like this one.

'Need each other as much as you can bear,' writes Eileen Myles. 'Everywhere you go in the world.'

I felt the wild need for any or all of these people that night. Lying there alone, I began to feel - perhaps even to know - that I did not exist apart from their love and need of me.

Of this latter I felt less sure, but it seemed possible, if the equation worked both ways.

Falling asleep I thought, 'Maybe this, for me, is the hand of God.” 

 

If I could read the work of only one writer for the rest of my life, I think I would be happy to spend the rest of my days in the staggering beauty of Nelson’s prose. In The Red Parts, what could have merely been a relatively interesting true crime narrative becomes, instead, a wholly original memoir of pain, history, family, and those bright moments of clarity in a world that, for Nelson, had become so dark. This book asks us to wonder, to be angry, and ultimately to become more human. This is an inescapable, utterly compelling read.


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ISBN: 9780307276681
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Published: Vintage Books - July 26th, 2011

“If you're short on time, that would be the two-word version of our story: we fell.” 

This book devastated me. I fell in love with the Bigtree clan immediately, along with their wild, bighearted, dangerous world. Ava Bigtree's story is a magical one: full of maybe-ghosts, 500 pound alligators, otherworldly birds, and curling, swampy rivers. Hers is a coming of age story you've never before encountered, one throughout which I cried, laughed, cringed, and cheered. A tale of feminine strength, the afterlife and the underworld, and what it means to be a grieving, but strong, family. This just became one of my favorite books. 


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ISBN: 9780143128311
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Published: Penguin Books - December 1st, 2015

Suspense, romance, deception. Art and antiques. Small town America, New York, the outskirsts and flea markets of Paris. This is the stuff of Rebecca Scherm's grand slam of a debut, a story with which I immediately fell in love and one which readers would be wrong to miss. The characters of Unbecoming, while not always likeable, are some of the most compelling I've ever encountered. As readers embark on a journey with Grace across the Atlantic, back and forth in memory and emotion, she seeks to both keep herself hidden and find a way back to the people she left behind in an artfully executed mess of lies, love, and fraud. I could not tear myself away from this book. 


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ISBN: 9781594634482
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 13th, 2016

Fates & Furies is a sweeping, atmospheric heartbreak of a novel. Every sentence feels like a treasure. Lotto and Mathilde are addictive characters, their stories so hard and real. This is not one of my favorite books of the year just because it's beautiful, but also because it tackles the almost impossible to tackle. Lauren Groff is a miracle.

"They had been married for seventeen years; she lived in the deepest room in his heart. And someimes that meant that wife occurred to him before Mathilde, helpmeet before herself. Abstraction of her before the visceral being. But not now. when she came across the veranda, he saw Mathilde all of a sudden. The dark whip at the center of her. How, so gently, she flicked it and kept him spinning."

 


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By Shirley Jackson, Laura Miller (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780143039983
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Published: Penguin Books - December 2006

This is one of the best scary books I've ever read. Shirley Jackson is truly a master of the written word and her skill shines and echoes throughout this haunting psychological thriller. As our main character, Eleanor, slowly becomes less and less reliable, our interest in the story of the haunted Hill House only gets stronger. A wonderful book, best read under the covers with a flashlight and the floors creaking outside your door. This book also wins the award for best first paragraph of all time:

"No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone."


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By Amy Leach, Nate Christopherson (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781571313515
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Published: Milkweed Editions - June 17th, 2014

This is a beautiful little book of whimsical essays about the joys of being in a world as alive as you are. This book made me smile over and over again as I read it in the hammock in my backyard-the leaves singing, the flowers growing, the sun doing the thing that it does-and I felt, quite suddenly, how important it is to feel happy to be alive, even as it seems that the whole world is struggling. What a wonderful thing it is to be one of the things that are.

 


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ISBN: 9781400031702
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Published: Vintage - April 13th, 2004

In case you missed it!

I read Donna Tartt's the Goldfinch a few months back and it quickly became one of my favorite books of all time. I knew I had to read Tartt's other work as well. It was such a joy for me to pick up my mom's copy of the Secret History that she read 20 years ago (yes, 20 years ago!) and find it just as entertaining and delicious as she did. Donna Tartt is a literary genius. Her language is flawless, characters complex (although not always likeable), and settings as clear in your mind as what's right in front of you. The mystery and highly original subject matter kept me completely mesmerized through to the very end. P.S. Don't be intimidated by the size of her books: you will speed through them!


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ISBN: 9780385350815
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - January 28th, 2014

You should read this book, if only to devour, page by page, paragraph by paragraph, Offill's use of diction through the narrator's subtly beautiful and equally heartbreaking memories and emotions. I finished this book, sad that it was over, but more aware than ever of the things that make me human, and that these things are okay.

"It is important if someone asks you to remember one of your happiest times to consider not only the question but also the questioner. If the question is asked by someone you love, it is fair to assume that this person hopes to feature in this recollection he has called forth. But you could, if you were wrong and if you had a crooked heart, forget this most obvious and endearing thing and instead speak of a time you were all alone, in the country, with no one wanting a thing from you, not even love. You could say that was your happiest time. And if you did this then telling about this happiest of times would cause the person you most want to be happy to be unhappy." -pg. 95 


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ISBN: 9781250037756
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Published: Picador USA - September 24th, 2013

This book has blended history and the modern present flawlessly to create a story I couldn't stop thinking about. Part modern love story, part narrative on the age of technology, and part story about life working in a weird little bookstore (which I can always appreciate), this book is sure to draw and keep you in with its lighthearted dialogue and intriguing storyline. A must-read for any fans of Google or ancient typography (ha!).


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ISBN: 9780316055444
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 7th, 2015

This book probably doesn't need any more praised-filled reviews but I'll write one anyway. This is one the "big" books, literally and figuratively. Donna Tartt writes with such hauntingly beautiful prose that I found myself relishing and in awe of even the most melancholy of passages. At once both heartbreaking and hopeful, the Goldfinch is a book to which I know I will always come home. I am positive this book will be read a hundred years from now and I am confident the reader's heart will break and sich itself together again by the end, just as mine did.


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ISBN: 9780307341556
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Published: Three Rivers Press (CA) - July 31st, 2007

Although this might be the creepiest book I've ever read, it also might be one of the best. Gillian Flynn is awesome. Seriously, no one writes crime fiction better than she does. Sharp Objects is incredibly original and I wish that I could be whomever is reading this review and hasn't read the book, so I could read it for the first time all over again.  When I closed the book for the last time, I literally cringed and said "eughhh" out loud, while smiling creepily. It was great, and then I read Flynn's other two books, Dark Places and Gone Girl, which are also phenomenal. This book is a must-read for lovers of crime fiction and mystery.


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ISBN: 9781933517407
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Published: Wave Books - October 2009

I read this book for the first time about a month ago and have since read it twice more. I've never felt this way about a book before. I am obsessed. I tell everyone about it. I actually emailed Maggie Nelson and told her how much her writing has spoken to me. (She is very sweet, by the way).

This book is important to me. I step into my bookstore, every bookstore I've been in since reading it, and slowly gravitate towards it. I bought a second copy, just because.

I don't know what to say to anyone...more I read this book for the first time about a month ago and have since read it twice more. I've never felt this way about a book before. I am obsessed. I tell everyone about it. I actually emailed Maggie Nelson and told her how much her writing has spoken to me. (She is very sweet, by the way).

This book is important to me. I step into my bookstore, every bookstore I've been in since reading it, and slowly gravitate towards it. I bought a second copy, just because.

I don't know what to say to anyone to convince them to read it--I always end up just blubbering on about how I now see a blue trash bag on the ground in an alley and come close to tears and then they look at me like i'm crazy.

So I just tell them to trust me. And to read it slowly. To read it twice. Three times. For the rest of their lives.

And to thank the book gods for Maggie Nelson.


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ISBN: 9781608463862
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Published: Haymarket Books - September 4th, 2014

Before reading this book, I considered myself a feminist. I cared about (my) women's rights, signed petitions, spewed my fair share of angry rants, (and I have definitely been mansplained to), but there were so many things I wasn't aware of; what really happens to women on the sidelines and out of the public eye. Rebecca Solnit is one of the smartest writers whose work I've ever had the pleasure of reading. In this little book, she lays it all out there. I was glad to not see just {insert anger at all men here} but smart and funny meditations on what it is to be a woman and what we should be doing about the mansplainers. I recommend this book not just to every woman, but men too. Yo! You might learn something from this!


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By Abbott
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ISBN: 9780316097826
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Published: Reagan Arthur Books - July 6th, 2012

This is one of my favorite books. Shrouded in darkness and potential danger throughout, The End of Everything is for fans of Gillian Flynn and Alissa Nutting, anyone looking for an enthralling read flooded with the musings, curiosities, and hauntings of a young girl searching for her missing best friend. Megan Abbott's language is surprising and delicious and I felt, while reading, as if I was floating through a dream on the cusp of a nightmare. The End of Everything is a wonderful book I found myself thinking about long after its brilliant ending.


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Tampa Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062280589
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Published: Ecco Press - March 4th, 2014

I think this is one of those books you hate to love, because this is me confessing that I loved a book full of pedophilia by an author who couldn't go a page without making me cringe and have the overwhelming urge to take a shower to wash off all of the grotesque and disturbing images forced upon my brain. But this is an amazing book. Tampa is superbly written and riveting: I read it cover to cover in less than 24 hours. Yes, the story is most obviously about Celeste's (the main character and narrator) obsession with young boys, but Nutting's observations about the objectivity of female beauty and the socially unacceptable longings that present themselves in the most brutal of ways are the themes that really got to me. I won't be recommending this book to my mom anytime in the near future, but I will recommend it to anyone who wants to be thrown from their comfort zone into a world that is very much disturbingly real, although most of us go through our lives blissfully unaware of its atrocities.


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ISBN: 9781933517292
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Published: Wave Books - June 2008

If there is one poet alive who is able to make even the most mundane things exquistely beautiful, it is Mary Ruefle. While reading this wonderful little book, I was continuously surprised and delighted at Ruefle's words and meditations. I read many of these poems curled up in bed listening to the rain hitting my window and everything felt very right. I recommend the book and the setting highly. 


"All day I look at the grass. A woman in a big hat walks by. I sneeze. Occasionally I feel I am being born. At such moments of birth I am seized by a feeling of frightening abundance. There are too many trees in the world. There are too many trees and too many people, far too many people; there is too much shampoo and too much toothpaste, too much pollution, dirt, rocks, and grass--far too much grass. The birds--too many of them fly."


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Published: Anchor Books - March 13th, 1998

It’s really hard to believe that this book was published in 1985 as it feels so relevant, so telling of the collective fear women have and will, quite probably, always have: that the rights we’ve fought so hard and long for could one day so quickly and devastatingly slip away from us. Set in dystopic Gilead, a future America steeped in the social destruction of women, The Handmaid’s Tale chronicles the life and times of Offred, a woman forced away from her loving family into a life she never asked for. Now, her sole purpose is to make a baby, a baby she will be forced to give away the second it is born. As the clock begins to run out and her chances begin to dwindle, Offred must find a way out. I was blown away by Offred’s story—told in melodic, aching prose—and by her quiet, swelling rebellion. This quickly became one of my favorite books and rose to the number one spot on my list of feminist bibles. 


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Nobody Is Ever Missing Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374534493
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - July 8th, 2014

This is a whirlwind of a book. Catherine Lacey's debut novel reads like a force of nature: her language becomes its own character, her characters become so real and visceral, I felt as if the main one, Elyria, was somehow right in front of me. As the novel moves along the narrator's stream of consciousness, we see Elyria falling deeper and deeper into herself and into what pushed her to leave behind her life for the New Zealand wilderness. i loved this book the way you love a good cry: heart-wrenching, wild, a testament to the power of loneliness and emotion.


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Slow Days, Fast Company: The World, the Flesh, and L.A. Cover Image
By Eve Babitz, Matthew Specktor (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781681370088
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Published: New York Review of Books - August 30th, 2016

Eve Babitz--Hollywood bombshell, feminist, and literary visionary of 1960s LA--hits us here with a collection of delicious little meditations on life and explorations into her exciting, visceral, erotic world. This book is basically an extension of what gave her such recognition: a photograph of an unapologetically naked Babitz playing chess with the artist Marcel Duchamp. This book is smart and sexy and pushes all the boundaries. It is novel, memoir, love letter, and ode to a city all in one. Slow Days and Babitz herself are my newest obsessions. 


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The Handmaid's Tale Cover Image
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Published: Anchor Books - March 13th, 1998

It’s really hard to believe that this book was published in 1985 as it feels so relevant, so telling of the collective fear women have and will, quite probably, always have: that the rights we’ve fought so hard and long for could one day so quickly and devastatingly slip away from us. Set in dystopic Gilead, a future America steeped in the social destruction of women, The Handmaid’s Tale chronicles the life and times of Offred, a woman forced away from her loving family into a life she never asked for. Now, her sole purpose is to make a baby, a baby she will be forced to give away the second it is born. As the clock begins to run out and her chances begin to dwindle, Offred must find a way out. I was blown away by Offred’s story—told in melodic, aching prose—and by her quiet, swelling rebellion. This quickly became one of my favorite books and rose to the number one spot on my list of feminist bibles.