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Something Bright, Then Holes: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781593762308
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Published: Soft Skull Press - June 12th, 2018

I'll probably never stop talking about Maggie Nelson's genius. If you've met me while I'm working, you've heard me wax on about her gift for language, for conveying beauty in suffering, and her incredible embrace of the everyday cruelties and joys of life. But, somehow, I hadn't gotten around to reading Something Bright, Then Holes until this summer, when I spent a day of my pre-grad school purgatory sweltering in my childhood backyard and reading this book. I've spent much of my mid-twenties trying to describe the complex-but-everyday emotions of being. I found such relief in Nelson's ability to do just that. Her talent for putting universal situations backed by complex emotions into stunning, musical prose is heart-wrenching, and for that, this collection wins my pick for my favorite read of 2018. - Julia


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The Secret History (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781400031702
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Published: Vintage - April 13th, 2004

Oh man. How do I begin to describe this book? The Secret History grabbed me from the start and held me, spellbound, for several concurent late nights the first time I read it. Although she's a talented writer, Donna Tartt's true skill lies in the unspeakable tension and thrill present in this book. It is both captivating and distressing to follow the main characters as they grapple with the consequences of their horrific actions. This book will hold you long past when you finish it -- I may have to read it again after writing this! - Julia


John (Tcg Edition) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781559365291
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - July 5th, 2016

I read John in one rapt sitting. Seeing Annie Baker's plays live is unforgettable, but reading them is a unique emotional experience. I was so satisfied from her incredible talent for dialogue and her stunning ability to set a scene for the reader. The quiet, ordinary anguish and joy contained within her well-defined characters, and the house in which the story occurs, is exquisite. Baker tackles nebulous concepts like time, relationships (both familiar and unfamiliar), and the ghosts of the past in such a heart-wrenching way. Even if you're not ordinarily a play-reader, you will enjoy John immensely. 


God: A Human History Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780553394726
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Published: Random House - November 7th, 2017

My upbringing being fairly religious, I was excited to read God in order to gain a wider perspective on the topic. Aslan's appoach to the concept of "god" as thought-of by people was certainly eye opening. The book is very philosophically and scientifically satisfying. I would recommend it as a valuable read, regardless of spiritual or religious belief. 


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Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812985405
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 6th, 2018

The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060786502
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - July 5th, 2005

The New Jim Crow Cover Image
By Michelle Alexander, Cornel West (Introduction by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781595586438
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Published: New Press - January 16th, 2012

The White Album: Essays (FSG Classics) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374532079
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 10th, 2009

Floating, Brilliant, Gone Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781938912436
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Published: Write Bloody Publishing - April 15th, 2014

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Bluets Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781933517407
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Published: Wave Books - October 1st, 2009

Bad Feminist: Essays Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062282712
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 5th, 2014

The Stand Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780307743688
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Published: Anchor - June 28th, 2011

Middlesex: A Novel Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780312427733
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Published: Picador - June 5th, 2007

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Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780375727436
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Published: Vintage - October 8th, 2002

Ill Will: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780345476050
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 9th, 2018

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Station Eleven Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804172448
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

The Blind Assassin: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780385720953
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Published: Anchor - August 28th, 2001

You Are a Badass®: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780762447695
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Published: Running Press Adult - April 23rd, 2013

Rebecca Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780380730407
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 5th, 2006

Never Let Me Go (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400078776
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Published: Vintage - March 14th, 2006