Meghan

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How to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency By Akiko Busch Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101980422
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Published: Penguin Books - February 11th, 2020

It takes a thoughtful observer to see the unseen. In these essays, Akiko Busch unveils the invisible: whether in art, nature, or in our minds. This is a guidebook on how to appreciate our surroundings. It's filled with beautiful revelations like an examination of the celtic tradition of "thin spaces" - or that place/time where the hidden and visible world are closest (the apot where Heaven and Earth meet).


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Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity By Peggy Orenstein Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062666987
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - February 9th, 2021

Let's face it, sex ed in this country is grossly insufficient. Even progressive schools that teach a "comprehensive" curriculum fail to prepare young people for the realities of sexuality and sexual encounters. Perhaps, though, if more people - parents and children alike - read Peggy Orenstein's "Boys & Sex," the right dialogues could begin. This book provides a frank and open space for uncomfortable conversations on how boys are socialized to view themselves, others, and sex itself. 


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Homeland Elegies: A Novel By Ayad Akhtar Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316496414
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 25th, 2021

Although specific to the Muslim-American experience, Ayad Akhtar captures an existenstial angst about what it means to be an American, one that rings universal. Through a careful blend of fact and fiction, this Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright digs into sensitive matters like race, money, and politics. He frames this through his own second-generation experience born and raised in the USA as well as the immigrant stories of his mother and father.


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Goodbye, Again: Essays, Reflections, and Illustrations By Jonny Sun Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062880857
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 20th, 2021

Utterly random, yet deeply relatable. This collection of essays on family, anxiety, and friendship will make you laugh, cry, and want to buy yourself a pet plant. Perfect for those in a moment of transition AND those stuck in a state of stasis. Written to be read in short bursts or all at once.

-Megs


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The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) By Viet Thanh Nguyen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802124944
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Published: Grove Press - April 12th, 2016

Nguyen's deep knowledge of American history makes this not just a thrilling story about a double agent, but an englightening and educational read. Beautifully written and whipsmart, Nguyen plays with form and function to embody the psyche of his narrator. Nods to Apocalypse Now and other cultural landmarks make this an immersive novel - both timeless and immediately relevnt to our present moment.


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

This book will pull you in and never let go. Filled with suspense, drama, and beautiful prose. An indictment of the ivory rower, but also a murder mystery. Tragic, funny, and moving.


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Antwerp (New Directions Pearls) By Roberto Bolaño, Natasha Wimmer (Translated by) Cover Image
By Roberto Bolaño, Natasha Wimmer (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780811219914
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Published: New Directions - May 23rd, 2012

Each chapter reads like a poem; each poem, a story. Bolano transforms the commonplace into something sensational and surreal. Suddenly, the streets have more color and the people pass you by more slowly. You are the same, yet completely changed.


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The Book of Disquiet: The Complete Edition By Fernando Pessoa, Jerónimo Pizarro (Editor), Margaret Jull Costa (Translated by) Cover Image
By Fernando Pessoa, Jerónimo Pizarro (Editor), Margaret Jull Costa (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780811226936
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Published: New Directions - August 29th, 2017

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10:04: A Novel By Ben Lerner Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250081339
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Published: Picador - October 13th, 2015

If you like Salinger, Hemingway, or David Foster Wallace, this is the book for you. A meta-fiction journey into the author's alter ego that finds new depths in the everyday struggles of a writer.


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Conversations with Friends: A Novel By Sally Rooney Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451499066
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Published: Hogarth - August 7th, 2018

Few can portray the intimacy between two people like Sally Rooney. She captures the pysche of lovers, the turbulence of an affair, and the pitfalls of female friendship.


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Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence--From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror By Judith Lewis Herman, MD Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780465061716
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Published: Basic Books - July 7th, 2015

A book so monumental to my life that I released an album with my band titled JUDITH HERMAN. Over the course of her career, Herman uncovers a revolutionary new diagnosis: complex PTSD. In doing so, she helps an entire generation understand what's going on inside our heads.


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The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma By Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143127741
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Published: Penguin Books - September 8th, 2015

A scientific, thorough approach to trauma and healing that details every aspect of Van Der Kolk's research and the experiences of his patients. 


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Running Is a Kind of Dreaming: A Memoir By J. M. Thompson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062947079
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Published: HarperOne - October 5th, 2021

Left, right. Left, right. Facing addiction, depression, and trauma, J.M. Thompson was ready to give up. Then, he discovered the sport of ultramarathons. There's a masochism inherent in running 200 miles in one race. (That's more than the distance between Cleveland, OH, and Buffalo, NY.) But in pushing yourself to your absolute limits, life becomes precious, beautiful, and fulfilling.


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On Booze (New Directions Pearls) By F. Scott Fitzgerald Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780811219266
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Published: New Directions - June 28th, 2011

Have you ever wanted to be friends with F. Scott Fitzgerald? This collection of essays and excerpts from personal journals gives you a wingman-seat to the bars and parties of his time.


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Perfect Little World: A Novel By Kevin Wilson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062450340
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Published: Ecco - October 24th, 2017

A fictional sociology experiment that questions traditional definitions of family, set against the backdrop of a slowburn romance and introspective look into generational trauma. Fascinating, complex, and rewarding.


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Heaven By Mieko Kawakami, Sam Bett (Translator), David Boyd (Translator) Cover Image
By Mieko Kawakami, Sam Bett (Translator), David Boyd (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781609456214
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Published: Europa Editions - May 25th, 2021

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I Am the Brother of XX By Fleur Jaeggy, Gini Alhadeff (Translated by) Cover Image
By Fleur Jaeggy, Gini Alhadeff (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780811225984
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Published: New Directions - July 25th, 2017

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Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic By Sam Quinones Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781620402528
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - April 5th, 2016

It's not easy to capture the scope of the opiate crisis with such emathy and detail, yet "Dreamland" accomplishes this, and more. By following a few key players -- from the Xalisco Boys to the Ohio pill mills to the Sackler family and individual addicts -- Quinones spins a tale of how we unded up here. He writes with purpose, urgency, and a refreshing dose of honesty. 

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, call SAMHSA 1-800-662-HELP (4357)