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Though his subject may be beaten like a dead horse, Ullrich’s composition is much more akin to a live -bucking horse. Drawing on a wide spectrum of scholarly text, propaganda and anecdotes Ullrich sets out to extinguish the half-truths and urban legends surrounding the evil dictator’s rise all the while highlighting the more “human” and fallible qualities of Hitler's pre and post WWI life. Overall, this biography accomplishes its goal and is thought provoking enough to make you question your own relationship with today's socio-political environment.

Picked by Garrett

An Italian classic, this is the freaky, fantastic story of a mystery illness sweeping, howling, screaming through town. Part horror story, part social criticism in old-timey language. Good for fans of Camus, Lovecraft, Walpole. 

Picked by Michelle

A dreamlike exploration of abuse that reads like a fairy tale and feels like a vintage European horror film. Difficult to read in places, but there's some great material here about the struggle to verbalize trauma, and the process via which failure to do so can lead to acts of violence.

cw: abuse, bullying, sexual assault

Picked by Devon

When the Monroe family discovers an abandoned baby rabbit in a movie theater during a screening of "Dracula," their paranoiac, literature-obsessed cat, Chester, is convinced that the seemingly harmless new addition is actually a malefic bloodsucker. Told from the perspective of Harold, the exasperated family dog, Bunnicula is the inaugural title in a series of hilarious, genuinely creepy horror-comedies for young readers that spoofs adult mystery, suspense, and supernatural horror conventions.

Picked by Devon

As someone who grew up in an Asian-American family in Southern California (Rowland Heights/Diamond Bar, anyone?) and then in Beijing (7 years) and Taipei (2 years), this is pretty much a book of recipes from my childhood.

I mean, you definitely can't get the full experience of shouting your order for jianbing over the sounds of thousands of people and cars surrounding to the woman masterfully throwing eggs with one hand on a 20" gas-powered skillet propped on the back of a cart outside the subway station at 7am in a city forever cloaked in smog, but this comes pretty close.

Picked by Avery

I love everything about My Lesbian Experience. Nagata is extremely open about her struggle with mental illness and unfulfilled need for human connection in a resoundingly familiar way for anyone with any sort of developmental disorders or social anxiety. The traditional manga-style drawings help to further convey her sense of mental infancy that is at odds with her physical body and societal expectations - a feeling that isn't explored much outside of studies on autism. A highly empathetic must-read, especially for anyone interested in "abnormal" human psyche.

Picked by Avery

Shel Silverstein for adults. Perfect for those days when you feel like shit and can't muster up the (physical) energy to do anything but lay in bed, or the (mental) energy to love yourself.

Wonderfully therapeutic in its gallows humor and satirization of anxiety.

Picked by Avery

If Llewellyn’s collection of short stories was a dating profile it might read: 

Goth seeks kinky Aquarius who’s probably weirder than you. Into horror, Lovecraft and long, sullen silences while staring deeply into your soul. A keen sense for short stories and the unexpected is a plus. 

This you? If so, I’d definitely recommend checking out this collection weird and horrifying shorts.    

Picked by Garrett

A short but sweet story of two unconventional princesses discovering themselves and their happily ever after: Princess Amira, valiantly brave and with kick-butt hair, and Princess Sadie, warmhearted, problem-solver, and beloved by all.

AKA, my two favorite princesses.

Picked by Avery