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Mz N: the serial: A Poem-in-Episodes Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374537050
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 2nd, 2017

"Not a novel, not a memoir, not a lyric" — whatever this book is, it's a fiercely intelligent and sharply funny exploration of a woman's emotional and intellectual development that will have you running to keep up.


Review by Stephen

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By Sarah Kay, Sophia Janowitz (Illustrator)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781938912481
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Write Bloody Publishing - March 10th, 2014

Sarah Kay is phenomenal, both on stage and on page.

She might also be the least pretentious poet I've ever read (or heard).


Review by Avery

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The Type Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9780316386609
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Hachette Books - March 1st, 2016

Looking for the perfect graduation gift for that young woman in your life, but don't want to go for the clichéd Oh, the Places You'll Go? Look no further, for Sarah Kay's The Type is the foolproof book of inspiration and affirmation with beautiful illustrations accompanying powerful words (and, you're guaranteed not to have the same gift as anyone else! Not to mention brownie points for Sarah Kay.)


Review by Avery

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Cannibal (Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780803290631
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: University of Nebraska Press - September 1st, 2016

I've probably read Cannibal three times through by now, but still manage to glean something new with each reading. Sinclair has opened my empathy to a culture that is otherwise inaccessible to me, boldly challenging xenophobia with vibrant and unapologetically heavy imagery.

Sinclair is a classic-in-waiting and I cannot wait for the day she is taught alongside Maya Angelou and James Baldwin.


Review by Avery

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$14.99
ISBN: 9781449474256
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 6th, 2015

This is, quite possibly, the rawest and most brutally honest collection of modern poetry on femininity, love, trauma, loss, and healing that I have read in a very long time. This is a book that I desperately needed when I was younger and not nearly as jaded as I am now, and a book that I can appreciate now, as that jaded person.

An absolute must read for every young woman and highly recommended for anyone who has ever been in love.

(I lent my copy of milk and honey to one of my friends and haven't gotten it back yet.)


Review by Avery

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Olio Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781940696201
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Wave Books - April 5th, 2016

Jess melds fact and fiction in this dazzling mix of forms that blends vaudeville, spirituals, dialogues, minstrel songs and slave statistics into a fascinating account of black culture after the Civil War.


Review by Stephen

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