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Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City By Jane Wong Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781953534675
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Tin House Books - May 16th, 2023

 

If you liked Crying in H-Mart, give this one a try. It also deals with food and the expression of love through food, and reads like a love letter to the author's mother. But each author has a different story to tell, and each does it magnificently in their own way. Wong is a true poet - in the words of her own brother, "she says things differently." This book stretches the possibilities of storytelling, touching all the pressure points of fear, grief, rage, etc, while showing how all of these become smaller or more manageable when you have community and multiple forms of love around you. Read also if you are a fan of bell hooks - Wong expands hooks' idea of platonic love as the best model of all other kinds. This is just a beautiful, tender, and shining memoir, one of a kind.



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Sink: A Memoir By Joseph Earl Thomas Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781538706176
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - February 21st, 2023

This is a really beautiful memoir about a Black boy navigating a rough upbringing and leaning on various "geek" comforts to get through. Even if you don't like anime, Pokémon or video games yourself, you can still appreciate the way they formed a world in which Joey could feel safe and in control. This is a really impactful piece of writing, one which fills a gap in the literary world and asks readers to consider what we lose by undervaluing both Black boyhood and nerd culture.




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We Run the Tides: A Novel By Vendela Vida Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062936240
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Published: Ecco - October 12th, 2021

Vendela Vida makes the posh suburbs of 1980s San Francisco so oddly familiar and relatable in this wonderful coming-of-age novel about a couple of 13 year old girls, the eccentric Eulabee and her best friend, the decorous Maria Fabiola. Childhood friendships are full of love and laughter but at the same time messy and confusing, Vida perfectly captures the complexities of these formative years in a refreshing and authentic way. 


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Skippy Dies: A Novel By Paul Murray Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780865478619
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 30th, 2011

This is my favorite, favorite book. Murray spins a dazzling web between his rich array of characters, creating a mystery that is funny, weird, and heart-wrenching. Skippy may die in the prologue, but the novel backtracks to show how desperately full of life he was. Every time I revisit this book, I always hope that the act of my reading will save him ... but it never does.