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Everyone on the Moon is Essential Personnel By Julian K. Jarboe Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781590216927
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Lethe Press - March 5th, 2020

"The first nice thing I ever did to my body was tear it open." 

Reading this book wasn't the first nice thing I've ever done for myself, but it may be among the best. Jarboe's writing is queer and unrepentant, gay and unashamed. These stories gnawed on me, and I came away feeling holy--or maybe just full of holes, hard to say.


Review by Kit

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Yerba Buena: A Novel By Nina LaCour Cover Image
$26.99
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ISBN: 9781250810465
Published: Flatiron Books - May 31st, 2022

Have you ever watched, in horror, as your childhood trauma grinds a burgeoning romance to a fine paste and then unceremoniously spits it out? If we accept that we are all works in progress, we can be like the houses Emilie and her sister flip in the story. Much like those houses, this slight, sweet, sapphic romance is a delightful fantasy to live in for a while. 


Review by Kitri

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Manhunt By Gretchen Felker-Martin Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250794642
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Tor Nightfire - February 22nd, 2022

If the pages of this gruesome horror dystopia could make sounds, they would include the following: SNIP SNIP, AHHHH!, FFFFFFFT, PEW PEW, SHLUNK, PLOP, PBBBT, SNIFF SNIFF, CREAAAAAAAAAK, AHHHHHHH!, SWOOOSH, MMMM, CHOMP, HA HA HA, DRIPDRIPDRIP, AHHHH!, and SPLAT SPLAT. 


Review by Sarah C.

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A Lesson in Vengeance By Victoria Lee Cover Image
$18.99
Unavailable at this time.
ISBN: 9780593305829
Published: Delacorte Press - August 3rd, 2021

Dark academia and murder and witches, oh my! Felicity Morrow feels ready to return to school after a tragic accident, but when she finds herself tangled up with the elusive teen prodigy Ellis Haley, Felicity will have to face the darkest parts of herself before moving on. Between the atmospheric setting and gorgeous writing, I couldn't put this book down. Part fantasy, part thriller, A Lesson in Vengeance is guaranteed to lure you in and keep you entranced.



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Sarahland By Sam Cohen Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781538735077
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 8th, 2022

Sarahland is an acid road trip with writhing bodies stuck together by lip gloss and bodily fluids I can't mention here. The little connections and pop culture references - BUFFY! - made me beam in delight, and one story in particular made me dream of becoming a Sarah who turns into a tree. The fluidity of gender and sexuality, as well as all the different shapes and sizes a body can be, are all celebrated in this collection of messy queer Sarahs. 


Review by Sarah C.

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The Death of Vivek Oji: A Novel By Akwaeke Emezi Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525541622
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 25th, 2021

In the wake of beloved outcast Vivek's death, their friends and family, as well as those only tenuously connected to their life, spill forth details both intimate and insignificant to build a complete character taken from the world before they could truly bloom. Emezi's talents shine brightest when they delicately  dance around genres, from crime noir to multigenerational tale to supernatural, and some of the most heart-squeezing moments occur when Vivek speaks briefly from beyond the grave, letting their voice be heard above the din.


Review by Sarah C.