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Woodworm By Layla Martinez, Sophie Hughes (Translator), Annie McDermott (Translator) Cover Image
By Layla Martinez, Sophie Hughes (Translator), Annie McDermott (Translator)
$21.95
ISBN: 9781949641592
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Published: Two Lines Press - May 14th, 2024

A house haunted by ghosts, saints, and angels that seem to be in an endless cycle of unrest and women who seek to avenge their tainted name, all while fraught with intergenerational trauma that infests their wooden walls. A house with enraged women who want to heal their trauma wounds by any means necessary. A house that breathes and lives. 


Review by Javi

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Little Seed By Wei Tchou Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781646053360
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Published: Strange Object - May 14th, 2024

Trauma has stuck to Tchou’s life like spores on the frond of a fern. But she starts her story the way ferns do in the spring – emerging as a fiddlehead from the pile of leaf litter until completely unfurled. Little Seed resists, survives, slumbers, awakens… mirroring the life cycle of the ferns she loves.


Review by Javi

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The Ministry of Time: A Novel By Kaliane Bradley Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781668045145
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - May 7th, 2024

A masterpiece. Standing ovation. Maximum stars. There’s a bit of something for every reader in here: romance, time travel, arctic exploration, mixed-race representation, a scathing critique of British colonialism… okay those were all specifically for me, but I promise they will be for you too! A strong contender for best read of 2024 and something to feverishly text, phone, or write tear-stained letters to your friends about.

 


Review by Jess

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There's Always This Year: On Basketball and Ascension By Hanif Abdurraqib Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593448793
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Published: Random House - March 26th, 2024

Impeccable! Beautiful! Wonderful! Nobody writes about grief, love, home, and devotion like Hanif and nobody else could make me care deeply about basketball or any sport for that matter. I feel so much love for and wish to give so much love to Hanif and Ohio and the repetition of action and thought and the religion of the self and collective.


Review by Sofia

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Woodworm By Layla Martinez, Sophie Hughes (Translator), Annie McDermott (Translator) Cover Image
By Layla Martinez, Sophie Hughes (Translator), Annie McDermott (Translator)
$21.95
ISBN: 9781949641592
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Two Lines Press - May 14th, 2024

A novella about a hungry haunted house filled with vermin and ghosts and ghoulish saints, plus the two women left to live with a righteous anger calcifying their hopes and dreams into a twisted act of revenge. The pages left cobwebs on my fingertips. 


Review by Sarah C.

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The Art of Running: Learning to Run Like a Greek By Andrea Marcolongo, Will Schutt (Translator) Cover Image
By Andrea Marcolongo, Will Schutt (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9798889660330
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Published: Europa Compass - April 2nd, 2024

A runner and a classical scholar, Marcolongo intertwines ancient history with personal memoir as she emotionally and physically prepares herself to run from Marathon to Athens. This book felt delightfully like if What I Talk about When I Talk about Running and Good for a Girl had a baby, and then that baby studied sport and wit directly from the great classic philosophers herself. Excellently written, and a must-read for runners who are also musers.


Review by Jess

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I Heard Her Call My Name: A Memoir of Transition By Lucy Sante Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593493762
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Published: Penguin Press - February 13th, 2024

Following her own transition at age 67, Sante looks back at her entire life to consider how we are molded by friendships, why we escape into art, and the ways we form and are formed by our identities as we move through the years. This is a memoir written by a master of the form; a quick, enjoyable read you will undoubtedly spend weeks thinking about.


Review by Connor

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Chipped: Writing from a Skateboarder's Lens By José Vadi Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781593767556
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Published: Soft Skull - April 16th, 2024

A memoir in essays about finding your people. José Vadi takes you into the culture of skateboarding and illustrates a rich history that is often overlooked. Even if you know nothing about skateboarding, you will find something for you in this book.  

 


Review by Rosa

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Other People's Words: Friendship, Loss, and the Conversations That Never End By Lissa Soep Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781954118355
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - April 16th, 2024

The moment after I read the last sentence, I sent a message to Lissa thanking her for writing this. In a beautiful combination of linguistics, letters, and love, Lissa shares her story of grief after the unrelated passing of two of her closest friends. As someone with an affinity for language, I deeply appreciate her use of linguistic philosophy and theory to impress the weight of words and meaning and how they emanate beyond their initial utterance. I have sinfully dog-eared many of my copy’s pages in an attempt to squirrel away sentences for when I need to read them most. I hope this book brings readers the same comfort it brought me.


Review by Bailey

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Loneliness & Company By Charlee Dyroff Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781639732081
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - May 7th, 2024

Builds and builds and crashes in a heart-stopping way.


Review by Emily

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