Torrin

Meet Torrin, our Adult Book Buyer and one of our Booksellers. Torrin loves beautiful haunting prose and vivid settings across genres. 

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All Fours: A Novel By Miranda July Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593190265
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 14th, 2024

Miranda July takes the reader on a journey of midlife self-discovery that starts as a cross country road trip and ends in a roadside motel 20 miles away. Like a mirror that forces us to see our ugliest sides and deepest desires, All Fours is a punch in the face. This book is sure to awaken dormant feelings and force readers to confront the issues they’ve been choosing to push aside. I couldn’t help but cheer on and laugh with/at our main character as she created new and impossible delusions for herself at every turn. Ultimately, Miranda July shares light and hope as she reminds us that life is what we make it. This is Miranda July at her most vulnerable best.


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The Observable Universe: An Investigation By Heather McCalden Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593596470
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Published: Hogarth - March 19th, 2024

Heather McCalden created and curated a beautifully devastating memoir built of her memories and her research into the collision of grief, AIDS, viruses, and internet culture. Structurally, this book is everything I could ever want. Reading this feels like walking down a street at night, throwing all your deepest questions up into the black void of the sky with the hope of answers echoed. 


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Monstrilio By Gerardo Sámano Córdova Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781638931607
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Published: Zando - January 30th, 2024

Monstrilio is a pleasantly queer story of grief, love, and identity. Monstrilio manages to work his little monster self right into the reader's heart, while also managing to earn his place in the horror genre. I'm sure we'll always search for pieces of the ones we've lost in everyone we meet. 


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Change: A Novel By Édouard Louis, John Lambert (Translated by) Cover Image
By Édouard Louis, John Lambert (Translated by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374606800
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 5th, 2024

This book is an attempt to make peace with transformation, to make amends with a past you left for good reason but still miss anyway. A book that will inspire you to make something of yourself, for yourself. This book is for anyone who has ever tried to outgrow where they came from.  It's apologies and conversations you've never spoken out loud. 

The educational / social / intellectual journey of the protagonist in this book will certainly resonate with any fans of The Neapolitan Quartet by Elena Ferrante. 


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Grief Is for People By Sloane Crosley Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374609849
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Published: MCD - February 27th, 2024

Grief Is for People feels like one of the truest books I’ve ever read. It’s honest, heartbreaking, and ultimately healing. Through all the pain and questioning, Sloane Crosley somehow manages to sustain an air of hope and warmth on every page. I’m in awe of and thankful for Sloane Crosley’s generosity in sharing her friend with the world through this book.


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Alphabetical Diaries By Sheila Heti Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374610784
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 6th, 2024

Sheila Heti rearranged my entire brain (in a good way). No book has made me appreciate the single sentence as much as this one did as Heti seamed her life together through these diaristic confessions. She recorded such beauty and such devastation. I'm changed. 


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Martyr!: A novel By Kaveh Akbar Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593537619
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Published: Knopf - January 23rd, 2024

Martyr! took over my brain completely. Kaveh Akbar created a revelatory experience in novel form about the absurdities of living, loving, dying, and discovering one’s identity. Each poetic page was filled with passages I want to keep close. 


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The Man Who Saw Everything By Deborah Levy Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781632869852
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 1st, 2020

The Man Who Saw Everything worked its way into my head, made a home, and invaded my dreams. It led me to have a conversation with someone all the way across the sea. Never have I yearned so viscerally. Maybe I'll let myself feel this for once. Achingly gorgeous.


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The Trio By Johanna Hedman, Kira Josefsson (Translator) Cover Image
By Johanna Hedman, Kira Josefsson (Translator)
$27.00
ISBN: 9781609459529
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Published: Europa Editions - September 5th, 2023

From the first few pages, I knew that I was going to be invested in this story and to feel it deeply. Johanna Hedman's debut shines brighter than other books in its category due to the calm confidence of the writing. The characters feel real, raw, and honest, and I empathized with their insecurities and regrets. Oh how I wish I could be stumbling across Europe in early adulthood with two people I love, waiting for something, anything, to happen.


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Site of Disappearance By Erin Malone Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781942723165
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Published: Ornithopter Press - June 20th, 2023

Chilling, evocative, beautiful. Erin Malone’s latest collection is a reckoning and a reminiscence. It’s a geographic trip to the past. I’ll be haunted and moved by the scenes she shared / conjured.


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The Shards: A novel By Bret Easton Ellis Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593469163
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Published: Vintage - October 24th, 2023

Basically the California parallel world version of Donna Tartt's The Secret History. This book consumed me. It thrummed with a pulse that accelerated my own. Los Angeles is coping with cults and serial killers, while a cast of privileged high schoolers are dealing with a new and suspicious arrival during their senior year. The illusion of golden youth, this book was perfectly nostalgic. Hot and hazy and hallucinatory.


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Down the Drain By Julia Fox Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781668011508
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 10th, 2023

Julia Fox is endlessly fascinating. After every act of self-destruction,  she remakes herself more beautifully and more powerfully than before. This memoir is confessional and highly entertaining while also including some moving conversations on grief and loss. Julia could rule the world.


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Nefando By Mónica Ojeda, Sarah Booker (Translator) Cover Image
By Mónica Ojeda, Sarah Booker (Translator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781566896894
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Published: Coffee House Press - October 24th, 2023

Nefando is less a novel and more a horrific headspace that language can’t exactly communicate, except for, of course, the words in this book you’re reading. The experience feels like slipping into a deeper demented dimension. 


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Sula (Vintage International) By Toni Morrison Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400033430
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

Sula is a haunting history of a hilltop town in Ohio, colloquially called the Bottom. This was my first Toni Morrison, and instantly I was able to recognize her mastery. For such a slim novel, I felt as if I had lived a lifetime with these characters. It's about girlhood, segregation, outsiderness, betrayal, and the endless struggle of holding onto hope through the chaos and flames of life. You won't just see this story happen, you'll watch with morbid curiosity. 


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Death Valley: A Novel By Melissa Broder Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781668024843
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Published: Scribner - October 3rd, 2023

Melissa Broder has always been vulnerable in the writing that she has shared with the world, and this may be her most vulnerable work yet. Our main character grapples with depression, grief, caregiving and existential doom all while surviving the dangers of the Death Valley desert.

Readers who have come to love Melissa Broder's wacky and humorous writing, will find that in this novel as well. With a magical cactus portal and personified rocks, this may somehow still be her most somber novel to date. She sets the tone perfectly from the first page.

Sometimes we get lost, and we have to find the strength to find our way back. This is an unforgettable and inspiring novel of survival in many forms.


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I Will Greet the Sun Again: A Novel By Khashayar J. Khabushani Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593243305
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Published: Hogarth - August 1st, 2023

A tender and soft agony. It's a beautifully written coming of age story about a young Iranian American boy growing up in the 90s. It's about belonging, longing, brotherhood, and overcoming trauma. A glowing debut.


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Rouge: A Novel By Mona Awad Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982169695
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Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - September 12th, 2023

This is Mona Awad’s most assured work yet. As I was reading, I felt completely swept away and unmoored, but I could feel that Mona Awad was in complete control and was taking me where I needed to go. I’d follow her anywhere she dreams up.  

This is a novel tackling some daunting topics—grief, beauty culture, delusion, identity, and family trauma. These themes are expertly woven into a thrilling and surreal story following Belle, a woman who doesn’t realize how lost she is until she’s forced to confront her complicated grief and long-buried memories.

Tilt your face towards the sun, close your eyes, press on your eyelids, and let the black and rouge pulsate.

Also, the cover designer got this one perfect.


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Looking Glass Sound By Catriona Ward Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250860026
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Published: Tor Nightfire - August 8th, 2023

Looking Glass Sounds feels like a memory of childhood vacations spent by the sea, hazy and not quite in focus. You can feel the memory, but you can’t articulate it. Catriona Ward takes the reader on a journey into creepy caves and dark depths with this mind bending coming-of-age horror story. I lived for the atmosphere of this book.


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Girlfriend on Mars: A Novel By Deborah Willis Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780393285918
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 13th, 2023

I love a book that takes place in the modern world with a slight sci-fi bent. This story is wrapped in reality television shenanigans before it becomes a deceptively powerful meditation on grief, depression, and and the effort it takes to make a life worth living on a dying planet.  


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Ripe: A Novel By Sarah Rose Etter Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781668011645
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Published: Scribner - March 5th, 2024

Ripe is red hot, blazing as fast as a comet.

Every sentence keeps the tone in perfect place. This is a novel of workplace and existential dread, paralleled perfectly. I loved all the discussion about space, black holes, quantum physics, universe theories, etc. It’s something that I love to think about in general, and so it was nice to see that written down in a modern book. I’ve actively searched for these concepts in sci-fi, but I haven’t found a book that hits this same way as this one does. Although this was not a dystopian novel, it felt like it—it’s an extremely accurate record of how we are living.


Rag: Stories By Maryse Meijer Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374246235
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Published: FSG Originals - February 12th, 2019

Maryse Meijer is my favorite short story writer. These stories exist in the horror realm, but are as if they are taking place on the outskirts of the main action, where the everyday horror can come through in subtle ways. I was captivated.


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Leg: The Story of a Limb and the Boy Who Grew from It By Greg Marshall Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781419763601
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - June 13th, 2023

This memoir made me feel like I was a part of a family that I would never be ready to let go of. So many tender moments around family, first relationships, queer identity and the prospects of finding lasting love. I laughed and cried. 


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Black Swans: Stories By Eve Babitz, Stephanie Danler (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Eve Babitz, Stephanie Danler (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781640090507
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Published: Counterpoint - April 10th, 2018

This book is Eve Babitz’s masterpiece. Her writing is romantic yet real, and absolutely enchanting. My heart beats faster any time I enter Eve’s world.


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Open Throat: A Novel By Henry Hoke Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780374609870
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Published: MCD - June 6th, 2023

Open Throat is a perfect book. This book explores parental neglect, expectations, existentialism, loss, and the climate crisis all told through the throat of a gentle, queer mountain lion. This a new, original and captivating commentary on ellay and modern life. Absolutely brilliant.


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Berlin: A Novel By Bea Setton Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143137627
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Published: Penguin Books - May 16th, 2023

Daphne knows she’s self-sabotaging, but she can’t help it. Frequently, she’ll stop her narration to tell us that everything she just said was a lie. This is a literary thriller full of malaise, chaos, mysterious crimes and the daunting dating world.  


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Jawbone By Mónica Ojeda, Sarah Booker (Translator) Cover Image
By Mónica Ojeda, Sarah Booker (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781566896214
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Published: Coffee House Press - February 8th, 2022

"We weren't like this when we were little." This line left me feeling chilled. It perfectly captured the terrifying atmosphere conjured in this story. Our characters grappled with changing circumstances, changing bodies, and dangerous desires. The most unsettling aspect of this story was not knowing what these girls were truly capable of. Monica Ojeda had me trapped between her teeth, and I was ready to be crushed.


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Boulder: Shortlisted for the 2023 International Booker Prize By Eva Baltasar, Julia Sanches (Translator) Cover Image
By Eva Baltasar, Julia Sanches (Translator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781913505387
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Published: And Other Stories - August 2nd, 2022

This novel felt like taking a walk through endless dusk. An attempt to clear your head and catch your breath. A portrait of the drift patterns of two people once consumed by each other.


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Monsters: A Fan's Dilemma By Claire Dederer Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525655114
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Published: Knopf - April 25th, 2023

Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. Claire Dederer aptly asks questions and ruminates on separating the art from the artist (or monster) from many different angles. I especially loved the exploration of what it means to be a fan and caught up in parasocial relationships. Between clever analysis and examination, there are beautiful moments of memoir and glimpses of life in the Pacific Northwest.


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Earth Angel By Madeline Cash Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781955904698
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Published: Clash Books - April 18th, 2023

If you were a Tumblr kid, I think you should read this book. These existential millennial-doom-filled stories are pithy, absurd, and completely entertaining.


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Biography of X: A Novel By Catherine Lacey Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374606176
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 21st, 2023

This novel feels like an accomplishment—for Catherine Lacey as an author and for the world the readers live through over the course of this biography. Catherine Lacey convinced me of the reality of X as a mysterious and controversial multi-media artist. The more I read, the less I felt like I even knew who X was, and I was always hoping to find out just a bit more, to have some of my “whys” answered. What I found the most fascinating was the alternate history of the United States and the well-known artists / celebrities that make appearances within this text in fictional forms. Clever, creative, and captivating.


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Our Share of Night: A Novel By Mariana Enriquez, Megan McDowell (Translated by), Pablo Gerardo Camacho (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mariana Enriquez, Megan McDowell (Translated by), Pablo Gerardo Camacho (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780451495150
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Published: Hogarth - September 12th, 2023

Our Share of Night is a book that feels less like a book and more like some sort of unrecovered memory, some trauma buried deep. The unique format and creative construction conjure a truly expansive and immersive experience. I felt the darkness descend on me mentally and physically while reading it. It’s not a book I’ll be able to forget even if I wanted to. I will hold these characters close to my chest. 
Really appreciated the queerness represented in this book as well!!
 


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On the Savage Side: A novel By Tiffany McDaniel Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593320709
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Published: Knopf - February 14th, 2023

Tiffany McDaniel has written yet another beautiful, unforgettable, haunting novel. I felt as if I lived alongside these characters--through the changing of the seasons, the disappearances and the deaths, the beautiful and the savage sides of life. These characters, as with every character created by Tiffany McDaniel, will stay with me for a long time. 


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Nevada: A Novel By Imogen Binnie Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780374606619
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Published: MCD x FSG Originals - June 7th, 2022

Nevada is an incredible novel. I fell in love with the protagonist, Maria. She feels like an extremely real character, and she lets you know exactly how it feels to be a trans woman in her world—the good, the bad and the ugly. This book gives insight into the experience before transitioning and after transitioning. I was laughing and learning so much throughout the entire book. Highly recommend.


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The Days of Abandonment By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781933372006
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Published: Europa Editions - September 1st, 2005

From the first sentence, the consuming chaos commences, and it does not relent. Elena Ferrante is a master at immersing her readers into the minds of her characters. I didn’t read this book, I lived this book.


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Bliss Montage: Stories By Ling Ma Cover Image
By Ling Ma
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250893543
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Published: Picador - September 12th, 2023

I fell in love with short stories this year, and it has been a delight. Bliss Montage is the highly anticipated release by Ling Ma after the success of her novel Severance. In this collection, Ling Ma adds a slightly speculative bent to the world we live in, and she completely captured me with her cutting prose and imaginative mind– from a woman sharing her home with all of her 99 ex boyfriends to a drug that can turn you invisible. This collection explores what we all desire–connection. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.

 


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Motherthing By Ainslie Hogarth Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593467022
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Published: Vintage - September 27th, 2022

Motherthing will get under your skin. It’s the perfect book for spooky season. This story will resonate with anyone trying to exorcize emotional damage and start fresh on your own terms.


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salt slow By Julia Armfield Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250224781
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 4th, 2022

Julia Armfield is the master of the subtly ominous tone. This collection of short stories made me fall in love with the form. I’ll read anything she writes.


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Acts of Desperation By Megan Nolan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316429832
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 27th, 2022

This book is fascinating and obsessive. It made me feel ugly and wonder if I’m actually the problem. For fans of Sally Rooney.


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Lapvona: A Novel By Ottessa Moshfegh Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593300282
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Published: Penguin Books - June 20th, 2023

Once again I’ve fallen for Moshfegh’s macabre magic—almost "like a religious conversion.”  Moshfegh explores her darkest material yet including the depths of human depravity and the power of religion on the psyche. I was equally mesmerized and horrified.


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Assembly By Natasha Brown Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316268363
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 13th, 2022

This book is chilling and incredibly powerful. This will leave you spechless but lost in thought. This is an essay on the harmful colonialism of the British Empire disguised as a beautifully written novel. 


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Life Ceremony: Stories By Sayaka Murata, Ginny Tapley Takemori (Translator) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802161345
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Published: Grove Press - May 2nd, 2023

All I can say is that Sayaka Murata's mind is extraordinary and fascinating (if slightly terrifying). She weaves universal topics such as loneliness, belonging, and meaning into bizarre and absurd scenarios that, by the end, present a convincing reality . I'll read anything she releases. 


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The Lost Daughter By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator) Cover Image
By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781609457693
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Published: Europa Editions - February 1st, 2022

This book captured me from the first page. This is a perfectly paced and plotted tale of a woman processing what it means to find herself in adulthood after her children have grown. This book transports you to an Italian coastal town as the layers and events unravel. You’ll want to start from the beginning as soon as you reach the end.


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All Down Darkness Wide: A Memoir By Seán Hewitt Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593300084
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Published: Penguin Press - July 12th, 2022

This book has some of the most gorgeous writing that I have ever encountered. The beauty of the prose softens the blow of the devastating emotions. This is an account of the complexities of what love might look like in a relationship amid some mental health turmoil. How can we do what’s best for our partner while looking out for ourselves too? This book would appeal to fans of A Little Life.


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Our Wives Under the Sea: A Novel By Julia Armfield Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250229908
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Published: Flatiron Books - June 27th, 2023

This book is breathtaking and atmospheric. I'm captivated by Julia Armfield's creation of tone throughout her books. This one explores the depths of a changing relationship as well as the depths of the literal sea. Beautifully unsettling.


Beautiful World, Where Are You: A Novel By Sally Rooney Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250859044
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Published: Picador - June 7th, 2022

Sally Rooney has a way of writing things that are so ordinary with such beauty. I really appreciate the philosophical musings that she included in this book. It gives it more of a sense of maturity as the four main characters go about their daily lives, figuring out what beauty means to them. So much to think about.


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Just by Looking at Him: A Novel By Ryan O'Connell Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982178598
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Published: Atria Books - June 6th, 2023

Ryan O’Connell has created a novel that has been missing from the publishing industry for too long. This novel follows the story of Elliot, a gay man with cerebral palsy who’s trying to find his way in LA as he navigates an impending life crisis. I loved cheering him on through all of the awkward situations he managed to get himself in. This celebration of modern gay life is hilarious, melancholy, and endearing all at once. For fans of Melissa Broder and Kristen Arnett.


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Animal: A Novel By Lisa Taddeo Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982122133
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - May 31st, 2022

I’m struggling to come up with the right words to describe this book. It’s incredibly dark and intensely intimate—a confession you aren’t sure you want to hear. But it doesn’t ask for your sympathy. This is the first book in years to keep me up all night reading because I needed to know how it ended. And the prose is golden!


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Real Life: A Novel By Brandon Taylor Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525538899
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 16th, 2021

Real Life is a remarkably vulnerable story, each sentence more brutal and beautiful than the last. Let yourself sink into and linger in these emotionally charged scenes. Please listen to Wallace’s quiet voice.


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Bunny: A Novel By Mona Awad Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525559757
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Published: Penguin Books - June 9th, 2020

Set inside a tiny MFA writing program in a suspiciously dark and mysterious New England town, Bunny dazzles the reader with beautifully intense prose and observations. Bunny is stuck in my brain forever, and I now have an affinity for group hugs. If you're a fan of the movie Mean Girls but want an element of fantastical horror, this is the perfect book for you, Bunny. Bunny loves this book, and Bunny thinks you will too.


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Slow Days, Fast Company: The World, The Flesh, and L.A. By Eve Babitz, Matthew Specktor (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Eve Babitz, Matthew Specktor (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781681370088
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Published: NYRB Classics - August 30th, 2016

"And meanwhile, the night was old and you were beautiful." No one can write LA the way that Eve Babitz can. She makes even the darkest and dirtiest corners sparkle and shine. I immmediately want to roadtrip to LA anytime I read her books.


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Writers & Lovers By Lily King Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780802148544
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Published: Grove Press - February 16th, 2021

Set in 1997, this is a beautifully melancholy story of a young author sorting through loss, loneliness, and love, as she writes her debut novel. I love this story because it is familiar, and it is real life. We're all carrying the weight of living around with us, hoping to find ways to feel lighter. This book makes me feel lighter.


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Eileen: A Novel By Ottessa Moshfegh Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143128755
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Published: Penguin Books - August 16th, 2016

Ottessa Moshfegh is a master at creating vivid settings with mysterious main characters. In this novel, set in the middle of a harsh New England Christmas season, we meet Eileen, a woman currently working at a prison who spends her days daydreaming and taking care of her father. Eileen dreams of getting away and starting her life over in the big city, but when she meets Rebecca, Eileen’s life of minor crimes slides into something icy and darker. 


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Lie With Me: A Novel By Philippe Besson, Molly Ringwald (Translated by) Cover Image
By Philippe Besson, Molly Ringwald (Translated by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501197888
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Published: Scribner - April 7th, 2020

This book is basically the French Winter version of Call Me By Your Name. Phillippe Besson crafts a beautiful and heartbreaking tale of a first romance that lingers for a lifetime, and Molly Ringwald renders the prose gorgeously in her first translation. This story is part coming-of-age, part romance, and part tragedy as we watch the main character change and grow and become who he’s meant to be. This startling intimate book is one I revisit each winter for its subtle touch of warmth.


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My Year of Rest and Relaxation: A Novel By Ottessa Moshfegh Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525522133
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Published: Penguin Books - June 25th, 2019

Taking a year off of life to hibernate your way to the best version of yourself is very tempting some days, but I can't necessarily recommend the absurd and hilarious methods in this book. I've never been more invested, intrigued, disgusted, and stressed out by a character who just finds creative new ways to sleep. The last page of this book changed my worldview.


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Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times By Katherine May Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780593189481
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 2020

This book comforted me in more ways than words can express. This book feels like being cold but then wrapped tightly in a cozy blanket hug.  Our author shares stories from her personal life from her journeys to Stonehenge to the reindeer in Northern Norway and beyond. Grab your favorite hot beverage of choice and snuggle up with this beautiful book.


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Turtles All the Way Down By John Green Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780525555377
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Published: Penguin Books - June 11th, 2019

On the days when the world feels chaotic and my thoughts spiral out of control, this book serves as my security blanket. John Green uses this story as a way to speak about how it feels to live everyday with mental illness. Touching, mysterious, and beautiful. 


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Dept. of Speculation (Vintage Contemporaries) By Jenny Offill Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780345806871
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Published: Vintage - October 7th, 2014

This book was the most beautiful supercut of a life, of a marriage, questions about the universe and all the ways life takes unexpected turns. I’m so lucky to have been able to get a little glimpse of these lives.


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The Secret History (Vintage Contemporaries) By Donna Tartt Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781400031702
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Vintage - April 13th, 2004

Donna Tartt is a master of the dark academia aesthetic, and this book rightfully earns its claim as a modern classic. This book tells the story of an exclusive group of classics students at a New England university that murder one of their own and leave him buried in the snow during a harsh Vermont winter. Watch this wicked group unravel. 


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Sleepwalking By Meg Wolitzer Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594633133
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 25th, 2014

This book is an attempt to understand and process an unnameable and indecipherable grief. A grief that comes when your favorite author dies young and whose words will forever haunt you, leaving you begging for more that you'll never receive, thinking about "what could have been." I found myself wanting to join the "Death Girls" in their pseudoreligious candle-lit vigils and their attempt to hide in the shade of trees on the bright green lawns of their university. 


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Mistborn: The Final Empire (The Mistborn Saga #1) By Brandon Sanderson Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781250868282
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Published: Tor Books - February 14th, 2023

This is Brandon Sanderson at his best and most accessible for any reader. If you're looking to jump into epic fantasy, but you're a bit intimidated, this book will drag you in with its incredible world building and limited/unique magic system built with consequences. You'll want to root for this ragtag group of characters as they attempt to pull off an impossible heist. Vin, our incredible heroine, will take you along for a ride among the mysterious mists and the sparkling court life, a bright spot in this dark world, as she discovers the powers she was born with. There's a combat scene I have not been able to quit thinking about since I read this book over a year ago, my jaw actually dropped. Please read this book and talk to me about it. 


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The Perks of Being a Wallflower By Stephen Chbosky Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780671027346
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Published: MTV Books - February 1st, 1999

Charlie, a student starting freshman year of high school, is a character that is so vivid I feel the need to reach into the pages and wrap him in a tight hug as he navigates a confusing time in life. I love the way he sees the world with innocence and an oppenness to love and to learn. I am drawn to this book every year as summer transitions into fall and school starts back again.


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Nothing to See Here: A Read with Jenna Pick By Kevin Wilson Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062913494
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Published: Ecco - September 1st, 2020

I mean...who wouldn't want to completely uproot their life, move to the middle of nowhere Tennessee and babysit two kids that spontaneously burst into flames at the request of their ex-best friend who betrayed them in high school??? I'm not kidding..the kids do actually burst into flames. This is an unforgettable and heartwarming story of finding belonging in the most unexpected  of places. A story about grief. A story of sacrifice and love that I hope to revisit every summer. 


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The Only Good Indians: A Novel By Stephen Graham Jones Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781982136468
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Published: S&S/Saga Press - January 26th, 2021

Stephen Graham Jones sheds light and darkness on the Native American experience in this moving horror novel. As you read the book, you'll discover just how clever and eerie the title of this book is. This is a story of guilt, revenge, and how our pasts affect us years down the road. This book asks you to assess the damage our decisions can cause. Can forgiveness be shared?