Adults 7/23

Solenoid (Staff Pick)

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Solenoid By Mircea Cartarescu, Sean Cotter (Translator) Cover Image
By Mircea Cartarescu, Sean Cotter (Translator)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781646052028
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Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - October 25th, 2022

Solenoid is a towering achievement in literature. Some of the most original imagery, presented in complex, yet beautiful prose, this book pushes on the boundaries of your imagination, while, somehow, remaining grounded in the soil of every day life. Unlike anything you've ever read, Solenoid is one of those books that will have even the most prolific readers shouting, "How does he come up with this stuff?!"

- Josh


Seeing Science: The Art of Making the Invisible Visible (Staff Pick)

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Seeing Science: The Art of Making the Invisible Visible By Jack Challoner Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9780262544351
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Published: The MIT Press - October 11th, 2022

For the artist battling creative block, for the STEM person who appreciates the magic of science, for anyone who is in love with the beauty of the world around us -- this book is for you.

- Murphy


The St. Ambrose School for Girls (Staff Pick)

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The St. Ambrose School for Girls By Jessica Ward, J.R. Ward Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781982194864
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Published: Gallery Books - July 11th, 2023

I fell in love with the main character and her roommate, and I was captivated by every plot thread in this story. The tension is immaculate and the resolution satisfying. Pick up this book for the scandal, the conflict, the lovable characters, and the dark academia. Keep it glued to your face for the poignant discussion of how people with mental illness are treated by society...and by their own minds.

-Meghan, Writer in Residence


Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels (Staff Pick)

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Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels By Scott McCloud Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780060780944
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 5th, 2006

What makes for an effective comic or graphic novel? How do words and art interact to tell impactful stories? Making Comics provides insight into these questions and more by illuminating our understanding of the storytelling power and history of the medium. This is a great guide not only for aspiring comic artists, but for anyone seeking thoughtful, illustrated examples of how we appreciate and create visual stories in their many forms.

-Annaliese


The Once and Future Witches (Staff Pick)

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The Once and Future Witches By Alix E. Harrow Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316422017
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Published: Redhook - September 28th, 2021

This adult historical fantasy novel follows estranged Eastwood sisters Beatrice Belladonna, Agnes Amaranth, and James Juniper as their lives are once again intertwined in the city of New Salem. Witchcraft is, as it was during the real life Salem Witch Trials, condemned and often punishable by death. Alix E. Harrow effortlessly weaves together not only the suffrage movement of the turn of the twentieth century with modern day feminism, but also feminism as a whole with magic.

-May


Wittgenstein's Mistress (Staff Pick)

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Wittgenstein's Mistress By David Markson Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781628973914
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Published: Dalkey Archive Press - July 11th, 2023

This experimental novel asks what would happen if you were the only person left on Earth and all you had were snippets of art history and Greek mythology — “the baggage that remains in one’s head” — to keep your mind from unspooling. Rather than take a dystopian bent, this post-apocalyptic novel quietly mesmerizes as its protagonist anchors herself in the quotidian and her own “fanciful private improvisations.” Unique and hypnotic.

-Rachael


Anaïs Nin: A Sea of Lies (Staff Pick)

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Anaïs Nin: A Sea of Lies By Léonie Bischoff, Jenna Allen (Translated by) Cover Image
By Léonie Bischoff, Jenna Allen (Translated by)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781683967590
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Published: Fantagraphics - June 6th, 2023

A Sea of Lies evokes the spirit and mystique of writer Anais Nin with beautiful, rainbow-infused pencil drawings. Nin is well-known for her journals and erotic writings, none of which need to be read first to appreciate this depiction of her life. Fellow introverts especially will find her commitment to her pleasure, self-knowledge, and art utterly mesmerizing.

-Manasa


In Search of Lost Time: Swann's Way: A Graphic Novel (Staff Pick)

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In Search of Lost Time: Swann's Way: A Graphic Novel By Marcel Proust, Stéphane Heuet (Adapted by), Arthur Goldhammer (Translated by) Cover Image
By Marcel Proust, Stéphane Heuet (Adapted by), Arthur Goldhammer (Translated by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781631496479
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Published: Liveright - December 3rd, 2019

Something like an orchestra reduced to a piano sonata, Heuet’s adaptation of the first volume of In Search of Lost Time combines the beauty and intent of Proust’s words (often quoted verbatim) with dreamlike graphics that capture the reverie of the original. Follow it up with Vol. 2, translated into English in 2019.

- James


Malkah's Notebook (Staff Pick)

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Malkah's Notebook: A Journey into the Mystical Aleph-Bet By Mira Z. Amiras, Josh Baum (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mira Z. Amiras, Josh Baum (Illustrator)
$34.95
ISBN: 9781951412340
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Published: The Collective Book Studio - March 1st, 2022

Part journey of self-discovery, part mysticism, all love and appreciation of language.

- Stacey


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