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Some Bugs (Staff Pick)

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Some Bugs (Classic Board Books) By Angela DiTerlizzi, Brendan Wenzel (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Angela DiTerlizzi, Brendan Wenzel (Illustrator)
$7.19
ISBN: 9781481464444
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Published: Little Simon - June 14th, 2016

Bright fun pictures & clever rhymes introduce little ones to the wild world hiding in the grass. Perfect as we get into summer days spent at the park and the backyard.

- Josh


Reading the Room (Staff Pick)

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Reading the Room: A Bookseller's Tale By Paul Yamazaki, Rick Simonson (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Paul Yamazaki, Rick Simonson (Foreword by)
$11.16
ISBN: 9781958846698
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Published: Ode Books - May 8th, 2024

The story of a life lived with purpose, Yamasaki's meander through his life as legendary bookseller at City Lights in San Francisco, is insightful & inspiring. A must read for anyone who loves books and bookstores.

- Josh


The Red Handler (Staff Pick)

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Red Handler By Johan Harstad, David Smith (Translator) Cover Image
By Johan Harstad, David Smith (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781948830805
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Published: Open Letter - March 26th, 2024

Perhaps the strangest detective story I've ever read this fictional annotated novel is, yes, about how we narrate crime & the limits of language & other very literary ideas, but, ultimately, I think it's mostly about how important creating is to being human, even when you only create for yourself.

- Josh


Modern Poetry (Staff Pick)

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Modern Poetry: Poems By Diane Seuss Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781644452752
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 5th, 2024

The audacity to title your collection of poetry Modern Poetry. Audacity that Seuss earned, with her Pulitzer Prize winning collection frank: sonnets of course, but also with this new collection. Some poems & lines will leave you cross-eyed.

- Josh


Case of Cem (Staff Pick)

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The Case of Cem By Angela Rodel (Translated by), Vera Mutafchieva Cover Image
By Angela Rodel (Translated by), Vera Mutafchieva
$24.95
ISBN: 9789533514376
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Published: Sandorf Passage - January 16th, 2024

Every individual is actually a chorus. This brilliant beefy historical fiction imagines unraveling the story of Cem, pretender to the Ottoman throne & at one point arguably the most important person on Earth, through the testimony of dozens of historic figures. Rich in detail, insight, and narrative, this is a must for fans of historical fiction.

- Josh


Forgotten Manuscript (Staff Pick)

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Forgotten Manuscript By Sergio Chejfec, Jeffrey Lawrence (Translator) Cover Image
By Sergio Chejfec, Jeffrey Lawrence (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781913867713
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Published: Charco Press - November 14th, 2023

Every book is a physical act. As media & tech companies search for for more ways to not pay creators and to never allow consumers to truly own any products, the physicality of books becomes more important. Chefjec is a brilliant, esoteric writer and this book is a thrilling intellectual experience.

- Josh


Wings of Red (Staff Pick)

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Wings of Red By James W. Jennings Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781593767099
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Published: Soft Skull - November 21st, 2023

Somewhere between contemporary autofiction and a neo-Beat style bildungsroman, Wings of Red is the story of a young artist trying to make his way in a city that cares little for his art and less for his life. June Papers doesn't always do the right thing, but his heart is always in the right place, and through Jennings's vibrant prose style Papers becomes a hero you can root for.

- Josh


Built from the Fire (Staff Pick)

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Built from the Fire: The Epic Story of Tulsa's Greenwood District, America's Black Wall Street By Victor Luckerson Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593134375
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Published: Random House - May 23rd, 2023

This closely focused history Tulsa's Greenwood neighborhood, starting with the Tulsa Massacre, shows how thoroughly racism shaped and shapes American society. Though a history of tragedy, it is also a history of how people can triumph despite the systemic forces against them.

- Josh


The Long Form (Staff Pick)

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The Long Form By Kate Briggs Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781948980210
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Published: Dorothy, a publishing project - October 3rd, 2023

A single mother reads Fielding's Tom Jones as she cares for her newborn. Briggs is brilliant, covering incredible narrative & conceptual distances in the few turns around the living room it takes to soothe her baby. It's quiet in some ways, explosive in others.

- Josh


Landscapes (Staff Pick)

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Landscapes By Christine Lai Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781953387387
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - September 12th, 2023

Catastrophes are also quiet. Climate change will also change our hearts & minds. In what might be my favorite novel on the topic, Li uses the dissolution of previously grand English estate & the grumbling mental & emotional resolve of its archivist to explore the experiences and emotions of decay and disintegration. Art. Politics. A love triangle involving brothers. There is also great depth to this story beneath the big impacts of rising sea levels. A truly brilliant novel.

- Josh


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