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Somewhere Beyond the Sea (Cerulean Chronicles #2) By TJ Klune Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250881205
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Published: Tor Books - September 10th, 2024

"In his much anticipated follow-up to The House in the Cerulean Sea, Klune writes a beautiful novel about discrimination, standing up for what is right in the face of authorities greater than you, and the power of found family. Somewhere Beyond the Sea is full of love, humor, and bravery.  But mostly, this book is full of hope."


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The Seventh Veil of Salome By Silvia Moreno-Garcia Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780593600269
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Published: Del Rey - August 6th, 2024

"The Seventh Veil of Salome is a sweeping historical epic that combines biblical tale with a story from 1950s Hollywood. The three narratives of Vera, Nancy and Salome weave together a story about ambition, intrigue, scandal and romance that feels like both a love letter to and the harshest rebuke of the Golden Age of Hollywood. This is Moreno-Garcia’s best work yet!"


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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! is a beautiful and gut-wrenching book that will stay with you for a long time.  Following a thirty-something sober Iranian-American immigrant as he journeys to Brooklyn to speak with an artist about a writing project and uncovers a family secret.  Filled with scenes from the present, his family's history in Iran, pieces of his writing and scenes from his dreams, this book grapples with what it means to be an immigrant, queer, sober and a martyr.  A must read!"


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youthjuice By E.K. Sathue Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781641295925
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Published: Hell's Hundred - June 4th, 2024

"An engrossing body horror novel that takes you on a journey through the dark side of wellness capitalism and beauty culture while using its descriptions to captivate and horrify! Fast paced and a fun read but be prepared to squirm at some of the descriptions."


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Anita de Monte Laughs Last: Reese's Book Club Pick (A Novel) By Xochitl Gonzalez Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250786210
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Published: Flatiron Books - March 5th, 2024

"A funny, thrilling, and daring novel that submerges you into the worlds of art and academia while showing the hidden caste system of race and gender within them. Gonzalez’s writing is compelling and kept me up all night reading!"


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Parasol Against the Axe: A Novel By Helen Oyeyemi Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593192368
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 5th, 2024

"This book is nearly impossible to summarize. It’s about two former friends, Hero and Thea, who both seem to be running from forces that wish to interpret their life stories for them. The result is an absurdist tale told from the perspective of the city of Prague about the power of stories, the differences between fact and interpretation and the strange ability for shared histories and cities to take on a life of their own. Oyeyemi’s tale is imaginative and beautifully written."


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Sure, I'll Join Your Cult: A Memoir of Mental Illness and the Quest to Belong Anywhere By Maria Bamford Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982168568
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Published: Gallery Books - September 5th, 2023

"In this memoir, comedian, Maria Bamford, tells her brutal and unexpectedly candid journey through various mental health disorders, and the 'cults' that have shaped her life.  This book is uniquely specific, peculiar in the best ways, and really captures the hilarious comedic voice of Bamford's stand up on the written page."


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Never Whistle at Night: An Indigenous Dark Fiction Anthology By Shane Hawk (Editor), Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr. (Editor) Cover Image
By Shane Hawk (Editor), Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr. (Editor)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593468463
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Published: Vintage - September 19th, 2023

"Never Whistle at Night is the perfect dark fiction short story collection that will have you up all night wanting to see what happens next!  Each story is written by a different Indigenous author and ranges from unsettling and nerve wracking to outright horrifying.  As a horror fan, I loved this book and the stories are the perfect length for a short story collection, not too long, and you can get through a couple in one sitting!"


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King of the Armadillos: A Novel By Wendy Chin-Tanner Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250843005
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Published: Flatiron Books - July 25th, 2023

"King of Armadillos is an one-of-a-kind coming of age story following Victor Chin, a Chinese immigrant who is diagnosed with Hansen's disease (otherwise known as leprosy).  After initially wanting to escape the facility he is sent to in New Orleans to return to his family in New York, Victor soon feels a sense of freedom away from his obligations and with newfound opportunities during his treatment.  This book is unforgettable and Chin-Tanner's writing is full of emotion."


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Vampires of El Norte By Isabel Cañas Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593436721
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Published: Berkley - August 15th, 2023

"Equal parts supernatural horror, romance, Western and historical fiction, Vampires of El Norte tells the story of a vaquero, Néstor, and a curandera, Nena, as they fight to save their home from American army that is invading from the North and from an equally terrifying supernatural threat. This book is beautifully written and Cañas' characters come to life off the page."


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Uranians: Stories By Theodore McCombs Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781662601941
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Published: Astra House - May 30th, 2023

"A thought-provoking, unsettling and emotional set of stories set in various speculative universes but feel very at home in ours. Through each story, McCombs shines a light on aspects of humanity that we often ignore, the good and the bad.  And the titular novella is a beautiful tale about the strength of queerness, the power of art and love between a chosen family set against the backdrop of the unknowns of space."


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The Late Americans: A Novel By Brandon Taylor Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593332344
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 23rd, 2024

"In The Late Americans,  Brandon Taylor crafts together a series of interconnected stories about a group of friends in Iowa City that is about art, class, race, and chosen family.  It is at once intimate and full of desire while also violent and consequential.  Taylor captures the voice of each character beautifully as he switches perspectives throughout the novel."


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Quietly Hostile: Essays By Samantha Irby Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593315699
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Published: Vintage - May 16th, 2023

"Quietly Hostile is a hilarious series of essays that showcases Irby at her best.  Told with a sharp wit and a deep sincerity, each essay is a powerhouse with personal favorites of mine being her essays on how she would rewrite the entire Sex in the City series and one about her unmade TV pilot."


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Maame: A Today Show Read With Jenna Book Club Pick By Jessica George Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250853738
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 6th, 2024

"A beautiful coming of age story about grief, ambition, and what it means to be loved, Maame tells the story of 25-year-old Maddie who has been the sole caretaker for her father who has Parkinson’s disease while her mother is in Ghana. But when her mom returns, she is able to move out and begin her own life, that is until tragedy strikes and she must learn to balance her family and traditions with the life she wishes to have.  Jessica George’s writing is poignantly specific and flows like a stream of consciousness; I really love the way it incorporates Maddie’s text messages and google searches along with her subconscious in the narration."


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How to Sell a Haunted House By Grady Hendrix Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593201275
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Published: Berkley - January 2nd, 2024

"When Louise returns home for her parents' funeral, she and her brother uncover long hidden family secrets and an entity that has haunted both of them for much longer than they have realized. While scary and very much a horror novel, this book is a beautifully heartfelt exploration of family and grief. It truly brought me to tears by the end!"


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Jackal: A Novel By Erin E. Adams Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593499320
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Published: Bantam - September 5th, 2023

"An incredible debut novel!  Jackal mixes the horror of a slasher, a monster movie and the real life fear of inequality, hate and prejudice based on moments of real history like the Flood of Johnstown, PA. Using horror as it’s backdrop, this novel deals with themes of race, class, and abuse in a masterful way that speaks to our current moment in America.  Adams' writing is captivating and will have you up all night unable to put the book down!"


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I'm Glad My Mom Died By Jennette McCurdy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982185824
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 9th, 2022

"'I'm Glad My Mom Died' is an extremely compelling, darkly funny, and beautifully emotional memoir from former iCarly star, Jennette McCurdy.  Jennette is brutally honest in describing her life working as a child star, her abusive relationship with her mother and her battle with eating disorders.  It's incredibly hard to put this book down!"


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Ten Steps to Nanette: A Memoir Situation By Hannah Gadsby Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984819802
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 28th, 2023

"For anyone familiar with Hannah Gadsby's Nanette, you are familiar with both Gadsby's style of comedy but also her ability to hit an emotional gut punch to her audience.  In 'Ten Steps to Nanette', Gadsby puts her traumas and struggles in life on full display while laying out the path that these traumas and a career in comedy formed that led her to her Emmy Award winning Netflix special.  Front and center in this memoir is Gadsby's complicated relationship with her siblings, father, and especially, her Mum."


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The Sentence: A Novel By Louise Erdrich Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062671134
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 6th, 2022

"The Sentence by Louise Erdrich is a fantastic novel that takes an introspective look into one year in the life of a woman who works in a bookstore in Minneapolis taking place from November 2019 to November 2020.  It’s about a formerly incarnated woman, a bookstore haunted by its best customer, a loving yet complicated marriage, people being tired of the way things have always been, and finding connection in a time when connection seems impossible.  This book perfectly captures the fear, confusion, outrage, desire for justice, and loss that defined the year 2020.  With every word, Erdrich manages to find beauty in a time of so much chaos and confusion."


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Beautiful Country: A Memoir of an Undocumented Childhood By Qian Julie Wang Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593313008
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Published: Vintage - September 27th, 2022

"Beautiful Country is a phenominal book about Qian Julie Wang's experience living in Brooklyn as an undocumented immigrant in the 90s.  Wang shares how she lived in constant fear that she or her Ma Ma and Ba Ba would be deported at any moment, and the trauma she experienced growing up being labeled illegal.  And at the core of this novel is Qian's curiosity, resourcefulness and love for her parents."