Sarah's Staff Picks

Sarah's Picks

Hello! I'm Sarah, the co-owner of Women & Children First. I read personal essay collections, memoir, and contemporary fiction. I love local and emerging authors! 

Future Home of the Living God Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062694058
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Published: Harper - November 14th, 2017

Mean Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566894913
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Published: Coffee House Press - November 7th, 2017

Sing, Unburied, Sing Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501126062
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Published: Scribner Book Company - September 5th, 2017

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.: Essays Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781101912195
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Published: Vintage - May 30th, 2017

The Wrong Way to Save Your Life: Essays Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062429209
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 1st, 2017

Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781101946503
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 9th, 2017

Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781566894951
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Published: Coffee House Press - April 4th, 2017

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Cover Image
$39.99
ISBN: 9781606999592
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Published: Fantagraphics Books - February 14th, 2017

Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781940430881
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Published: Curbside Splendor Publishing - May 9th, 2017

Exit West Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735212176
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017

Heat and Light Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061763496
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Published: Ecco Press - February 28th, 2017

Sunshine State: Essays Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062434876
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 11th, 2017

The Babysitter at Rest Cover Image
$16.80
ISBN: 9780997366624
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Published: Dorothy a Publishing Project - October 17th, 2016

All Grown Up Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780544824249
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 7th, 2017

Born to Run Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9781501141515
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 27th, 2016

Problems Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566894425
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Published: Coffee House Press - July 5th, 2016

The Underground Railroad Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385542364
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Published: Doubleday Books - August 2nd, 2016

The Mothers Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399184529
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 10th, 2017

Another Brooklyn Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062359995
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Published: Amistad Press - May 30th, 2017

Homegoing Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101971062
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781501126345
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Published: Scribner Book Company - August 2nd, 2016

Commonwealth Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062491831
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 2nd, 2017

My Name Is Lucy Barton Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780812979527
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Published: Random House Trade - October 11th, 2016

The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977498
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 6th, 2016

Every Kind of Wanting Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781640090040
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - August 15th, 2017

Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation Cover Image
By Eli Clare, Aurora Levins Morales (Foreword by), Dean Spade (Afterword by)
$22.95
ISBN: 9780822360315
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Published: Duke University Press - August 7th, 2015

The Girls Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812988024
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Published: Random House Trade - May 9th, 2017

The Telling Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781940430744
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Published: Curbside Splendor Publishing - May 10th, 2016

Shrill Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316348461
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Published: Hachette Books - February 28th, 2017

So Sad Today: Personal Essays Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781455562725
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 15th, 2016

The Miles Between Me Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781940430782
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Published: Curbside Splendor Publishing - May 3rd, 2016

The Turner House Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780544705166
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Published: Mariner Books - March 1st, 2016

Animals Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781609452896
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Published: Europa Editions - October 6th, 2015

Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316247757
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 26th, 2016

Mosquitoland Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780147513656
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Published: Speak - March 1st, 2016

All My Puny Sorrows Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781940450711
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Published: McSweeney's - July 28th, 2015

Loving Day Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780812983661
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - September 6th, 2016

The Argonauts Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781555977351
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Published: Graywolf Press - January 26th, 2016

Bright Lines Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143123132
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Published: Penguin Books - August 11th, 2015

Station Eleven Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804172448
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

Bitch Planet Volume 1: Extraordinary Machine Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781632153661
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Published: Image Comics - October 20th, 2015

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399184765
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 25th, 2016

Citizen: An American Lyric Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781555976903
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 7th, 2014

Required reading for all Americans. The most vital book I read in 2014.


Ongoingness: The End of a Diary Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781555977658
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Published: Graywolf Press - December 6th, 2016

Dept. of Speculation Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780345806871
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Published: Vintage Books - October 7th, 2014

Men Explain Things to Me Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9781608463862
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Published: Haymarket Books - September 4th, 2014

What Is Visible Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781455528950
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Published: Twelve - June 16th, 2015

Fangirl Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250030955
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 10th, 2013

Eleanor & Park Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250012579
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 26th, 2013

How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781932841770
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Published: Agate Bolden - August 13th, 2013

The Empathy Exams: Essays Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555976712
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Published: Graywolf Press - April 1st, 2014

Drawing on her own and others' experiences of pain, violence, heartbreak, and addiction, as well as the work of Sontag, Kundera, Didion, and others, Leslie Jamison's extraordinary collection of essays had me tripping over myself to underline especially insightful passages and gasp over quiet revelations. I wanted to press this book into the hands of strangers because I think these questions about how we strive toward, shy away from, and/or deftly perform empathy are necessary--now and always. 


Once I Was Cool: Personal Essays Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781940430027
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Published: Curbside Splendor Publishing - May 20th, 2014

In one of the essays in Once I Was Cool, Megan describes going to a Jane's Addiction concert when she was just 16. She describes the moment when the band started playing her song and how she began singing all of the lyrics at the top of her lungs. Then, teenage Megan looks around and sees thousands of people singing the lyrics to her song. The beautiful and powerful humanity of that moment is what I felt rippling through every essay in this incredible collection. READ LOCAL! READ THIS.


Bark: Stories Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307740861
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Published: Vintage - October 28th, 2014

I binged on these dark short stories that crackle with hilariously biting dialogue! No one talks the way Moore's characters talk, and I can't get enough. One of my favorite writers at her best.  


Tell the Wolves I'm Home Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780812982855
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Published: Dial Press - June 4th, 2013

When fourteen-year-old June Elbus loses her beloved uncle Finn to AIDS, she is devastated. At the funeral, she catches sight of a lanky stranger, whom her older sister tells her is Toby--Finn's "special friend" and also his "murderer." Toby doesn't look like a murderer to June, so when he reaches out to befriend her, she decides to accept the invitation. As their friendship grows, June discovers the only other person on earth who seeems to understand why she can't "move on" and forget Finn's death like her mother wants her to. Set in the late 1980s--in the thick of the AIDS crisis--Tell the Wolves I'm Home is a gorgeously written and honest portrait of a young girl's evolving understanding of the different shapes that love can take. June is a robustly "weird" teenager, a romantic, who adores anything related to Medieval times, wears fiercely non-trendy boots and long corduroy skirts, plays alone in the woods, and watches A Room with a View every chance she gets. She will break your heart as she, so vulnerably, navigates through the treacherous middle place between kid and adult. 


The First Bad Man Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781439172575
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Published: Scribner Book Company - September 8th, 2015

A Tale for the Time Being Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143124870
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Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2013

We Need New Names Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780316230841
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 20th, 2014

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, this absorbing story follows a fearless group of young children in Zambabwe. 10-year-old Darling is the effortlessly likeable, sharply clever leader, who runs wild with her friends (Godknows, Bastard, and Chipo to name a few). As they steal guavas and play games like "Find Bin Laden," they also occasionally, solemnly discuss what life was like Before--before the paramilitary came and bulldozed all of their homes, regardless of who was inside. The story follows Darling when she moves to "Destroyed" Michigan, escaping extreme poverty and hunger, only to land in an America nothing like the one she imagined.


Meaty Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780988480421
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Published: Curbside Splendor Publishing - October 1st, 2013

Meaty is a gutsy and hilarious book of essays by local author Samantha Irby. If you’ve read her hugely popular blog, bitches gotta eat, you know that for Irby no topic is taboo. In this collection, she discusses regrettable sex, fantasy sex, her cat named Helen Keller, and the unpredictable bodily functions that come with having Crohn’s disease. Sure, some of the subject matter may seem crass, but at its core these essays are dissecting weighty stuff like race and gender and the loneliness of being orphaned before the age of 20. I missed this book the moment I finished it; good thing she still updates her blog.


NW Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143123934
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Published: Penguin Books - August 27th, 2013

Zadie Smith's most invigorating novel yet!  Each of the four sections is helmed by a different narrator, all of whom grew up in Caldwell, a council estate in a low-income area of London. They are now adults living within vastly different income brackets and enjoying different levels of professional and personal happiness. Along with a slew of fully fleshed peripheral characters, the main storylines of Leah, Natalie, Felix, and Nathan are told in distinct voices, at a breakneck pace and feature crisp and funny and/or tragic dialogue. This is not an easy read. The first section, Leah's, is especially fractured, making it at times difficult to differentiate what is real from what isn't. What remains very real throughout the novel is the complex and evolving friendship between Leah and Natalie, as they both struggle with their separate decisions about having/not having children. NW sometimes reads like a series of individual short stories, but together they create this spellbinding conversation about what factors determine where we end up even when we begin in the same place. 


So Long, See You Tomorrow Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780679767206
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Published: Vintage - January 3rd, 1996

It’s astonishing that a book this slim can be so powerful—and punishing. This novel (that reads like a memoir), centers upon a single, seemingly small moment in which the narrator runs into a childhood playmate in the halls of his new high school and chooses to ignore him. Gripped with guilt, Maxwell recounts the life of this ex friend and the terrible murder that forever changed the boy’s life. In this profound meditation on truth and memory, Maxwell writes, “In talking about the past, we lie with every breath we take.”


Stitches Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780393338966
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 1st, 2010

A suspenseful graphic memoir about a deeply troubled family--as beautiful as it is heartbreaking.


Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555975180
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 3rd, 2009

You’ll never look at a telephone pole or a babydoll the same after reading this incisive book of essays by Chicago author, Eula Biss. Biss draws upon history, pop culture, and her own personal experiences--as a teacher at a Harlem school and a reporter for an African American newspaper--to examine race and racial identity in America. Each essay is riddled with unfiltered observations, meticulously drawn connections, and plain old facts that had me gasping aloud.


The Journalist and the Murderer Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780679731832
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Published: Vintage - October 31st, 1990

A must-read for anyone who writes about real people and struggles with the ethics of doing so.


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Cover Image
By Judith Viorst, Ray Cruz (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780689711732
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 15th, 1987

The absolute best, so perfect, most timeless, very great children's book ever written! The sentiment captured in the final page gets me every time.


Self-Help Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780307277299
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Published: Vintage Books USA - March 13th, 2007

Wonder Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780375869020
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 14th, 2012

I'm just very glad that this book exists. 


Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780618871711
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Published: Mariner Books - June 1st, 2007