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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! 

The Night Watchman: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780062671196
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 23rd, 2021

Detransition, Baby: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593133378
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Published: One World - January 12th, 2021

The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594487330
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 2020

This short story collection builds and builds until it reaches a powerful crescendo of a novella that is a flat-out knockout! Sharp, funny, sexy, topical, and contemporary in a way that is savvy and earned. Evans' voice is steely and bold as her various, richly developed narrators--predominantly young women of color--navigate issues of race, grief, and sacrifice.


Leave the World Behind: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062667632
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Published: Ecco - October 6th, 2020

LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND is an immersive and unnerving page-turner that opens with a family arriving at an idyllic vacation house far away from their NYC apartment. Late one night, a knock at the door catapults the story into an unexpected direction that brims with suspense along with meditations on race, privilege, and what we owe one another.


Golem Girl: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984820303
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Published: One World - October 6th, 2020

GOLEM GIRL is a triumph! Too often disability narrative canonize, normalize, or sanitize their subjects. GOLEM GIRL by local author and visual artist Riva Lehrer is a crisp, powerful, vulnerable, messy departure from the typical. Detailing living with Spina bifida through the relationships that formed her, Riva's writing is as stunning as her artwork. (One of my Top Five Books of 2020) -Sarah


The Death of Vivek Oji: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525541608
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 4th, 2020

Having and Being Had Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525537458
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 1st, 2020

The Vanishing Half: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525536291
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 2nd, 2020

Girl, Woman, Other: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802156983
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - November 5th, 2019

Breasts and Eggs Cover Image
By Mieko Kawakami, Sam Bett (Translator), David Boyd (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781609456702
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Published: Europa Editions - March 23rd, 2021

Writers & Lovers Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802148544
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Published: Grove Press - February 16th, 2021

Why Fish Don't Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501160349
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 6th, 2021

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250076229
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Published: Picador - September 5th, 2017

Nothing to See Here Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062913494
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Published: Ecco - September 1st, 2020

Disappearing Earth Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525436225
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Published: Vintage - April 7th, 2020

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781984820389
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Published: One World - March 2nd, 2021

Red at the Bone: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525535287
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 1st, 2020

Such a Fun Age Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525541905
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - December 31st, 2019

How to Be an Antiracist Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525509288
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Published: One World - August 13th, 2019

Miracle Creek: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250251305
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Published: Picador - April 7th, 2020

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Confessions of the Fox: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399592287
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Published: One World - March 5th, 2019

The Seep Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781641292153
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Published: Soho Press - December 8th, 2020

Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781524798642
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 4th, 2020

The Dutch House: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062963673
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Published: Harper - September 24th, 2019

Trust Exercise: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781250231260
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - May 5th, 2020

On Division: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250757968
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Published: Picador - December 1st, 2020

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525562023
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Published: Penguin Press - June 4th, 2019

Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780399589065
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Published: One World - March 24th, 2020

In the Dream House: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450383
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Published: Graywolf Press - December 1st, 2020

Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos Cover Image
By Lucy Knisley, Lucy Knisley (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781626728080
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Published: First Second - February 26th, 2019

Women Talking Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781635574340
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 3rd, 2020

Heavy: An American Memoir Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501125669
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Published: Scribner - March 5th, 2019

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807047415
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Published: Beacon Press - June 26th, 2018

Severance: A Novel Cover Image
By Ling Ma
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250214997
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Published: Picador - May 7th, 2019

The Great Believers: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735223530
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Published: Penguin Books - June 4th, 2019

An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616208684
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 5th, 2019

And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready Cover Image
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 16th, 2019

Emergency Contact Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781534408975
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 9th, 2019

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The Poet X Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062662811
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Published: Quill Tree Books - April 7th, 2020

The Reckonings: Essays on Justice for the Twenty-First Century Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501159015
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Published: Scribner - June 4th, 2019

Future Home of the Living God: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062694065
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 13th, 2018

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

Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501126079
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Published: Scribner - May 8th, 2018

They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us Cover Image
By Hanif Abdurraqib, Eve L. Ewing (Foreword by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781937512651
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - November 7th, 2017

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

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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
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ISBN: 9781101970034
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Published: Vintage - April 17th, 2018

Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions Cover Image
By Valeria Luiselli, Jon Lee Anderson (Introduction by)
$13.95
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 - February 14th, 2017

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

Exit West: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780735212206
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 27th, 2018

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

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

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

All Grown Up Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781328915320
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Published: Mariner Books - March 13th, 2018

Born to Run Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781501141522
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 5th, 2017

Euphoria Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802123701
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Published: Grove Press - April 14th, 2015

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

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Night Moves Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781477317884
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Published: University of Texas Press - September 18th, 2018

NIGHT MOVES is about the homes we build for ourselves through friends, parties, songs, and cigarette smoke. This is a big-hearted love letter to Chicago even when Hopper snarls with sharp critique. This is a book you curl up with on the steps of your third floor walk-up, nodding along with the giddy nostalgia as the loud music from your neighbors' open windows swirls together to make a soundtrack.


The Underground Railroad: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780345804327
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Published: Anchor - January 30th, 2018

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Eileen: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143128755
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Published: Penguin Books - August 16th, 2016

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

Another Brooklyn: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062359995
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Published: Amistad - May 30th, 2017

Homegoing Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101971062
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501126352
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Published: Scribner - June 20th, 2017

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

My Name Is Lucy Barton: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812979527
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - October 11th, 2016

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

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

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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

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

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The Telling Cover Image
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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
$16.99
ISBN: 9781455562725
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 15th, 2016

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

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The Turner House Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780544705166
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Published: Mariner Books - March 1st, 2016

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

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Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316247757
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 26th, 2016

One of my all-time favorite memoirs. Vulnerable and nuanced, Mann's writing is nearly as exquisite as her photographs (also featured in the book). Mann opens up about her in-laws' shocking death, the harrassment that ensued after publishing her controversial "family photographs", her gnawing self-doubt, and her love-hate relationship with the American South. All artists must read this book.


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

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

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Loving Day: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812983661
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Published: One World - September 6th, 2016

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

Just Kids Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060936228
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Published: Ecco - November 2nd, 2010

It's difficult to imagine a more perfectly crafted memoir. Patti Smith's opus. A tender masterpiece.


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

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Station Eleven Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780804172448
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

Men We Reaped: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781608197651
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 16th, 2014

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

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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
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ISBN: 9781555977658
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Published: Graywolf Press - December 6th, 2016

Dept. of Speculation (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780345806871
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Published: Vintage - October 7th, 2014

Men Explain Things to Me Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781608464661
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Published: Haymarket Books - September 1st, 2015

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

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Fangirl: A Novel Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250042613
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Published: Wednesday Books - November 6th, 2018

Eleanor & Park: Exclusive Special Edition 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

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The Empathy Exams: Essays Cover Image
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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. 


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Once I Was Cool: Personal Essays Cover Image
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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 (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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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: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812982855
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - 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: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781439172575
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Published: Scribner - September 8th, 2015

The Liars' Club: A Memoir (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Mary Karr, Lena Dunham (Foreword by), Brian Rea (Illustrator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143107798
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Published: Penguin Classics - November 10th, 2015

When I think of great memoir, this is the book that first bubbles to mind! This classic is a richly textured story of a mother who feels trapped in small-town Texas and a daughter, the author, who weathers and strives to explain away the neglect and abuse that emerge from her mother's raging distcontent. A story crackling iwth unforgettable voices. 


A Tale for the Time Being: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143124870
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Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2013

We Need New Names: A Novel Cover Image
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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: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525436164
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018

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NW: A Novel Cover Image
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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. 


The White Album: Essays (FSG Classics) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374532079
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 10th, 2009

So Long, See You Tomorrow (Vintage International) Cover Image
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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: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393338966
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 13th, 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
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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.


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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)
$8.99
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.


The Bean Trees: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062277756
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 7th, 2013

The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780307278449
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Published: Vintage - May 8th, 2007

Love Medicine: Newly Revised Edition Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061787423
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 23rd, 2016

Self-Help (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307277299
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Published: Vintage - March 13th, 2007

Truth & Beauty: A Friendship Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060572150
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 5th, 2005

Turtle Moon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425161289
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Published: Berkley - September 1st, 1997

Wonder Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375869020
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 14th, 2012

I'm just very glad that this book exists. 


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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780618871711
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Published: Mariner Books - June 5th, 2007

Waist-High in the World: A Life Among the Nondisabled Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807070871
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Published: Beacon Press - December 22nd, 1997