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

Chosen by: Michelle

This shape-shifter of a tale begins with an apocalyptic (and frighteningly plausible) fever and quickly morphs into a dark satire of latter-day capitalism crossed with a moving examination of loss. Severance twists the mundane world of office work and consumerism and wrings from it elegant and searing observations on identity, immigration, displacement and motherhood.

A View of the Harbour Cover Image
By Elizabeth Taylor, Roxana Robinson (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781590178485
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Published: NYRB Classics - June 2nd, 2015

Chosen by: Heidi

My ultimate summer reading rec for 2019! Elizabeth Taylor is an incredible writer and this book is the perfect combination of gossipy and smart. Set in post-WWII England, she perfectly captures the feeling of a seaside town in decline and somehow makes it funny and charming. The pages are populated with a quirky and unique cast of characters that will stay with you long after you finish. 

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101947869
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Published: Knopf - May 7th, 2019

Chosen by: Heidi

This book is my ideal non-fiction read: one third true crime, one third fascinating history and one third literary biography. The result is completely addictive!

Diving into the Wreck: Poems 1971-1972 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393346015
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 1st, 2013

Chosen by: Summer

For the sad and angry and hopeful: I recommend Diving Into The Wreck by Adrienne Rich.  A beautiful and tough voice that was adept at weaving the private and personal with the social and political, Rich has the capacity to both nail you to your seat and inspire thoughtful action.

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The Revolution of the Moon Cover Image
By Andrea Camilleri, Stephen Sartarelli (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781609453916
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Published: Europa Editions - April 18th, 2017

Recommended by: Heidi 

A work of 17th century historical fiction (that's based on a true story), it's got everything: a corrupt upper class, a misbehaving bishop, a badass Lady Viceroy implementing reform, and whole bunch of crazy capers.

Black Wings Has My Angel Cover Image
By Elliott Chaze, Barry Gifford (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781590179161
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Published: NYRB Classics - January 19th, 2016

Chosen by : Heidi


If you want a riveting, exquisitely written crime novel, look no further. Memorable characters, unbearable tension and plenty of twists and turns make this an addictive read. Not for the faint of heart, as there’s plenty of 1950s style violence against women.

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316505116
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Published: Hachette Books - January 22nd, 2019

An engaging and wonderfully written memoir of poverty and single motherhood. I sat down to read a few pages and was glued to my chair for the next few hours. Perfect for fans of Educated and Evicted

The Last of Her Kind: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312425944
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Published: Picador - December 12th, 2006

Chosen by: Summer

A gorgeously written novel about two young women and their diverging paths through the social and political upheaval of the 1960's. I couldn't put it down. It was a book that I holed up with, turning down weekend invitations just so I could be alone with it.  Nunez might have won the National Book Award for her 2018 novel, The Friend, but The Last of Her Kind remains her masterpiece. 

Duplex: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555976910
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 7th, 2014

Chosen by: Summer

If Virginia Woolf and Lewis Carroll had a lovechild, this is the book she would write. Taking place in a world that is both familiar and peculiar, Duplex is a story where a Wizard haunts the streets of childhood, robots fall from the sky, and young women grapple with the changing landscape of their lives. A literary hall of mirrors/coming of age story, Duplex is unlike anything you will ever read--and you won't be able to put it down. 

Averno: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374530747
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 6th, 2007

Chosen by : Heidi


This one cracks my heart open every time. "October" is an all time favorite. 

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612197494
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Published: Melville House - April 9th, 2019

Chosen by: Heidi

It's a catchy title but this book is less about how to do nothing and more about how to redirect your attention to the things you care about. Odell makes a compelling case to take control of the information we consume at a time when our attention is a valued resource. She argues that each individual little click--on a news story or a funny tweet--is an act devoid of context and what's losing out is everything else, including productive political action. The author is an artist, critic and amateur birder, and her lens makes for a delightful journey, through the Garden School of Epicurus in the fourth century BC, art movements from cubism to pop art, the Rose Garden in Oakland and so much more. As a call to reconnect with ourselves and those around us, it's one of those reads that feels both important and completely enjoyable. 

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555978273
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 5th, 2019

War in Val d'Orcia: An Italian War Diary, 1943-1944 Cover Image
By Iris Origo, Virginia Nicholson (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781681372662
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Published: NYRB Classics - August 7th, 2018

NYRB Classics has recently brought the two volumes of Iris Origo’s Italian War Diary (A Chill in the Air:  An Italian War Diary 1939-1940 and War in Val D'Orcia: An Italian War Diary 1943-1944) back into print. An Englishwoman living in Italy under fascism, Origo writes about the run up to World War II and life during wartime (under both fascist and Nazi rule) with immediacy, directness, and humor that bring her experience to life. She writes of sheltering POWs and refugees as if not doing so could never be an option. Well worth reading, in these times especially.

Off Season Cover Image
ISBN: 9781770463318
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - February 5th, 2019

A lovely graphic novel about the aftermath of large events--both personal and public. Sturm's writing calls to mind the sad and funny landscapes of Lorrie Moore, with the animal characters of Art Spiegelman. Even if you've never read a graphic novel, this book stands out as a gorgeous example of how comics continue to be a perfect mode for telling intimate and literary stories. 

Joe Brainard: I Remember Cover Image
By Joe Brainard (Artist), Ron Padgett (Editor)
ISBN: 9781887123488
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Published: Granary Books - February 2nd, 2001

Is this a poem? A memoir? A list? Yes! The artist Joe Brainard took the simple idea to list a series of memories and made it into an evocative experience of shared memory between the writer and the reader. A perfect book for that writer or artist in your life who has read it all or for that beginning writer who doesn't know where to start. 

Underland: A Deep Time Journey Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393242140
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 4th, 2019

Chosen by: Michael


British nature writer Robert Macfarlane’s new book is a fascinating look at the worlds beneath our feet. His subjects include cave networks and mining tunnels, deep vertical shafts in glaciers, a subterranean city beneath Paris, and the communication networks of trees below forests. His writing is rich and enveloping, and by the end of the book you will feel like you have adventured to the depths of the earth with him.

Now, Now, Louison Cover Image
By Jean Frémon, Cole Swensen (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780811228527
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Published: New Directions - March 26th, 2019

Chosen by: Michelle


Little known fact: the artist Louise Bourgeois created countless sculptures and drawings of spiders as a way to memorialize her beloved mother. If you've seen Bourgeois' spiders -- there's one at Dia:Beacon -- you'll know that the image conjures up a myriad of emotions and conditions. Likewise, this gossamer novel, Now, Now, Louison, is a portrait of the passions and preoccupations of the artist herself rather than a straight biographical account. A tale spun for the spider-maker

How to be both: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307275257
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Published: Anchor - October 13th, 2015

Chosen by: michelle

While waiting for Ali Smith’s next installment in her Four Season Quartet, think of How to Be Both as an amuse-bouche. Inventive, witty and deeply felt. The ground this novel covers—from a quattrocento painter to a modern-day London teen mourning her 60s wild-child mother—will leave you wanting to shuffle the book’s sections and read it again for new possibilities.


One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy Cover Image
By Carol Anderson, Dick Durbin (Foreword by), Dick Durbin (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781635571370
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 11th, 2018

The author of the excellent White Rage is back with a timely, important book about voter suppression. From Voter ID laws to gerrymandering to voter roll purges, Anderson shows how, while poll taxes may be dead, there are always ways to stop the most vulnerable from making their voices at the polls. Ending on a much-needed note of hope, this book is a quick, essential read, and a reminder that voting is a right, not a privilege.

Mitz: The Marmoset of Bloomsbury Cover Image
By Sigrid Nunez, Peter Cameron (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9781593765828
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Published: Soft Skull Press - August 6th, 2019

Chosen by: Summer

 am squeamish about novelizations of famous people, especially literary giants like Virginia Woolf, but the writer Sigrid Nunez is never an author that disappoints. Mitz is the story of the tiny, but mighty marmoset monkey that belonged to Leonard and Virginia Woolf, just before the onset of World War II. It is by turns a tender portrait of a good and unconventional marriage, and an unflinching view into a time and place of both cruelty and fear. A delightful and offbeat read from last year's National Book Award for Fiction winner--I can't recommend it enough!


Fly Already: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594633270
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 3rd, 2019

Chosen by: Michelle

By turns wacky, bracing, sardonic and poignant, these brief but satisfying short stories come to us in the voice of a friend who tells it like it is. Sometimes the world of these stories is full of setbacks and missed connections, often it's loopy and outrageous, and always it's painfully, hopefully human.


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