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Strangers to Ourselves: Unsettled Minds and the Stories That Make Us By Rachel Aviv Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374600846
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 13th, 2022

Couldn't put this book down! Rachel Aviv devotes each chapter to people who, in different ways, have become entangled in the complicated world of psychiatry--including herself. Just when you think you know where she's headed, she reveals a new surprising facet of the story. There are no simple answers to questions of diagnosis and treatment, or even what it means to be mentally ill. Her focus instead is on real, particular, often messy lives.


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Cold Enough for Snow By Jessica Au Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780811231558
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Published: New Directions - February 15th, 2022

Such a tender, deliberate, inquisitive novel about fundamental human relationships, particularl the curious distance of familial love, and on what terms we can bridge the gaps.


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Be Here to Love Me at the End of the World By Sasha Fletcher Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781612199474
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Published: Melville House - February 15th, 2022

This book blew me away! Ecstatically angry, furiously joyful and often hilarious, it's the most radical book you'll ever read about two people who just really, totally love each other (while reviewing some of history's darker moments, hoping they aren't blackbagged by the secret police, and wondering if/when the angels are coming).


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Trespasses: A Novel By Louise Kennedy Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593540893
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 1st, 2022

This book, set in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, has it all: sex, longing, class conflict, religious violence and familial tension galore. Kennedy's clear, beautiful prose brings each character to vivid life. This book is just plain good!


The Vegetarian: A Novel By Han Kang Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101906118
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Published: Hogarth - August 23rd, 2016

The President's Room By Ricardo Romero, Charlotte Coombe (Translator) Cover Image
By Ricardo Romero, Charlotte Coombe (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781999722722
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Published: Charco Press - January 14th, 2020

I'm a sucker for a strange premise, and this book delivers: every home in this suburb in an unnamed country has a room prepared for the president, should the leader ever arrive. Spare and mysterious, I read this brief book in one enthralling sitting.


The Door (NYRB Classics) By Magda Szabo, Len Rix (Translated by), Ali Smith (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Magda Szabo, Len Rix (Translated by), Ali Smith (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590177716
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Published: NYRB Classics - January 27th, 2015

The Lonesome Bodybuilder: Stories By Yukiko Motoya, Asa Yoneda (Translated by) Cover Image
By Yukiko Motoya, Asa Yoneda (Translated by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781593766788
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Published: Soft Skull - November 6th, 2018

The Golden State: A Novel By Lydia Kiesling Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250238115
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Published: Picador - September 3rd, 2019

Cleanness By Garth Greenwell Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250785664
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Published: Picador - January 12th, 2021

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Temporary (Emily Books) By Hilary Leichter Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566895668
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Published: Coffee House Press - March 3rd, 2020

Capitalism and surrealism collide in this weird and sharp novel about a temp worker. It's a tale that includes a locket containing the talking ashes of a chairman, a pirate ship, an assassin, barnacles and eighteen boyfriends (each with their own purpose). Absurd and funny, devastating and moving. I am here for all of it.