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The Lonely Hearts Hotel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735213739
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 7th, 2017

The Lonely Hearts Hotel is a dynamic, beautifully written novel. Heroes stand as young Pierrot and Rose, circus performers who enchant their crowds and serve as the beating heart of the Montreal great depression. Heather O'Neill manages to break my heart and enhance my desire to run away to the circus that much more as she weaves breathtaking phrases with bizarely wonderful similes. O'Neill will make you believe in magic in a painfully real way.


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The Vacationers Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594633881
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 2nd, 2015

A dysfunctional family feigns normalcy as they take a beach vacation. 

Full of odd quirks, painstaking unconditional love, and superb writing by Emma Straub.

Very highly recommend.


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A Gentleman in Moscow Cover Image
$21.60
ISBN: 9780670026197
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Published: Viking - September 6th, 2016

A beautifully written novel chock full of dynamic characters which exist in an epic setting (The Metropol Hotel in Russia, while civil war rages on). Will not disappoint those who are fans of novels that are both brimming with humor and insight to one's morality.


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How to Set a Fire and Why Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101911754
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Published: Vintage - June 13th, 2017

This book was hard to put down, not because of a thrilling plot or suspenseful tone, but because the words just felt so good.  The narrator is a highly intelligent yet somewhat delinquent teenage girl living in a remodeled garage with her elderly aunt.  She copes with the recent traumatic loss of her parents by setting things on fire in attempts to join her school’s Arson Club. This unique novel is wrought with jagged, off-beat humor and subtle devastation that will almost convince you to become an arsonist yourself.      


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The Glass Castle: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780743247542
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Published: Scribner Book Company - January 17th, 2006

I kept having to remind myself that this was a memoir and not a work of fiction.  Jeannette Walls's recounting of her childhood of poverty and neglect blurs the lines between parental love and child abuse.  Walls's narrative starts as a young child, blissfully ignorant to the fact of her family's poverty and enjoying the freedom and excitement of living in the wild desert.  However, as she gradually gets older and the veil of fun and innocence falls away she  begins to see and feel the debilitating emotional and physical damage of growing up in poverty. She soon realizes that her parent's love and good intentions are not enough to keep her and her siblings safe.  This book will thaw your heart and freeze it over, often at the same time.   


Cory

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? I lost my favorite toy airplane, a little die cast metal F-16 Falcon painted like the Thunderbirds, when I was about 8 years old. I never forgot about it. I loved that thing. When I was 30 years old, for my birthday that year, my stepfather replaced it for me. He scoured ebay looking for the EXACT same one. I was blown away. And still loved it just as much as when I was a kid. It's on my writing desk at home now. A place of prominence. 

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The White Album Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374532079
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - November 10th, 2009

"We tell ourselves stories in order to live." In 1979, Joan Didion released this collection of essays that re-contextualized the tumultuous events of the preceding two decades and forced everyone who read it to ask themselves which stories they had told in order to live with the world they'd wrought. The White Album is perfect from start to finish, much like The Beatles record which inspired its name, and similar as well are the disparate pieces of a generation racked by drugs, war, poverty, sex, and race, that come together to form a cohesive and incisive narrative about America sucking in the 70's.


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All That Is Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781400043132
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 2nd, 2013

Upon completion, a mere 27 hours after I began, I set this book down and thought, "That was one of the finest books I've ever had the pleasure to read."

Salter's last novel spans a lifetime, from the last days of WW II where our main character is about to land in Okinawa, through the hey day of the Manhattan publishing industry, through to his lonely twilight years. Imagine all the pensive, novelistic aspects of Mad Men, except, you know, an actual novel.

The author passed away the year after he published All That Is and it can absolutely stand as one of the best representations of his incredible legacy of letters.  The sentences are simple and emotionally incisive. The tracing of the characters as they change, bruise, and bitter over the years is gorgeous. And Salter does not shy away from highlighting the darker, borderline despicable, acts of a lonely, heartbroken man.  People rarely write books like this anymore, or maybe books like this are just rare in general.  That what makes it so resonant and beautiful. 


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Quantum Lyrics: Poems Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780393333121
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 2009

A. Van Jordan happens to love poetry, comic books, theoretical physics, stand up comedy, and classic cinema all at once. That breadth of knowledge mixed with a mastery of stylistic form means that his poems aren't mere verse and meter, they are short films, one act plays, splash pages, and hot button bits all at once. In Quantum Lyrics, Jordan writes about love, the theory of relativity, and DC Comics characters with equal expertise and ease. He leaves you laughing and with emotion caught in your throat within the space of a stanza. On top of it all, you know not only is this a poet of many, many interests, but also a poet who is unabashedly full of heart.


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Odes Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780451493644
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 20th, 2016

Sharon Olds has made a long, illustrious career for herself by standing naked in front of all the world to see. She has used her poetry to confront the physical and psychic abuse she endured at the hands of her parents, her sexual independence in the 60's and 70's, the rise and fall of her marriage, or the highly criticized intimacy with which she discussed her children's lives. Now, entering the elder stateswoman era of her career as America's foremost "confessional poet" (I sure do hate that reductive term), Old's creates a book both whimsical and lite through its chosen poetic form, but also one which see's her soberly owning up to previous criticism and shifting certain attitudes about her Mother, Motherhood, and what it means to be a woman of a certain age. This book is simultaneously vintage Olds and something stylistically fresh, a beautiful collection for a poet who has never failed to be herself.


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Slouching Towards Bethlehem Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374531386
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 28th, 2008

Joan Didion's first collection of essays gave us this incredible passage, from On Keeping A Notebook, "I think we are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not." She writes with such confidence and such a sharp morality (and not preachy self-righteousness, I mean ACTUAL MORAL JUSTNESS) that she cuts through all of society's B.S. Published in 1968, the words in this book are as relevant as the day they were written and will continue to be as years go by. We may find that Didion ends up being the foremost woman of American letters in the 21st century as well.


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So Much Synth Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781556594878
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - May 3rd, 2016

Shaughnessey has made, in my opinion, the best collection of poetry 2016 had to offer. It was almost impossible to force myself to slow down and savor each piece in this book. Her writing is so kinetic, truthful, heartwrenching, and fun, that you never want it to end. So Much Synth is soaked in the colors, sounds, and attitudes of the recent past. The 80's and 90's coming of age of the poet on full display; homages to Annie Lennox, Depeche Mode, and more mixtape classics, shitty apartments in the San Francisco lesbian grunge scene, and then in conclusion, an impassioned plea for the future to be slightly more easy on the generation we're leaving it to. It's a tall order to have a poet engage your head, heart, and humor all at once, but that's exactly what you get with So Much Synth.


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The Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch That Changed My Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781610396868
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Published: PublicAffairs - April 18th, 2017

Ankiel writes about the bizarre twists and turns of his already well documented career. But there is nothing like hearing it straight from the source. On the page, he is far more emotionally open and vulnerable than any HBO or ESPN documentary could possibly get. He doesn't hold back on his troubled upbringing, his fragile psychic state as he struggled to maintain his career and sanity, and his use of substances, self-help books (and pretty much anything he could think of) to try and deal with the repercussions. Ultimately though, below all the hub bub of the Yips and getting back to the majors, this is a book about healing old wounds and learning to trust and love again, trust and love of others and yourself. Ankiel takes on this issue with surprising candor for a major leaguer.


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Done Dirt Cheap Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781419723681
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Published: Amulet Books - March 7th, 2017

This is the first young adult novel I've ever read, partly because, from the premise alone, I had no idea it was a young adult novel. This is not to say that I think YA is bad and I neglect it intentionally. I just have never had much interest. But Sarah Nicole Lemon's novel caught my interest fast and did not relent. This novel reads like a Joan Jett record. Dingy, crass, fun, but also expertly crafted and far smarter than first glances let on. Hidden below the narrative of biker gang intrigue, mismatched southern gal pals, and nefarious drug dealers is sly, subtle social commentary. Lemon's characters play out scenarios that take on progressive matriarchal roles, millennial frustration with outmoded racial stereotypes, and quick but important analysis of the cost of combat for our young veterans returning from the Middle East. Oh and a lot of sex. Cause, you know, biker gangs and southern gals. Needless to say, this is a definite edge of PG-13/R rated book. It's for teen readers who have already seen some things. Best bestowed with the aforementioned Joan Jett record. maybe also AC/DC if you want to bridge any generation gaps.


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You, Too, Could Write a Poem Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143128199
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Published: Penguin Books - February 7th, 2017

This book is essential reading for anyone concerned with contemporary poetry. And by that I mean anyone who has read any contemporary poetry. And by that I mean anyone who reads. At all. David Orr is dark humored and sharp, but not cynical. He's a realist and a skeptic, but not bitter. He writes about poetry (an art form he knows full well is neglected to the point of near hatred) so that all might benefit, even if no one chooses to. He believes greatly in the democracy of poetry, even if actual poets, MFA program faculty, and the publishing industry do not. He trusts that the literary world, the regular everyone world at that, has a certain sense of morality, a faith in right or wrong, good or bad, and a need for words to foster that faith, even if we as a society refuse to acknowledge it.


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Charms Against Lightning Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781556593871
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - November 6th, 2012

James Arthur's first full length collection of poetry reads like an X-Ray, making flesh invisible so all the inside bits can be seen so clearly that you'd almost wish not to have seen at all. He writes of a very specific time of early adulthood, the coming to terms with a past weighing heavy so that forward momentum can take hold. Encompassing emotions and actions that aren't always so virtuous or characteristically poetic, I appreciate that Arthur's narrative voice isn't afraid to admit failings of character in order to grow past them. Composed over long walks and endless recitations, Arthur's poems achieve an unvarnished honesty, not a hint of pretense. That in and of itself is an accomplishment, but thankfully, also, the poems are just that good.


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The Heart Is Strange Cover Image
By John Berryman, Daniel Swift (Editor), Daniel Swift (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374535780
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 5th, 2016

John Berryman was a really "complicated" man. The go to euphemism for any alcoholic, mid-20th century, lecherous, confessional poet who simultaneously lifts your soul with his art but kind of grosses you out with his personality. The Heart Is Strange collects the best poems from his experimental and influential career. His early more formal works, his adultery love letter Sonnets series, the "Henry" Dream Songs greatest hits, and most wonderfully his later works from Love & Fame and Delusions, Etc., not as widely discussed but probably his finest poems. Berryman became harder on himself in the last years of his life. While that self-critique inspired his tragic leap from the Washington Avenue bridge, it also led to the most empathetic poetry he'd ever written and hopefully this beautiful book can help promote analysis of those forgotten works. Each of these FSG editions is beautifully put together with insightful introductions and gorgeously minimal design, but this one makes for the perfect overview of one of the 20th centuries finest poetic voices.


Drew

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Locked in: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration--And How to Achieve Real Reform Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780465096916
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Published: Basic Books - February 7th, 2017

I'm shocked and disappointed that this book hasn't been talked about more, given how prevalent the issues of crime and imprisonment are today. While challenging the popular ideas reformers have about the causes and responses of mass incarceration, Pfaff provides fascinating insight and novel ideas for addressing our flawed criminal justice system(s). A totally necessary read.


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The Twenty Days of Turin Cover Image
By Giorgio De Maria, Ramon Glazov (Translator)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781631492297
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - February 7th, 2017

I'd never heard of this book or author until it was described to me as a combination of Lovecraft and Borges and I was instantly sold. Giorgio De Maria was a well regarded Italian author and this novel of his written in the 1970s has just been published in English for the first time. Narrated by a resident of Turin investigating unsettling and still unexplained disturbances and murders from 10 years prior, we glimpse an unromanticized version of this Italian city in which government, the church, its citizens and possibly the supernatural are conspiring against the narrator as he unearths what happened during the "twenty days of Turin." De Maria's wonderful prose reveals a city as rich in history as it is in dread. He also anticipates the profound impact of social media and its own terrors nearly 40 years before its existence. Quick, immersive and a pleasure to read, this decades old lost novel has more to say about existence today than one would expect.


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Shadowbahn Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735212015
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Published: Blue Rider Press - February 14th, 2017

Steve Erickson is both criminally underrated and one of my favorite writers - his newest novel continues his streak of writing expansive stories that defy easy categorization. In Shadowbahn, the World Trade Center mysteriously appears overnight in the South Dakota Badlands 20 years after the towers were destroyed, a brother and sister from L.A. drive across the USA where the states are no longer unified, and Elvis Presley's stillborn twin Jesse wakes up in an alternate timeline in which he survived and Elvis died at birth. Shadowbahn is strange and somewhat overwhelming, but in a good way - it's combination of history, fractured timelines, fractured politics, family and the unexplained are tied together through Erickson's love of 20th century music. Incredibly relevant when looking at our own political reality, if you've read Steve Erickson before you know what to expect, and if you haven't then I encourage you to give him a try.


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The Heavenly Table Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780385541299
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Published: Doubleday Books - July 12th, 2016

Donald Ray Pollock's newest novel follows three southern brothers heading North to find fame and fortune as bank robbers and an Ohio farmer struggling to support his wife and son after being swindled out of a large sum of money. Their paths will converge in a mix of humor, compassion and violence in this examination of rural society facing radical changes during the turn of the century. His characters exhibit both ruthlessness and hope when faced with a seemingly unjust world. Containing striking imagery, a dark streak of comedy and swift action; this book will sweep you across the unforgiving landscape its characters inhabit. This book is for any fan of Southern Gothic writers, historical fiction or Western films.


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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 1: Squirrel Power Cover Image
By Ryan North (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Erica Henderson (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780785197027
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Published: Marvel Comics - September 1st, 2015

Searching for a superhero comic that's actually, well, comical? Look no further! Ryan North's tale of college student/mutant crime fighter Doreen Green is laugh-out-loud funny, the artwork by Erica Henderson is a brightly colored retro delight, and Squirrel Girl herself is an immensely likable heroine who's actually capable of solving problems instead of just punching them really hard. A quirky, refreshing treat for all ages. (P.S. make sure to read the hilarious footnotes at the bottom of the pages - full of bonus laughs at no extra cost!)


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Time Will Clean the Carcass Bones: Selected and New Poems Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781556595028
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 18th, 2017

A collection to sit with and savor. Perillo's poems are elegant and gutsy, packing everyday incidents with portents of mortality, love, sex, and human yearning. If you're looking for a contemporary poet who examines our world with both depth and humor, Lucia Perillo should definitely be on your list.


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Lives of the Monster Dogs Cover Image
By Kirsten Bakis, Jeff VanderMeer (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374537142
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 9th, 2017

That rare marvel, a book that manages to be an astounding feat of imagination and a heartbreaking character study at the same time. This book will thrill you with its invention and make you ache with its sad, beautiful meditation on life, mortality and what makes us human.


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Smokefall: A Play Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781468314229
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Published: Overlook Press - April 25th, 2017

Seeing this play in Chicago two years ago pushed all my buttons - moved me emotionally, challenged me intellectually, made me laugh, cry, and awed me with its insanely imaginative examination of the changing nature of the American family. A bold, ambitious, but still very human work for our times, this is my favorite new play of the decade.


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Radiance Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780765335296
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Published: Tor Books - October 20th, 2015

This book is a window into half a dozen of the most creative worlds I've encountered in a long time, rendered in just as many genres. It's also a mystery, a challenge, a story about fathers and daughters, a cautionary tale, and a contemplation of just what drives us human beings to make art in the first place. Difficult, ambitious, but ultimately rewarding, If you crave something different, this is for you.


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The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374536893
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - March 14th, 2017

That rare book that acts equally well as both an in-depth study for theatre folk who love musicals and an introductory primer for people who just don't get why that person on stage started singing. Viertel explores musical theatre by breaking it down into its component parts (the opening number, the "I Want" song, etc), then devoting a chapter to each to see what really makes them tick. Using examples from wide variety of Broadway shows, and peppered with juicy insider anecdotes, Jack Viertel is a fun, sometimes curmudgeonly, but always informative guide to just how and why the musical theatre developed in the way that it did.


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The Wicked + the Divine Volume 1: The Faust ACT Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781632150196
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Published: Image Comics - November 25th, 2014

Hands down the most addictive comics series currently running. Every ninety years, a pantheon of twelve gods take human form, inspire humanity, are worshiped as the ultimate rock stars for two years, then die. But this time something is different. A complex, riveting pop culture fantasy-mystery with dynamic art and a fascinating, diverse cast of characters that continue to show unexpected depth as the series goes on. Edgy, intelligent, full of shocking twists and reversals, this is the grown up comics series you've been looking for.


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The Sandman: Overture Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, J. H. Williams III (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781401265199
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Published: Vertigo - November 15th, 2016

A concentrated blast of unbridled imagination. If you know Neil Gaiman mainly from his novels and short stories, you're missing out on some of his most masterful and inventive writing. Enter a world where Dream is a being and stars are capable of thoughts, feelings, and sometimes madness that can devour worlds. The Sandman Overture, being a prequel, works as an excellent self-contained entry point to a sprawling epic that can often seem intimidating to delve into. Add J.H. Williams III's mind-bending hallucinogenic art to Gaiman's dizzying amount of ideas per page, and have you a feast for the eyes and mind not to be missed.


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Smokefall: A Play Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781468314229
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Published: Overlook Press - April 25th, 2017

Seeing this play in Chicago two years ago pushed all my buttons - moved me emotionally, challenged me intellectually, made me laugh, cry, and awed me with its insanely imaginative examination of the changing nature of the American family. A bold, ambitious, but still very human work for our times, this is my favorite new play of the decade.


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Lives of the Monster Dogs Cover Image
By Kirsten Bakis, Jeff VanderMeer (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374537142
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 9th, 2017

That rare marvel, a book that manages to be an astounding feat of imagination and a heartbreaking character study at the same time. This book will thrill you with its invention and make you ache with its sad, beautiful meditation on life, mortality and what makes us human.


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Time Will Clean the Carcass Bones: Selected and New Poems Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781556595028
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 18th, 2017

A collection to sit with and savor. Perillo's poems are elegant and gutsy, packing everyday incidents with portents of mortality, love, sex, and human yearning. If you're looking for a contemporary poet who examines our world with both depth and humor, Lucia Perillo should definitely be on your list.


Shualee's Most Anticipated Plays 2017

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Smokefall: A Play Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781468314229
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Published: Overlook Press - April 25th, 2017

The next great American play. A father decides to leave his family on the eve of his wife's giving birth to twins. His preteen daughter mutates herself in order to please him and keep him close. The twins begin to have varying opinions about whether it's safe to leave the womb, and their mother is left with the hard task of holding everything together. A stunning, imaginative examination of the changing nature of the American family, suffused with magical realism and hints of Thornton Wilder's Our Town used in fresh new ways.


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Oslo Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781559365567
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - May 9th, 2017

A globe-trotting political epic that also manages to be an intimate portrait, Oslo tells the story of Norwegian couple Mona Juul and Terje Rod-Larsen as they manage the improbable feat of setting up the diplomatic back channels that led to the historic Oslo Accords between Israel and Palestine in 1993. A vivid play about how the political is always personal.


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Arlington (Tcg Edition) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781559365505
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - June 6th, 2017

Most well known in America for his collaborartion on the Broadway musical version of Once, Enda Walsh also creates spare, brutal, yet poetic dramas, and his latest is no exception. Arlington uses a combination of theatre, dance, and visual art to tell a story of love blossoming within the strictures of a dystopian future dominated by authoritarianism and surveillance.


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Smart People: A Play Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780810134645
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Published: Northwestern University Press - December 15th, 2016

One of the rising stars of the American stage, Lydia R. Diamond rips her themes right out of today's headlines with this searing comedy about four intelligent "liberal" professionals bumping up against their own preconceived notions of race, class, gender, and love in and around Harvard University.


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Elegy Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780571329991
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Published: Faber & Faber - March 14th, 2017

Fresh off his smash hit Constellations, Nick Payne delivers another tale at the intersection of human love and cutting edge science. Miriam has devised a cure for Lorna's degenerative brain condition, but one of the side effects is that it erases Lorna's memory of the last twenty years of her life with her wife, Carrie. A moving examination of the effects of new technologies on our humanity.


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Dry Powder: A Play Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802126429
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Published: Grove Press - January 3rd, 2017

A vicious satire of modern day high finance, Dry Powder chronicles the fallout at a private equity firm when the company's president throws a lavish engagement party for himself after ordering extensive layoffs at a grocery store the firm just bought. Bad publicity sends the employees desperately jockeying for position in ways that may have lasting consequences.


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Hangmen Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780571328871
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Published: Faber & Faber - February 14th, 2017

The acclaimed author of The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Pillowman, and the films In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths returns with a new, brutally dark comedy about a village hangman newly out of work after Britain ends its policy of capital punishment.


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The Kilroys List: 97 Monologues and Scenes by Female and Trans Playwrights Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781559365352
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - July 4th, 2017

The Kilroys LIst is an annual industry survey of excellent unproduced plays by playwrights that identify as female and trans in an effort to address their systemic underrepresentation in American Theatre. Originally conceived as a tool for producers, this collection will also be a boon to actors looking for audition material from fresh new voices and perspectives.


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Daphne's Dive (Tcg Edition) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781559365314
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - October 3rd, 2017

The Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and co-creator of the musical smash In the Heights (having its Saint Louis premiere this year) is back with a kaleidoscopic look at seventeen years in the life of a North Philadelphia dive bar, and the ways that its patrons lives are changed by a sense of community and the passage of time.


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Mary Page Marlowe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781559365345
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - January 3rd, 2017

Another Pulitzer Prize winner, for August: Osage County, Tracy Letts narrows his focus on the life of one woman, and then fragments it, jumping back and forth in time and casting six actors to play his singular heroine from the ages of 12 to 69 in an affecting collage of the aspirations, disappointments and small evolutions that make up the lives of ordinary people.


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Sweat (Tcg Edition) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781559365321
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - June 13th, 2017

The parade of Pulitzer Prize winning playwrights continues with Lynn Nottage's new, starkly realistic play detailing the waning way of life of a group of small town Pennsylvania factory workers trying to make it through another day while living under the continual threat that their livelihoods might not be around the day after.


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Hand to God: A Play Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781468313925
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Published: Overlook Press - August 15th, 2017

The uproarious Broadway dark comedy smash of 2015 finally makes it to print. When devout Christian teen Jason gets involved in his church's puppet pageant, he accidentally unleashes a violent, outspoken alter ego in a googly eyed felt puppet named Tyrone, who threatens to upend Jason's entire life in the wake of his father's sudden death.


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The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek (Tcg Edition) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781559365222
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - October 3rd, 2017

Revered South African playwright Athol Fugard's newest work examines the effects of twenty years of apartheid through the lens of works by the outsider artist Nukain Mabuza, driven to create detailed paintings on rocks, often on land owned by white farmers.


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The Great Society: A Play Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802123732
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Published: Grove Press - May 2nd, 2017

The second installment of Robert Schenkkan's theatrical epic detailing the life and presidency of Lyndon Johnson, which began with the Tony Winning All The Way (now an HBO film starring Bryan Cranston), The Great Society chronicles Johnson's push to establish his legacy through social programs only to jeopardize it by ramping up America's involvement in Vietnam.


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The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781559364898
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - August 29th, 2017

The long delayed publication of Angels in America author Tony Kushner's first full length play since 2002's Homebody/Kabul finally comes to fruition on the heels of a successful London premiere. A family play in the traditional mold of Arthur Miller, his latest sees the Marcantonio clan dealing with patriarch Gus' announcement that he intends to end his own life, and the political, personal, and spiritual upheaval caused by his decision.


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Biography of Julie Van Bartmann Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781557134219
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Published: Green Integer - August 29th, 2017

Jazz age prose pioneer Djuna Barnes' never before published play finally sees print, detailing the fateful visit of the title character, a famous opera singer, to the home of domineering Baron Born. As the singer brings every member of Born's family in her thrall, she sets in motion a series of encounters with possibly fatal consequences.


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Kung Fu Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781559364805
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Theatre Communications Group - January 2nd, 2018

The renowned writer of the Tony winning M. Butterfly turns his eye on the life and philosophy of Bruce Lee in a bio-play that tells Lee's story through a mixture of traditional theatre, Chinese opera, and martial arts.


Clare

What sound do you love? Porch swings!

What was your favorite cartoon growing up? I loved every Batman cartoon I could get my hands on, but I never really grew out of them.

What is your favorite scent? Honeysuckle bushes, they're dreamy.

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The End of Summer Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781910395264
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Avery Hill Publishing - February 15th, 2017

love Tillie Walden, and this did not disappoint! Insanely creative, atmospheric, and accompanied with breathtaking art, The End of Summer is an emotional landscape that feels a bit out of Game of Thrones, where a royal family must shut themselves inside their home during a horrific, three-year winter. Car-sized cats, tin soldiers, and secret nooks. This graphic novel digs deep and keeps going.


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

This book took me on a date and called me the very next day, cured all my ills, solved world hunger, and, best of all, made me laugh my a** off. I cannot (CAN-NOT, I'm yelling this word right now because there's no other way to express this sentiment) do this book justice.


Jonesey

What’s in the trunk of your car? Car? No. Public transportation. Also, walking. Also my bicycle. My awesome boa-sporting alter ego has a long board. Covered with Molly Crabapple art. 

What’s your favorite memory? Happens daily.

Using only one word, describe yourself. YES.

Author you love to hate: John Kennedy Toole. Really.  

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Girl Trouble: An Illustrated Memoir Cover Image
By Kerry Cohen, Tyler Cohen (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780997068337
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Published: Hawthorne Books - October 11th, 2016

This slim work cuts like a knife. Kerry Cohen offers deeply moving portraits of the girls and women who have been her friends. Her sister, Tyler, is her first friend and also the artist who gives us beautiful images of these women and girls. Kerry is relentless in her storytelling - it is sometimes cringe-inducing. Here is humor, loss, heartbreak, betrayal, confusion and love. Boys are mentioned, and while they were a focus of Cohen's life, it is clear that she, like many of us, was invested in her friendships in a way that is unique and fundamentally life-altering. She shows us what it is to try to be friends in a world where friendship is a useless currency, and it is difficult, but not ever impossible. A magnificent read! -Jonesey's October Staff Pick, 2016


Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619028258
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - September 13th, 2016

Trace is entirely original in its language, approach and effect. It Lauret Savoy uses her background in geology to very literally ground this book in the land of America. There is no place here for readers to imagine or redefine the story. She reminds us on every page of the very real dangers faced by peoples whose stories are erased, redefined, re-imagined - whose landmarks and beings are re-named, rebounded, re-purposed. This is a journey across centuries and mountain ranges that is at the same time a recent weekend trip to a local historical marker. Savoy's prose is welcoming and precise. She has crafted a book of immense importance that is also incredibly beautiful. Trace is a 2016 winner of an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. -Jonesey's October Staff Pick, 2016


Sarah

What's in the trunk of your car? A teddy bear, a mixing bowl, a medieval arrow.

Who would play you in a movie? I'd play myself...but what I really want to do is direct.

Using only one word, describe yourself. Quirky

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A Super Upsetting Cookbook about Sandwiches Cover Image
By Tyler Kord, William Wegman (Illustrator)
$22.99
ISBN: 9780804186414
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - June 14th, 2016

This book should not exist. And yet it does. This is an addictive read, both hilarious and thought-provoking. Just when you think you've got a real handle on this whimsical and quirky narrative, it starts dropping truth-bombs about ethical consumerism and endangered species. Right now you are thinking this staff pick has been assigned to the wrong book. This is a sandwich cookbook. You're damn right it is. It's a sandwich cookbook I read cover-to-cover before ever entering the kitchen, and I would have been happy if I stopped there. But then I did enter the kitchen, and the magic started. This is not really a book for casual chefs. You're usually going to make three or four separate recipes before you start assembling the sandwich. And it is so. worth. it. The flavor combinations are unlikely, but delicious. These are both looks and tastes to impress without being fancy or fussy. This is a wonderful gift for people with an oddball sense of humor, foodies who don't take themselves too seriously, and collectors of the unconventional. -Sarah's Holiday Staff Pick, 2016


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