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Rabbit Cake Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781941040560
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Published: Tin House Books - March 7th, 2017

18 months in a 12-year old girl named Elvis' life after her mother drowns while sleepwalking. Her father copes by wearing his wife's clothes and lipstick, her sister's sleepwalking escalates. The title comes from a tradition of rabbit shaped cakes her mother baked for special occasions. Funny. Gut punch. Tender. 


Loner Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501107894
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 13th, 2016

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The Girls Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812998603
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Published: Random House - June 14th, 2016

On the surface, this is a novelization of the Manson murders, which is why I hesitated before reading it. I have enough murder and suffering in my Facebook feed. I don't need to be entertained by it. But this isn't really about that. It's really a story of a 14 year old girl lost in a disintegrating family and stormy adolescence who finds a connection with an older woman (and by older I mean, like 20) who is part of a free thinking, drug fueled group of young women led by a severely f'ed up male leader. Parts of this - the obligatory sex, the desperation for intimacy, the anger and shame- were so familiar to me as a teenager I was left wondering if I would have made some of the same decisions as the narrator. That's what works about this book (and any good book) - unfamiliar struggles of a character are drawn so that they are universal struggles recognizable to nearly every reader - in this case, every reader who grew up female. Excellent storytelling.-Jay's September Staff Pick, 2016


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The Whale: A Love Story Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399562334
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Published: Viking - June 14th, 2016

The Whale by Mark Beauregard is a novel based on the love between Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Kris put it in my hands and I made my way through it - a tale of frustrated love and a feverish, soul torturing inspiration in the form of a marrow deep bond between two men that inspired a masterpiece. It was a fitting parallel reading for a week where the indefinable and unanswerable question of our human souls was writ large in media in every moment in the form of circular repeating death scenes. Melville's and Hawthorne's souls were on trial at an equally feverish pitch, but the sexual tension, humor and human pace cut the old testament brimstone. In the end this story, as our story is now, is a love story where human beings love, resent and inspire each other into salvation and damnation equally. -Jay's September Staff Pick, 2016


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Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781594486630
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 27th, 2015

Whether your point of reference for Carry Brownstein is her role opposite Fred Armisen (Portlandia) or her Riot Grrrl roots (Sleater –Kinney) you’ll love this memoir that gives us something celebrity memoirs usually don’t offer – a truly intelligent and fierce look into what makes a young girl looking for an identity grow through a childhood fraught with turmoil to become a formidable feminist badass. -Jay's Holiday Staff Pick, 2015


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A Little Life Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780385539258
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Published: Doubleday Books - March 10th, 2015

Jay's October Staff Pick, 2015


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Forgiveness 4 You Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781468310238
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Published: Overlook Press - March 17th, 2015

Gabriel is an ex-priest haunted by a past that is (to him) unforgivable.  While rebuilding his life working his quiet job at a bookstore he meets an advertising executive who finds his uncanny ability to comfort the guilty and absolve sins marketable.  Soon begins a global campaign targeted at guilty souls without faith who wish to confess and be forgiven – and Gabriel is at the center of the forgiveness revolution.  This book is a satirical contemplation of the American need to both embrace and reject faith. -Jay's May Staff Pick, 2015

 


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How to Build a Girl Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062335975
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Published: Harper - September 23rd, 2014

This is my official book recommendation for pretty much everyone except those who don't like strong female leads, excruciatingly funny coming of age stories or sharp British wit from a working class/poor girl who reinvents and sort of collages herself into a brutal rock critic at age17 circa 1990. Fast read, spot on riot grrl feminism. -Jay's pick

 


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$26.95
ISBN: 9781594633669
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 13th, 2015

Rachel is a raging alcoholic.  She also narrates this Hitchcockian thriller.  Be ready for blank spaces in time, horrible decisions, questionable motives and behavior surrounding the murder of a woman whose life Rachel watches from seat on a commuter train.  Rachel soon becomes entangled in the investigation and finds herself at the center of the danger.  This is a fast, furious and fun read.  Don’t expect to put it down before bedtime. -Jay's April Staff Pick, 2015

 


Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community Cover Image
$41.95
ISBN: 9780199325351
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - June 10th, 2014

Jay's September Staff Pick, 2014


Frog Music Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316324687
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Published: Little Brown and Company - April 1st, 2014

Jay's May Staff Pick, 2014


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Hild Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374280871
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - November 12th, 2013

Jay's January Staff Pick, 2014


The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781416547860
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 5th, 2013

Jay's Holiday Staff Pick, 2013


The Stud Book Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780307955524
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Published: Hogarth - April 9th, 2013

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Sisterland Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781400068319
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Published: Random House - June 25th, 2013

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Stuck in the Middle with You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780767921763
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - April 30th, 2013