Empire of the Sun

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Wed, 07/19/2023 - 2:28pm
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Empire of the Sun By J. G. Ballard Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780743265232
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 7th, 2005

In his straightforward prose, Ballard writes a semiautobiographical novel of his childhood in a Japanese concentration camp. It's a side of WWII that we do not hear of very often. It gives you a glimpse of why  he is well qualified to write his dystopian novels. [Blanca]


Yellowface

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Sat, 07/15/2023 - 1:37pm
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Yellowface: A Reese's Book Club Pick By R. F. Kuang Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063250833
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Published: William Morrow - May 16th, 2023

Kuang is steadily becoming one of my favorite authors. The protagonist is insufferably audacious. You've never wanted to witness someone dig their own grave more than, June. The pacing is fantastic, I read it in two sessions, and the 300 odd pages flew by. I don't think I've enjoyed an general fiction book more than Yellowface. For something set in the real world, Kuang made me feel like there were actual stakes to care about. And the pressure/stress comes right off the page. (Also, living in the mind of this character is WILD.) [Zephyr]


Bride of the Barrier Master

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Sat, 07/08/2023 - 4:07pm
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Bride of the Barrier Master, Vol. 1 By Kureha, Linda Liu (Translated by) Cover Image
By Kureha, Linda Liu (Translated by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781975360528
Availability: Backordered
Published: Yen On - January 17th, 2023

I could not put this light novel down once I started it. I had to know how the protagonists played out their roles--and now I can't wait until the sequel comes out! I love a good marriage contract trope with strong characters. [Blanca]


Ordinary Notes

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Fri, 07/07/2023 - 2:16pm
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Ordinary Notes By Christina Sharpe Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780374604486
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 25th, 2023

This book is extraordinary. One I'll undoubtedly think about and revisit for years to come. Written as a series of notes - sometimes autobiographical, always profound - Sharpe explores how Black life is experienced through art, literature, language, physical spaces, family, and more. As a whole, it's a deeply personal and radical sociological text. [Adrienne]


You Shouldn't Worry About the Frogs

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Wed, 07/05/2023 - 2:35pm
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You Shouldn't Worry About the Frogs By Eliza Marley Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781959118251
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Published: Querencia Press, LLC - May 26th, 2023

I began each story in this debut collection with a question: where will it take me? Before I knew it, the destination became irrelevant as the journey was engrossing. The straightforward delivery accentuated the ordinary whilst the magical realism transpired and left me pondering.  [Blanca]


Happy Stories, Mostly

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Mon, 06/12/2023 - 4:46pm
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Happy Stories, Mostly By Norman Erikson Pasaribu, Tiffany Tsao (Translator) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781952177057
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Published: Feminist Press - June 6th, 2023

Dear reader, I read this book a year ago and I have NOT STOPPED thinking about it since—it's that remarkable. I've eagerly, and rather impatiently, awaited its US release, so I can share and talk about it with all of you. The ambiguous title 'Happy Stories, Mostly' perfectly distills the mix of melancholy, beauty, loneliness, and almost-joy found within. [Adrienne]


Oreo

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Tue, 06/06/2023 - 2:25pm
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Oreo By Fran Ross, Danzy Senna (Introduction by), Harryette Mullen (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Fran Ross, Danzy Senna (Introduction by), Harryette Mullen (Afterword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811223225
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Published: New Directions - July 7th, 2015

I stumbled upon this novel, and I am glad I picked it up. It is an underrated, wonderful piece of postmodernist fiction-challenging, demanding, and rewarding. I love being taught new words. I love it when authors invent new ones. Oreo and her family never cease to entertain! Hard to believe this book was published in 1974. [Blanca]


You Deserve the Whole World

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Thu, 06/01/2023 - 11:58am
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You Deserve the Whole World By Wednesday Holmes Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780008606817
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Published: HarperCollins - May 30th, 2023

A book of positive affirmations and adorable illustrations that leave me feeling like I've just taken a nap in a field full of flowers under a warm sun. Maybe you need this book or maybe someone else in your life does. I know I'll be giving it to lots of friends. [Adrienne]


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