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Growing up as a shy, nerdy kid in rural Central Washington, books were my escape. Once my parents thought they'd lost me, but I was just reading quietly in my room for a very long time. To this day, I read to explore and learn from experiences, cultures, and perspectives I might otherwise not encounter. I especially enjoy translated and international literature; sci-fi, fantasy, and other kinds of speculative ficiton; as well as sociology and history. While I love helping King's Books visitors get to know new books and authors, I equally love getting recommendations from you - please keep them coming!


Submitted by kingsbookstore on Wed, 05/18/2022 - 12:00pm
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Jawbone By Mónica Ojeda, Sarah Booker (Translator) Cover Image
By Mónica Ojeda, Sarah Booker (Translator)
ISBN: 9781566896214
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Published: Coffee House Press - February 8th, 2022

Jawbone was one of the most gripping and unsettling books I've read in while. The story revolves around a group of upper-class teenage girls and one of their teachers. It's about the horror of becoming a woman, mother-daughter relationships, as well as a sort of meta-commentary on horror itself. This is the first English language translation of celebrated Ecuadorian author Mónica Ojeda and I can't wait for more translations of her work. [Adrienne]

Dead Collections

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Sun, 05/08/2022 - 1:05pm
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Dead Collections: A Novel By Isaac Fellman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143136910
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Published: Penguin Books - February 22nd, 2022

Dead Collections is a whirlwind romance between an archivist vampire and a widow on a journey of self-discovery. Not only is Sol navigating "life" as a vampire, but as a trans man whose transition slowed after his death. This book is sharp, funny, sexy, and full of so much heart. And, you do not need to like vampire stories generally to fall in love with this book, as I did! [Adrienne]

The Employees

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Fri, 04/29/2022 - 11:43am
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The Employees: A workplace novel of the 22nd century By Olga Ravn, Martin Aitken (Translated by) Cover Image
By Olga Ravn, Martin Aitken (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780811231350
Availability: Backordered
Published: New Directions - February 1st, 2022

Structured as a series of interview excerpts with employees - some human, some humanoid - on a doomed spaceship. Eerie, foreboding, and darkly comedic, this slim novel tackles big questions on the nature of work and being human. One of the most thought-provoking pieces of fiction I've read in a long time. [Adrienne]

Of Forests and Fields

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Mon, 04/25/2022 - 7:35pm
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Of Forests and Fields: Mexican Labor in the Pacific Northwest (Latinidad: Transnational Cultures in the United States) By Mario Jimenez Sifuentez Cover Image
ISBN: 9780813576893
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Published: Rutgers University Press - March 8th, 2016

Know your local history! This short, accessible, and super educational book examines the unique experiences of Mexican guest workers, migrants, and immigrants in the PNW and their enduring impacts on environmentalism, labor rights, immigrant rights, and the ag industry in our region. I learned so much! [Adrienne]

The Music Game

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Mon, 04/25/2022 - 7:22pm
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The Music Game (Biblioasis International Translation) By Stéfanie Clermont, Jc Sutcliffe (Translator) Cover Image
By Stéfanie Clermont, Jc Sutcliffe (Translator)
ISBN: 9781771963787
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Published: Biblioasis - February 15th, 2022

The unique form - a novel bordering on short fiction - and depth of this book blew me away. A group of friends are desperately trying to live lives of purpose, while they're also hurting and loving and making mistakes... and just trying to figure it all out. Highly relatable imo. [Adrienne]

Cold Enough for Snow

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Mon, 04/25/2022 - 6:57pm
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Cold Enough for Snow By Jessica Au Cover Image
ISBN: 9780811231558
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Published: New Directions - February 15th, 2022

How does someone write this beautifully?? A mother and adult daughter go on a trip abroad together. In this ostensibly simple storyline lies so much depth and nuance about relationships and family. If you're looking for a short but moving read, pick this one up. [Adrienne]

The Atmospherians

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Mon, 04/25/2022 - 6:36pm
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The Atmospherians: A Novel By Alex McElroy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982158323
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Published: Washington Square Press - February 8th, 2022

A sharp, darkly funny social satire focused on two friends who start a cult for 'problematic' men. The book also takes aim at the wellness industrial complex and more. At once absurd and way to real, I think Alex McElroy's debut novel is brilliant and I can't wait to see what they write next! [Adrienne]

Not "A Nation of Immigrants": Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Wed, 04/06/2022 - 2:42pm
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ISBN: 9780807036297
Availability: Special Order
Published: Beacon Press - August 24th, 2021

Historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is a treasure and pulls exactly zero punches in her latest book. She expertly breaks down the pervasive myth that the U.S. is a country "by and for immigrants" and explains how perfunctory celebrations of multiculturism obscure our deep roots in settler colonialism, white supremacy, and other systems of oppression. I don't say this often: This is a must-read. [Adrienne]

Fight Night

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Tue, 04/05/2022 - 2:11pm
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Fight Night By Miriam Toews Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635578171
Availability: Special Order
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - October 5th, 2021

A story about three generations of women. I laughed out loud. I cried. I have tears in my eyes just thinking about this book. It's so full of heart and left me feeling nostalgic for familial relationships I've never had. (Adrienne)


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