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Karen

I can sum up my thoughts on books with one Joan Didion quote: “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” Here are a few of the types of books that give me life: graphic novels, YA with queer themes, well-researched non-fiction, books that make me laugh, books that make me cry, and anything that makes me stop and think. Oh, and queen Joan Didion herself, of course.

The Street

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By Ann Petry, Tayari Jones (Introduction by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780358187547
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Published: Mariner Books - January 7th, 2020

On the list of “Great American Novels,” this ranks near the top for me. So rich in character and world. I want this book in everyone’s hands. [Karen]


The Pretty One

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781982100544
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Published: Atria Books - August 6th, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed this! It has a good balance of introspection and humor. It runs the gamut from pop culture to self love. I like it when I can laugh and think. [Karen]


Lonesome Dove

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$21.00
ISBN: 9781439195260
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 15th, 2010

The ultimate Western that transcends the genre. Characters both haunting and comedic. You will feel a world so vivid its like you yourself are a cowboy. I even ended up buying a cowboy hat. [Karen]


The Topeka School

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780374277789
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 1st, 2019

Ben Lerner dives deep into what makes a family and what happens when psychology collides with real life. While there is a mysterious narrative thread, the strength of this book is its case study of its subjects. [Karen]


Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks

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By Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481438285
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 8th, 2019

A series of school-aged student vignettes all told around the time of the bell ringing at school. As each student walks home, you see the interconnected web of school, home, and dreams. At times funny and sometimes deeply affecting, this book was a great read. [Karen]


The Apple Tree

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By Daphne du Maurier, Seth (Illustrator)
$6.95
ISBN: 9781771963176
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Published: Biblioasis - November 26th, 2019

Nothing like a spooky story for Christmas! A supernatural and psychological thriller that slowly builds, Du Maurier is truly a master of the unsettling. This book is one of a series of fourteen small-format ghost stories for Christmas illustrated by Seth. [Karen]


Frankissstein

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780802129499
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Published: Grove Press - October 1st, 2019

Compulsively readable, this is classic Winterson. Its central question is "can life be artificially created after someone has passed?" Crossing the gap from Mary Shelley's classic Frankenstein to a chilling not-so-far-away future, I couldn't put this down. [Karen]


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