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Christina

I was born a rambler, and I like to travel with books of poetry, philosophy, and sci-fi tucked inside my backpack. I also read a lot of classic literature and short stories. Regardless of genre, I seek out stories with strong elements of magical realism, narratives in which readers are encouraged to lose themselves in small moments of beauty and curiosity, and characters who live in the “in-between” spaces of language, culture and identity.

Lakewood

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Tue, 05/05/2020 - 3:57pm
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$26.99
ISBN: 9780062913197
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Published: Amistad - March 24th, 2020

The Horror! No, really, this horror/dystopian novel about medical experimentation on African Americans is spooky, to say the least. I listened to the audio book, which was expertly narrated, and the story itself is riveting and believably suspenseful. I couldn't stop reading/listening. I was absolutely hooked on this novel, start to finish [Christina].


Madness, Rack, and Honey

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Mon, 05/04/2020 - 4:18pm
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ISBN: 9781933517575
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Published: Wave Books - August 7th, 2012

This is one of the best poetry reference books I’ve ever read. It’s also just an incredibly interesting read. It’s lyrical, imaginative, unpretentious, and thought provoking. I used some of the chapter themes (which are actually written lectures Ruefle delivered to her writing students) as writing prompts. If you're a writer, philosopher or budding linguist, this book is for you [Christina].


Barn 8

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Sat, 05/02/2020 - 3:55pm
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ISBN: 9781644450154
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 3rd, 2020

This is such a fun, quirky read! The narrative, told mostly through the voice of Janie - a young woman struggling to find her way after her mother's death - is witty and quick-paced. The plot is delightfully original, too, following Janie as she starts working for, and then plotting a chicken heist against, the chicken/egg farming industry. I laughed out loud throughout the entire book [Christina].


Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese's

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Thu, 01/09/2020 - 8:13pm
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By Tiffany Midge, Geary Hobson (Foreword by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781496215574
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Published: Bison Books - October 1st, 2019

Read. this. book. It is laugh-out-loud funny and is a heartfelt tribute to grandmothers everywhere. For all you lit nerds out there: Midge's sense of rhythm and pacing as a storyteller is impeccable. This book makes an excellent gift (pro tip: buy it for a friend and then borrow it from them in 2020). [Christina]


The Factory

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Thu, 01/09/2020 - 8:10pm
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By Hiroko Oyamada, David Boyd (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780811228855
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Published: New Directions - October 29th, 2019

This tiny book embodies curiosity and quirk! This is the kind of story that makes you lean in, do a double take and then reread the chapter. The Factory is very Kafka-esque, with reality slipping sideways before you even begin to notice. [Christina]


Dakwäkãda Warriors

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Thu, 01/09/2020 - 8:03pm
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ISBN: 9781772620412
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Published: Conundrum Press - October 29th, 2019

A funky, funny combination of space opera and traditional storytelling of the Champagne Aishihik First Nations. This graphic novel is beautifully bilingual, written in English and Southern Tutchone, to encourage language learning and cultural vitality. I could not stop laughing while learning new words. [Christina]


In the Dream House

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Thu, 01/09/2020 - 7:57pm
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ISBN: 9781644450031
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 5th, 2019

I'll admit I'm skeptical of memoir, categorically, but this book opened my eyes to what memoir can be: scarily engrossing and intimate. Machado paints a harrowing picture of her experience in an abusive, queer relationship (this is relevant, trust me) and how it shaped her psyche throughout graduate school. This book hollowed me out. [Christina]


Low Static Rage

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Thu, 01/09/2020 - 7:34pm
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ISBN: 9781733037501
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Published: Blue Cactus Press - September 10th, 2019

Reading this poetry collection is like being sucker-punched in the gut. Haeflinger's poems ask s to be honest about the suburban cages we build ourselves into. Each page is packed with tension and observation. Read this to shake off the holiday gloom. [Christina]


Taaqtumi: An Anthology of Arctic Horror Stories

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Thu, 01/09/2020 - 7:26pm
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ISBN: 9781772272147
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Published: Inhabit Media - September 10th, 2019

This eerie collection of Arctic horror stories is the perfect tool to help you zone out during upcoming (and socially painful) holidays. Most of the stories include monster sightings, hunting-gone-wrong, and blood. Lots of blood. Pro tip: read the last story first - it's easily the best story in the book. [Christina]


NDN Coping Mechanisms

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Thu, 01/09/2020 - 7:23pm
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ISBN: 9781487005771
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Published: House of Anansi Press - September 3rd, 2019

Belcourt asks, what is our relationship to our country? What has it done for us? How do we give and take of our land and who is to say it's ours, anyway? This poetry collection is ethnography in verse, and it holds an incredible balance of beauty and ugly truth. I can't stop (re)reading it. [Christina]


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