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Christina

Chrisina no longer works at King's Books. I was born a rambler and I travel with poetry, sci-fi, and memoir books tucked inside my backpack. I also read a lot of short stories and fiction. Regardless of genre, I seek 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.

Barn 8

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Sat, 05/02/2020 - 3:55pm
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Barn 8: A Novel By Deb Olin Unferth Cover Image
$16.00
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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Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese's By Tiffany Midge, Geary Hobson (Foreword by) Cover Image
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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The Factory By Hiroko Oyamada, David Boyd (Translated by) Cover Image
By Hiroko Oyamada, David Boyd (Translated by)
$13.95
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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Dakwäkãda Warriors By Cole Pauls Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781772620412
Availability: Special Order
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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In the Dream House: A Memoir By Carmen Maria Machado Cover Image
$26.00
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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Low Static Rage By Michael Haeflinger Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781733037501
Availability: Special Order
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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Taaqtumi: An Anthology of Arctic Horror Stories By Aviaq Johnston, Richard Van Camp, Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley Cover Image
$16.95
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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Ndn Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field By Billy-Ray Belcourt Cover Image
$19.99
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]


Birdsong

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Thu, 01/09/2020 - 7:22pm
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Birdsong By Julie Flett, Julie Flett (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Julie Flett, Julie Flett (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781771644730
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Published: Greystone Kids - October 8th, 2019

The best picture books tell stories quietly and with authenticity, and this book does exactly that. Its illustrations are sparse, but rich in color. It leaves readers feeling hopeful, despite subtly touching on familial loss. [Christina]


A Fortune for Your Disaster

Submitted by kingsbookstore on Thu, 01/09/2020 - 7:12pm
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A Fortune for Your Disaster By Hanif Abdurraqib Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781947793439
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Published: Tin House Books - September 3rd, 2019

When my heart hurts, the only things that make me feel better are soft pillows, whiskey, and soul-crushing poetry. This book feels like all three at once. The narrative explores the falsehood of keeping people at arms-length while moving through the motions of "loving," something we've all done. Read this and hate yourself a little less. [Christina]


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