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Recommended by: Zephyr
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House of Leaves: The Remastered Full-Color Edition By Mark Z. Danielewski Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780375703768
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Published: Pantheon - March 7th, 2000

My favorite horror title that I've read in a while. It's best experienced going in as blind as possible. But the essentials are this: This book takes you on a truly unique experience; the structure and formatting are like nothing I've ever seen. It's a master class in obsessive details that are embodied by footnotes that tell two other stories within them. It reads like a journal, a documentary, and a dissertation. It genuinely made me uncomfortably fascinated. (Zephyr)


Recommended by: Adrienne
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Tauhou By Kōtuku Titihuia Nuttall Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781487011697
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Published: House of Anansi Press - April 11th, 2023

Sometimes you read a book that further opens your mind to the possibilities of what literature can look and feel like. 'Tauhou' contains multitudes, in its form (poetry, memoir, short stories) and its impact. In fact, I don't know that I've ever read an alternate history more compelling. Definitely looking forward to reading more from this talented young author. [Adrienne]


Recommended by: Blanca
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Once Upon a Prime: The Wondrous Connections Between Mathematics and Literature By Sarah Hart Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250850881
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 11th, 2023

I love books about books, and this one was super interesting! Who knew there was so much math in literature? Certainly, not I. I learned so much, and the writer did a wonderful job explaining math. No math expertise required. Jump in and be ready to add books to your reading list! [Blanca]


Recommended by: Adrienne
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Build Your House Around My Body: A Novel By Violet Kupersmith Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780812983487
Availability: Special Order
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - July 5th, 2022

I'm so impressed by the execution of this ambitious novel--and it's a debut, at that. Kupersmith seamlessly weaves together different points of view, timelines, historical references, mythologies, and more. The result is a thoughtful and creative exploration of serious themes, such as sexual violence and the impacts of colonialism in Vietnam. For such heavy subject matter, Kupersmith still finds ways to inject humor and absurdity. I was fully immersed, beginning to end. [Adrienne]


Recommended by: Adrienne
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Lucha of the Night Forest By Tehlor Kay Mejia Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593378366
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Published: Make Me a World - March 21st, 2023

For me, it’s difficult these days for a YA fantasy to stand out among the rest, but ‘Lucha’ has done it. The book first pulled me in with otherworldly forests & mushroom (!) magic. It completely won me over through its fast-paced adventure, strong sister bonds, and a sweet queer romance. [Adrienne]


Recommended by: Zephyr
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The Starless Sea: A Novel By Erin Morgenstern Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781101971383
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Published: Anchor - August 4th, 2020

Have you ever wanted to escape to a subterranean magical library? Or to be swept away into a modern fairy-tale? Cause "The Starless Sea" is just that. The book is pure escapism put to paper. Morgenstern floods the whole thing with the love she has for stories and storytellers. By the end of it you'll feel as though you went there yourself and miss it wholeheartedly. (Zephyr)


Recommended by: Adrienne
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Sweetlust: Stories By Asja Bakic, Jennifer Zoble (Translator) Cover Image
By Asja Bakic, Jennifer Zoble (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781952177729
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Published: Feminist Press - February 14th, 2023

For those who don't shy away from the weird, the bold, or the otherwordly: this one's for us. Asja Bakić has woven together a spectacular set of stories that push boundaries of genre. She twists sci-fi and mythology tropes to examine themes of gender, sexuality, the socio-politics of the Balkans, and more–all while being wildly entertaining. [Adrienne]


Recommended by: Zephyr
Frankenstein By Mary Shelley Cover Image
$6.00
ISBN: 9780486282114
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Published: Dover Publications - October 21st, 1994

Mary Shelley really knocked it out of the park here. Not only did she propagate and define early sci-fi; but she also wrote such an eloquent story about human nature, the power dynamics between created vs creator, and how humans have morals that are looser than we think. If you love the gothic and macabre this is a great short read. (Zephyr)


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Piranesi By Susanna Clarke Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781635577808
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 28th, 2021

This book got me out of an awful reading slump. I finished it in a day cause I just couldn't put it down. I'm a sucker for a story told through journal entries. The atmosphere is tangible, the main character is lovable and mayhaps a tad naive, and the pacing keeps its momentum throughout. You'll be shown wonders, be frustrated, and have your heart touched. (Zephyr)


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Coraline 10th Anniversary Edition By Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780380807345
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Published: HarperCollins - April 24th, 2012

I read this for the first time with my spouse cause we both love the movie. But the book, in my opinion, is creepier and more magical. Even though it's categorized as a "kids" book it can be enjoyed by anyone that wants a fun (and at times unsettling) story of a girl that goes on an unexpected and relatable journey. (Zephyr)


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