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Recommended by: Adrienne
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Chili Crisp: 50+ Recipes to Satisfy Your Spicy, Crunchy, Garlicky Cravings By James Park, Heami Lee (By (photographer)) Cover Image
By James Park, Heami Lee (By (photographer))
$24.95
ISBN: 9781797219769
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 29th, 2023

Omg yum! The Everyday Savory Chili Crisp is worth the price of admission alone. I was skeptical when the author suggested doubling the recipe, which already yields 4 cups, but I can admit when I'm wrong! Once you have homemade chili crisp in the fridge, you have a quick and easy shortcut to the most flavorful meals. In addition to soups, rice and noodle dishes, and other mainstays, I've also enjoyed experimenting with some of the less obvious chili crisp applications, like granola and shortbread cookies. [Adrienne]


Recommended by: Adrienne
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Human Sacrifices By María Fernanda Ampuero, Frances Riddle (Translator) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781558612983
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Published: Feminist Press - May 16th, 2023

Human Sacrifices is a wildly imaginative collection and reading it was perhaps the most haunting experience of my literary life. Consider this my top spooky season recommendation, although expect less "spooky" and more gothic, social, and existential horror. [Adrienne]


Recommended by: Blanca
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Bonjour Tristesse: A Novel By Francoise Sagan Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780061440793
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Published: Ecco - June 17th, 2008

Sagan's debut novel made her famous back when it was first published in 1954. With good reason! It is beautifully written. I could not put it down, and when I finished it, I was stunned. [Blanca]


Recommended by: Adrienne
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The Devil of the Provinces By Juan Cárdenas, Davis (Translator) Cover Image
By Juan Cárdenas, Davis (Translator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781566896771
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Published: Coffee House Press - September 12th, 2023

This book is a trip. It's an atmospheric, meandering noir with no particular end point and I found it compelling from the jump, almost perplexingly so. I'd say it's all vibes, but that would sell Cárdenas's wonderfully strange and spellbinding prose, as well as Davis's superb translation, far too short. I'm willing to bet it's unlike anything else you've read this year. [Adrienne]


Recommended by: Zephyr
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The Poppy War: A Novel By R. F. Kuang Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062662583
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Published: Harper Voyager - April 23rd, 2019

Upon finishing this trilogy, I sobbed for 45 minutes straight. This series has everything. A morally gray protagonist, platonic soulmates, intense action, well rounded characters, and horrific war crimes! Kuang has a lovely ability to connect readers to her characters, I occasionally forgot it was in 3rd person. She also knows how to make us suffer and I love her for it. This series changed me as a person and reader; and I'll be chasing this high for the foreseeable future. [Zephyr]


Recommended by: Adrienne
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Maybe This Is What I Deserve By Tucker Leighty-Phillips Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9781952897290
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Published: Split/Lip Press - May 1st, 2023

I loved this chapbook-length collection of flash fiction. While I could have easily consumed it in one sitting, I instead enjoyed pulling this book out whenever I had just a few idle moments. All of the stories are inventive, and sometimes absurd, fantastic, or funny. For such spare writing, these stories hit above their weight in terms of depth and emotional impact. I also recommend checking out more from this cool small press. [Adrienne]


Recommended by: Blanca
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Bride of the Barrier Master, Vol. 2 By Kureha, Linda Liu (Translated by) Cover Image
By Kureha, Linda Liu (Translated by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781975370336
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Published: Yen On - August 22nd, 2023

I have to admit that the second installment requires some patience, but once the action starts, it soars! And we get to see more of Hana's independent fighting spirit. [Blanca]


Recommended by: Danielle
Until I Saw You By Dianna Roman Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781959553014
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Published: Wild One Press - January 24th, 2023

I rarely get to read books with social demi characters, let alone an emotional (bust still really funny) friends to lovers romance with a bi-awakening. Not only that, it has some of the best blind rep I have ever read in any book. Dianna Roman doesn't write nearly as much as most indie authors but when she does, she knocks it out of the park. This book made me a better person. And for that reason it's one of my top books of the year. [Danielle]


Recommended by: Danielle
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Sounds Fake But Okay: An Asexual and Aromantic Perspective on Love, Relationships, Sex, and Pretty Much Anything Else By Sarah Costello, Kayla Kaszyca Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781839970016
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Published: Jessica Kingsley Publishers - February 21st, 2023

I'm a firm believer that everyone should read a book on asexuality, if only because more people are aspec then they probably realize. Regardless of where you fall this book is accessible and will resonate with us all in some way. If you're aspec, it's funny painfully real. If you're allo, it'll force you to think, maybe even question. That's not necessarily bad thing. [Danielle]


Recommended by: Blanca
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Night Vision: Seeing Ourselves Through Dark Moods By Mariana Alessandri Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780691215457
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Published: Princeton University Press - May 9th, 2023

Have you encountered the phrase "sit with your feeling" and wondered what that meant? With this book, you will be sitting in the company of six philosophers, including the author, through anger, sadness, grief, depression, and anxiety. Night Vision is a paragon of philosophy in practice. [Blanca]


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