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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale is the gift that keeps on giving. As a book, it’s set the standard for feminist dystopian literature, and the recent TV show has brought Offred’s story to life on the screen, reminding us how relevant her story still is. Enter this new graphic novel, with astoundingly graceful line work and watercolor images by artist Renee Nault, who creates a juxtaposition of beauty and brutality that will sit with readers for a long time to come.      —Jessica

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By Margaret Atwood, Renee Nault (Illustrator)
$22.95
ISBN: 9780385539241
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Published: Nan A. Talese - March 26th, 2019

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

I love when an author continues to delight. Helen Hoang is that author. The charm and sexiness of her earlier The Kiss Quotient is also in abundance in The Bride Test. Even though I know the book ends in a happily-ever-after (it’s a romance, that’s what they’re supposed to do!), I had no idea how we were going to get there. Hoang handles autism, being an immigrant, and meddling mothers while giving you the steamiest of sexy times and all the feels. - Karena

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$15.00
ISBN: 9780451490827
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Published: Berkley - May 7th, 2019

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

How is this possible? How could a book about a woman who chooses to sleep a whole year away be so engrossing, so propulsive, that I could not put it down. Moshfegh’s narrator follows in the footsteps of The Catcher in the Rye’s Holden Caulfield and The Bell Jar’s Esther Greenwood, skewering the phonies of New York and modern consumer culture armed with nothing but her own apathy and acerbic wit. Well, that and an arsenal of prescription sleep aids. - Jess

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ISBN: 9780525522133
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Published: Penguin Books - June 25th, 2019

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

In celebration of its paperback release, I have started and restarted this review many times, as it seems nearly impossible to convey the brilliance and impact of this novel. I can tell you it is my favorite novel in years; I have recommended it to so many, only to have them pass it on. There are throat-caught sentences and marvel when those of us that have read it try to talk about it. The book alternates between two storylines, one following Yale, a young gay man in Chicago in the 1980s at the height of the AIDS crisis; the other following Fiona, 30 years later, a mother in a desperate search to find her missing adult daughter. The intersection of these two stories is nothing short of brilliant. Love, redemption, and life at its fullest are bound in these pages. Read this book. —S.M.C.

 

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ISBN: 9780735223530
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Published: Penguin Books - June 4th, 2019

There There by Tommy Orange

Believe the hype! This novel is a scorcher. Set around a powwow at the Oakland Coliseum, There There follows a large cast of characters as they navigate their individual experiences as “urban Indians.” With prose that will pound at your heart, Orange brings each character to brutal life and forces readers to confront the darker truths of colonialism’s legacy. Truly a game-changer for American literature.  —Jessica

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780525436140
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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2019

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

Uzma Jalaluddin’s debut novel is billed as a modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice, but any Elizabeth-and-Darcy-esque plot points pale in comparison to the real romance and individuals Ayesha at Last finds in the Toronto community. Khalid and Ayesha navigate the myriad definitions of love, faith, friendship, family, marriage, and more in this resonant 21st-century tale, flavored lightly with Indian cooking, spoken-word poetry, and tech-world shenanigans, that does not disappoint in either its characters or its heart.                          —Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781984802798
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Published: Berkley - June 4th, 2019

The Book of Essie By Meghan MacLean Weir

I kind of have an obsession with books where a woman is raised in extreme religious families. This fictional tale of a girl raised on TV with her preacher father, machinating mother, and five siblings fit the bill perfectly. I love the way Essie figures out how to escape by  using the rules and restrictions her parents set up against her. It is fantastically written. - Karena

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ISBN: 9780525436072
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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2019

Warlight By Michael Ondaatje

This is my favorite flavor of Ondaatje. Atmospherically reminiscent of The English Patient, Warlight stands on its own as a uniquely great coming-of-age story wrapped in a riveting spy mystery. Immerse yourself in London’s criminal underworld and the shadowy figures of postwar espionage. Taking you from the depths of the Thames to the heights of London’s rooftops, Warlight takes you on a delicious journey.  —Clara

 

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ISBN: 9780525562962
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Published: Vintage - April 2nd, 2019

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Ocean Vuong’s gorgeous debut expands our notion of the Great American Novel, speaking to our shared experience through exquisite lyricism, unforgettable story, and the voice of the narrator Little Dog, who attempts to write the letter of their life to his mother, even as she is unable to read it. In telling their story, a bigger picture is revealed, one of war, survival, identity, sexuality, and addiction, all through the eyes of raw, bursting youth. The result is fierce, loving, and resplendent. - Melinda

Don’t miss our event with Ocean Vuong on June 17th.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780525562023
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Published: Penguin Press - June 4th, 2019

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

Seeing few examples in literature, Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love; The Signature of All Things) set out to write a book about promiscuous girls “whose lives are not destroyed by their sexual desires.” Meet Vivian Morris, a naïve 19-year-old, dropped into the middle of the New York City theater scene in the 1940s. The drama, energy, and spirit of the city weaves into the unfolding of her identity. You’ll never forget this cast of characters or the ways in which Vivian struggles to claim her life as her own. This will be one of the most talked-about, big-hearted, immersive novels of summer. - Casey

Don’t miss our event with Elizabeth Gilbert on June 12th at the Rio Theatre!

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781594634734
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 4th, 2019

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