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Naamah by Sarah Blake

Naamah is an erotic, embodied story of trauma. As I turned every page I was blown away by the boldness of Blake's storytelling in this retelling of the biblical flood. Trapped on the ark for months after humanity is washed away by the rains, Naamah grapples with grief, duty, loyalty, and identity. Blake brings a poet's language to every beautifully surreal sentence and image. - Clara

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ISBN: 9780525536338
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 9th, 2019

Sissy by Jacob Tobia

Non-binary (NB), gender queer, and gender fluid folks have long been left behind as the queer community has grown louder. Here, shouting at the top of their fabulous lungs, comes Jacob Tobia. Their story is one that many other NB folks have had, and one that needs to be heard just as badly as any other queer experience. No journey of self-discovery is an easy road, but Tobia manages to shepherd us through their ups and downs with immense narrative grace. This book belongs in every queer studies course, and I hope it inspires other NB folks to tell their stories. - J

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ISBN: 9780735218826
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 5th, 2019

Skeleton Keys by Brian Switek

God, I love this book and the absolute nerdy adoration and fascination the author has for bones (yay a kindred spirit!). It reads as a favorite professor's lecture, the one who made the concepts real and fun and tricked you into learning at the same time. Starting with the minute process of bone growth, the book ranges from how bone repairs itself to newer research being done on how Instagram is enabling the legal and illegal bone trade. It's that perfect blend of science, history, and pop culture, including nods to Jurassic Park and the use of highly technical terms such as "whumpfed." - Rachel

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ISBN: 9780399184901
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 5th, 2019

How to Know the Birds by Ted Floyd

Floyd, editor of Birding magazine, offers a more holistic approach to birding than the traditional field guide, pairing each species with personal anecdotes and practical birding advice, beginning with the basics of bird identification and moving on to the realms of conservation and philosophy. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this is an excellent introduction to the art and science of birdwatching. - Katherine

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ISBN: 9781426220036
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Published: National Geographic - March 12th, 2019

What You Have Heard is True by Carolyn Forché

My current favorite work of nonfiction, written by one of our best poets. It chronicles in stunning fashion her work in support of the revolutionary movement in El Salvador. Includes some of the stories she told us when she first visited Bookshop in the early 80s. Beautifully written and compelling. - Patrick

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ISBN: 9780525560371
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Published: Penguin Press - March 19th, 2019

Leading Men by Christopher Castellani

This is historical fiction at its voyeuristic, psychological and penetrating best. Tennessee Williams and his lover Frank Merlo go to Italy in 1953 for a party at Truman Capote's villa. The web of friendships, adventure, love, and betrayal is gorgeous and heartbreaking. Frank's emotional journey is one of the most evocative and nuanced in recent literature. - Clara

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ISBN: 9780525559054
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Published: Viking - February 12th, 2019

The French Girl by Lexie Elliott

This well-crafted mystery builds momentum and suspense as the tale unfolds. Ten years ago six Oxford students vacationed at a farmhouse in the countryside of France. Severine, the French girl next door, became an integral part of their week together. On the last day of their visit, she disappeared. Now the discovery of Severine's body unearths long buried secrets that threaten everyone. - Trey

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ISBN: 9780399586972
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Published: Berkley - March 5th, 2019

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Merricat and Constance Blackwood may or may not have poisoned their entire family last year. Hated by the town, the sisters are slowly entombed in their rambling mansion with their infirm Uncle Julian. Jackson is at her chilling, disturbing best in this paean to the haunted house. Tension builds as the characters become subtly more unhinged, horrific, and, worst of all, relatable. - Clara

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By Shirley Jackson, Jonathan Lethem (Afterword by), Thomas Ott (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780143039976
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 31st, 2006

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

I hesistate to tell you anything about the plot of this book because it absolutely should not work. And yet, it is one of the most touching, charming, and romantic books I've ever read. It’s a neurodiverse, feel-good, feminist rom-com. Take a break from the stress of life and immerse yourself in this smart, sexy fantasy. - Clara

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ISBN: 9780451490803
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Published: Berkley - June 5th, 2018

The Wicked Boy by Kate Summerscale

In 1857, a child was convicted of murdering his mother after her body was found decomposing in their home. This lurid point of entry belies a fascinating and surprisingly compassionate examination of a crime that gripped Victorian London. Like the best crime narratives, its focus is not on the crime itself, but on the extraordinary ways it shaped the lives left in its wake. - Katherine

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ISBN: 9780143110460
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Published: Penguin Books - July 4th, 2017

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