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Natalie O.'s Reviews

In the Dream Hosue by Carmen Maria Machado

In the Dream House is an incredible follow-up to the glorious Her Body and Other Parties. Carmen Maria Machado has written an honest and harrowing memoir about her psychologically abusive relationship. Machado contrasts her memories with true examples of oppression in queer history and with narrative tropes. A beautiful exploration of the reality of abuse in queer relationships and a necessary account that subverts any idea of what a memoir can be. - Natalie O.

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ISBN: 9781644450031
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 5th, 2019

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

A nostalgic piece recalling first love and the obsession that ensues, this novel is narrated by an adolescent boy living in the Italian countryside in the 1980s who develops a passionate infatuation with a summer guest. Aciman's prose detailing the confusion and lust that consumes Elio is both captivating and sincere. A coming-of-age story that reminds us of the profundity of desire. - Natalie O.

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ISBN: 9780312426781
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Published: Picador - January 22nd, 2008

The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante

The story of a woman's descent into madness after her husband abandons her with two children to raise. Olga's irrational behavior is the epitome of a woman on the verge. Ferrante's unsentimental descriptions of motherhood beautifully embody the resilience of a complex woman. For fans of Simone De Beauvoir's The Woman Destroyed. - Natalie O.

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By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781933372006
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Published: Europa Editions - September 1st, 2005

Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino

Jia Tolentino's debut essay collection navigates our absurd modern world. Each one is fatalistic and filled with quick wit covering everything from identity, celebrity culture, feminism, and religion. Tolentino expertly binds these disparate topics with her cynical humor and intelligence. Every essay is filled with Tolentino's refreshing voice and provides empathy and relief when redemption in this country feels impossible. - Natalie

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Published: Random House - August 6th, 2019

Stormy by Guojing

Guojing dedicated this beautifully illustrated book to her lost dog Dou Dou. The story follows a stray whose life is changed when a woman attempts to befriend him. Stormy is wordless, but the stunning illustrations capture all the compassion and empathy embedded in the story. A heartwarming tale about trust, love, and the unbreakable bond that forms between a dog and their owner. A story for dog lovers. - Natalie O.

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By Guojing
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ISBN: 9781524771768
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - September 17th, 2019

Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino

Jia Tolentino's debut essay collection navigates our absurd modern world. Each one is fatalistic and filled with quick wit covering everything from identity, celebrity culture, feminism, and religion. Tolentino expertly binds these disparate topics with her cynical humor and intelligence. Every essay is filled with Tolentino’s refreshing voice and provides empathy and relief when redemption in this country feels impossible. - Natalie O.

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ISBN: 9780525510543
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Published: Random House - August 6th, 2019

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

A Little Life revolves around a diverse group of talented young men in New York City set on establishing their adult lives. With some devastating descriptions of childhood trauma, it can be a difficult read at times but the main character’s suffering finds its balance in the compassion of those who love him. The book offers radiant moments of beauty, warmth and kindness. - Natalie O.

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ISBN: 9780804172707
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Published: Anchor - January 26th, 2016

Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins

Following characters from Paris, New Orleans and Seattle, Robbins creates a complex and hilarious work of magical realism. Shifting between past and present, our story begins with King Alobar as he defies death and aging in search of eternal life. The story's whimsical nature and Robbins’s quirky wisdom will delight and astound you. - Natalie O.

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ISBN: 9780553348989
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Published: Bantam - April 1st, 1990

A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin

Lucia Berlin's 43 captivating short stories are a sucker punch to your heart. Each one is alluring and provides an intimate insight into Berlin's life full of loss, heartbreak, and addiction. I have fallen in love with her writing and savored this collection with all of its tragedy, humor, and unpredictability. - Natalie O.

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ISBN: 9781250094735
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Published: Picador - August 2nd, 2016

Upstream by Mary Oliver

A gorgeous collection of autobiographical essays on Oliver's curiosity for her environment and the great writers who kept her company throughout her life. Her vivid descriptions of the natural world are stunning, reminding one to notice and find awe in our surroundings. Few pages were left without folds or underlines and many parts have seldom left my mind. - Natalie O.

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ISBN: 9781594206702
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Published: Penguin Press - October 11th, 2016

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