Summer Booknotes 2018

Handpicked new releases, brought to you by the staff of Elliott Bay.

 

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Spring Booknotes 2018

 

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That Kind of Mother: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062667601
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Published: Ecco - May 8th, 2018

The birth of her son Jacob sends Rebecca Stone into an isolated frenzy. Needing support, she asks Priscilla Johnson, a black lactation coach she connected with at the hospital, to become Jacob’s nanny. Priscilla helps Rebecca find the order she needs to be a writer, mother, and wife. When Priscilla later dies in childbirth, Rebecca decides to adopt Priscilla’s baby. But her growing awareness of systemic racism and privilege did not prepare her to raise a black son. Alam's incredible book explores what it means to be a family in a world that doesn't always support the many forms family can take. -Justus


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How to Love a Jamaican: Stories Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781524799205
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Published: Ballantine Books - July 24th, 2018

In this outstanding debut collection, Arthurs weaves together stories of home—whether characters are longing for the intricacies of their homeland, returning to a forgotten one, or seeking familial ties to an unknown place. Spoken from a variety of perspectives, Arthurs reflects on the trials of interracial relationships versus black love, isolating cultural differences, and the forlorn experience of dreaming of, but not wanting, a partner and kids. Life in beautiful Jamaica, or the memory of it, is the thread that ties each story together. This collection is filled with hurt and sorrow, but also much joy—a great summer read. -Allen


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Lost Empress Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781524747220
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Published: Pantheon Books - May 8th, 2018

Sergio De La Pava’s most recent novel carries a rambunctious, exuberant energy and vision that won’t be stifled no matter whose company it’s keeping. He blends one element of society commonly used in fiction (criminal justice) with another that is seldom used successfully (football). The combination makes for a smart, scathing, and funny take on things, as seen by people who are rarely depicted as richly and genuinely as they are here. These are people on the urban margin being given a central place in voice and action. Swiftly plotted with great, tidal-force language. -Rick


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So Lucky Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374265922
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Published: Farrar Straus and Giroux - May 15th, 2018

Nicola Griffith's new novel, So Lucky, is an enthralling exploration of the places where ability, community, and sense of safety cease to protect us. We follow Mara as she navigates a multiple sclerosis diagnosis and life without the wife who has just left her—figuring out what all this will mean for her career, her sense of self, and her ability to continue living the life she has built. Grippingly personal and piquantly political, So Lucky delves into the dark and fear-filled crevices at the edges of our bodily comfort, questioning our security in those around us, our futures, and ourselves. -Amy


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Florida Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594634512
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 5th, 2018

Mark my words: Lauren Groff will go down in history as one of the great writers of this era. Her new short story collection is intensely dynamic, full of people (mostly women) battling intense inner turmoil and struggling to find their sense of self. We're left feeling that Florida itself is a conscious character who chooses when to inflict suffering on its citizens and when to let the sunshine through. There is a current of quiet desperation throughout, a panic all too appropriate for a land besieged by dangerous predators, dismal poverty, and climate change. These tales are gorgeous and gritty, most powerful when read in small doses. -Liz


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The Seas Cover Image
By Samantha Hunt, Maggie Nelson (Introduction by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781941040959
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Published: Tin House Books - July 10th, 2018

The Seas is an extraordinary and emotional story about a nineteen-year-old woman who believes she’s a mermaid destined to return to the sea. She’s lived in an isolated and unsupportive town her whole life and worries that if she leaves, her father—who disappeared into the water long ago—may not find his way back. She desires an older man named Jude who is incapable of returning her lovesick affection, but she is unable to connect with him, her mother, or others in the seaside town. Soon her fantasies overwhelm her understanding of reality, and she must face the world as it is, or find a way to hold on to the beliefs that keep her afloat. -Justus


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The Map of Salt and Stars Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501169038
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Published: Touchstone Books - May 1st, 2018

Nour, born in New York to a Syrian family, travels back to Homs and then into uncertain territory—seeking safety with her family after their city is bombed. Rawiya, traveling a parallel path across the Middle East and North Africa about 800 years earlier, is an apprentice to a mapmaker and traveler whose story Nour learned from her late father and has kept alive in her heart. Together, these two stories—based on history as well as on the experiences of present-day refugees—create a touching portrait of hope, bravery, and love of family. -Karen


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The Incendiaries Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735213890
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 31st, 2018

Reading The Incendiaries is like watching a bomb detonate in slow motion. You see the disaster coming from page one, but you can't look away. Will Kendall has lost his faith; Phoebe Lin has lost her mother. For a moment they find solace in each other, but The Incendiaries is not about easy mends or happy endings. Instead, Kwon explores the lengths people will go to salve grief and the wounds that won't heal. With prose that manages to be both lyrical and measured, this slim novel asks a lot of big questions—about faith, obsession, and loss—that will stay with you like shrapnel. -Emma
 


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Persephone Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781684151752
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Published: Archaia - May 22nd, 2018

This retelling of the classic Greek myth is sensational! Our heroine, thirteen-year-old Persephone, is distraught because of the external community pressure to live up to her mother Demeter’s heroism. Yet, with time, Persephone discovers that her true power is in her individuality and self-worth. The anime-inspired style, as well as  Locatelli-Kournwsky's seemingly infinite twists, bring this classic story vividly to life. I dedicated as much of my time as I could to gobbling this up, and when I wasn’t reading I always wished that I was. -Teasha


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The Great Believers Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735223523
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Published: Viking - June 19th, 2018

This is a story of survival, of grasping for normality in the face of disaster, of the quiet devastation wrought by the AIDS epidemic. Makkai unfurls her far-reaching tale by focusing on two characters in alternating chapters: Yale, a gay man living in 1985 Chicago, and Fiona, a mother searching for her estranged daughter in 2015 Paris. Through the lens of these two lives, Makkai examines trauma, guilt, and regret—the ripple effects of an epidemic and the burden of memory. This is not a happy story—I cried my way through the ending—but Makkai manages to make you laugh despite the tragedy, to appreciate life despite its ending. -Emma


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My Year of Rest and Relaxation Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525522119
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Published: Penguin Press - July 10th, 2018

Remember that insanely gorgeous person you dated in your early twenties who had a strange obsession with watching pimple-popping videos on YouTube and was constantly eating their own hair? Ottessa Moshfegh’s writing is kind of like that. My Year of Rest and Relaxation continues to chart Moshfegh’s uncanny valley of “too weird to be real and too real to be fiction” established in earlier books—this time with the story of a wealthy, nameless orphan medicating herself away from waking life. The whole thing is a dream-like, drugged-down, bleary-eyed blur that will leave you fearfully and wonderfully dazed. -Eric


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Convenience Store Woman Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780802128256
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Published: Grove Press - June 12th, 2018

Keiko Furukura has never been normal. She doesn’t fit in, and her responses to ordinary situations often leave observers horrified. Growing up, she left her family, teachers, and peers frustrated with her inability to understand how people ought to behave. When Keiko finds work in a convenience store, she suddenly knows what’s expected of her, how to act, and what it might mean to be normal. But having a part-time, low-paying, improper job as a convenience store worker isn’t enough to please her family or friends. This book had me cheering for Keiko and misfits like her the whole way through! A funny, insightful story about fitting in. -Justus


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Welcome to Lagos Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781936787807
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Published: Catapult - May 1st, 2018

Dedicated fans of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Chigozie Obioma, rejoice, because Onuzo’s American debut may be your new favorite. Our protagonists form an unlikely posse, and their shared desire of liberation from war and heartache lands them in Lagos. Like a beacon, Lagos shines brightly with culture and second chances. However, corruption continues to follow them and the outlook is grim as characters are faced with decisions that cannot be undone. Fast-paced and colorful, this novel is as engaging as it is bright. Welcome to Lagos will leave you with a racing, but hopeful heart. -Teasha


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There There Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780525520375
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 5th, 2018

This diasporic collection of linked stories set in Oakland depicts the contemporary urban Native American experience. The stories are populated by drug dealers, alcoholics, dancers, drummers, teenagers, grandparents, filmmakers, postal clerks—all of whom identify as Native American, as Indian. The author deftly pieces together these stories into an intricate mosaic even as the characters lead us to a brutal, heart-rending resolution. Orange's language is at once luminous and lucid, and nearly begs to be read aloud. Every clichéd accolade applied to this expansive debut is true. -Holly


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Confessions of the Fox Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399592270
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Published: One World - June 26th, 2018

This debut novel from Jordy Rosenberg, a professor of eighteenth-century literature and queer/trans theory, is a queer and Marxist reimagination of the short life of infamous London thief and escape artist Jack Sheppard. Framed as a discovered manuscript, this novel exposes an unsavory and intentionally forgotten underbelly of the city—and then celebrates it. The footnotes not only provide the most colorful vocabulary lesson you’ve ever had, but also develop a metanarrative about the manuscript’s discoverer and their struggles with a cold and capitalist university administration. This is the historical fiction you didn’t know you were looking for. -Justin


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The Book of Essie Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780525520313
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 12th, 2018

Essie Hicks, youngest daughter on hit conservative reality TV show Six for Hicks, has a secret that would topple her family. But, subjected to the spotlight her entire life, she is willing to do anything to free herself from the perfect, pious facade her parents have cultivated. A fast-paced novel that skewers our culture's obsession with celebrity and our tendency to victim-blame, The Book of Essie challenges the old "boys will be boys" adage and fits perfectly into our current cultural conversation. Essie, intelligent and calculating, illustrates what women are capable of enduring and overcoming. -Emma


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By the Shore: Explore the Pacific Northwest Coast Like a Local Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781632171436
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Published: Sasquatch Books - May 15th, 2018

By the Shore is about to blow your summer bucket list out of the saltwater. It is both a travel and adventure guide, and is filled with activities, day trips, and weekend inspiration. It includes a compendium of seasonal festivals and guides to, for example, using a crab pot, making your own sea salt, and watching bioluminescence (hint: do it at night). Author Nancy Blakey lives on Bainbridge Island and has spent a lifetime exploring local beaches and waterways during all four seasons. When winter's heavy clouds return, you can flip to the section listing ideal beaches for storm-watching—but let's not think about that now. It's time to grab your sunscreen and get sandy. -Katie


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Atlas of a Lost World: Travels in Ice Age America Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780307908650
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Published: Pantheon Books - May 1st, 2018

Part adventure travelogue, part paleo/anthropo/archeo-logical study, Atlas of a Lost World leads us on an exciting, immersive trip through the Ice Age Americas, creating a vivid portrait of a pivotal event in human history: the peopling of the Americas. Childs's clear, fine prose effortlessly blends the scientific and historical details of the earliest American peoples and their ways of life with the social element at camp and on the move, following the routes of the earliest settlers across continents and time. -Andy


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Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9780393635751
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 8th, 2018

As a scholar of English renaissance literature, Stephen Greenblatt is well-positioned to explore the premise that, throughout his career as playwright, William Shakespeare returned time and again to a troubling question: "How is it possible for a whole country to fall into the hands of a tyrant?" Whether or not the plays have an "uncanny relevance" to our current political moment, as Greenblatt asserts, remains an open question. The value of his readings lies in the way they encourage readers to return to Shakespeare's plays, which, like all artworks, inevitably make their arguments much more persuasively than any critic could hope to. -Graham


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Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780465052615
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Published: Basic Books - July 10th, 2018

Most literature about bees is focused on the popular honeybee, but countless other species are also vital to our planet. Conservation biologist and Pacific Northwest resident Thor Hanson aims to broaden the scope. He guides us through the history of bees, from their ancient roots as carnivorous wasps to their current role as the world's most effective pollinators. One might expect such a text to be dry and academic, but this is an enchanting personal account of those tiny beings. Hanson's love for them is evident on every page and his message is of the utmost importance: we must do all we can to protect our bees. -Liz


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Barracoon: The Story of the Last
By Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker (Foreword by), Deborah G. Plant (Introduction by)
$24.99
ISBN: 9780062748201
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Published: Amistad - May 8th, 2018

Nearly a century ago, writer and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston recorded the life of Kossola ("Cudjo Lewis") through a series of interviews at his home. Kossola, eighty-six years old at the time, was the last known survivor of the Middle Passage, captured from his home country of Dahomey (now Benin) at age nineteen. Rejected by publishers when Hurston finished the book in 1931, Barracoon has finally found the platform it demands. Presented in his own vernacular, Kossola's story is sobering, often wrenching; a first-person narrative of the Atlantic slave trade makes its horrors visceral in a way that other historical accounts simply can't. -Shawn


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The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780525574828
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Published: Tim Duggan Books - July 17th, 2018

Generally considered this country’s foremost newspaper-affiliated literary critic during her thirty-plus year tenure at The New York Times, Michiko Kakutani has now written a bracing, elegant, tightly-argued piece on the place of truth in our discourse, our civil actions, our ways of seeing the world. Drawing widely and deeply on many writers whose work she’s astutely read over the decades, she even draws signs of truth from fiction to help burn off the layers of lies and falsity being piled upon us. Reading this makes one look forward to whatever Kakutani will do next. -Rick


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Sick: A Memoir Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062428738
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 5th, 2018

Porochista Khakpour has always felt sick. ER visits accumulate and symptoms evolve, but Khakpour is frustrated by doctors without empathy, and partners and family members who question the validity of her pain and illness. Is it all in her head? Years after beginning to search for the root of her symptoms, a diagnosis of late stage Lyme disease provides a path to treatment and offers Khakpour the chance to reflect on why it took so long to be heard, believed, and helped. Sick is an honest and gripping memoir of one woman’s experience with chronic illness, and a must-read for those who want to explore the silencing of women’s voices and bodies. -Alex


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Room to Dream Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780399589195
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Published: Random House - June 19th, 2018

The book that’s about to be in your hands is both biography and memoir. It covers the life and work of artist and filmmaker David Lynch. Now imagine you’re on a bus; you don’t like where it’s headed, it’s slow going, but you’ve brought along a book to read—this book, called Room to Dream. Now imagine you’ve cracked the pages and you can’t stop smiling, you can’t stop laughing—all your dreams are a little closer to reality, and the world, even for all its darkness, feels a little brighter. That's how insightful and transportive this book is. Please take it with you. -Eric


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The Shipwreck Hunter: A Lifetime of Extraordinary Discoveries on the Ocean Floor Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781681777603
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Published: Pegasus Books - June 5th, 2018

David L. Mearns, a world-renowned marine geologist, is used to receiving the question, “How do I get a job like yours?” Understandable. After all, whose childhood dreams didn’t include exploring deep-sea shipwrecks and solving mysteries? In The Shipwreck Hunter, Mearns proves that’s actually a thing people grow up to do. Chronicling his decades of experience as a guy who gets to do awesome stuff for a living, Mearns describes tales of crime and passion, fascinating individuals, and discoveries in the ocean. It was quite a treat to peek into such an exciting life. This book will have you Googling: “How do I become a shipwreck hunter?” -Sage


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Something Bright, Then Holes: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781593762308
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Published: Soft Skull Press - June 12th, 2018

In the eleven years since Something Bright, Then Holes was originally published by Soft Skull Press, Maggie Nelson has established herself as one of the most acclaimed poets and essayists writing today. This re-release feels intimate, almost unfairly so—like your favorite genius is working in the next room and her door is ajar, so you keep finding reasons to walk down the hall. The poems in this collection drop hints of what would come, introducing themes and characters expanded upon in Bluets and The Argonauts. As ever, Nelson's writing hits the trickiest notes: grit without hardness, and melancholy without pity. -Shawn


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Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781640090613
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - June 19th, 2018

At sixty-four years old, just before publishing The History of White People, Guggenheim-winning historian Nell Irvin Painter went back to undergrad. To art school. It's absurd, and it's liberating, because Painter simply refuses to set aside her dream of being a working artist. Warm and meandering, Old in Art School feels like sitting on the deck with your brilliant, complicated friend and chatting for hours. From her struggles navigating art school as an old, black, academic woman, to feelings of inadequacy, to the loss of her parents, Painter writes with humility, clarity, and joy. Perfect for anyone who needs permission to start over. -Lauren
 


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The Order of Time Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780735216105
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 8th, 2018

Generally speaking, many of us think of time as past, present, and future progressing in linear fashion. “Order” implies sequence and balance of some kind. Rovelli dismantles that notion and, in doing so, makes our understanding of time much richer and more complicated—in the best possible way. If you are like me, you will find yourself repeatedly awestruck while reading this book. Rovelli has a gift for introducing us to the beautiful and mysterious world of physics. A breathtaking, timely, and mind-bending book. -Greg


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Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781571313676
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Published: Milkweed Editions - June 12th, 2018

As the seas are rising, formerly habitable places are in the process of disappearing. Rush has written a firsthand account of her research in Rhode Island, Maine, Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, Staten Island, and South Florida. All of these places are being inundated by the rising water; marshes and wetlands are vanishing, and it isn't going to get better. There is no silver bullet that will save us from the water; retreat remains the only reasonable option. This is a noteworthy, engaging, and thoroughly necessary book.The water is rising—read it. -Greg


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Calypso Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316392389
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Published: Little Brown and Company - May 29th, 2018

David Sedaris is back with Calypso, a potent brew of essays on aging parents, middle-aging selves, and family idiosyncrasies told in crackling dialogue and wry reflections. His trademark dry humor is in fine fettle, but hidden between laugh-out-loud anecdotes on carnivorous turtles and gastrointestinal troubles, Sedaris inserts a shiv of wrenching reality. This specter will mingle freely with the lighthearted mishaps that follow, providing an unexpected gut-punch throughout. Both longtime and recent Sedaris fans will find much to appreciate in this masterful collection of essays. -Julia


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Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions & Criticisms Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781936932184
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Published: Amethyst Editions - May 8th, 2018

Michelle Tea, having authored several well-known memoirs, now brings us Against Memoir, her first collection of essays. Included here are essays previously released, original works only now being published, and speeches and performances compiled over the last twenty years. Tea's writing is both in-your-face and funny as it addresses counter-culture, art, gender, queerness, and other movements that define Tea’s presence as a writer, activist, and queer cultural figure. Her voice is unmistakable in how genuinely it speaks to the complexities of existing within queer communities. -Amy
 


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1968: Radical Protest and Its Enemies Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062458742
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Published: Harper - July 3rd, 2018

Richard Vinen's 1968 chronicles the tumultuous and revolutionary events of 1968 that took place mostly in the US and Europe. Vinen weaves together the narratives of the various radical political, student, and labor groups, their demonstrations and actions, and the reaction of the establishment. Vinen's account is an excellent attempt to examine the causes and effects of events that culminated in a volatile era, reverberated into the 70s, and illuminate many of the ideals and problems of our own uncertain era, forty years later. -Andy


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A Stone for Sascha Cover Image
By Aaron Becker, Aaron Becker (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763665968
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - May 8th, 2018

After the death of their dog, a family takes a trip to the beach. While others have fun along the rocky coastline, the youngest daughter can't help but grieve the loss of her beloved furry companion—but an object she finds in the water may bring her the comfort she needs. This beautiful, wordless book takes us on a journey through time and space—to ancient civilizations, across continents, and underwater—proving no words are necessary to illustrate that every being and every thing has a story. -Sage


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Great Dog Cover Image
By Davide Calai, Miguel Tanco (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101919170
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Published: Tundra Books (NY) - May 29th, 2018

As they walk the hall of family portraits, a canine dad and his child talk about their family history. As the father tells tales of distant relatives’ exceptional lives, the accompanying gatefold illustration paints a more tongue-in-cheek portrait. The question the youngster keeps asking his papa is whether he too will be a great runner, a great artist, a great astronaut, a great dog. The answer, of course, is a resounding yes—with a delightful twist. A very sweet book that demonstrates the complete and utter love between parent and child. -Holly


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Calling All Minds: How to Think and Create Like an Inventor Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781524738204
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Published: Philomel Books - May 15th, 2018

Temple Grandin invites curious young minds into the world of inventors with a new book that is chock-full of projects, interesting historical tidbits, and terrific illustrations. Grandin never talks down to her readers; instead, she treats them as partners in the process of invention, occasionally relating her own experiences and talking candidly of how autism has informed her work as an inventor. It's a fascinating, detailed read in which readers ages eight and older may find the perfect inspiration to create something of their own. -Julia


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Drawn Together Cover Image
By Minh Le, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781484767603
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - June 5th, 2018

To be able to break my heart on page four and rebuild it by page eleven might be a skill unique to picture book creators. Author Minh Lê and illustrator Dan Santat marry sparse text to lush images in this story of a boy and his grandfather learning to understand each other in the one language in which they're both fluent: art. Perfect for little ones still learning to express themselves (aren't we all?), Drawn Together is a sweet reminder that communication isn't limited to words. -Shawn


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Bob Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250166623
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - May 1st, 2018

Doesn't everyone want a little green friend with magical powers who wears a homemade chicken suit and plays chess? Livy is lucky enough to have one, and his name is Bob. But Livy has some remembering to do if she’s going to help Bob find out where he came from and keep an old promise. This story of friendship, mystery, discovery, and home is sure to keep a firm hold on your heart all the way through. As I read the final words, I didn’t want to let go, but I knew that not finishing something so special would be unbearable. -Sage


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Half-Witch Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781618731401
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Published: Big Mouth House - July 10th, 2018

In a Europe where goblins coexist with the literal (but unhelpful) Holy Trinity, Lizbet is sucked into a magical quest with only the surly witch-girl Strix as a companion. Like all great children's books, Half-Witch is not afraid to put the big stuff on the page: they match wits with the Pope of Storms and corpse-eating earth-witches, and also with human violence and cruelty. An edge-of-your-seat adventure about friendship, trust, and what it means to be changed by someone, Half-Witch is like The Golden Compass as written by Roald Dahl. -Lauren