Amanda's Favorites of the Year

Tears, lots and lots of tears, prose that reads like poetry, impressionistic imagery, kissing and more kissing, marriage, infidelity, love, love, love, and glorious, complex, “difficult” women. These books showed the power of radical vulnerability, warmed my cold New England heart, and filled me with joyous possibility.

Amanda, Brooklyn


 

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Bilbao-New York-Bilbao By Kirmen Uribe, Elizabeth Macklin (Translator) Cover Image
By Kirmen Uribe, Elizabeth Macklin (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781566896498
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Published: Coffee House Press - October 4th, 2022

On a transatlantic flight between Bilbao and New York City, a fictional version of Kirmen Uribe recalls three generations of family history--the inspiration for the novel he wants to write--and ponders how the sea has shaped their stories.


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The Cook: A Novel By Maylis de Kerangal, Sam Taylor (Translated by) Cover Image
By Maylis de Kerangal, Sam Taylor (Translated by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250251152
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Published: Picador - March 17th, 2020

"A slim, bountiful, beautifully written (and gorgeously translated) 'Portrait of the Chef as a Young Man.'" --Nancy Klinke, The New York Times Book Review

One of BBC Culture's Ten Books to Read this March and The Rumpus Book Club Pick for March


Painting Time: A Novel By Maylis de Kerangal, Jessica Moore (Translated by) Cover Image
By Maylis de Kerangal, Jessica Moore (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250829559
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Published: Picador - April 19th, 2022

Named a most anticipated book of 2021 by The Guardian and The Millions

An aesthetic and existential coming-of-age novel exploring the apprenticeship of a young female painter.


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Happy Hour: A Novel By Marlowe Granados Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781839764011
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Published: Verso Fiction - September 7th, 2021

With the verve and bite of Ottessa Moshfegh and the barbed charm of Nancy Mitford, this stunning debut about a young ingénue in the big city is “as refreshing as gin fizz . . . a wild careening joyride through a hot sultry summer in New York” (Rachel Syme, The New Yorker).


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Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time By Rob Sheffield Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400083039
Availability: Backordered
Published: Crown - December 4th, 2007

“The happiest, saddest, sweetest book about rock ‘n’ roll that I’ve ever experienced.”—Chuck Klosterman
 


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Dirtbag, Massachusetts: A Confessional By Isaac Fitzgerald Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781635573978
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - July 19th, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
USA TODAY BESTSELLER
Winner of the New England Book Award for Nonfiction

“The best of what memoir can accomplish... pulling no punches on the path to truth, but it always finds the capacity for grace and joy.” –Esquire, "Best Memoirs of the Year"


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Sea State: A Memoir By Tabitha Lasley Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063030848
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Published: Ecco - December 6th, 2022

A Recommended Read from: Vogue * USA Today * The Los Angeles Times * Publishers Weekly * The Week * Alma * Lit Hub

A stunning and brutally honest memoir that shines a light on what happens when female desire conflicts with a culture of masculinity in crisis


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Life Sciences By Joy Sorman, Lara Vergnaud (Translator), Catherine Lacey (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Joy Sorman, Lara Vergnaud (Translator), Catherine Lacey (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781632062956
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Published: Restless Books - October 12th, 2021

"Joy Sorman's Life Sciences takes an overtly political premise--the medical establishment's inability or perhaps refusal to take seriously the physical struggles of women--and transforms it into a surreal and knife-deep work of fiction that asks: What pain can we abide, and what pain must we fight back against, even if the fight hurts more than the disease itself?" --Lena Dunha


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Panpocalypse By Carley Moore Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781952177606
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Published: Amethyst Editions - April 5th, 2022

During the coronavirus pandemic, a queer disabled woman bikes through a locked-down NYC for the ex-girlfriend who broke her heart.


Tanked By Mia Hopkins, Jennifer Haymore (Editor) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780999630648
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Published: Little Stone Press - April 26th, 2022

A fighter without a purpose. A crusader with nothing to lose. Can she trust him with her heart, or is he just another lost cause?


Priest: A Love Story By Sierra Simone Cover Image
$17.99
Out of Stock - Not Available
ISBN: 9781732172234
Published: Sierra Simone - June 29th, 2015

There are many rules a priest can't break. A priest cannot marry. A priest cannot abandon his flock. A priest cannot forsake his God.

I've always been good at following rules.

Until she came. Then I learned new rules.


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Fault Lines: A Novel By Emily Itami Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063099814
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Published: Mariner Books - September 6th, 2022

SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA FIRST NOVEL AWARD

"What is the cost of a mother’s desire?...Emily Itami explores this question with wit and poignancy." -- New York Times Book Review

"The perfect marriage of Sally Rooney and early Murakami." -- Kathy Wang, author of Impostor Syndrome


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Love, Violet By Charlotte Sullivan Wild, Charlene Chua (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780374313722
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - January 4th, 2022

Stonewall Book Award Winner
Lambda Literary Award Finalist
Charlotte Huck Honor Book


Perfect for Valentine's Day, Love, Violet by Charlotte Sullivan Wild and Charlene Chua is a touching picture book about friendship and the courage it takes to share your feelings.

Only one person
makes Violet’s heart skip


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Viking in Love By Doug Cenko Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593202289
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - December 14th, 2021

In this laugh-out-loud picture book, a Viking falls in love and must face the only thing in his way of attaining it: his fear of the sea.


Also By E. B. Goodale, E. B. Goodale (Illustrator) Cover Image
By E. B. Goodale, E. B. Goodale (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780358153948
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Published: Clarion Books - February 22nd, 2022

An ode to the way memories allow us to be in many places at once, Also is a powerful exploration of being present as well as looking back. Perfect for Mother’s Day, birthdays, or graduation, this modern classic is by Ezra Jack Keats Honor–winner E. B.