April Staff Picks





If there is anything we love more than reading books...it's talking about them! Keep scrolling down and see what books we are raving about this month. 


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The Food of Taiwan: Recipes from the Beautiful Island Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544303010
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - March 24th, 2015

"While hunkering down the past year, I found myself facing a dilemma-- no longer could we take a casual jaunt into Flushing or Chinatown for a taste of Taiwan, but man did I want black pepper buns, oyster noodles, and three-cup chicken with a vengeance. Cathy Erway's book came to the rescue with recipes that were easy to follow alongside beautiful photos of the island itself. Best of all, the dishes tasted right! This cookbook might be the one that's gotten the most use in my kitchen this past year." -- Mindy

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Heroine Complex Cover Image
ISBN: 9780756410841
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: DAW - July 5th, 2016

"A great superhero story with a touch of romance. Sarah Kuhn's kick-ass Asian superheroines Evie & Aveda have relatable problems and are always fun to read. I highly recommend this series!" -- Will

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Killing It: An Education Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101980095
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Penguin Books - July 23rd, 2019

"As a big fan of memoirs, this is one of my top 10 I've ever read. Both incredibly informative and remarkably reflective, Camas Davis offers a compelling account of her induction into ethical butchery and its coincident timing with some major transitions in her personal life. Also, a good chunk of this book takes part in rural France, and it's totally atmospheric and made me want to fly to the farm and lounge with the whole motley crew." -- Holly

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Infinite Country: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982159467
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - March 2nd, 2021

"Patricia Engel’s beautiful book, full of uncanniness and anger, longing and love, explores the sometimes hazy, sometimes intimately concrete concept of home. The members of a family separated by convoluted and infuriating circumstances tell their separate and entwining stories, all bursting with big, modern questions. How does an individual’s story fit in with and veer from a family’s story, a country’s story, a great, ancestral myth? What does it mean to belong, without fitting into a larger group’s boxes and borders? When life is so short and love is so strong, how can the U.S. continue to force families into these impossible corners? It’s a short, quick read with lasting effects. So please, do read it, but be prepared to be angry forever after." -- Alyson

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We Had a Little Real Estate Problem: The Unheralded Story of Native Americans & Comedy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982103033
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Simon & Schuster - February 16th, 2021

"Tragedy plus time is the formula. In the United States, there is perhaps no greater tragedy than the cultural annihilation of the Native population, and the ensuing comedy has had hundreds of years to fester. Through exhaustive interviews with tribal historians, Native performers, and the fans who travel to reservations across the country to see them, Kliph Nesteroff expertly chronicles the neglected story of a marginalized people transcending oppression by ruthlessly making fun of it." -- Steven

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Paradise Kiss: 20th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
ISBN: 9781947194939
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vertical Comics - December 3rd, 2019

"Yukari Hayasaka, a young woman about to graduate high school, stumbles upon a group of college kids running an atelier named Paradise Kiss. This manga explores the notions of living up to parental/societal expectations versus experiencing life yourself and finding your own way. It’s beautiful, emotional, and heartfelt. Of all the wonderful things to be said about ParaKiss, for me, it’s the art and fashion that takes the cake. I am enamored to think there is a whole generation that’s yet to discover this delicious slice-of-life story." -- Jasper

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Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing: Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593080764
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Vintage - April 13th, 2021

"Powerful, sad, hilarious. Read it. Hurry." -- Rachel

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How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316536981
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Little, Brown and Company - February 2nd, 2021

"More Caribbean literature, please!! 
I held my breath for the entirety of this journey that Cherie Jones took me on, and while it was a relentless one, I could not put this book down! Aside from the thrilling story at its surface, Jones also explores themes of abuse, exploitative tourism, poverty, sex work, and so much more. This hair-raising novel is a powerful debut that is unique in the ways it tackles generational trauma and cultural heritage. " -- Deidre

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In Love with the World: A Monk's Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525512547
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 30th, 2021

"I've read my share, but no book on Buddhism has been as inspirational as this one. In recounting his rebellious and risky journey, Mingyur Rinpoche shows that even revered monks experience fear, anxiety, and uncertainty just like the rest of us. Moreover, and thankfully so, he shows us how to turn that fear into wakefulness." -- Lorenzo

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You Can Do Anything, Magic Skeleton!: Monster Motivations to Move Your Butt and Get You to Do the Thing Cover Image
By Chuck Wendig, Natalie Metzger (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780789337023
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Published: Universe - April 13th, 2021

"I've been waiting for this book because I am deeply in need of weird, honest, funny, lovingly illustrated pep talks. My friends need it too, and this is going to my go-to post-pandemic re-entry gift. And yes, post-pandemic re-entry gifts are a thing, it's just a SECRET thing but now you know." -- Rachel

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Black Girl, Call Home Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593197141
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Berkley - March 9th, 2021

"This collection. Have you ever closed a book and suddenly felt that all that you are, all that you've seen has somehow been made tangible through another's voice? Have you ever felt called in to let go, to be heard, and to be seen? That is what Mans has done here. I will forever hold onto the beautiful ways in which Jasmine pulls apart and gives life to the tiny variables which contribute to the formulation of one's blackness, queerness, and womanhood. " -- Deidre

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No One Is Talking About This: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593189580
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Riverhead Books - February 16th, 2021

"No One Is Talking About This is an appropriately absurd exploration of modern absurdities, in vague company with "Endgame" and "Memoirs and Misinformation." With sharp, defamiliarizing names for the dull and smothering details of daily life and unsettlingly specific references to the smallest subcultures and memes, Patricia Lockwood will make you laugh in pain. It was poignant. It was weird. I really, really liked it." -- Aly

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Shine Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534462519
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 29th, 2020

"Rachel Kim is a Korean-American who moves to South Korea with dreams of being part of the next global K-Pop sensation. She’s spent the past six years training and competing [with friends and rivals alike], and with time running out to make her debut, Rachel wonders if she’s got what it takes to make the cut all while staying true to herself. While it isn’t the true-to-life, tell-all book we all wanted, it was still enjoyable to try and separate fact from fiction. TL;DR – Shine is Mean Girls, K-Pop Edition ?~" -- Jasper

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Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593329443
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Portfolio - July 7th, 2020

"This book covers the under-celebrated women who are responsible for one of the most world-changing technologies in our lifetime: the internet. Covering both the physical hardware & the development of internet culture, Claire Evans does a remarkable job shining a light on the women who solved problems, organized information, and envisioned new uses for the nascent technology. I was entranced & fascinated!" -- Holly

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A Passage North: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593230701
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Published: Hogarth - July 13th, 2021

"Yes, some physical distances are covered in the course of this marvel of a book, as implied by the title. But from page one it is clear that the journeys that matter most to protagonist Krishan are through time and memory, the space his mind is prepared to traverse as it pendulates freely through the past, lingering on joys and traumas alike in order to make sense and give meaning to the present. A Passage North was a tonic to me, a book I could luxuriate into with its pages-long paragraphs and slowly unfurling sentences, with its disregard for the conventional machinations of plot or movement. It persuaded me to slow down and acclimate to a depth and pacing of thought unusual in my reading adventures and modern life in general. And it brought me to a part of the world, Sri Lanka, unfamiliar to me, brought to life its history and the lived experience of its people. So happy I crossed paths with this book and can't wait to start selling it." -- Davi