July 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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Tomorrow They Won't Dare to Murder Us: A Novel By Joseph Andras, Simon Leser (Translated by) Cover Image
By Joseph Andras, Simon Leser (Translated by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781788738712
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Verso Fiction - February 23rd, 2021

"Based on the true events leading up to the trial and execution of Fernand Iveton, Andras dives deep into the complex, contradicting, and entangled issues of colonialism and identity. At times brutal and spare, and others vivid and tender, this brief but resonant book lingers in your mind after you've turned the last pages." -- Mindy


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Bofuri: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense., Vol. 1 (manga) (Bofuri: I Don't Want to Get Hurt, so I'll Max Out My Defense. (manga) #1) By Jirou Oimoto (By (artist)), Yuumikan, KOIN (By (artist)) Cover Image
By Jirou Oimoto (By (artist)), Yuumikan, KOIN (By (artist))
$13.00
ISBN: 9781975323868
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Yen Press - May 4th, 2021

"I stumbled onto Bofuri purely by mistake one night while looking for some new Anime to watch and i'm so glad I did. The story is pure fun and Maple is a wonderful lead. All the manga readers and anime fans in our store love it and are waiting for more to be released along with me." -- Will


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Site Fidelity: Stories By Claire Boyles Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780393531824
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 15th, 2021

"I loved this collection. Boyles has a way of deftly developing atmosphere and characters, quickly drawing the reader in to the varied lives we get to peek into. The characters have a unifying touchpoint (geography), but each has unique stories to tell and demons to face. I fully expect to revisit this collection, seeking out the sentences that were beautifully crafted and made my breath catch a bit when I read to them." -- Holly


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Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire By John August Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250294258
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Square Fish - January 8th, 2019

"I'm sorry, but it's a *magical cub scout camp,* where you learn magical knots and wizarding adventure skills. I wish I could be an 11-year-old reading it at summer camp. Please buy this for your children. Let me live vicariously through their joy." -- Alyson


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Geek Love: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) By Katherine Dunn Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780375713347
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Vintage - June 11th, 2002

"The freak show was a unique piece of Americana firmly entrenched in its unapologetically exploitative era. Set in the declining years of the circus sideshow, Katherine Dunn's casually transgressive death march follows a peripatetic band of genetic entrepreneurs whose devotion to phenotypic novelty violates all possible social, personal, and medical conventions. This hallucinatory adventure is a mental mutagen." -- Steven


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Freedom By Sebastian Junger Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781982153410
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Simon & Schuster - May 18th, 2021

"Freedom is an unapologetic socioeconomic study of what it means to live a free and open life. Junger looks at governing bodies, military powers, and societal constructs of the past and lays them bare. He examines the advantages and disadvantages of creating restraints (rules and laws, and the enforcement of such), in favor of safety, stability, etc. Junger looks to the past, in hopes to ignite conversations about how you can, as the kids say, “live your best life” in the future. This will be on ALL the lists for 2021." -- Jasper


Bodies Are Cool By Tyler Feder, Tyler Feder (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Tyler Feder, Tyler Feder (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593112625
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Rocky Pond Books - June 1st, 2021

"A book for kids that celebrates bodies? Sign me up. The illustrations are fun and beautiful. The message? It's simple—all bodies are cool. And it's true, THEY ARE!" -- Rachel


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A Passage North: A Novel By Anuk Arudpragasam Cover Image
$27.00
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ISBN: 9780593230701
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


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Inherent Vice: A Novel By Thomas Pynchon Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143117568
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Penguin Books - July 27th, 2010

"A detective noir laced with marijuana set in late-60s LA. Whole lotta heart in there, too. But don't get lost in the details or the frequent, wild tangents. Groovy, man." -- Lorenzo


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The Atmospherians: A Novel By Alex McElroy Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982158309
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atria Books - May 18th, 2021

"Hot damn I love this book." -- Rachel


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Seven Days in June By Tia Williams Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781538719107
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 1st, 2021

"What a tasty book. Equal parts juicy, steamy, hilarious, and heartwarming. It's everything I didn't know I needed to read right now." -- Deidre


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How to Order the Universe By María José Ferrada, Elizabeth Bryer (Translated by) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781951142308
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tin House Books - February 16th, 2021

"A beautiful narrative composed of short, sweet chapters that read like Yoko Ono's art prompt poems, grounded in the practicality of hardware tools. After watching the moon landing projected from the mayor's balcony onto a white sheet and then achieving his own small victory, D decides that "all moments of happiness, large and small, deserved to be projected into a town square." I don't know if I've ever loved an image more." -- Aly


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Network Effect: A Murderbot Novel (The Murderbot Diaries #5) By Martha Wells Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250229854
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Tordotcom - March 30th, 2021

"The most human relatable characters I've read this year is are a robot and a spaceship. A radically thrilling & evocative novel that paces itself so well I found myself marveling at the feat of editing and deliberate story telling. The Space Trucker Book Club gave it all thumbs up! A space opera must read." -- Hanz


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Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead: A Novel By Emily Austin Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982167356
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atria Books - July 6th, 2021

"I. Loved. This. Book. Gilda, the protagonist, is a wildly anxious lesbian atheist who haphazardly finds hers in a job as a secretary at a Catholic church. Gilda’s worries and thoughts make up the majority of the novel — and it’s so very good. What I loved most about it was how real the depictions of anxiety and depression are. Austin wrote Gilda’s inner monologues with deftness and humor and humanity all baked in. Kindhearted yet debilitated by both fear & apathy, Gilda makes for a maladroit heroine that must attempt to navigate the world alongside her emotional chaos." -- Holly


Stoner By John Williams, John McGahern (Introduction by) Cover Image
By John Williams, John McGahern (Introduction by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781590171998
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: NYRB Classics - June 20th, 2006

"Stoner is hands down one of the greatest books ever written. There may be no character in literature that I cared more for then William Stoner. In the hands of John Williams I felt I could've endlessly read the mundane details of Stoner's entire life and somehow remained completely enthralled." -- Chris


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Take Me Home Tonight By Morgan Matson Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781481498982
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 4th, 2021

"This books was a total delight from beginning to end! Kat and Stevie, best friends and seniors living in Connecticut, decide to go into New York City by themselves for the first time unbeknownst to their parents. They get into a fight, lose their phones, get separated and the story is then told from both points of view. But this book is more than just a novel about high school antics and a night gone wrong (although it does have some very charming screwball moments); rather it's about that time in your life when you're figure out who you want to be after high school and who you want to bring with you into this new phase of life." -- Amanda


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Act Your Age, Eve Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters #3) By Talia Hibbert Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062941275
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Avon - March 9th, 2021

"A little over 100 of 375 pages were dog-eared for making me laugh out loud, relate so much it hurt, and pushing a narrative forward that need to be said. A romance truly about everyday people." -- Hanz