Mindy

Mindy (she/her)

Mindy's approach to picking books is like that song lyric that is all, 'I know a little bit about a lot of things, but I don't know enough about YOU'. And 'you' being history, or sci-fi/fantasy, or cookbooks, or memoirs, or mysteries...


 

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When I Sing, Mountains Dance: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450802
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 15th, 2022

"Surreal and strange, and delights in contrasting a world so wonderfully, gleefully indifferent with deeply human experiences. It's about a tiny Catalan mountain village, the ghosts that haunt its forests and meadows, and the people who live and die and love there."


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All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: The True Story of the American Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780316561693
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - August 3rd, 2021

"Immediate and engrossing-- this biography about an American woman in the resistance movement in Berlin reads like a tense, slow-burn thriller. Donner deftly weaves her great-aunt's story with the complex context of pre-war Germany and the rise of Hitler. The writing is succinct and fast-paced, the cast of characters vividly fleshed out on the page. Guys, it's just really really good."


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Fadeout (A Dave Brandstetter Mystery #1) Cover Image
By Joseph Hansen, Michael Nava (Foreword by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781681990460
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Published: Soho Syndicate - January 11th, 2022

'This is really an unexpected jewel of a book. The central mystery of the disappearance and suspected death of a minor radio celebrity is solid enough, but it's Hansen's protagonist that draws the reader in emotionally. His insurance investigator has all the hardnosed cynicism and tenacity of his peers in noir, but also a tender vulnerability, as a gay man struggling with the loss of a longtime lover. The brief ruminations on grief and love and longing are that much more moving, interspersed as they are in such a compact and spare story." 


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Tell Me Everything: The Story of a Private Investigation Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250240309
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Published: Flatiron Books - March 15th, 2022

"I inhaled this book in a single sitting, and immediately started telling friends about it. It's a memoir, but written in a compelling, narrative way that felt like literature. The sense of characterization is so weighty, the plot crafted like a novel, with parallel themes, and the pacing was tense and lean. Anyways, I enjoyed this. Can't wait for this to be a moody Showtime mini-series with sardonic voiceovers and balletic, vaguely sinister scenes of college football games."


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The Butchers' Blessing Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781951142742
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Published: Tin House Books - November 16th, 2021

A melancholy but fiercely resilient story of how the old ways can dissipate under the pressure of "modernity" but endure in the most unexpected ways, and how "progress" can both devastate the familiar, and yield new opportunity. 


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Sea State: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063030831
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Published: Ecco - December 7th, 2021

Tense, melancholy and compelling-- Lasley's memoir tracks the way her research into the lives of offshore oil riggers goes wildly awry when she falls into a relationship with one of her subjects. Lasley charts the way the boundaries between professional and personal can thin and slip, and the consequences that emerge when they collapse entirely.


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Boyfriend Material (London Calling) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781728206141
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Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca - July 7th, 2020

I'll admit I wasn't expecting too much-- mostly I was looking for light and casual to pass the time, and instead ended up clutching this in my hands, crying laughing through the whole of it. It's a straight-forward fake-dating, disaster-meets-upright personality romcom, but Hall's writing is seamlessly funny and goes down easy. The cast of characters buffeting the central couple are also unusually delightful-- there's a certain benignly chaotic character named Alex Twaddle that I'd like to bottle up and use as a pick-me-up for hard times.


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Slow Days, Fast Company: The World, The Flesh, and L.A. Cover Image
By Eve Babitz, Matthew Specktor (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781681370088
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Published: NYRB Classics - August 30th, 2016

I could reread this classic collection of... essays? Stories? Whimsies? a hundred times and not get sick of it. The disorientation of Palm Springs! The giddy joys of the Santa Ana winds! Love, and all the ways it can arrive and depart your life! Babitz writes about Los Angeles, but with a light-hearted, true-sighted observation about its quirks of geography and people that rings sincere with humor and affection. Babitz, as much a character in these sketches as any of the figures she writes of, is a funny and keen narrator that takes you through the particularly weird and wonderful world of 1960s Los Angeles.


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Canyon Dreams: A Basketball Season on the Navajo Nation Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525534686
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Published: Blue Rider Press - June 29th, 2021

A spare and tender glimpse into the world of high school basketball as experienced on a Navajo reservation. It goes beyond the highs and lows of sports, and introduces you to an entire community, their worries and triumphs, sorrows and moments of joy.


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Ninefox Gambit (The Machineries of Empire #1) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781781084496
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Published: Solaris - June 14th, 2016

"If you like clever (and math-y) world-building, big bombastic space battles, resilient protagonists who are just Doing Their Best to Survive Difficult and Politically Complex Situations, and also dead military geniuses who aren't quite dead, check this out."


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Felix Ever After Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062820259
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 5th, 2020

"This story brings does such a great job of portraying the many anxieties of a high school teen, from gender identity to grades to family relationships to first love. The author has a lovely sense of empathy and compassion for the characters, which is really lovely to read."


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Heart Berries: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781640091603
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Published: Counterpoint - April 9th, 2019

"Searing, electrifying, and devastating at times, Mailhot's memoir is brief but packs a punch. And though reading about her difficult coming of age and her struggles with motherhood and mental health is painful, there's also a sense of defiance and triumph that rings through her writing."


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The Wild Laughter: Winner of the 2021 Encore Award Cover Image
$24.95
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ISBN: 9781786077806
Published: Oneworld Publications - July 28th, 2020

"Hughes' tale of two Irish brothers and their ailing father is brilliantly written, with scenes that slide seamlessly between hilarity and heartbreak, profanity and poetry, hope and devastation. This is a story about willing and unwilling sacrifices, and making choices in the face of society, family, and your own best interests, set against a spare but evocative rural Ireland in the early 2000s. I laughed, I cried, and I will never look at magnets in the same way ever again."


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Mexican Gothic Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525620785
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Published: Del Rey - June 30th, 2020

"A proper, juicy gothic tale with the requisite decrepit manor full of rot and creepy inhabitants, a sharp heroine, and a good thick layer of supernatural horror, all set against 1950s rural Mexico. Straightforward and solidly written, there's a sprinkle of sweet romance, a dash of social commentary, and a whole lot of unsettling fungi. Settle yourself in for a slow-building unease that mounts to a wildly raucous crescendo. This book gave me nightmares, in the best way."


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Bestiary: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
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ISBN: 9780593132586
Published: One World - September 29th, 2020

"Reading this is a visceral experience-- in Chang's story, the body and all its changes and functions are as key to the narrative as the complex family relationships depicted. At times bewildering and hilarious, and other times fierce and bittersweet, this is a story that shows you all the complex love and rage, resentment, and hope that form the bonds between mothers and daughters."


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Hench: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062978578
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Published: William Morrow - September 22nd, 2020

"If you've ever thought about the bureaucracy cranking away behind the superheroic/villainous world, here it is. Anna's day-to-day is not so different from ours-- she's just trying to pay the bills, crunch some data in her Excel sheets, and maybe lock down a date or two. Except, her boss is a supervillain, and the data she's crunching is all about knocking down those pesky superheroes a peg or two-- via social media. Naturally, things get out of hand. This is fun and fast, and is an entertaining counternarrative to the more common superpowered stories out there."


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Six Four: A Novel Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781250160003
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Published: Picador - February 6th, 2018

"One of my favorite mysteries ever-- when you begin reading, it's unclear whether this is even a mystery. The pages are filled with tense character drama and office intrigue, all while the central mystery lingers and haunts the background. Compelling and immersive, this book is so much more than a straightforward mystery. Trust in Yokoyama's storytelling; it is absolutely worth it."


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The Food Of Taiwan: Recipes from the Beautiful Island Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780544303010
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Published: Harvest - 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."


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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525657743
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Published: Knopf - April 20th, 2021

"Zauner's memoir about her mother and coming to terms with her passing is painful, illuminating, poignant, and relatable on so many levels. It's equally resonant as a testimonial of the Asian American and immigrant experience and the power of food as a bridge between generations and distances, as nourishing for the soul as it is for the body. I read this in one sitting late 2020, and immediately called my mom to tell her I loved her, and ask for her braised pork recipe."


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Desert Oracle: Volume 1: Strange True Tales from the American Southwest Cover Image
$27.00
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ISBN: 9780374139681
Published: MCD - December 8th, 2020

"Weird, meditative, a little wry, this collection of essays highlights the journey that open-ended questions send you on, rather than the ultimate answer. The mix of local history with urban legends, of facts and rumors evokes such a nostalgia, in a way, for one's hometown-- for the stories that we tell one another in the school yards and parking lots of our youths. It just feels like a book meant to be read in moments of quiet solitude, under cover of a wide open sky."


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Missionaries: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984880659
Availability: Backordered
Published: Penguin Press - October 6th, 2020

"This isn't "just a book about war", but an incredible feat of meticulous research and insight on war, violence, and foreign soldiers abroad. Set in Colombia, this book attempts the daunting task of tracing the intricate balances of power in that region, and then the fallout that occurs when outside forces attempt to take action in a world they don't understand. Klay's writing, clear-eyed, sober, empathetic, and immersive, carries this book to its grim and tragic conclusion."


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Howl's Moving Castle (World of Howl #1) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780061478789
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Published: Greenwillow Books - April 22nd, 2008

"Forget the movie-- this book is just as magical and wonderful, but also sharper, wittier, and a touch darker. Sophie is my favorite type of fantasy heroine: blunt, cranky, and ruthlessly practical, or so she likes to believe, while the wizard Howl is ridiculous, melodramatic, and only competent through extreme lack of trying. It's a madcap adventure that both embraces the fairytale tropes and lovingly sends them up. Absolutely one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors."


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Tomorrow They Won't Dare to Murder Us: A Novel Cover Image
By Joseph Andras, Simon Leser (Translated by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781788738712
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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."


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In: A Graphic Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780358345541
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Published: Mariner Books - June 8th, 2021

In. has that gentle melancholy cut and balanced with a very relatable contemporary sensibility. The themes surrounding loneliness and trying to make connections to those around you are grounded by McPhail's exquisite sense of humor and his wonderfully understated yet expressive artwork. Simple, funny, and touching.