Mindy's Best of the Year

According to this list, my 2021 was consumed with reading about the eternal dilemma posed by that venerable and meditative Southern classic, 'Cotton Eyed Joe'. Yes indeed, where did you come from and where did you go? Tough questions to face once there's no banjo haranguing you at doubletime. I imagine the answers involve a lot of self-reflection, reconsidering relationships and self-perceptions, and admitting to how deep and tight our roots can grip us even if we're half a world and a century apart. Not necessarily anything I'd handle alone with much grace, so thank goodness for books that do the heavy lifting, amirite?!

Mindy, Brookly


 

Hola Papi: How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons By John Paul Brammer Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982141493
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 8th, 2021

LGBTQ advice columnist John Paul Brammer writes a “wise and charming” (David Sedaris) memoir-in-essays chronicling his journey from a queer, mixed-race kid in America’s heartland to becoming the “Chicano Carrie Bradshaw” of his generation.

“A master class of tone and tenderness.” —The New York Times Book Review (Editors&rsquo


100 Boyfriends By Brontez Purnell Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374538989
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Published: MCD x FSG Originals - February 2nd, 2021

Winner of the 2022 Lambda Literary Award in Gay Fiction. A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. Longlisted for the 2022 Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award and the 2021 Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize. One of Buzzfeed's Best LGBTQ+ Books of 2021, NBC's 10 Most Notable LGBTQ Books of 2021, and Pink News' Best LGBTQ Books of 2021.


Winter in Sokcho By Elisa Shua Dusapin, Aneesa Abbas Higgins (Translator) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781948830416
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Published: Open Letter - April 27th, 2021

2021 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER FOR TRANSLATED LITERATURE

As if Marguerite Duras wrote Convenience Store Woman--a beautiful, unexpected novel from a debut French Korean author


The Only Good Indians: A Novel By Stephen Graham Jones Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781982136468
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - January 26th, 2021

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

From USA TODAY bestselling author Stephen Graham Jones comes a “masterpiece” (Locus Magazine) of a novel about revenge, cultural identity, and the cost of breaking from tradition.


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Dawn (Lilith's Brood #1) By Octavia E. Butler Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538753712
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 27th, 2021

One woman is called upon to rebuild the future of humankind after a nuclear war, in this revelatory post-apocalyptic tale from the award-winning author of Parable of the Sower.

When Lilith lyapo wakes from a centuries-long sleep, she finds herself aboard the vast spaceship of the Oankali.


My Name Is Selma: The Remarkable Memoir of a Jewish Resistance Fighter and Ravensbrück Survivor By Selma van de Perre Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982164676
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Published: Scribner - May 11th, 2021

An international bestseller, this powerful memoir by a ninety-eight-year-old Jewish Resistance fighter and Holocaust survivor “shows us how to find hope in hopelessness and light in the darkness” (Edith Eger, author of The Choice and The Gift).

Selma van de Perre was seventeen when World War II began.


She Who Became the Sun (The Radiant Emperor Duology #1) By Shelley Parker-Chan Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250621801
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Published: Tor Books - July 20th, 2021

Lambda Literary Award Finalist! Two-time Hugo Award Finalist! Locus Award Finalist!

"Magnificent in every way."—Samantha Shannon, author of The Priory of the Orange Tree

"A dazzling new world of fate, war, love and betrayal."—Zen Cho, author of Black Water Sister


Brickmakers: A Novel By Selva Almada Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450697
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 2nd, 2021

A piercing and passionate novel, set in rural Argentina, about violence and masculinity


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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
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Published: Verso Fiction - February 23rd, 2021

Lyrical and radical, a debut novel that created a sensation in France

Winner of the Prix Goncourt for first novel, one of the most prestigious literary awards in France


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

No one burned hotter than Eve Babitz. Possessing skin that radiated “its own kind of moral laws,” spectacular teeth, and a figure that was the stuff of legend, she seduced seemingly everyone who was anyone in Los Angeles for a long stretch of the 1960s and ’70s. One man proved elusive, however, and so Babitz did what she did best, she wrote him a book.


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

The moving story of a Navajo high school basketball team, its members struggling with the everyday challenges of high school, adolescence, and family, and the great and unique obstacles facing Native Americans living on reservations.
 


Pastoral Song: A Farmer's Journey By James Rebanks Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780063073272
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Published: Custom House - August 3rd, 2021

The acclaimed chronicle of the regeneration of one family's traditional English farm


The Night Watchman: A Novel By Louise Erdrich Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780062671196
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 23rd, 2021

WINNER OF THE 2021 PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

WASHINGTON POST, AMAZON, NPR, CBS SUNDAY MORNING, KIRKUS, CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY, AND GOOD HOUSEKEEPING BEST BOOK OF 2020


Serve the People: Making Asian America in the Long Sixties By Karen L. Ishizuka, Jeff Chang (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Karen L. Ishizuka, Jeff Chang (Foreword by)
$16.95
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ISBN: 9781781689981
Published: Verso - January 16th, 2018

A narrative history of the movement that turned “Orientals” into Asian Americans