October Staff Picks

 

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

 

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Violence Girl: East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage, a Chicana Punk Story Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781936239122
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Feral House - September 27th, 2011

A pretty girl in a pink dress walks to the microphone and calmly regards the crowd. Then she explodes. Her transformation is immediate and transfixing. By the time the audience understands what is happening, they are already under her control. "Violence Girl" tracks the ongoing evolution of Alice Bag - from an introverted outcast in East LA to a feminist, punk rock icon - from a nihilistic, social pariah to a teacher and prominent Chicano rights activist. Alice Bag has an uncanny, lyrical voice that spews poetry behind the dumpster. -Steven


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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
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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. -Mindy


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The Last Graduate: A Novel (The Scholomance #2) Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593128862
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Published: Del Rey - September 28th, 2021

I love this series. So smart. So gross. A perfect October read. -Alyson


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Apples Never Fall Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250220257
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - September 14th, 2021

I'm obsessed with Liane Moriarty's ability to write miscommunications. Whenever we're with one character, the others feel so annoying and suspicious, but the second we swap POVs my empathy swerves. I think it reaffirms my belief that all people are simultaneously absurd and beautiful. No offense to the designer (kind of), but please don't judge this one by the cover. -Alyson


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We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781538746851
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 14th, 2021

Becky Cooper heard a bit of Harvard folklore one day when she was an undergrad: an anthropology PhD student had been murdered in her off-campus apartment in the ‘60s by a professor with whom she’d had an affair. The case was never solved. Something about the tale struck a chord with Cooper, and she ended up sucked into an attempt to find answers about the murder of Jane Britton for the next ten years of her life. In this book, she investigates the myths and suspicions and gossip. Throughout, Cooper is interrogating her own biases as well as our cultural obsession with compelling narratives. The reflective nature of the book is remarkable and, in my opinion, an important step away from academic “objectivity” (hi, not a thing) and an acknowledgment of our positionality in relation to our research. We Keep the Dead Close, while engrossing, is not a page turner. It’s deliberate and encompassing, inviting the reader along Cooper’s circuitous, haunted search for some semblance of truth. It’s both a truth crime read and a deeply personal and affecting account of our entanglement with truth, justice, storytelling, and culture-making. -Holly

 


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Nowhere Girl: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781616208202
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 15th, 2021

In this riveting memoir, Cheryl (a.k.a. Crystal a.k.a. Harbhajan) recounts her childhood growing up on the run, crisscrossing the globe with her family in order to evade Interpol.  Diamond’s childhood set the stage for an extremely dysfunctional adolescence thanks to her charming yet intensely controlling father. Not only was the family on the run, they were living by his set of rules and principles that set them even further apart from regular society. Nowhere Girl t hit exactly the way I think the best memoirs do: a place that is stranger-than-fiction and incredibly heartfelt. On top of that, Diamond is an excellent writer, evoking a strong sense of place in each setting as well as offering insightful commentary on her emotional state along the journey. -Holly

 


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Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982168438
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Published: Scribner - September 28th, 2021

"Despite being broken up into a million pieces and scattered across continents, centuries and languages, Cloud Cuckoo Land just works, and works so well, as a gripping, moving story about humans, books, and the power and precarity of both. If you're in the mood for a cleverly constructed epic that ponders the biggest questions, but stays grounded in sensitively written characters and their struggles for survival and understanding, then Cloud Cuckoo Land is your book. -Davi


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A Ghost in the Throat Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781771964111
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Published: Biblioasis - June 1st, 2021

Part memoir, part literary biography and entirely original, this book somehow defies description. Ni Ghriofa attempts to reclaim the female texts of the past (read: writing about women's domestic work) that were either erased or never written as a way of making sense of her own history. The momentum of the book -- unrelenting, exhausting -- is a perfect meeting of form and function; the fatigue feel after reading this book is the fatigue of women at the end of every day. A bewitching, infuriating book. -Amanda


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Yours Cruelly, Elvira: Memoirs of the Mistress of the Dark Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780306874352
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Published: Hachette Books - September 21st, 2021

With just an arsenal of smutty one-liners, spooky innuendo, and a plunging neckline at her disposal, Cassandra Peterson elevated her character of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, from schlocky, late night movie host to burlesque horror queen and queer icon the world over. Her new memoir is an uninhibited roll in the haunted hayride, sensationally scripting a life lived to its electrifying fullest and leaving nothing to the imagination. -Steven


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The Hellbound Heart: A Novel Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061452888
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial - October 2nd, 2007

The book that birthed the Hellraiser franchise. I will always recommend not missing this great dark read. The prose feels like poetry to me in Hellbound Heart and has always remained one of my favorite Clive Barker reads. -Will


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Parasyte 1 Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781612620732
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Published: Kodansha Comics - July 26th, 2011

A perfect read for fans of body horror, existentialism, and unlikely companions. The premise here is rich & tactfully explored for a volume 1. This manga correctly displays the power of the medium with an art style evocative of classic & modern Japanese artists blended to fully highlight the horror & further our understanding of the characters. One of my top 10 I could not recommend this more to those who love Uzamaki but want a more thrilling shonen spin to it. -Hanz