September 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.

For more recommendations, check out our full Staff Picks Page.

 

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Man, Fuck This House By Brian Asman Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781736467725
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Mutated Media - October 19th, 2021

"Equal parts horrifying, imaginative, and sad at times. I found myself thinking about it well after I was done. A great quick read with the best name for a haunted house story I've ever seen!" -Will


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Starry Messenger: Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization By Neil deGrasse Tyson Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250861504
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - September 20th, 2022

"Truly an eye opener on what we overlook on a day to day basis. Covering a wide range of topics from vegetarianism, gender, and the criminal justice system, you will ride through all of history, chemistry, physics, and animal science. Extremely accessible and directly applicable to your way of thought, this is a perfect guide in challenging our own beliefs in an age of polarized opinions." -Sarah


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Zelda: A Biography By Nancy Milford Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062089397
Availability: Backordered
Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - November 29th, 2011

"Born Zelda Sayre to Alabama royalty at the tail of the Gilded Age, much would speculated and supposed about this spirited child throughout her brief and sensational life. Nancy Milford has sifted truth from tabloid in this exceptional exploration of the parallels and perpendiculars between the fictionalized Zelda as portrayed in the Fitzgerald canon and the woman as she existed in the world. Socialite, flapper, schizophrenic, novelist, dancer - Zelda Fitzgerald the human is now somewhat demystified." -Steven


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Mercury Pictures Presents: A Novel By Anthony Marra Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780451495204
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Hogarth - August 2nd, 2022

"I was entirely engulfed by this stunning story. Mercury Pictures Presents takes place mostly in the first half of the 20th century with a focus around World War II. However, don’t let the idea of it being a war book mislead: Marra takes a unique, timely angle with a focus on art (mostly movies) and political refugees. Exploring the power of communication, propaganda, integrity, public opinion, and fortitude, it was truly wonderful and I think you should read it." -Holly


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Acceptance: A Memoir By Emi Nietfeld Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593489475
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Published: Penguin Press - August 2nd, 2022

"Acceptance recounts Emi Nietfeld’s childhood up through graduating from Harvard. Contending with a mother who is both a compulsive hoarder and an expert gaslighter, Emi faces down institutionalization, homelessness, negative foster families, and poverty to claw her way to the academic successes on which she pins her future. But Nietfeld is very clear: she doesn’t want to be seen as an inspirational, bootstraps-pulling story of grit and resilience. Instead, with bracing candor, she lays bare her life as a window into the incredibly irrational and often actively harmful hoops through which any youth facing adversity must jump through.This book comes replete with trigger warnings, but I cannot recommend it enough. It is courageous, honest, and piercing. It belongs in the ranks of other remarkable memoirs like The Glass Castle and Born a Crime." -Holly


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What Feelings Do When No One’s Looking By Tina Oziewicz, Aleksandra Zajac (Illustrator), Jennifer Croft (Translated by) Cover Image
By Tina Oziewicz, Aleksandra Zajac (Illustrator), Jennifer Croft (Translated by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781953861283
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Elsewhere Editions - July 5th, 2022

"Emotions come alive in this unique and charming picture book. Curiosity climbs to the highest branch of a tree, joy bounces on a trampoline. Sadness covers itself with a blanket, gratitude warms you like a woolly jumper...A stunning and brilliantly inventive story about the feelings that live inside us, sure to provoke many fascinating conversations with any child and adult. Feelings we all must learn to deal with and embrace throughout life. This book feels like a warm hug." -Nicole


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Static: Season One By Vita Ayala, Nikolas Draper-Ivey (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Vita Ayala, Nikolas Draper-Ivey (Illustrator)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781779514219
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Published: DC Comics - June 7th, 2022

"Truly a tale for the time being made for the young black future heroes that feel backed into a corner after all the events of the past 5 years. Launching with a BLM protest and ending with collective action, Static is doing what heroes were always meant to do by representing the best parts of us and showing us a way forward through hardship. The art is impeccable and Milestone 100% is back with avengeance (yes, this is a dig)." -Hanz


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Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow: A novel By Gabrielle Zevin Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593321201
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Published: Knopf - July 5th, 2022

"Microdose on art school with this engaging read that dashes and leaps from one lovely art concept to the next." -Aly


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Make, Sew and Mend: Traditional Techniques to Sustainably Maintain and Refashion Your Clothes By Bernadette Banner Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781645674863
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Published: Page Street Publishing - May 17th, 2022

"A passing (theoretical) interest in embroidery became a deep, dark Youtube-algorithm-fueled spiral during the pandemic, and I emerged on the other side squinting, dazed, and convinced that I should quit all the things to apprentice on Savile Row. I came to my senses pretty quickly, and compromised by picking up this book, which is informative, straightforward, and lets you pretend you're totally ready to cut and measure and sew your own snazzy outfit from your living room, but more practically walks you through the much more attainable goal of patching a hole in your shirt or sewing on a button. And look-- fast fashion is provably terrible for the world on several levels, so learning to take care of the clothes you have so they last longer, or DIY your own on-trend outfit is kind of an awesome way to stick it to certain companies whose names rhyme with Bold Davy, Tara, or Per-Never Plenty-Won." -Mindy


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Happy Hour: A Novel By Marlowe Granados Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781839764011
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Verso Fiction - September 7th, 2021

"A funny, sad, vulnerable, spiky book about being young and being a woman and New York City in the summer and figuring shit out. This book owned my heart and mind from the first page; sometimes it felt like the narrator had situated herself in my mind and was articulating thoughts I had yet to have in language that felt like a poem. This is a book that will linger with you long after you finish reading." -Amanda


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Old Friends By Margaret Aitken, Lenny Wen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Margaret Aitken, Lenny Wen (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250801388
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - July 26th, 2022

"I'm so happy this book is finally out in the world because I have been talking about it for months! A funny, sweet story about the joys of intergenerational friendship and the benefits of keeping your heart open." -Amanda


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The Animals in That Country By Laura Jean McKay Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781957363165
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribe Us - September 13th, 2022

"The animals have spoken, and it's driving humans wild. As a mind-bending, zoonotic word virus transforms the Australian landscape, a deeply troubled matriarch and her half-wild dingo travel the unraveling continent to put their pack back together. This is grim, experimental literature that is both grand in scope and and accessibly unpretentious. Laura Jean McKay's debut plague novel is both nihilistically devastating and appallingly, irreverently hilarious." -Steven


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Escape into Meaning: Essays on Superman, Public Benches, and Other Obsessions By Evan Puschak Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982163952
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Published: Atria Books - August 30th, 2022

"I find that there are two types of essay collections: you have the 300-seat lecture hall, and the 8-person focus group. Escape into Meaning is the latter, where Puschak actually, delightfully, speaks my language. He contextualizes his thoughts in a manner that resonates with me, and it makes all the difference. I relish in his ability to point at something, like a park bench, and make me realize how precious, and meaningful our time on this Earth is. Yeah." -Jasper