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The In-Betweens: The Spiritualists, Mediums, and Legends of Camp Etna Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781631493812
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Published: Liveright - October 29th, 2019

Is there anything more important than human hope? In this engaging and curious look at spiritualism, specifically at Camp Etna in Maine, Ptacin beautifully brings the history and the characters of the camp alive.


So We Can Glow: Stories Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781538715338
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 10th, 2020

Do you still have the hots for Tim Riggins? Did you or do you still worship at the altar of Winona Ryder? In this short story collection from local author Leesa Cross-Smith, the hearts of girls and women are caught in moments of obsessive desire and fantasy, wildness and bad behavior, brokenness and fearlessness. These forty-two short stories beat with a tremendous amount of heart, written by a woman described by award-winning author Roxane Gay as "a consummate storyteller."

I love her and you will too.


Brown Album: Essays on Exile and Identity Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525564713
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Published: Vintage - May 19th, 2020

Khakpour is not one to shy away from controversy. In this new collection, she writes of the personal and socio-political while tackling the erasure of race in America. A beautifully rendered essay collection that is not to be missed in 2020.


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I Used to Be Charming: The Rest of Eve Babitz Cover Image
By Eve Babitz, Molly Lambert (Introduction by), Sara Kramer (Editor)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781681373799
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Published: NYRB Classics - October 8th, 2019

As a woman from the frontlines of '70s LA bohemia, Babitz writes with a voluptuous confidence that makes you want to be her best friend. Her writing is sharp, funny, and daringly witty.


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Make It Scream, Make It Burn: Essays Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316259637
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 24th, 2019

Leslie Jamison's new collection of essays is a mesmerizing hybrid of journalism, memoir, and criticism. As one of my literary heros Jamison has solidified her status as the definitive chronicler of human connection and the beauty of mundanity. For fans of Joan Didion, but with a more modern and less smug approach. 


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Whiskey & Ribbons Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781938235542
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Published: Hub City Press - August 13th, 2019

In a quiet meditation on love and grief, local author Cross-Smith tells the story of the lives of three friends and how to go on living after a tragedy. Her debut novel is a slow and beautiful burn that will make your heart skip a beat.


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Sick: A Memoir Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062428738
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 5th, 2018

A honest and beautifully written memoir about living with a chronic illness. Beyond this, it's a remarkable story about living through trauma, toxic relationships and addiction that will remind the reader about the value of empathy.


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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062420718
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 12th, 2018

Written by one of my favorite leaders of the modern feminist movement, Roxane Gay's "Hunger" is a brutally honest account about living in her body. The simplicity of her langauge as well as the straightforwardness of her storytelling make the reader feel as though they are sitting across the table from a close friend. For Gay, writing about personal issues like sexual assault and overeating means being able to take up space and to use that space in order to help lead to more understanding.


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Hollywood's Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A. Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501125799
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Published: Scribner - January 8th, 2019

Eve Babitz may not be a household name but for anyone interested in what it was like to live in Los Angeles and Hollywood in the '60s and '70s this book is a must read. Party girl, artist, muse and writer, I immediately became obsessed with Eve and ordered two of her own books. Friends with Joan Didion and an "It Girl" of Hollywood, Babitz's writing has often been overlooked. She left me hungry for more.


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