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Florida Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594634512
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 5th, 2018

I wasn't sure if it was possible for Lauren Groff to get better than Fates and Furies, but it appears she can do no wrong. These stories will squirm and slither into your psyche. They'll make you nervous in the way that only good writing can. Refreshing, poignant, and startlingly timely, Florida is the best of the best.


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ISBN: 9780525522119
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Published: Penguin Press - July 10th, 2018

To say I read this book quickly is an understatement. I voraciously consumed it, occassionally pausing to breathe and re-read the passages I had torn through. This novel explores what it might mean to let our secret desires play out completely-- to fully embrace the weird thoughts and passing fancies that cross our minds. Our "protagonist" is a wealthy, beautiful young woman whose quest to sleep for a full year, aided by an arsenal of prescription drugs, pushes the reader to think critically about human existence. Moshfegh is hilarious, point-blank, and limitless.


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Heart Berries: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619023345
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - February 6th, 2018

This memoir reads like poetry; it ripples with honesty and heals open wounds. Rarely can a person tell a story like this without giving over to self- pity, but Mailhot simply transforms her narrative into pure power. My favorite book so far in 2018.


The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062490780
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Published: Ecco - December 12th, 2017

This story collection displays the most scope out of any collection I've read. Each story takes its reader to a different time, place, wonderfully crafted fantasy. You won't want them to end, but you'll want to see what else Benz can do.


We Are Taking Only What We Need: Stories (Art of the Story) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062749901
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Published: Ecco - February 6th, 2018

Powerful, intracately and mysteriously connected short stories, all of which tell tense, sometimes celebratory tales of Southern African American women in search of home.


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ISBN: 9781400031702
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Published: Vintage - April 13th, 2004

I never rarely read long novels, but this book is so engrossing, so hilarious, and so suspensful I couldn't put it down. It's certainly the most beautifully written murder mystery I've ever read.


My Antonia: Introduction by Jane Smiley (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525562863
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Published: Vintage - March 6th, 2018

This is the best American Romantic novel ever written. It's a beautiful coming of age story set during the age of Westward Expansion, with prose language as stunning as the landscape.


Four Reincarnations: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781571314901
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Published: Milkweed Editions - October 4th, 2016

Written by a young man dying of bone cancer, this collection should be the most hopeless and heartbreaking one you've ever read. Instead, Ritvo uses language in altogether unique and unseen ways, exploring both the ordinary and the abstract through the eyes of someone deeply appreciative of the life they have been given. Four Reincarnations encourages us to find joy in the mundane, even when this joy is mixed with pain. This book is haunting in the most wonderful way.


In Full Velvet Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781941411377
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Published: Sarabande Books - February 14th, 2017

When you get this collection in your hands, turn to page 17 and read the top paragraph. As long as you are reading this book you will feel welcome, warm, and safe.


Sunshine State: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062434876
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 11th, 2017

More like stories than essays, these pieces by Sarah Gerard paint a picture of Florida that is reflective of our entire, dangerous country. Ultimately, though, it's the tiny flecks of beauty present in each situation, which shine through in Gerard's prose, that will stay with you.


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