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The Book Censor's Library By Bothayna Al-Essa, Ranya Abdelrahman (Translator), Sawad Hussain (Translator) Cover Image
By Bothayna Al-Essa, Ranya Abdelrahman (Translator), Sawad Hussain (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781632063342
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Published: Restless Books - April 2nd, 2024

An assertion of literature's importance & the persistence of imagination, this novel echoes canonized tales of totalitarian dystopia. In this story driven by intertextuality, we follow a man as he discovers humanity in fiction & finds the fear of difference at the root of censorship.


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Crooked Seeds: A Novel By Karen Jennings Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593597125
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Published: Hogarth - April 16th, 2024

Mysteries & unanswered questions bubble below this story of an impoverished South African woman drowning in self-pity & regret. With tight, unflinching writing, Jennings constructs a rumination on guilt, memory, & how we trap ourselves in our own harmful expectations. Check this one out!


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Negative Space: A Novel By Gillian Linden Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781324065548
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 16th, 2024

A deceptively sparse narrative that holds you in the anxieties of a woman living a should-be-happy life. With glaring attention to detail & poetic turns of phrase, this novel packs wry humor & insightfulness in a tight read that'll linger in your thoughts.


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The Ministry of Time: A Novel By Kaliane Bradley Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781668045145
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - May 7th, 2024

What begins as a fish-out-of-water story of people ripped from the past & how they adapt to the 21st century slowly morphs into a spy thriller with tinges of romance & comedy. Delightfully weird & teeming with surprises, this lighthearted novel deftly switches to moments of gravity as it examines love, heritage, & how our pasts inform our futures. Come for the cool premise, stay for the rounded characters & propulsive story.


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Pink Slime: A Novel By Fernanda Trías, Heather Cleary (Translated by) Cover Image
By Fernanda Trías, Heather Cleary (Translated by)
$24.00
ISBN: 9781668049778
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Published: Scribner - July 2nd, 2024

A character-driven ecological dystopia with dread permeating the novel like a dense fog. Follow as characters conflate fear with love & struggle to continue their lives when survival alone is difficult. Both ethereal & grounded, this is a tale of a woman resigned to hope in a despondent world.


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The Parliament By Aimee Pokwatka Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250820976
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Published: Tordotcom - January 16th, 2024

Let's put aside the comparisons to The Birds & recognize instead the craftsmanship Pokwatka exemplifies as she weaves two narratives together (the story of the novel & that of a character's favorite childhood fantasy book). The two stories read in tandem reveal their shared themes of trauma, trust, & accountability. A locked-room setting & rounded characters make this a tight, brisk read with a conclusion that softens the novel's terrors & leaves hope behind.


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Termush: A Novel By Sven Holm, Sylvia Clayton (Translated by), Jeff VanderMeer (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Sven Holm, Sylvia Clayton (Translated by), Jeff VanderMeer (Foreword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374613587
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Published: FSG Originals - January 9th, 2024

First published in the 60s & finally available in English, this haunting novella reads like it could've been written today. Though sparse in its prose, there's incredible depth in this story of the rich hoarding resources in the post-apocalyptic world. Chilling & prophetic, you'll finish feeling as isolated as the minimalist words on the page.


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Martyr!: A novel By Kaveh Akbar Cover Image
$22.40
ISBN: 9780593537619
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Published: Knopf - January 23rd, 2024

Bizarre, poetic, humorous, & meticulously crafted, Akbar has composed a striking read expounding the beauty hidden in normalcy. Self-pity, addiction, & loves lost weave throughout this story of family, purpose, & art that never loses a strong thread of hope. A sweeping novel that's sure to live in your mind for some time.


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Womb City By Tlotlo Tsamaase Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781645660569
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Published: Erewhon Books - January 23rd, 2024

A cyberpunk, Afrofuturist explosion of a novel with a fierce protagonist & relentless story. Tsamaase imagines a future where reincarnation & consciousness are controlled by an authoritarian government, unbeknownst to the citizens. With tinges of the supernatural & feminist ideals bleeding through its pages, this book carves out its own space in the echelon of great dystopian fiction.


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Land of Milk and Honey: A Novel By C Pam Zhang Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593538241
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 26th, 2023

A searing look at social inequalities through lenses of dystopia & cuisine. Brimming with visceral imagery & tender language, there's also an air of uncertainty permeating the narration that makes this novel a read you'll want to tear through but will force yourself to savor.


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Unmasking AI: My Mission to Protect What Is Human in a World of Machines By Joy Buolamwini Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780593241837
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Published: Random House - October 31st, 2023

As AI expands to become more a part of everyday life, this book reveals the biases coded into these programs and posits solutions for how the tech industry can curb discrimination & become more ethical. With aspects of memoir, social justice, & science writing, Buolamwini crafts a book that makes a complex topic easily readable.


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A Practical Guide to Levitation: Stories By Jose Eduardo Agualusa, Daniel Hahn (Translated by) Cover Image
By Jose Eduardo Agualusa, Daniel Hahn (Translated by)
$22.00
ISBN: 9781953861627
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Published: Archipelago - August 8th, 2023

This collection of postmodernist micro-fiction is bizarre, humorous, & surreal. Agualusa deftly packs critiques of colonialism & oppression into these stories that speak as much through subtext as they do through the poetic writing. A must-read for fans of literary fiction.


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Before We Say Goodbye By Toshikazu Kawaguchi Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781335009111
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Published: Hanover Square Press - November 14th, 2023

I'm a staunch believer that you can jump in this heart-warming time-travel series with any book & this one is as good a place as any! Simple, interconnected stories brimming with sentimentality & depths of emotion as layers of regret peel away to reveal the warmths of joy.


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The Simple Art of Killing a Woman By Patrícia Melo, Sophie Lewis (Translator) Cover Image
By Patrícia Melo, Sophie Lewis (Translator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781632063465
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Published: Restless Books - December 5th, 2023

This poetic novel scrutinizes the rampant femicide in Brazil through a narrator scarred by her own experiences with misogyny yet determined to force recognition of the crimes unfolding around her. As the characters face their inner demons & those of the world, a sense of purpose thrums beneath the horrific subject matter of this tale tinged with magical realism. A must read.


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All the Sinners Bleed: A Novel By S. A. Cosby Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250831910
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Published: Flatiron Books - June 6th, 2023

S. A. Cosby returns with another gritty thriller that barrels through its story up 'til the explosive conclusion. Full of nuanced characters, wry wit, & moments of human connection, Cosby still makes space to grapple with sins of the South's past and how they bleed into the present. I absolutely tore through this novel, willfully lost in its grasp until it was ready to let go--even if I wasn't!


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