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They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781937512651
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - November 7th, 2017

Music is church and a vehicle for Hanif Abdurraqib to explore and understand the contemporary moment, particularly how black identity and white identity fit together within the current political landscape. The essays are lent strength in his authoritative and poetic voice. Thoughtful and nuanced cultural criticism with a good built-in mix tape, because you gotta listen to what he's writing about while you read it.


Grief Is the Thing with Feathers Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781555977412
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Published: Graywolf Press - June 7th, 2016

Written unconventionally and with a fragmented narrative, this genre-bending story follows a man, his two young sons, and a giant crow who aids the family after the unexpected death of the family's matriarch. Funny, heartbreaking, beautiful, and insane, like all the best things.


The Sarah Book Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780988518391
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Published: Tyrant Books - July 11th, 2017

One of the best books of 2017.


Sunshine State: Essays Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062434876
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 11th, 2017

There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941040539
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Published: Tin House Books - February 14th, 2017

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781620972250
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Published: New Press - September 6th, 2016

The Kingdom Cover Image
By Emmanuel Carrere, John Lambert (Translator)
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374184308
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 7th, 2017

Pond Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399575891
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 12th, 2016

Claire-Louise Bennett's sprawling prose captures the tone of the story she's trying to tell in this debut novel. It's like reading the universe. Her skill shines in how easily the reader is transported into the mind of the narrator, who lives in solitude and chronicles her experiences into something meaningful. I didn't think I wanted read about what vegetables somebody had on their cold stone window sill until I read this book. She writes about (seemingly) boring stuff and makes it interesting.


Don't Call Us Dead: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977856
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 5th, 2017

The Argonauts Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781555977351
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Published: Graywolf Press - January 26th, 2016

This book is Maggie Nelson's memoir-ish about her experience with her gender fluid partner. Nelson's poetic essays (read her poetry, too) tells the story of the making of a queer family. Great.


American Salvage Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780393339192
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - December 1st, 2009

Everybody should read Bonnie Jo Campbell. She's graced with a beautiful sort of wretched prose—much like Cormac McCarthy but from Michigan. This story is a great place to start. About once a month I think about the detail she wrote where a man had been shot in the head (or struck by an object?) and he fell onto a snow packed ground and wasn't found for a couple of days, but the snow was so cold that it preserved the man's brains. I think he lived too. It was remarkable and believable. There's another story I think about sometimes too, where this extended family had split up and lived on opposite sides of a lake because of some incident that happened surrounding a child in the family.


Citizen: An American Lyric Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781555976903
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 7th, 2014

We need more books like this.


Nobody Is Ever Missing Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780374534493
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - July 8th, 2014

I'm Just Dead, I'm Not Gone Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781496810540
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Published: University Press of Mississippi - March 23rd, 2017

Full of remarkable anecdotes, illustrious characters, and personal musings ("I still maintain that rock 'n' roll should be self-taught")—and interspersed with Dickinson's poetry—this posthumous autobiography reads as a Who's Who in the Memphis and greater southern music scenes. His take on southern music will prove to be an important document for those who study the genre's history. Jim, by the way, was the founder and leader of the Yalobushwackers (Thacker Mountain Radio's house band) for a number of years. Please join us April 6th for an event with Dickinson's widow, Mary Lindsay Dickinson.


Let the Dead Bury Their Dead Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9780156505154
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Published: Harvest Books - January 3rd, 2012

Sophia Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781612194721
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Published: Melville House Publishing - December 8th, 2015