Bookseller & Poetry Book Club Leader
Poet, literary fiction maniac, magical realism devotee, absolutely ruthless.

The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry By J. D. McClatchy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400030934
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Published: Vintage - April 8th, 2003

This book single-handedly carried me through college. Every poet needs this on their shelf. All the american masters are in there waiting for you.

Stardust By Neil Gaiman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061689246
Published: HarperCollins - December 23rd, 2008

The lovliest adventure story in the whole world. Think Brothers Grimm meets Pride & Prejudice. Read when you need an escape.

Housekeeping (Fortieth Anniversary Edition): A Novel By Marilynne Robinson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250769763
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Published: Picador - August 4th, 2020

Excellent to read after your heart has been broken. Housekeeping is a stunning and gentle exploration of lonliness with the smallest dash of magical realism.

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread By Kate DiCamillo, Timothy Basil Ering (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763680893
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Published: Candlewick - December 8th, 2015

My most beloved childhood favorite. I still read it now on gloomy days. 10/10, will fill your heart with light.

All the Names They Used for God: Stories By Anjali Sachdeva Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525508687
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Published: The Dial Press - June 18th, 2019

You know a masterpiece when you see one.These are among the most vibrant and ethereal stories I've encountered. An excellent introduction to magical realism and a great read-aloud with loved ones, particularly "Glass Lung" and "The World by Night."

The Great Believers: A Novel By Rebecca Makkai Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735223530
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Published: Penguin Books - June 4th, 2019

I'm not going to lie to you, this book is a tragedy, but it is one of the most beautiful and masterfully crafted stories I have ever read. It also marked an important reckoning for me with my community and our history. This is the most emotionally honest book about the AIDS epidemic. I could not reccomend it more.

Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions By Neil Gaiman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063075696
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 15th, 2021

Like fairy tales for adults. An amazing summer read for fantasy lovers. (P.S. Read the whole introduction, you won't regret it.)

The Visible Man: A Novel By Chuck Klosterman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439184479
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Published: Scribner - June 5th, 2012

So here's the deal: a man called Y___ steals technology from the government (that he helped create) that can render a human almost invisible. He uses it for his life's work of studying the behavior of humans when they think that they're alone. The real kicker is that this story is told in patient notes from Y___'s therapist.

Mine-Haha: or On the Bodily Education of Young Girls (Hesperus Modern Voices) By Frank Wedekind, Philip Ward (Translated by) Cover Image
By Frank Wedekind, Philip Ward (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781843914556
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Published: Hesperus Press - April 1st, 2010

I think about this book literally every day. It's a surrealist journey through an all girls boarding school full of mystery and anguish. It's experimental and richly feminist. You'll fly through this book in an afternoon and it will leave you chilled to the bone.

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

A razor-sharp collection of poetry about black womanhood in America. I read this book in our (now defunct) feminist bookclub back when I was just a patron of the shop, and it completely changed my realtionship with poetry. This collection opened my eyes to the art form as a tool for social and political expression. Morgan Parker is a master of rhythm and sound. Read this book out loud!

Life of the Party: Poems By Olivia Gatwood Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984801906
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - August 20th, 2019

READ IF YOU LISTEN TO TRUE CRIME! This poetry anthology follows Olivia Gatwood's reconciliation with gender violence, sensationalism, and feminity. Absolute required reading for anyone who listens to "My Favorite Murder."

Outlawed By Anna North Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635578249
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - February 15th, 2022

A gun-slingin', bank-robbin', horse-ridin', queer-lovin' ADVENTURE from start to finish. Highly reccomend to anyone who is curious about what life for queer individuals may have been like in bygone eras. This book is an excellent example of what diversity can do to power a story. 10/10. Clear your schedule.

The Virgin Suicides (Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition): A Novel (Picador Modern Classics #2) By Jeffrey Eugenides Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250303547
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Published: Picador - October 2nd, 2018

Uniquely and brutally feminist. If you've ever been vaguely interested in this book, please do yourself a favor and read it! It's so much more rich and intense and beautiful than you could imagine.

Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) By Kristin Cashore Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547258300
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Published: Clarion Books - September 7th, 2009

Just trust me on this one. I know what the cover looks like, okay? I know. But you've just got to believe me when I say that this book isn't some shallow YA fantasy romp, it's just marketed that way. It's actually a painfully whole political drama that deserves the reverence and dignity of any pulitzer-prize winning novel. The second book in the series is one of the greatest pieces of art I've ever consumed. I'm not joking.

Seraphina (Seraphina Series #1) By Rachel Hartman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375866227
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Published: Ember - December 23rd, 2014

Yes, this series has dragons, romance, political drama, and some glorious fight scenes, but I think Seraphina really shines with Rachel Hartman's prose. She is so eloquent, you'll be sucked immediately into a world of beauty and fascination.

Call Me by Your Name: A Novel By André Aciman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312426781
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Published: Picador - January 22nd, 2008

This book is a rare treasure. Not only is it marvelously tender, but it's honest to the brutality and tragedy of teenage love. 

The History of Love: A Novel By Nicole Krauss Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393060348
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 17th, 2005

Absolutely unlike anything you have ever or will ever read. This book is entirely unique.

Annihilation: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy #1) By Jeff VanderMeer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374104092
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Published: FSG Originals - February 4th, 2014

Sci-Fi for people who don't really like sci-fi. A team of four female scientists venture into a magical wasteland reclaimed by the earth. This book is utterly engrossing. I reccomend reading it in one sitting with a bowl of popcorn. It also makes for a great read-aloud with friends.

Grief Is the Thing with Feathers: A Novel By Max Porter Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555977412
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Published: Graywolf Press - June 7th, 2016

Did somebody say experimental narrative poetry?

Key themes: 

  • Grief
  • Brotherhood
  • Crows

Give it a whirl!


The Grace Year: A Novel By Kim Liggett Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250145451
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Published: Wednesday Books - October 27th, 2020

So I heard you're looking for a feminist dystopia novel that's actually good. Well boy do I have the book for you!

The Power By Naomi Alderman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316547604
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 8th, 2019

This one won't end how you want it to. Reader, be warned. This book, about how the world might change should every woman be granted the power is not the girlboss, gatekeep, gaslight kind of tale you may desire. This book is about evil, corruption, and what happens to a society unhinged. Trigger warning for everything. This book will haunt you until the day you die.

What Comes After: A Novel By JoAnne Tompkins Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593086001
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 5th, 2022

Not for the faint of heart. This book is about what happens to the people left behind by tragedy. Beautiful prose and strong plot. This book is slow and still and utterly excellent. (Check content warnings before reading. This book is not YA.)

Recitatif: A Story By Toni Morrison, Zadie Smith (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Toni Morrison, Zadie Smith (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780593315033
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Published: Knopf - February 1st, 2022

Toni Morrison's only short story. It's thrilling to see a master at work in such an experimental piece. This story is a game, a puzzle, a challenge. Excellent to read with friends. P. S. Don't read the introduction until you've read the story at least once.

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory By Caitlin Doughty Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393351903
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 28th, 2015

You just don't know what you don't know, you know? This book gave me the answers to questions about death and the death industry that I didn't even know to ask. Read to have your mind blown apart.

Skater Baby By Jack Noel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593324547
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Published: Razorbill - March 8th, 2022

No lie, this is the best book I have ever read. We all strive to be as cool as Skater Baby.

All the Birds in the Sky By Charlie Jane Anders Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765379955
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Published: Tor Books - April 11th, 2017

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes! I just re-read this book (the first time I read it was in High School) and dang it holds up! Funny and tender and brilliant, I can't stop talking about it.

The Rest of the Story By Sarah Dessen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062933638
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 5th, 2020

I picked this up because I was in the mood for some light, contemporary YA & I remembered Sarah Dessen from my Childhood. This book absolutely shocked me with how good it was. The plot is golden and rich, the humor is natural, and the characters feel like your family by the end of it. An excellent story about class, prejudice, and coming of age.

Ghost Wall: A Novel By Sarah Moss Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250234957
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Published: Picador - December 31st, 2019

Truly a feminist masterpiece. I think this novella will become a classic of our time. Read it in one sitting if you can.

The City in Which I Love You (American Poets Continuum #20) By Li-Young Lee Cover Image
ISBN: 9780918526830
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Published: BOA Editions - June 1st, 1990

This collection left me absolutely breathless. I had chills the entire time I was reading it. Lee calls upon the experience of growing up as a political refugee with such tenderness, such honestly and grace and patience. I wept the first time I read This Hour and What Is Dead. I cannot sing this poet's praises enough. Li-Young Lee will be remembered forever.

The Echo Wife By Sarah Gailey Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250174666
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Published: Tor Books - February 16th, 2021

Just exhilarating! Sarah Gailey weaves sci-fi, thriller, and domestic drama together with such exciting and feminist precision. Highly recommend for those in need of a new page turner or for those who want to shake up their book club.

Tipping the Velvet: A Novel By Sarah Waters Cover Image
ISBN: 9781573227889
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 1st, 2000

Equal parts epic love story, tender coming of age, and lush historical drama. Sarah Waters is a master storyteller. Tipping the Velvet examines every facet of lesbian identity, from gender expressin to heartbreak to queer community. 10/10! I reccomend this book to anybody who loves a good yarn.