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Party Going

Henry Green

$14.00 $12.88

The Talented Mr. Ripley

Patricia Highsmith

$15.95 $14.67

The Freezer Door

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

$17.95 $16.51

Revolutionary, transgressive, but also loving and gentle, a queer tour de force about not belonging (and yet belonging).

Maybe the People Would Be the Times

Luc Sante

$19.95 $18.35

Gorgeously written very personal essays, the author's account of life in New York in the 70's. Thoughts and reflections on Patti Smith, Rene Ricard, and Joe Brainard, among others.

A Burglar's Guide to the City

Geoff Manaugh

$17.00 $15.64

What would it take to break into you home? An architect writes about heists, break-ins, tunnel jobs from the viewpoint of a burglar, but also writes about crime and urban life.

How Proust Ruined My Life & Other Essays

Gloria Frym

$26.00

An erudite and readable deep appreciation of literature, reading, teaching, and thinking.

The Arrest

Jonathan Lethem

$27.99 $25.75

What would happen if modern technology turned itself off? No devices, no cars, no guns. Would it lead to Lord of the Flies or a nirvana on earth? This novel is Lethem at his best, upending genre and surprising us at every turn.

Having and Being Had

Eula Biss

$26.00 $23.92

Eula Biss's fourth collection is a linked sequence of short nonfiction essays that explore the impact and history of capitalism in its myriad iterations. Through the lens of the personal anecdote alongside years of research, this book uses the everyday to interrogate work, money, power, property, race, capitalism, and the language used to try to make it make sense.

Memorial

Bryan Washington

$27.00 $24.84

The brilliant second book and first novel from Bryan Washington, Memorial tells the story of a queer relationship between Benson, a Black daycare teacher, and Mike, a Japanese-American chef in Houston, Texas. When Mike returns to Japan to tend to his dying father, he leaves Benson with his mother whom he's never met. This book unfolds over time and geography between their two voices, reveling in the rich particulars of a fraying relationship.

Luster

Raven Leilani

$26.00 $23.92

Luster is the heartbreaking and hysterically rendered voice-driven first novel from Raven Leilani. This book chronicles the life of Edie, a black woman in her twenties in Brooklyn, as she negotiates the world alongside a fraught interracial intergenerational relationship.

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning

Cathy Park Hong

$27.00 $24.84

In this book of essays, poet Cathy Park Hong uses her own experience growing up as the daughter of Korean immigrants as a touchstone to deep conversations about race, identity, and the dissonance between the American dream and American reality.

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor

Layla Saad

$25.99 $23.91

If you have been wondering where to start with thinking about race, confronting your own internalized racism, or how to do anything about white supremacy, this book is for you. With Layla F. Saad’s 28 prompts for self-reflection, intended to be completed over four weeks, Me and White Supremacy is an opportunity to actually do the work you need to do.

Just Us: An American Conversation

Claudia Rankine

$30.00 $27.60

Rankine, as always, provides a breath of fresh air to the conversation surrounding race in the U.S. Just Us is an invitation to talk about whiteness in a way that disrupts the normal mechanisms of white silence, guilt, and ultimately white supremacy.

Earthlings

Sayaka Murata

$26.00 $23.92

Sayaka Murata is a master of outsider fiction, capturing perfectly people unable to fit into society or coalesce with the systems they are surrounded by. Earthlings is no exception, a delightfully weird and strange novel about a woman who believes she is not from Earth. Recommended if you want something just a little different.

The Lying Life of Adults

Elena Ferrante

$26.00 $23.92

Highly anticipated, Elena Ferrante’s first work since her acclaimed Neapolitan series does not disappoint. Ferrante’s signature voice never falters, and while The Lying Life of Adults mostly touches on similar themes to her other works, it strikes a new tone while exploring adolescence, family, and loss of innocence.

Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents

Isabel Wilkerson

$32.00 $29.44

Everyone needs to listen to Isabel Wilkerson! Her new book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent, is an incredible overview of the racial caste system in present-day America. With her signature thoroughness and clarity, Wilkerson has written a book of utmost importance.

The Hole

Hiroko Oyamada

$12.95 $11.91

Hiroko Oyamada’s fiction is elegant and unsettling at the same time. A surreal journey through an underground world in the Japanese countryside, The Hole is a page turner with a flavor like no other.

Hurricane Season

Fernanda Melchor

$16.95 $15.59

Now out in paperback, the electric debut of Mexican writer Fernanda Melchor is a dizzying ride through a small Mexican village after the murder of “the Witch.” Equal parts ferocious and tender, Hurricane Season contains the stunning voice of a writer to be watched.

The Vanishing Half

Brit Bennett

$27.00 $24.84

A story of two Black twin sisters from Louisiana whose lives diverge sharply, The Vanishing Half achieves the finest literary excellence while also being an astute social commentary on race, passing, and sisterhood. It is also notable for the inclusion of a trans character who is well-developed but not the focus of the story. Well written, complex, and elegantly structured, this book will be hard to put down.

Socialist Realism

Trisha Low

$16.95 $15.59

I loved this contemporary take on western migration as quest and metaphor, a sort of travelogue through the spoiled landscape of late capitalism, lightened (and darkened) by the sly and touching observations of the author. Trisha Low's book-length essay reads like a novel and functions as a road map to survival in our rather strange times. —Owen

Making Comics

Lynda Barry

$22.95 $21.11

In Making Comics, the great-hearted and very funny Lynda Barry creates a classroom in which all of us can be re-introduced to our own drawing kid genius. —Kimn

Milkman

Anna Burns

$16.00 $14.72

Don’t be intimidated by the unconventional structure...the story is so riveting and the terror so real that you will hear the narrator’s voice long after you finish reading. —Owen

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

Olga Tokarczuk

$27.00 $24.84

Lighthearted and humorous, this is the most purely enjoyable book I've read this year. The eccentric narrator of Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead will pull you over to her side immediately in Olga Tokarczuk's warm, endearing story about a string of bizarre deaths in a remote Polish village and the men who dismiss old women as crazy. —Kalie

Essays One

Lydia Davis

$30.00 $27.60

We’re so lucky to get this chance to peer into Lydia Davis’s brain. These essays will delight, amuse, and enrich your understanding of writing, process, and the world around us. —Kalie

Women Talking

Miriam Toews

$16.00 $14.72

I loved this book. Toews uses an unusual format — the minutes of a meeting— to weave a surprisingly compelling story and set of characters. Toews’ women are complex and fully realized, and capable of bringing humor into a conversation where they contemplate the unthinkable. —Francesca

The Householders: Robert Duncan and Jess

Tara McDowell

$29.95

A wonderful, in-depth engagement with the love of these two Bay Area legends, their work, and the spaces they shared and opened up to larger art communities and close friends. For anyone who found themselves in awe of SFMOMA's recent Jess show and wanted more! —Noah

Works of Love & Terror

Donna de la Perriere

$15.95

The title is a blunt statement of purpose, the poems themselves are dazzling in their nuance, richness and range. These works of love and terror are packed with all the shades of experience and all the music present in Donna de la Perrière's mighty pen. The best yet from a poet at the height of her powers. —Bradley

Uncanny Valley: A Memoir

Anna Wiener

$27.00 $24.84

A clever, timely book about tech culture and its dangers—recommended! —Francesca

Beautiful Aliens: A Steve Abbott Reader

Steve Abbott

$21.95 $20.19

Beautiful Aliens is full of beautiful aliens—get extraterrestrial with Jamie & Steve! —Noah

Landmarks

Robert MacFarlane

$18.00 $16.56

A love letter to nature told through the words we use to describe, name, and classify our surroundings. This is one of those "uncategorizable" books — as much linguistic history and literary criticism as it is nature writing. And it's wonderful. —Francesca

An Apartment on Uranus: Chronicles of the Crossing

Paul B. Preciado

$16.95 $15.59

Get Uranian with Preciado — go mad, do it yourself, get dissident, destroy gender, and rebuild society in its wake. —Noah

Red at the Bone

Jacqueline Woodson

$26.00 $23.92

Beautifully structured, eloquently layered, this short novel about family ties and what connects the generations is a lovely example of Jacqueline Woodson’s glowing talent. —Kalie

My Autobiography of Carson McCullers: A Memoir

Jenn Shapland

$22.95 $21.11

Often highly contentious, the history of lesbian writers has been frequently obscured and given little attention. My Autobiography of Carson McCullers is a beginning — by no means a perfect one — in what I hope will be a continued collective investigation into queer fiction, queer figures, and the complexities of queer history. —Kalie

The Baudelaire Fractal

Lisa Robertson

$17.95 $16.51

Lisa Robertson is the past, the present, and the future. End of story. —Noah

Conversations with Friends

Sally Rooney

$17.00 $15.64

I adored Conversations with Friends! Sally Rooney has captured the complexities of present-day friendship, love, and life under capitalism in a way that feels charming and fresh. As a repressed college student figuring things out, Frances is smart, apathetic, frustrating, and ultimately very relatable. —Kalie

Sea Monsters

Chloe Aridjis

$16.95 $15.59

Beautiful, luminous, glimmering with illusion, Sea Monsters is the story of what gets swallowed up by the sea. For fans of Samantha Hunt and Valeria Luiselli. —Kalie

We Both Laughed in Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan

Lou Sullivan

$19.95 $18.35

Lou fought for recognition and resources for gay trans men before that identity was even legible. An activist, historian, and lover, Lou embodied gay San Francisco in the 80s — its parks, bars, theaters — and ultimately the tragedy of AIDS. The publication of his diaries presents an essential and necessary look into his interior life, one that we can all stand to learn from looking forward to queer futures. —Marlo

Topics of Conversation

Miranda Popkey

$24.00 $22.08

Written in intimate, meandering prose, Topics of Conversation makes a present out of the most ordinary of interactions. —Kalie

Educated: A Memoir

Tara Westover

$28.00 $25.76

While what often gets the most press about this book is the harrowing details of Westover’s childhood in rural Idaho, what struck me the most was the beauty of Westover’s prose as she describes her growing consciousness of the world and her discovery of a passion and skill for academics she had never imagined. It’s moving and inspiring to witness Westover’s decision to fight for herself despite the consequences. —Francesca

Yellow Earth

John Sayles

$28.00 $25.76

Political fiction in the tradition of Zola and Steinbeck. Sayles, better known as a filmmaker, is one of America’s most underrated novelists. —Owen

Females

Andrea Long Chu

$12.95 $11.91

Delightful, readable, and charmingly provoking. Valerie Solanas would love Andrea Long Chu. Everyone is female...and everyone hates it. —Kalie