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Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir

Akwaeke Emezi

$27.00 $24.84

Akwaeke does it again. What can a mortal do but bear witness to the painful beauty of a god claiming their power?

The Tangleroot Palace: Stories

Marjorie Liu

$16.95 $15.59

PRE-ORDER ME! Currently reading - a short fiction collection of dark fantasy stories and a novella from the author of Monstress.

One Last Stop

Casey McQuiston

$16.99 $15.63

A sweet and sexy time-travel queer romance. Not my usual genre, but I was hooked and read of most it in one sitting! I especially appreciated the themes of found family and self-discovery.

A Psalm for the Wild-Built

Becky Chambers

$20.99 $19.31

PRE-ORDER ME! This optimistic solarpunk novella was like a ray of sunshine on my heart. Anyone feeling burnt out, alone, or unsure of their direction in life will appreciate this one - I know it was exactly what I needed.

The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories

Danielle Evans

$27.00 $24.84

I already knew that I liked short story collections, but I'd recommend this one in a heartbeat to folks who aren't yet sold on the format. Danielle Evans is a master of her craft and each story is better than the last. The titular novella is one of the best things I've read all year.

Transcendent Kingdom

Yaa Gyasi

$27.95 $25.71

An intimate family story that explores immigration, addiction, depression, and faith. I can't stop handselling this one!

The Priory of the Orange Tree

Samantha Shannon

$20.00 $18.40

Standalone epic fantasy with a diverse cast, F/F romance, and glorious worldbuilding. This is THE fantasy novel I wish I had growing up.

The Death of Vivek Oji

Akwaeke Emezi

$27.00 $24.84

Everything Akwaeke Emezi writes is spiritual experience. This book will break your heart, but not for the reasons you may expect.

Upright Women Wanted

Sarah Gailey

$20.99 $19.31

Short, sweet, a little bloody, and very queer - this book was a delight. Bonus points for anti-fascist themes and a compelling dystopian Wild West vibe. My only complaint was that I didn’t want the story to end!

In the Dream House: A Memoir

Carmen Maria Machado

$16.00 $14.72

Machado experiments with form in her memoir of an abusive relationship. A rare treasure and a favorite 2019 publication, I feel like my own words can't do it justice.

Foundryside

Robert Jackson Bennett

$17.00 $15.64

Foundryside is a heist story populated by a found family of thieves, featuring expert worldbuilding, a unique magic system, anti-capitalist themes, AND a subtle F/F romance. Also, one of the best characters is a sentient inanimate object. Honestly, what more could you ask for?

Plain Bad Heroines

Emily M. Danforth and Sara Lautman

$27.99 $25.75

Spooky, sapphic, and very meta, Plain Bad Heroines was the perfect atmospheric Halloween read. This was a surprisingly deft blend of Victorian Gothic horror and contemporary Hollywood drama.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Shirley Jackson and Thomas Ott

$17.00 $15.64

"My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood. I am eighteen years old, and I live with my sister Constance. I have often thought that with any luck at all I could have been born a werewolf, because the two middle fingers on both my hands are the same length, but I have had to be content with what I had. I dislike washing myself, and dogs, and noise, I like my sister Constance, and Richard Plantagenet, and Amanita phalloides, the death-cap mushroom. Everyone else in my family is dead." I'm convinced this opening paragraph is one of the best of all time.

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

Jenny Odell

$17.99 $16.55

This book was a comfort to me in the early weeks of quarantine. I expected something of an anti-technology screed and was instead treated to a manifesto of sorts on the importance of reconnecting to nature and community when capitalism (in all its forms) is constantly battling for our attention.

Beowulf: A New Translation

Maria Dahvana Headley

$15.00 $13.80

A more lyrical, more contemporary (without losing the sense of time and place), nuanced translation that still captured the magic of a first-time read. I hope they start teaching this version in high schools.

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us about Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

Michael Pollan

$18.00 $16.56

In which Michael Pollan explores the history of psychedelic drugs and documents his own (later in life) experiences with LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, and DMT. Well-researched and surprisingly vulnerable.

Luster

Raven Leilani

$26.00 $23.92

Like Marie Kondo, do you love mess? If so - this one's for you. Raven Leilani writes a truly compelling protagonist, cringe-y and loveable in equal measure. The razor-sharp prose in this debut novel has me eager for Leilani's next work.

Star Spinner Tarot: (Inclusive, Diverse, LGBTQ Deck of Tarot Cards, Modern Version of Classic Tarot Mysticism)

Trungles

$24.95 $22.95

One of the most beautiful, fantastical decks I own. Diverse and inclusive, with multiple Lovers cards to reflect LGBTQ+ romantic relationships.

Tarot del Fuego

Ricardo Cavolo

$24.95 $22.95

A boldly illustrated deck great for readers wanting to challenge themselves with new iconography outside the Rider-Smith-Waite canon.

The Modern Witch Tarot Deck

Lisa Sterle

$24.95 $22.95

A gorgeous, diverse deck using traditional symbolism - appropriate for those new to tarot!

Black Sun, 1

Rebecca Roanhorse

$27.99 $25.75

Hench

Natalie Zina Walschots

$27.99 $25.75

Cosmoknights (Book One)

Hannah Templer

$19.99 $18.39

Mooncakes

Suzanne Walker

$14.99 $13.79

Freshwater

Akwaeke Emezi

$16.00 $14.72

For Every One

Jason Reynolds

$15.99 $14.71

Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening

Marjorie Liu

$9.99 $9.19

The Witch Boy

Molly Knox Ostertag

$12.99 $11.95

The Lies of Locke Lamora

Scott Lynch

$8.99 $8.27

Akata Witch

Nnedi Okorafor

$10.99 $10.11

Ghost Wall

Sarah Moss

$16.00 $14.72

My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Ottessa Moshfegh

$16.00 $14.72

Homegoing

Yaa Gyasi

$16.95 $15.59

The Changeling

Victor Lavalle

$18.00 $16.56

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Malcolm X

$7.99 $7.35

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

$17.99 $16.55

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

Jia Tolentino

$18.00 $16.56

The Shadow of the Wind

Carlos Ruiz Zafon

$18.00 $16.56