John Boyne$27.00 $24.30
If satire is your primary mode of communication then you’ll love this novel. In this story of a ruthless character named Maurice chasing literary success, John Boyne’s A Ladder to the Sky finds its stride in the first interlude of the novel in the voice of a fictionalized version of Gore Vidal. Told from numerous perspectives, we see Maurice become progressively more brutal in the quest for fame until it culminates in his own undoing, all while in shame-ridden awe at his ingenuity at every turn.
Timothy Faust$16.98 $15.62
Everything thing you ever want to know about the ineffective, profit-driven Frankenstein’s monster that is the American healthcare system and why single-payer is the best solution to prevent it from unnecessarily killing our loved ones. Peppered with endnotes, of which, usually provide examples through the exploration of case studies, also occasionally include wrestling references.
Andrea Lawlor$16.95 $15.59
“Tight. Deep. Hot.” These descriptors only touch the surface of what makes Paul a captivating character. Oscillating between introspections on gender and trysts in alleyways, this book is empathic and humorous while exploring queer life in the early nineties—a time much harder to find someone willing to pee on you.
A. J. Finn$16.99 $15.63
On a fateful night in Harlem, a prescription drug-addicted woman suffering from agoraphobia— who loves red wine and spying on her neighbors, catches a glimpse of a murder, or does she? This book takes the concept of gaslighting and epitomizes it into a psychological thriller for fans of classic noir films. A soon to be a major motion picture, The Woman in the Window is so deliciously machiavellian that you never truly know what’s happening until it decides you’re ready to be brought into the fold.
Elif Batuman$17.00 $15.64
Foremost, this is a book about how language shapes your worldview, your culture, and your actions while masquerading as a Bildungsroman. Selin, like many college freshmen overwhelmed by the abundance of choices and self-doubt in identity, soon finds solace in the self-assuredness of a slightly older love interest. Throughout the novel, her Turkish roots, American upbringing, and innate awkwardness pose barriers when trying to connect with the other characters in the novel to comedic effect. Reading this book was nostalgic and refreshing; if you’ve survived adolescence, I highly recommend.
The End of Animal Farming: How Scientists, Entrepreneurs, and Activists Are Building an Animal-Free Food System
As someone who’s been vegetarian for over a decade, this book doesn’t hold much new information in the way of food technology. What is does offer, however, is hope that humanity may one day expand its moral circle to include all sentient beings with the advance of animal-free foods, education on the harms of animal factory farming on the environment, and smart marketing/advocacy focused on changing our food systems instead of the habits of individual consumers.
Rita Indiana$13.95 $12.83
As a personal challenge to diversify my own book selections I came upon this gem, it’s characters’ spanning the gamut of queer identity in a dystopian sci-fi novella. It’s infused with the life of the Caribbean Sea, love letters to the culture of Santería, and the moral consideration of ecological disaster. Indiana writes this novel in a third-person stream of consciousness, effortlessly weaving between characters and time, creating a disorienting effect where you’re not always sure if you’re a buccaneer pirate in the 17th century or a disgraced, aging artist grasping for a lifeline.
Taylor Jenkins Reid$28.00 $25.20
If you’re looking for a distraction for the end of times, look no further! This book has it all: 50’s Hollywood glamour, secret homosexual affairs, and homicide. With all that glitz, what really shines is how well the relationships ring true despite the campy nature of what sometimes feels like a fictionalized version of Elizabeth Taylor’s life and claim to stardom. It’s a reminder that the bonds we make with people we love are what make life worth living.
Ijeoma Oluo$27.00 $24.30
A step-by-step approach to discussions on race. With every chapter, Oluo starts with an anecdote that leads into the major thematic question being tackled. In similar sociological texts, this approach can often devolve into quick conclusions based on false correlations, but this never happens in, So You Want to Talk About Race? The ingenuity of this book is that it uses personal experiences and extrapolates to not just relate to broad social issues but also, how to converse about them in a meaningful way. People have always endured injustice-- the fight is not with each other but with the systems that keep us oppressed.
Oyinkan Braithwaite$22.95 $20.66
A sleek and comedic exploration into what happens to the dynamic of two sisters when one of them becomes a serial killer. As the book follows older sister Korede-- who gets roped into cleaning up her sister’s deadly romantic entanglements, I found myself falling into the rabbit hole of secrets and lies that Braithwaite laid throughout the novel like crime scene evidence markers. It exudes jealousy, is littered with armchair psychology, and hilariously carries the weight of hopeless despair from being the black sheep in the family.