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I read fiction, essays, memoirs, some poetry, some history; anything where I can fall in love with the writing or the story. These days, I'm listening to a lot of audiobooks, too. I've included links where possible to libro.fm where you can download audiobooks with great readers, and benefit your favorite bookstore instead of the richest man on earth.

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A Memory Called Empire (Teixcalaan #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250186447
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Published: Tor Books - February 25th, 2020

A gripping political thriller, wrapped in a masterpiece of worldbuilding, nestled inside a basket full of commentary on the importance of individual legacy to empire. Imagines a future-human colonisation of the wider universe much like Byzantium, with Earth its Constantinople. I can't get over how fun this book was to read!

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The Copenhagen Trilogy: Childhood; Youth; Dependency Cover Image
By Tove Ditlevsen, Tiina Nunnally (Translated by), Michael Favala Goldman (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780374602390
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 26th, 2021

It's hard to sum up this memoir in three stages, but it's so amazing. Tove's voice is clear and poetic. Trust me and get the Hardcover, or try the individual paperbacks (Childhood, Youth, and Dependency) to dip your toe in.

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Milk Fed: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982142490
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Published: Scribner - February 2nd, 2021

Ah, the particular joy of finding bodily pleasure after a long period of self denial. Milk Fed draws it out so well you can almost taste it, and does it with Melissa Broder's trademark combo of insight, humor, and sexiness. *chef's kiss*

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A Children's Bible: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393867381
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 16th, 2021

Lydia Millet's every sentence is a perfect little razor. This novel hit me hard when I first read it, and upon second read, settled right in to my heart. Hilarious, visionary, and unsettling to the max, with its priorities in all the right places. Shortlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction.

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The Border of Paradise Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781939419699
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Published: Unnamed Press - April 12th, 2016

The Border of Paradise is a California gothic of wildfire, immigration, mental illness, and all that's lost and gained in translation. An intensely moving portrait of a family and landscape in transition.


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Pew: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374230920
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - July 21st, 2020

Catherine Lacey is one of my absolute favorite writers. She translates loneliness onto the page in magical ways, and cuts up culture mercilessly. I don't quite know what to say about this book, except that it brings the concept of otherness forward in your consciousness, and calls every character (including the reader) on the peculiar desire to identify and categorize. Despite its seriousness, it is a joy to read.


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Seeds And Stems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781683963097
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Published: Fantagraphics - August 11th, 2020

Absurd comedy, devastating sadness, raunchiness beyond compare. Not for the faint of heart, the stories of Megg, Mogg, Owl and their crowd. But if you know, you know, and this one's for you. Seeds & Stems is a collection of fragments previously only available in zines, on promotional material, in weird corners of the internet. My fave so far is a one-color story of Megg & Werewolf Jones band practice, which includes a true banger called "Winter Trauma."


Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593230251
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Published: Random House - August 4th, 2020

Isabel Wilkerson is a true master of the kind of non-fiction writing that makes normally difficult concepts seem obvious. You know this already if you have read her Warmth of Other Suns. The opening chapter reads like an apocalyptic novel, which is wonderful if you're listening ( Caste - Libro.fm ) because the reader is the fantastic Robin Miles, who also reads many (possibly all?) of the audio adaptations of N.K. Jemisin's novels. ( The Broken Earth Series - Libro.fm )


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Pretend I'm Dead: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501194429
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Published: Scribner - January 8th, 2019

Jen Beagins first, Whiting award-winning novel follows Mona on what amounts to a personal odyssey of self-discovery. Nearly 24 at the start, she's living in Massachusetts, dating "Mr. Disgusting," and cleaning houses for characters you have to believe are real, because who could make them up? Winds, fair and foul, take her to New Mexico, where she keeps cleaning, working to scrub that man right out of her grout. With the help of Terry Gross, Yoko & Yoko, big open skies, red dirt and the right kind of drugs, she's on her way. This is one of the truest and funniest coming-of-age novels I've ever read. I fell hard for Mona, and I hope you do, too.


In the Dream House: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781644450031
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 5th, 2019

Leave it to the author of the entrancing collection Her Body and Other Parties to follow up with an equally groundbreaking deconstructed/shattered memoir. It serves as a critique of the format and a historical investigation of abuse in queer relationships, at the same time as retelling her relationship with an abusive woman at a critical time in her life as a writer. READ IT.


The Reckonings: Essays on Justice for the Twenty-First Century Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501159015
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Published: Scribner - June 4th, 2019

Twelve truly thought-provoking essays on what it means to have justice -- and what is required of us to make justice possible -- through the lenses of gender, race, ecology, violence, and more. There are no clear answers here, but plenty of the right kind of question.


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Poetic Remedies for Troubled Times: from Ask Baba Yaga Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524855031
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 6th, 2020

If you haven't yet read the always accurate and poetic advice of Taisia Kitaiskaia's Baba Yaga ---- get to it. This second volume has brought me to the right kind of tears several times in recent months. Each answer offers shifts of perspective that seem small, but open the questioner's concern up to a world of possibility and clarity.

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Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525510314
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Published: Random House - May 12th, 2020

Mexican Gothic Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525620785
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Published: Del Rey - June 30th, 2020

The Longing for Less: Living with Minimalism Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781635572100
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - January 21st, 2020

When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250024114
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Published: Picador - February 26th, 2013

Women Talking Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781635574340
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 3rd, 2020

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780143127741
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Published: Penguin Books - September 8th, 2015

Severance: A Novel Cover Image
By Ling Ma
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ISBN: 9781250214997
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Published: Picador - May 7th, 2019

Hild: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250056092
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Published: Picador - October 28th, 2014

Screen Tests: Stories and Other Writing Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062392046
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 23rd, 2019