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I read fiction, essays, memoirs, some poetry, some history. These days, I'm listening to a lot of audiobooks because it turns out there's nothing like a pandemic to give me anxious fidgets and a lack of focus! This way I can keep my hands busy, and rewind if I miss something. 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.

Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents Cover Image
$32.00
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 )


Pew: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
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 you, me, the reader) on the peculiar desire to identify and categorize. Despite that seriousness, it is a joy to read.


Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525510567
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - July 14th, 2020

How Much of These Hills Is Gold: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525537205
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 7th, 2020

Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525510314
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Published: Random House - May 12th, 2020

Mexican Gothic Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525620785
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Published: Del Rey - June 30th, 2020

The Longing for Less: Living with Minimalism Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781635572100
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - January 21st, 2020

The Border of Paradise Cover Image
$17.00
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.


When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250024114
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Published: Picador - February 26th, 2013

Costalegre: A Novel Inspired By Peggy Guggenheim and Her Daughter, Pegeen Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781951142018
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Published: Tin House Books - July 14th, 2020

In the Dream House: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
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.


Women Talking Cover Image
$16.00
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
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250214997
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Published: Picador - May 7th, 2019

The Reckonings: Essays on Justice for the Twenty-First Century Cover Image
$17.00
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.


Hild: A Novel Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9781250056092
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Published: Picador - October 28th, 2014

Screen Tests: Stories and Other Writing Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062392046
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 23rd, 2019

Pretend I'm Dead: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
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.