Staff Picks

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I'm the One Who Got Away: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781631522604
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Published: She Writes Press - September 5th, 2017

Recommended by Susan

In her memoir I’m the One Who Got Away, Jarrell has composed a collage of the people she used to be, to create a portrait of the woman she is — self-aware and unafraid. She gives the rest of us approaching our 50s hope that the best is yet to come.


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Thinking Without a Banister: Essays in Understanding, 1953-1975 Cover Image
By Hannah Arendt, Jerome Kohn (Editor)
$40.00
ISBN: 9780805242157
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Published: Schocken Books Inc - March 6th, 2018

Recommended by Thatcher

What are our responsibilities as American citizens? We are constantly disappointed in the country's political life, in the government, the party, the president. And we are encouraged keep our politicians accountable. But public freedom demands an integration of people and government, just as it does a separation of church and state. No amount of protest can bring us closer to ourselves, though it may push us toward further self-persecution. I read Hannah Arendt because she knows more about our government than I do. Because she knows more about my political life than I do. Perhaps this knowledge will have some small effect. 

 


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Bark Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780262036849
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Published: Mit Press - October 20th, 2017

Recommended by Helen

This is the shortest – and one of the best – books I've ever read about the Holocaust. Didi-Huberman, a French philosopher, takes a camera and walks through Auschwitz-Birkenau, considering the words, images, and emotions that shape how and what we remember of the inconceivable.


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Amatka Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781101973950
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Published: Vintage - June 27th, 2017

Recommended by Kyle

Dystopian fiction is now a franchise operation. A catalogue of the limits of our ability to imagine the future. Karin Tidbeck has given us something entirely new. Her strange colony of Amatka refuses to comport to our prejudices about political environments in fiction. A chilly post-truth parable wrapped in quiet love and an essential Nordic strangeness. 


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Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780399576850
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Published: Plume Books - June 20th, 2017

Recommended by Helen

Anne Helen Petersen has a PhD in Media Studies, a facebook page devoted to “Celebrity Gossip, Academic Style,” and an exciting, urgent perspective on the way we create, destroy, analyze, and adore women in the public eye of this century.


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Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780451494481
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 11th, 2017

Recommended by Susan

This is a memoir about marriage, not divorce, not widowhood, but about living inside an actual, ongoing marriage. Shapiro moves gracefully back and forth through time from their courtship to their honeymoon to the birth of their child to their move to Connecticut after 9-11. In language that is both poetic and brutally honest, she grapples with acknowledging the fears and disappointments of a marriage to which she is still very much committed.


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LILLI de Jong Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385541459
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Published: Nan A. Talese - May 16th, 2017

Recommended by Susan 

Local author Janet Benton delves into the life of a 22-year-old single mother in 1883 Philadelphia. Meticulously researched, this novel tells of Lilli de Jong's struggle to find work that allows her to keep the child she loves in a society that blames and shuns her for her predicament. Will she and her daughter survive? At what cost?


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Debt - Updated and Expanded: The First 5,000 Years Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781612194196
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Published: Melville House Publishing - October 28th, 2014

Recommended by Thatcher

Few of us know what the "market" is, and fewer know the circumstances of its creation. Anthropologist David Graeber has written a book for the educated layman, demonstrating how the creation of debt-based economiess 5000 years ago still has an effect today.


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My Name Is Lucy Barton Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780812979527
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Published: Random House Trade - October 11th, 2016

Recommended by Ashley
After Lucy Barton's mother visits her during a long stay in the hospital, Lucy reflects on the ways that parents inevitably damage their children, despite also loving them - a compelling topic for parents and children alike. Even more compelling is the wise, honest and compassionate voice of Lucy Barton.


Letter to the Father/Brief an Den Vater: Bilingual Edition (Schocken Kafka Library) Cover Image
By Franz Kafka, Ernst Kaiser (Translator), Eithne Wilkins (Translator)
$14.00
ISBN: 9780805212662
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Published: Schocken Books Inc - November 3rd, 2015

Thought Flights Cover Image
By Robert Musil, Genese Grill (Translator), Genese Grill (Introduction by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781940625102
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Published: Contra Mundum Press - April 1st, 2015

Let the Great World Spin Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812973990
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Published: Random House Trade - December 1st, 2009

The Icarus Girl Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781400078752
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Published: Anchor Books - April 11th, 2006

Invisible Man (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679732761
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Published: Vintage - March 14th, 1995

And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to LGBT Equality Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781617753992
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Published: Openlens - October 6th, 2015

The Selected Poetry of Pier Paolo Pasolini Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780226325446
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Published: University of Chicago Press - October 22nd, 2015

Recommended by James.


A Bernadette Mayer Reader (New Directions Paperbook #739) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780811212038
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - May 17th, 1992

Dear Committee Members Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780345807335
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Published: Anchor Books - June 23rd, 2015

Temples of Delight Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781620408711
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - April 14th, 2015

The Pushcart War (New York Review Books Children's Collection) Cover Image
By Jean Merrill, Ronni Solbert (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590178195
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Published: New York Review of Books - September 16th, 2014