bookseller, eventser, designer, internetter, Sunday night pop music picker, vegan cookbook guru, & comedy nerd Katie recommends: 


An Untamed State (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780802122513
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat, 5/2014

Roxane Gay is one hell of an essayist, and that same intellectual and motional acuity shines in her debut novel.  Brilliant, headstrong  Haitian-American Mireille's charmed life is disrupted when she is kidnapped before the eyes of her loving husband and infant son near her ealthy father's Port-au-Prince estate.  When she learns her father is resisting the demand for ransom, she must figure out how to survive at the hands of her brutal captors.  A compelling, visceral work exploring class, corruption, and endurance in the midst of devastation, and how trauma - personal and political - lives in the mind and body in the midst of it and afterwards.  Yeah, I cried.

~ recommended May, 2014

ISBN-13: 9780871407207
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation, 10/2013
~ recommended March, 2014

ISBN-13: 9781616200787
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 11/2013

Well-told story of the troubled, groundbreaking genius caught at the intersection of a major shift in American culture--speckled with a fascinating history of the tradition into which he entered. A must for any fan of comedy.

~ recommended January, 2014

ISBN-13: 9780802143334
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Published: Grove Press, 10/2007

You want to get wrapped up in a book?  Here.  The earth is drowned beneath 7 miles of water with the exception of a floating children's hospital.  Led by the med student Jemma Claflin, unwitting possessor of new magical powers, the survivors try to restructure society. Fantastical. 600+ pages were not enough!.

~ recommended October, 2013

Light Boxes (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780143117780
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Published: Penguin Books, 6/2010

Total magic! This is the tale of an eternal February-and one town's war against it. Wowza, surreal prose that does not sell you short in storytelling. Lexical AC for the hot sticky summer days. Or whichever weather condition you want to read it in. Because you should read it.

~ recommended June, 2013

ISBN-13: 9781476705859
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Published: Free Press, 2/2013

Did you ever think you'd feel sympathy for... Justin Bieber? Well, here's a juicy, smart exegesis of modern celebrity via tween pop star Jonny Valentine: kind of a Caulfield-cum-Bieber.  While at once the manipulated and the manipulator, he searches for both normality and glory, his dad, and a way to go the bathroom without a bodyguard.

~ recommended April, 2013