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Killing and Dying By Adrian Tomine Cover Image
ISBN: 9781770463097
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - February 6th, 2018

The way he draws ppl (their eyes especially) is so light & simple & pleasant but the storytelling is soo unique. Each chapter has its own style. Some feel like Archie comics & others indie films. Tomine weaves humor into depressing topics w/ ease. I <3 it!

recommended if you like: to cringe, speech bubbles

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Jitterbug Perfume: A Novel By Tom Robbins Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553348989
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Published: Bantam - April 1st, 1990

Makes no sense off the jump but once you get through that… It’s insanity. Normally I’m anti-meticulous-heavy-handed description but the phrases that pop-up throughout the story making the act of reading so engaging; it won me over! Kinda is #1. Deserves an adaptation!

recommended if you like: love stories, history, Pan (god)

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To Be Taught, If Fortunate By Becky Chambers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062936011
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Published: Harper Voyager - September 3rd, 2019

Planet hopping sci-fi, but w/ an organic solution on how we prolong our lives for research. The “somaforming/toper” science behind space travel is so visual & simple. She toys w/ the consequences of isolation in exploring the universe.

recommended if you like: Sunshine, Biology

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Bluets By Maggie Nelson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781933517407
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Published: Wave Books - October 1st, 2009

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel By Colson Whitehead Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345804341
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Published: Anchor - June 30th, 2020

Based on true findings. A heartbreaking yet beautiful tale of friendship & injustice. I imagine Nickel like Shawshank but this is way darker. The end is wonderful & not for the faint of <3.

recommended if you like: HemingwayInvisible Man

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Jean Jullien By Jean Jullien (By (artist)) Cover Image
By Jean Jullien (By (artist))
ISBN: 9781838663193
Availability: Backordered
Published: Phaidon Press - May 25th, 2022

Simple & pleasant. Flat landscapes w/ incredible depth. The way waves are drawn is one of my favorite things about his work. The faces remind me of animation from the ‘60s.

recommended if you like: merchandise, contemporary painters

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Wayne Thiebaud: Updated Edition By Kenneth Baker, Nicholas Fox Weber (Contributions by), Karen Wilkin (Contributions by), John Yau (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Kenneth Baker, Nicholas Fox Weber (Contributions by), Karen Wilkin (Contributions by), John Yau (Contributions by)
ISBN: 9780847871629
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Published: Rizzoli Electa - May 24th, 2022

Rich in color. Normal highlights are enhanced by tiny inflections of yellows & greens. Pop art in the sense his work focuses on specific Americana. Beach days & desserts. Bright portraits. Very few shadows or dark colors. Thick brushstrokes IRL.

recommended if you like: cake, the beach, highlights

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

Cultural criticism from the perspective of someone who reflects on her modest millennial upbringing. She critiques in a stream-of-consciousness way that feels like things you’ve thought. My faves were ecstasy, reality TVme, & the story of a generation in 7 scams.

recommended if you like: reality TV, staring @ phone

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Bone: The Complete Cartoon Epic in One Volume By Jeff Smith (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jeff Smith (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781888963144
Availability: Usually arrives at our store within 4-7 days
Published: Cartoon Books - November 1st, 2010

Truly an epic & pure comedy amongst the Bone family. Storytelling using black & white as positive/negative light. Immersive scaling. Every chase scene rules. I think anyone any age would love this.

recommended if you like: The Legend of Zelda

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Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables By Joshua McFadden, Martha Holmberg (With) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781579656317
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Published: Artisan - May 2nd, 2017

Written to focus on eating foods IN SEASON. The book has recipes divided by vegetable in its respective season, offering a great list of things to try for each option! Gooood Brussels sprout recipes, the one w/ prosciutto is fire.

recommended if you like: Ratatouille, Barefoot Contessa

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The Long Goodbye (A Philip Marlowe Novel #6) By Raymond Chandler Cover Image
ISBN: 9780394757681
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - August 12th, 1988

People don’t talk like this anymore. I don’t think they ever did but Raymond Chandler would have you think otherwise. Marlowe, our P.I., is messy but the only person you can trust in one of Chandler’s best works. ~~~~

recommended if you like: Batman, Sunset Blvd.

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Blow-Up: And Other Stories By Julio Cortazar Cover Image
ISBN: 9780394728810
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Published: Pantheon - February 12th, 1985

Read “Continuity of Parks” on page 63. It’s two pages. If you like it, you will enjoy most of these. Weird & all over the place. “House Taken Over”, “The Pursuer”, “The Gates of Heaven” & “The Night Face-Up".

recommended if you like: social commentary, Europe

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No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories By Miranda July Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743299411
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Published: Scribner - May 6th, 2008

What a weird collection of stories. Borderline erotica. Extremely perverse but presented w/ innocence & honesty. She is obsessed w/ subject matter only she could write about. My favorite is “something that needs nothing.”

recommended if you like: the aughts, Kajillionaire

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The Lola Quartet: A Suspense Thriller By Emily St. John Mandel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101911990
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Published: Vintage - August 4th, 2015

A fun story about a group of HS friends that grow up. Not fun… tragic, but in a fun page turning way. There’s a moment here that if you’ve ever worked nights you will connect w/ in that aimless, hopeless way it feels to listen to the crickets @ 4am on your smoke break.

recommended if you like: journalism, jazz

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Sea of Tranquility: A novel By Emily St. John Mandel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593321447
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Published: Knopf - April 5th, 2022

Mare tranquillitatis on the moon? Maria being plural in Latin for “seas,” in ESJM’s future this is where we end up. Poetry. An artist who loves the universe they’ve made w/ an understanding to never doubt their imagination. Where we are & where we could go.

recommended if you like: time & space, adaptations

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Station Eleven By Emily St. John Mandel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804172448
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

One of my favorite examples of an author who understands how to blindside you with information and just move on. The story goes in many directions and we jump between a large cast but it all makes sense in the end. I didn’t expect this to move me like it did!

recommended if you like: graphic novels, The Walking Dead (S1-4)

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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Vintage International) By Patrick Suskind Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375725845
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Published: Vintage - February 13th, 2001

Kurt Cobain’s favorite book. An odyssey for the disturbed. Profound insight into the joy and sadness life bring but overall it’s absurd. Really well written and epic story. Also a movie with Alan Rickman and Dustin Hoffman.

recommended if you like: gore, Nirvana, the Thriller music video

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Moebius Library: The World of Edena By Moebius, Moebius (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Moebius, Moebius (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781506702162
Availability: Usually arrives at our store within 4-7 days
Published: Dark Horse Books - November 8th, 2016

Edena is a beautiful world w/ such weird inhabitants. The story is confusing & enlightening, focusing on returning to a natural world. An amazing example of an artist in complete command of their skills.

recommended if you like: psychedelic art, retrofuturism