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Rabbits for Food is a master class in how to write a novel about depression that is incredibly true to life yet funny without making fun of suffering. What the novel does mock is how we treat people with mental health issues, and institutions that seem not very far removed from the very beginnings of psychiatry. This is a novel of unraveling, of going deep into someone's mind and perhaps finding yourself in it, or realizing that you too could break and find yourself on the outside looking in. Rabbits for Food is acerbic, sharp, and absolutely brilliant.

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ISBN: 9781641290531
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Published: Soho Press - May 7th, 2019

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Thomas Page McBee was the first trans man to fight in a charity boxing match at the Madison Square Garden in 2016. In his second memoir, Amateur (Scribner, $24), he uses the story of his training to examine masculinity, gender, and navigating the world of boxing as a trans person. McBee is a raw writer: his prose is precise and tender, exposing all his vulnerabilities and worries. He looks at violence and gender stereotypes and what they do to men, and yet his empathy is coupled with the need to be better and be accountable for his thoughts and actions. McBee is one of the most articulate and self-aware authors working today, and Amateur is a beautiful and eye-opening read.

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ISBN: 9781501168741
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Published: Scribner - August 14th, 2018

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Convenience Store Woman (Grove, $20), by Sayaka Murata, is an intimate glimpse into an ordinary life that, in the eyes of society, is still not ordinary enough. The book’s protagonist, Keiko, is quite content with her self-acclaimed peculiar, quiet existence, but everyone around her is always trying to judge and “fix” her. Keiko’s internal dialogue and her attempts to construct a “normal” identity make this book one of the best character studies in modern literature. This tiny novel packs in a Kafkaesque look at conformity, questions about how to live one’s life and what it means to be “normal.” all with a fiercely feminist voice and sharp insight. Get it for someone who is looking for the perfect entry point into contemporary Japanese literature, or for a slightly quirky and unsettling read.

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ISBN: 9780802128256
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Published: Grove Press - June 12th, 2018