The Sunflower Cast a Spell to Save Us From the Void, by Jackie Wang

Staff Pick

Wang’s first collection of poetry features a surreal post-apocalyptic dreamscape that encompasses worlds wielding sunflowers and stubborn, unrelenting hope. This transgressive and radical work urges us to counter the  cataclysmic with imagined realms that push back against the forces of darkness, even if we seem to have accepted them as our new normal. Insisting on communities built of care and solidarity, Wang repudiates the bleak, individualistic crises we've doomed ourselves to, showing that with dreams we can find endless possibilites, breathe freely, and, like sunflowers,grow strong by reaching toward the light. 


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ISBN: 9781643620367
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Published: Nightboat Books - February 2nd, 2021

Jawbone, by Mónica Ojeda

Staff Pick

Fear, desire, and teenage hormones run amok in Ojeda's unsettling debut novel. The author grapples with the terrors of adolescence and burgeoning womanhood through the experiences of Fernanda, Anneliese, and their friends, who create a world of their own in an abandoned building where they challenge each other to dares. Begun in an effort to gain control of the changes in this turbulent time of life, this imagined world--in service to a made-up White God--seems more and more real as it grows increasingly rife with horror and violence--a madness that turns to cruelty and pushes the girls' teacher to the brink of sanity. There are consequences, of course, but as Anneliese says, “It’s only fun if it’s dangerous.”  

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By Mónica Ojeda, Sarah Booker (Translator)
ISBN: 9781566896214
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Published: Coffee House Press - February 8th, 2022

Liarmouth, by John Waters

Staff Pick

In a career that spans well over 40 years, King of Filth John Waters still finds ways to shock audiences. Making his fiction debut with this "feel-bad romance," he delivers a story that is at once absurd, sleazy, hilarious--and charming. The action centers on Marsha Sprinkle, luggage thief and con artist extraordinaire, for whom telling the truth is impossible. She is surrounded by a ridiculous cast of characters, such as a daughter who has a vendetta against her, a dog undergoing an identity crisis, and a talking penis. Does any of it make sense? Probably not; this is a story that takes on any number of hilarious twists,and teems with ideas that only John Waters could come up with. Overall, it's irreverent and campy--mindless in the best possible ways. 

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ISBN: 9780374185725
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 3rd, 2022