The Atmospherians, by Alex McElroy

Staff Pick

It takes a lot of skill to write about dark material with levity, but McElroy truly hits the mark with their debut novel.  A cleverly crafted satire that riffs on our Internet-molded culture, The Atmospherians puts toxic masculinity and the attention economy on blast. Against an absurd background of man hordes and wellness taken to its hypercapitalist extremes, our heroes (or is it anti-heroes?) attempt to reckon with their own failures by starting a cult bent on transforming horrible men. The result is just as uncanny as its premise, and McElroy doesn't hold back as they take you on this unsettling and thought-provoking roller-coaster ride.

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ISBN: 9781982158309
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Published: Atria Books - May 18th, 2021

White Magic, by Elissa Washuta

Staff Pick

What I thought would be an indictment of colonialism, with explorations into the occult, turned out to be much more: a story of love, trauma, loss, addiction, and magic. Washuta, a member of the Cowitz tribe, is fierce and compelling as she takes the reader down a rabbit hole through pop culture, Native American history, and her own story of addiction and heartbreak. The first act of the book is an interrogation of the "witch aesthetic"; while sanitized and pared down for Instagram, the narrative grows into an exploration of Washuta's vulnerability--which she lays bare for the reader and is part of what makes the magic of the book reside not only in the lore Washuta shares, but the ways in which she wields her cleverness and wit. This book is a complex  blend of difficult subject matter and nuanced writing, and it will leave you absolutely enchanted.

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ISBN: 9781951142391
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Tin House Books - April 27th, 2021

Lovesickness, by Junji Ito

Staff Pick

Horror manga fans, rejoice! Viz Media comes at us once again with a stunning new English-language collection from Junji Ito, master of the escalation of everyday situations into scenes of pure terror. Central to this volume is the eponymous Lovesickness saga, Ito's take on Japan's crossroads fortune-telling game. Here love turns into obsession as word of a handsome crossroads demon spreads through town and leads the local young women to violent ends. Ito follows "Lovesickness" with considerably lighter fare, mixing horror with the absurd and using his distinctive art to heighten tension and claustrophobia just as things take a turn for the worst. Once again, Ito draws you into his world--a place of chilling reminders that things are never what they seem.                                                            




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ISBN: 9781974719846
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Published: VIZ Media LLC - April 20th, 2021