In the Dream House, by Carmen Maria Machado

Staff Pick


Using non-linear storytelling and widely divergent styles and genres, Machado weaves a powerful memoir about her experience of abuse in a queer--specifically queer women's--relationship, a topic rarely discussed. Machado begins by framing the history of documented relational violence between women and then delves into her own story, giving each chapter a different form--from horror to folklore to academic writing--including footnotes, vignettes, and even objects, to step, pivot, and jump back and forth through her relationship and it's unraveling--as well as her own. The result is a complicated, mesmerizing, unsettling, and heartbreaking portrayal of a relationship, one that takes us inside Machado's memory...and this honest and thought-provoking book is sure to stick in yours.

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ISBN: 9781644450383
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Published: Graywolf Press - December 1st, 2020

Little Bird, by Claudia Ulloa Donoso

Staff Pick

Reading Claudia Ulloa Donoso’s collection of stories felt like meeting a stranger for coffee and hearing them voice the secret absurd thoughts that had been hiding inside my head. Sometimes funny, sometimes unsettling, and often surreal, Donoso’s words will creep into your mind and make a nest. They will follow you through your day, flying circles around your head at work, pecking the plate next to you at dinner, and perching beside you in bed at night. These witty, weird little stories will stay with you. And after reading them, you won’t want to pick up anything else. Other books just won’t be the same.

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By Claudia Ulloa Donoso, Lily Meyer (Translator)
ISBN: 9781646050659
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Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - August 17th, 2021

The Starless Sea, by Erin Morgenstern

Staff Pick

Morgenstern's luminescent, whimsical prose not only tells an absorbing, magical story, but creates a world readers won't want to leave. At its center is Zachary, who recognizes his own, unfinished story in a copy of The Starless Sea, a book in which a boy finds a painted door he decides not to open. Intrigued and unsettled by this uncanny parallel, Zachary is drawn into a mystery involving a masquerade, a handsome man, and the place he never expected to find--embarking on an adventure that blurs the lines of what he thought was possible.


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ISBN: 9781101971383
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Published: Anchor - August 4th, 2020