Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin

Staff Pick

Baldwin's short novel is an important example of early LGBTQ+ fiction. The story unfolds in 1950s Paris where homosexuality was not criminalized (though it still bore a stigma) and is narrated by David, an American man who falls for Giovanni, the bartender in a local gay bar. As David grapples with the taboos surrounding this relationship--as well as his own internalized homophobia--Baldwin charts a dark psychological journey, making for a violent--and brilliant--work.

 

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780345806567
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Published: Vintage - September 12th, 2013

Still LIfe by Sarah Winman

Staff Pick

Set primarily in postwar Florence, this novel is like a ray of Tuscan sunshine as it follows a patchwork crew drifting in and out of each other's lives during a time of global rebuilding and renewal. Billed as “a tonic for wanderlust and a cure for loneliness,” the narrative features a cast of characters that feels like family--making it a rich and cozy retreat from the trials of the world.

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$19.00
ISBN: 9780593330760
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - September 13th, 2022

Roman Stories by Jhumpa Lahiri

Staff Pick

This lyrical collection of vignettes features a wide range of characters and human experiences even as it returns to central themes such as family, relationships, immigration, and travel. Ranging from the everyday to the heartbreaking to the bizarre, these slices-of-life--set entirely in Rome--are quintessential Lahiri; like her other recent work, they were written in Italian, and Lahiri's translations retain her distinctly elegant prose.  

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By Jhumpa Lahiri, Jhumpa Lahiri (Translated by), Todd Portnowitz (Translated by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593536322
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Published: Knopf - October 10th, 2023

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