E.R.'s Picks

E.R. is a recovering academic who believes that words are weapons and a few good stories can change the world. As the Executive Director of Charis Circle, E.R. manages the programming, fiscal, and daily operations of our non-profit and is always interested in the ways our communities can share skills and resources. E.R. came to Charis as one of the founding members of the Young Writer's Group in 1997. A native Atlantan who loves the community of words and writers in this city, E.R. reads everything from poetry and essays to horror and how-to. If you need a book for a hard to please reader don't hesitate to ask! You can reach E.R. with inquiries regarding all Charis Circle business at eranderson@Chariscircle.org

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More of This World or Maybe Another Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061732270
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 20th, 2009

Alternately funny and heartbreaking, this book of inter-connected short-stories depicts a South populated with characters I know and love. This is a book made to be read aloud or dog-earred and underlined to celebrate its beauty.

-Elizabeth Anderson, Charis Circle E.D. 

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ISBN: 9780060586379
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 31st, 2004

The optimism of the early sixties, infused with the excitement of the space race and the menace of the Cold War, is filtered through the rich imagination of high-spirited, eight-year-old Madeleine, who welcomes her family's posting to a quiet Air Force base near the Canadian border.

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ISBN: 9780316085250
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 29th, 1999

Rarely does the debut of a new writer garner such attention & acclaim. The excitement began the moment "The Fourth State of Matter," one of the fourteen extraordinary personal narratives in this book, appeared in the pages of the New Yorker.

Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity Cover Image
ISBN: 9781580051545
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Published: Seal Press (CA) - May 14th, 2007

A provocative manifesto, Whipping Girl tells the powerful story of Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her diverse background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist.

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ISBN: 9780452296299
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Published: Plume Books - May 25th, 2010

The New York Times bestselling novel about a young man practicing magic in the real world, now an original series on Syfy
-The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea. . . . Hogwarts was never like this.-

--George R.R. Martin

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ISBN: 9780679779131
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Published: Vintage Books USA - January 28th, 1997

Michael Ondaatje's new selected poems, The Cinnamon Peeler, brings together poems written between 1963 and 1990, including work from his most recent collection, Secular Love. These poems bear witness to the extraordinary gifts that have won high praise for this truly original poet and novelist.

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ISBN: 9780618526413
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Published: Mariner Books - April 21st, 2004

With the publication of her first novel, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers, all of twenty-three, became a literary sensation. With its profound sense of moral isolation and its compassionate glimpses into its characters' inner lives, the novel is considered McCullers' finest work, an enduring masterpiece first published by Houghton Mifflin in 1940.

Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679745426
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Published: Vintage - July 27th, 1993

The Nobel Prize-winning author now gives us a learned, stylish, and immensely persuasive work of literary criticism that promises to change the way we read American literature even as it opens a new chapter in the American dialogue on race.

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ISBN: 9780743237185
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Published: Touchstone Books - January 24th, 2002

The Piper family is steeped in secrets, lies, and unspoken truths. At the eye of the storm is one secret that threatens to shake their lives -- even destroy them.

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ISBN: 9780819512116
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Published: Wesleyan - April 30th, 1993

An award-winning poet's testimony of the war in Vietnam.

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ISBN: 9780679732266
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Published: Vintage Books USA - January 30th, 1991

"Read, read, read. Read everything--trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read You'll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window." --William Faulkner

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ISBN: 9780374532901
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 25th, 2011

A New York Times Notable Book for 2011
One of Entertainment Weekly's Top 10 Nonfiction Books of the Year 2011
A Time Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction book of 2011
A Boston Globe Best Nonfiction Book of 2011

One of Library Journal's Best Books of 2011

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ISBN: 9780156006217
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Published: Harvest Books - September 17th, 2004

"A secretive magician's death becomes the catalyst for his partner's journey self-discovery in this enchanting book ("San Francisco Chronicle") " that is something of a magic trick in itself (Newsweek)." When Parsifal, a handsome and charming magician, dies suddenly, his widow Sabine who was also his faithful assistant for twenty years learns that the family he claimed to have lost in a tragic acc

Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African American Cuisine Cover Image
ISBN: 9780738212289
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Published: Da Capo Press - March 3rd, 2009

The mere mention of soul food brings thoughts of greasy fare and clogged arteries. Bryant Terry offers recipes that leave out heavy salt and refined sugar, "bad" fats, and unhealthy cooking techniques, and leave in the down-home flavor.

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ISBN: 9780807083697
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Published: Beacon Press (MA) - February 2004

Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him.

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ISBN: 9781400078776
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Published: Vintage Books USA - March 14th, 2006

From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day comes a devastating new novel of innocence, knowledge, and loss. As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside.

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ISBN: 9780452283510
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Published: Penguin Books - September 24th, 2002

Trash, Allison's landmark collection, laid the groundwork for her critically acclaimed Bastard Out of Carolina, the National Book Award finalist that was hailed by The New York Times Book Review as "simply stunning...a wonderful work of fiction by a major talent." In addition to Allison's classic stories, this new edition of Trash features "Stubborn Girls and Mean Stori

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ISBN: 9780812968002
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Published: Random House Trade - April 13th, 2004

Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks's wildly original debut novel, Getting Mother's Body, follows pregnant, unmarried Billy Beede and her down-and-out family in 1960s Texas as they search for the storied jewels buried--or were they?--with Billy's fast-running, six-years-dead mother, Willa Mae.

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ISBN: 9780375704635
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Published: Vintage - July 11th, 2000

"Supremely humane.... Kay leaves us with a broad landscape of sweet tolerance and familial love." --The New York Times Book Review

In her starkly beautiful and wholly unexpected tale, Jackie Kay delves into the most intimate workings of the human heart and mind and offers a triumphant tale of loving deception and lasting devotion.

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ISBN: 9780060594671
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 17th, 2011

"The classic trifecta of talent, heart, and a bone-deep sense of storytelling....A masterful performance, deftly rendered and deeply satisfying. For days on end, I woke with this story on my mind."

Trans/Love: Radical Sex, Love & Relationships Beyond the Gender Binary Cover Image
By Morty Diamond (Editor), Julia Serano (Contribution by), Shawna Virago (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9781933149561
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Published: Manic D Press - October 11th, 2011

"This is where sex and gender collide, then ricochet like fragments of heart rending shrapnel. Rarely has a book about lust been full of so much love, conflict, and intelligence. If you think you already know what's in these stories, or you think you don't need to know, you're wrong."--Patrick Califa, author of Sex Changes: The Politics of Transgenderism

Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553380996
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Published: Bantam - November 23rd, 2004

For many of us, feelings of deficiency are right around the corner. It doesn't take much--just hearing of someone else's accomplishments, being criticized, getting into an argument, making a mistake at work--to make us feel that we are not okay.

A Writer's Book of Days: A Spirited Companion & Lively Muse for the Writing Life Cover Image
By Judy Reeves, Janet Fitch (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781577319368
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Published: New World Library - August 24th, 2010

First published a decade ago, A Writer's Book of Days has become the ideal writing coach for thousands of writers. Newly revised, with new prompts, up-to-date Web resources, and more useful information than ever, this invaluable guide offers something for everyone looking to put pen to paper a treasure trove of practical suggestions, expert advice, and powerful inspiration.

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ISBN: 9780307887443
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Published: Broadway Books - June 5th, 2012

The bestselling cult classic--soon to be a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg.

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ISBN: 9780679744726
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Published: Vintage - December 1st, 1992

A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin's early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document.

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ISBN: 9780895941220
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Published: Crossing Press - January 1982

-ZAMI is a fast-moving chronicle. From the author's vivid childhood memories in Harlem to her coming of age in the late 1950s, the nature of Audre Lorde's work is cyclical. It especially relates the linkage of women who have shaped her . . . Lorde brings into play her craft of lush description and characterization. It keeps unfolding page after page.---Off Our Backs

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By Brian Carpenter (Editor), Tom Franklin (Editor)
ISBN: 9781611170832
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Published: University of South Carolina Press - September 15th, 2012

Drawing on storytelling traditions as old as southern literature itself, Grit Lit is the first anthology devoted to contemporary writing about the Rough South. From literary legends to emerging voices, the acclaimed writers featured in this collection view their hardscrabble South without romanticism or false nostalgia, not through moonlight and magnolia but moonshine and Marlboros.

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By James Baldwin, Edward P. Jones (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780807006238
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Published: Beacon Press (MA) - November 20th, 2012

In an age of Black Lives Matter, James Baldwin's essays on life in Harlem, the protest novel, movies, and African Americans abroad are as powerful today as when they were first written. With documentaries like I Am Not Your Negro bringing renewed interest to Baldwin's life and work, Notes of a Native Son serves as a valuable introduction.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812981605
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Published: Random House Trade - January 7th, 2014


Who Owns the Future? Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451654974
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 4th, 2014

The "brilliant" and "daringly original" (The New York Times) critique of digital networks from the "David Foster Wallace of tech" (London Evening Standard)--asserting that to fix our economy, we must fix our information economy.

All That We Share: How to Save the Economy, the Environment, the Internet, Democracy, Our Communities, and Everything Else That Belongs t Cover Image
By Jay Walljasper, Bill McKibben (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781595584991
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Published: New Press - December 7th, 2010

How you see the world is about to change. All That We Share is a wake-up call that will inspire you to see the world in a new way. As soon as you realize that some things belong to everyone--water, for instance, or the Internet or human knowledge--you become a commoner, part of a movement that's reshaping how we will solve the problems facing us in the twenty-first century.

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ISBN: 9781617230103
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Published: Current - February 25th, 2014

People spent the twentieth century obsessed with the future. We created technologies that would help connect us faster, gather news, map the planet, and compile knowledge. We strove for an instantaneous network where time and space could be compressed. Well, the future's arrived. We live in a continuous now enabled by Twitter, email, and a so-called real-time technological shift.

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ISBN: 9780385334587
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Published: Delta - June 13th, 2000

Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin's now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.

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ISBN: 9780307278449
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Published: Vintage Books USA - May 8th, 2007

Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in.Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife.

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ISBN: 9780452297753
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Published: Plume Books - February 28th, 2012

The Classic work of fiction that dramatically illuminates the lives described in current nonfiction bestsellers like J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy and Nancy Isenberg's White Trash

The modern literary classic that has been compared to To Kill a Mockingbird and Catcher in the Rye

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ISBN: 9781555977351
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Published: Graywolf Press - January 26th, 2016

An intrepid voyage out to the frontiers of the latest thinking about love, language, and family

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ISBN: 9781555976712
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Published: Graywolf Press - April 1st, 2014

From personal loss to phantom diseases, "The Empathy Exams" is a bold and brilliant collection, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize

"A "Publishers Weekly "Top Ten Essay Collection of Spring 2014"

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By Jennifer Harvey (Editor), Karin A. Case (Editor), Robin Hawley Gorsline (Editor)
ISBN: 9780829816075
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Published: Pilgrim Press - May 13th, 2008

Through careful, thoughful examination of the nature and workings of race, racism, and white supremacy, the contributors--an all-white group of theologians, ethicists, teachers, ministers, and activits--have provided a resource that will help white people do their own souls, acknowledging its devasting effects on people of color, and taking their own steps toward it's abolishment.

Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man Cover Image
ISBN: 9780872866249
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Published: City Lights Books - September 9th, 2014

Winner - Best Transgender Nonfiction - 2015 Lambda Literary Awards
Best Books of 2014 - Publishers Weekly
Best Books of 2014 - NPR Books
Best Nonficton Books of 2014 - Kirkus Reviews
10 Best Transgender Non-Fiction Books - Advocate

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ISBN: 9781551525365
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - April 8th, 2014

"Being a girl was something that never really happened for me." Rae Spoon

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ISBN: 9781566893749
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Published: Coffee House Press - September 9th, 2014

Praise for Saeed Jones:

"Jones is the kind of writer who's more than wanted: he's desperately needed."--FlavorWire

"This book leaves your body transformed in a way that poetry should." --ElevenEleven

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ISBN: 9781555975180
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 3rd, 2009

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism
Winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize

A frank and fascinating exploration of race and racial identity

Hiking Atlanta’s Hidden Forests: Intown and Out

by Jonah McDonald


Not only is this the first guidebook dedicated entirely to hikes in intown and close-in neighborhoods, but nearly half of these 60 hikes appear in no other guidebook. That means this book gets the word out about intown greenspaces that, until now, have only been explored by in-the-know neighbors and hiking enthusiasts. Twenty of the 60 routes are inside the perimeter and many more are just outside the I-285 loop. With this book in hand, you can experience full days of hiking without spending half a day in the car.


The book includes 60 hikes at more than 45 hiking destinations, all within 30 miles of the Capitol dome;


Of the 60 hikes in the book, 27 appear for the first time in any guide;


Of the 60 hikes, 20 are within the perimeter and many are just outside I-285;


Route lengths range from less than a mile to 12 miles;


All hike descriptions list public transportation access information;


Lists descriptions and GPS coordinates for more than 150 sentinel trees, including city and state champion trees;


Hikes from Hiking Atlanta’s Hidden Forests are included in Milestone Press’s new mobile app, Great Hikes of the Southern Appalachians.

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ISBN: 9780307743688
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Published: Anchor Books - June 28th, 2011

When a man escapes from a biological testing facility, he sets in motion a deadly domino effect, spreading a mutated strain of the flu that will wipe out 99 percent of humanity within a few weeks. The survivors who remain are scared, bewildered, and in need of a leader.

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ISBN: 9780061143311
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - April 10th, 2007

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer McMahon's explosive debut

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ISBN: 9781583943977
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Published: Evolver Editions - July 12th, 2011

Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth.

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ISBN: 9781501142970
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Published: Scribner Book Company - January 5th, 2016

Now a major motion picture
Stephen King's terrifying, classic #1 New York Times bestseller, "a landmark in American literature" (Chicago Sun-Times)--about seven adults who return to their hometown to confront a nightmare they had first stumbled on as teenagers...an evil without a name: It.

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ISBN: 9781617753541
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Published: Akashic Books - August 25th, 2015

One of the San Francisco Chronicle's 100 Recommended Books of 2015

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ISBN: 9781451627299
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Published: Gallery Books - July 24th, 2012

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller--now a limited series on Hulu starring James Franco


In Stephen King's "most ambitious and accomplished" (NPR) and "extraordinary" (USA TODAY) #1 New York Times bestselling novel, time travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying.

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ISBN: 9781556594953
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 5th, 2016

One of the most celebrated poetry books of the year:

Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 P Cover Image
ISBN: 9781607748892
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Published: Ten Speed Press - August 9th, 2016

Following on the heels of Lisa Cron's breakout first book, Wired for Story, this writing guide reveals how to use cognitive storytelling strategies to build a scene-by-scene blueprint for a riveting story.

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ISBN: 9781594749766
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Published: Quirk Books - July 11th, 2017

A heartwarming story of friendship and demonic possession. The year is 1988. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fourth grade. But after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act...different. She's moody. She's irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she's nearby.

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ISBN: 9780804180283
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Published: Dell - July 26th, 2016

From Atlanta's wealthiest suburbs to its stark inner-city housing projects, a killer has crossed the boundaries of wealth and race. And the people who are chasing him must cross those boundaries, too. Among them is Michael Ormewood, a veteran detective whose marriage is hanging by a thread and whose arrogance and explosive temper are threatening his career.

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ISBN: 9780812988024
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Published: Random House Trade - May 9th, 2017

THE INSTANT BESTSELLER - An indelible portrait of girls, the women they become, and that moment in life when everything can go horribly wrong

The Futilitarians: Our Year of Thinking, Drinking, Grieving, and Reading Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316393904
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Published: Little Brown and Company - August 22nd, 2017

Recommended Summer Reading -- Louise Erdrich, New York Times

A memoir of friendship and literature chronicling a search for meaning and comfort in great books, and a beautiful path out of grief

Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation Cover Image
By Eli Clare, Aurora Levins Morales (Foreword by), Dean Spade (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780822360315
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Published: Duke University Press - August 7th, 2015

First published in 1999, the groundbreaking Exile and Pride is essential to the history and future of disability politics.

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ISBN: 9780822362722
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Published: Duke University Press - October 28th, 2016

In Spill, self-described queer Black troublemaker and Black feminist love evangelist Alexis Pauline Gumbs presents a commanding collection of scenes depicting fugitive Black women and girls seeking freedom from gendered violence and racism.

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ISBN: 9781849352604
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Published: AK Press - April 18th, 2017

Inspired by Octavia Butler's explorations of our human relationship to change, Emergent Strategy is radical self-help, society-help, and planet-help designed to shape the futures we want to live. Change is constant. The world is in a continual state of flux. It is a stream of ever-mutating, emergent patterns.