E.R.'s Picks

 
E.R. Anderson
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

The Way the Crow Flies Cover Image
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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.


The Boys of My Youth Cover Image
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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
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ISBN: 9781580056229
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Published: Seal Press (CA) - March 8th, 2016

In the updated second edition of Whipping Girl, Julia Serano, a transsexual woman whose supremely intelligent writing reflects her diverse background as a lesbian transgender activist and professional biologist, shares her powerful experiences and observations--both pre- and post-transition--to reveal the ways in which fear, suspicion, and dismissiveness toward femininity shape our societa


The Cinnamon Peeler: Selected Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679779131
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Published: Vintage - 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.


The Magicians Cover Image
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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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More of This World or Maybe Another Cover Image
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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. 


Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination Cover Image
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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.


Fall on Your Knees Cover Image
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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.


Neon Vernacular Cover Image
$16.16
ISBN: 9780819512116
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Published: Wesleyan - April 30th, 1993

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


The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Cover Image
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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.


Light in August Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679732266
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Published: Vintage - 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


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

Named A Best Book of 2011 by the New York Times, Time Magazine, the Boston Globe and Entertainment Weekly

A sharp-eyed, uniquely humane tour of America's cultural landscape--from high to low to lower than low--by the award-winning young star of the literary nonfiction world.


The Magician's Assistant Cover Image
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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


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
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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.


Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine Cover Image
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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.


Kindred Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807083697
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Published: Beacon Press - February 1st, 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.


Never Let Me Go Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400078776
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Published: Vintage - March 14th, 2006

From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize-winning novel The Remains of the Day comes a devastating novel of innocence, knowledge, and loss.


Trash Cover Image
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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


Getting Mother's Body Cover Image
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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.


Trumpet Cover Image
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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.


Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha Cover Image
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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)
$17.06
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.


Ready Player One Cover Image
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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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The Fire Next Time Cover Image
$12.56
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.


Zami: A New Spelling of My Name: A Biomythography Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780895941220
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Published: Crossing Press - January 1st, 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


Notes of a Native Son Cover Image
By James Baldwin, Edward P. Jones (Foreword by)
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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
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ISBN: 9780812981605
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Published: Random House Trade - January 7th, 2014

OVER 60 WEEKS ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST


Who Owns the Future? Cover Image
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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)
$17.06
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.


Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now Cover Image
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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.


Giovanni's Room Cover Image
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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.


The Bluest Eye Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307278449
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Published: Vintage - 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.


Bastard Out of Carolina Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780452297753
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Published: Penguin Books - February 28th, 2012

"As close to flawless as any reader could ask for." --The New York Times Book Review


The Argonauts Cover Image
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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


The Empathy Exams: Essays Cover Image
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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


Disrupting White Supremacy from Within Cover Image
By Jennifer Harvey (Editor), Karin A. Case (Editor), Robin Hawley Gorsline (Editor)
$30.00
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
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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


Gender Failure Cover Image
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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


Prelude to Bruise Cover Image
$14.40
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


Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays Cover Image
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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


The Stand Cover Image
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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.


Promise Not to Tell Cover Image
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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


Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, & Society in the Age of Transition Cover Image
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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.


It Cover Image
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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.


My Best Friend's Exorcism Cover Image
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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.


11/22/63 Cover Image
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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

WINNER OF THE 2012 LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE

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.


Night Sky with Exit Wounds Cover Image
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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:


Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds Cover Image
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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.


Triptych Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780804180283
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Published: Dell - July 26th, 2016

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER


The Futilitarians: Our Year of Thinking, Drinking, Grieving, and Reading Cover Image
$24.30
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


The Girls Cover Image
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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


Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation Cover Image
By Eli Clare, Aurora Levins Morales (Foreword by), Dean Spade (Afterword by)
$20.66
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.


Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity Cover Image
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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.


The "the best book on money period" according to Grant of Millennial Money (as featured on CNBC Make It), who followed its advice and became a self-made millionaire entrepreneur in only five years


White Trash Cover Image
By Annalee Newitz, Matt Wray (Editor), Annalee Newitz (Editor)
$48.35
ISBN: 9780415916929
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Published: Routledge - February 20th, 1997

First published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


A Little Life Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780804172707
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Published: Anchor Books - January 26th, 2016

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR


The Turner House Cover Image
$13.46
ISBN: 9780544705166
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Published: Mariner Books - March 1st, 2016

"Flournoy's knockout debut is one of those books that should, by rights, be described as the Great American Novel." -- NPR
A New York Times Notable Book


Beyond the Pale: White Women, Racism, and History Cover Image
By Vron Ware, Mikki Kendall (Foreword by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781784780128
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Published: Verso - June 9th, 2015

How have ideas about white women figured in the history of racism? Vron Ware argues that they have been central, and that feminism has, in many ways, developed as a political movement within racist societies.


The Emperor Has No Clothes: Teaching about Race and Racism to People Who Don't Want to Know Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781617351044
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Published: Information Age Publishing - September 9th, 2010

A volume in Educational Leadership for Social Justice Series Editor Jeffrey S. Brooks, University of Missouri-Columbia, Denise E. Armstrong, Brock University; Ira Bogotch, Florida Atlantic University; Sandra Harris, Lamar University; Whitney H.


Race Traitor Cover Image
By Noel Ignatiev (Editor), John Garvey (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780415913935
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Published: Routledge - November 4th, 2010

Race Traitor brings together voices ranging from tenured university professors to skinheads and prison inmates to discuss the "white question" in America.


White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781632864130
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 5th, 2017

National Book Critics Circle Award Winner
New York Times Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of the Year
A Boston Globe Best Book of 2016
A Chicago Review of Books Best Nonfiction Book of 2016


This Bridge Called My Back, Fourth Edition: Writings by Radical Women of Color Cover Image
By Cherrie Moraga (Editor), Gloria Anzaldua (Editor)
$32.95
ISBN: 9781438454382
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Published: State University of New York Press - March 1st, 2015

Bronze Medalist, 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Anthologies Category