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Brittany recently received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Georgia State University. She also works in health policy and research in addition to being a bookseller at Charis. She is passionate about queer activism, sex worker rights, and prison abolitionism. A Capricorn Sun, Aries ascendant, and moon in Pisces. She enjoys horror movies, gritty queer novels, and reading poetry to her plants. 

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Tacky: Love Letters to the Worst Culture We Have to Offer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593312728
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Published: Vintage - November 2nd, 2021

An irreverent and charming collection of deeply personal essays about the joys of low pop culture and bad taste, exploring coming of age in the 2000s in the age of Hot Topic, Creed, and frosted lip gloss—from the James Beard Award-nominated writer of the Catapult column "Store-Bought Is Fine”

Nothing But Blackened Teeth Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250759412
Published: Tor Nightfire - October 19th, 2021

An Indie Next Pick!
An October LibraryReads Pick!
A Most Anticipated Read on Goodreads,, Crime Reads, BookRiot, The Nerd Daily, and more.

My Heart Is a Chainsaw Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982137632
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - August 31st, 2021

In her quickly gentrifying rural lake town Jade sees recent events only her encyclopedic knowledge of horror films could have prepared her for in this latest novel from the Jordan Peele of horror literature, New York Times bestselling author Stephen Graham Jones.

“Some girls just don’t know how to die…”


This Thing Between Us: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374539238
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Published: MCD x FSG Originals - October 12th, 2021

“As original as it is affecting . . . left me genuinely creeped out, unsettled, and shaken. An existentially frightening book.”
—Paul Tremblay, author of Survivor Song

“Hold on, this isn’t a ride, it’s a slide, and it doesn’t care whether you’re ready or not.”
—Stephen Graham Jones, author of The Only Good Indians

Las Biuty Queens: Stories Cover Image
By Iván Monalisa Ojeda, Pedro Almodóvar (Introduction by), Hannah Kauders (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781662600302
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Published: Astra House - June 1st, 2021

"A dazzling collection of stories based in part on his/her life... Readers will want to consume these bonbons slowly because they are so rich and delicious."
Gay City News
"Chilean American writer Ojeda dazzles and devastates in this rich collection about a group of trans Latinx immigrants as they try to make it in New York City."

Summer Sons Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250790286
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Published: Tordotcom - September 28th, 2021

Lee Mandelo's debut Summer Sons is a sweltering, queer Southern Gothic that crosses Appalachian street racing with academic intrigue, all haunted by a hungry ghost.

Milk Fed: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982142506
Published: Scribner - August 3rd, 2021

This darkly hilarious and “delicious new novel that ravishes with sex and food” (The Boston Globe) from the acclaimed author of The Pisces and So Sad Today is a “precise blend of desire, discomfort, spirituality, and existential ache” (BuzzFeed).

Rachel is twenty-four, a lapsed Jew who has made calorie restriction her religion.

100 Boyfriends Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374538989
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Published: MCD x FSG Originals - February 2nd, 2021

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. Longlisted for the 2021 Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize. "This hurricane of delirious, lonely, lewd tales is a taxonomy and grand unified theory of the boyfriend, in every tense." --Parul Sehgal, The New York Times

The Return Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593098677
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Published: Berkley - October 6th, 2020

A group of friends reunite after one of them has returned from a mysterious two-year disappearance in this edgy and haunting debut.

A History of My Brief Body Cover Image
ISBN: 9781937512934
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - July 14th, 2020

Lambda Literary Award, Finalist / A Best Book of 2020 --Kirkus Reviews, Book Riot, CBC, Globe and Mail, Largehearted Boy.

Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight for Sex Workers' Rights Cover Image
ISBN: 9781786633613
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Published: Verso - March 3rd, 2020

How the law harms sex workers—and what they want instead

Do you have to endorse prostitution in order to support sex worker rights? Should clients be criminalized, and can the police deliver justice?

Hustling Verse: An Anthology of Sex Workers' Poetry Cover Image
By Amber Dawn (Editor), Justin DuCharme (Editor)
ISBN: 9781551527819
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - October 15th, 2019

In this trailblazing anthology, more than fifty self-identified sex workers from all walks of the industry (survival and trade, past and present) explore their lived experience through the expressive nuance and beauty of poetry.

Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525566182
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Published: Vintage - April 23rd, 2019

"In these irreverent pages, a shapeshifter gets a crash course in gender and sexuality by inhabiting both sides of the binary and arriving precisely somewhere in the middle." —O, The Oprah Magazine

“HOT” (Maggie Nelson) • “TIGHT” (Eileen Myles) • “DEEP” (Michelle Tea)

My Best Friend's Exorcism: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594749766
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Published: Quirk Books - July 11th, 2017

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires, this unholy hybrid of Beaches and The Exorcist blends teen angst and unspeakable horrors into a pulse-pounding supernatural thriller.

My Autobiography of Carson McCullers: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781951142292
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Published: Tin House Books - January 5th, 2021

Winner of the Publishing Triangle Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction, Phi Beta Kappa Christian Gauss Award, and a Lambda Literary Award

Finalist for the National Book Award

Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction

Tender Is the Flesh Cover Image
By Agustina Bazterrica, Sarah Moses (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781982150921
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Published: Scribner - August 4th, 2020

Working at the local processing plant, Marcos is in the business of slaughtering humans—though no one calls them that anymore.

His wife has left him, his father is sinking into dementia, and Marcos tries not to think too hard about how he makes a living. After all, it happened so quickly.

Our Work Is Everywhere: An Illustrated Oral History of Queer and Trans Resistance Cover Image
ISBN: 9781551528151
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - April 6th, 2021

Over the past ten years, we have witnessed the rise of queer and trans communities that have defied and challenged those who have historically opposed them. Through bold, symbolic imagery and surrealist, overlapping landscapes, queer illustrator and curator Syan Rose shines a light on the faces and voices of these diverse, amorphous, messy, real and imagined queer and trans communities.

Everybody: A Book about Freedom Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393608779
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 4th, 2021

"Astute and consistently surprising critic" (NPR) Olivia Laing investigates the body and its discontents through the great freedom movements of the twentieth century.

Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution: An Oral History Cover Image
By Lynn Breedlove (Introduction by), Walter Crasshole (Editor), Yony Leyser (Editor), Anna Joy Springer (Introduction by), Liam Warfield (Editor)
ISBN: 9781629637969
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Published: PM Press - June 29th, 2021

Through exclusive interviews with protagonists like Bruce LaBruce, G.B.

Pizza Girl: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984899002
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Published: Anchor - May 4th, 2021

An audacious and wryly funny coming-of-age story about a pregnant pizza delivery girl who becomes obsessed with one of her customers.

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ISBN: 9781951971038
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Published: Creature Publishing, LLC - March 30th, 2021

One hot summer night, best friends Lourdes, Fernanda, Ana, Perla, and Pauline hold a's ance. It's all fun and games at first, but their tipsy laughter turns to terror when the flames burn straight through their prayer candles and Fernanda starts crawling toward her friends and chanting in Nahuatl, the language of their Aztec ancestors.

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Sarahland Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538735077
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 8th, 2022

"Queer, dirty, insightful, and so funny" (Andrea Lawlor), this coyly revolutionary debut story collection imagines new origins and futures for its cast of unforgettable protagonists—almost all of whom are named Sarah.


A Touch of Jen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316704267
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - July 13th, 2021

A young couple's toxic Instagram crush spins out of control and unleashes a sinister creature in this twisted, viciously funny, "bananas good" debut.