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Sara Luce Look-- Sara is a co-owner of Charis as well as the book buyer and general manager. She enjoys witchy historical fiction, poetry, and books that push sexual and gender-bending boundaries. She also loves cookbooks, queer young adult fiction and beautiful children's books. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Last Night at the Telegraph Club By Malinda Lo Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780525555278
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - December 28th, 2021

Winner of the National Book Award
A New York Times Bestseller

"The queer romance we’ve been waiting for.”—Ms. Magazine


Stone Fruit By Lee Lai Cover Image
By Lee Lai
$29.99
ISBN: 9781683964261
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Published: Fantagraphics - May 11th, 2021

An exhilarating and tender debut graphic novel that is an ode to the love and connection shared among three women and the child they all adore.

2022 Cartoonist Studio Prize WINNER

2022 Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize WINNER

2022 Lambda Literary Award WINNER, LGBTQ Comics


Detransition, Baby: A Novel By Torrey Peters Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593133385
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Published: One World - October 5th, 2021

NATIONAL BESTSELLER The lives of three women—transgender and cisgender—collide after an unexpected pregnancy forces them to confront their deepest desires in “one of the most celebrated novels of the year” (Time)

“Reading this novel is like holding a live wire in your hand.”—Vulture


Things in Jars: A Novel By Jess Kidd Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982121297
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Published: Washington Square Press - September 29th, 2020

In this “miraculous and thrilling” (Diane Setterfield, #1 New York Times bestselling author) mystery for fans of The Essex Serpent and The Book of Speculation, Victorian London comes to life as an intrepid female sleuth wades through a murky world of collectors and criminals to recover a remarkable child.

Bridie Devine—flame-haired, pipe-smoking


The Last True Poets of the Sea By Julia Drake Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780759554993
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 15th, 2021

Fans of Far from the Tree, We Are Okay and Emergency Contact will love this epic, utterly unforgettable contemporary novel about a lost shipwreck, a missing piece of family history, and weathering the storms of life. 

The Larkin family isn't just lucky—they persevere.


Bodies Are Cool By Tyler Feder, Tyler Feder (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Tyler Feder, Tyler Feder (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593112625
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Published: Rocky Pond Books - June 1st, 2021

This cheerful love-your-body picture book for preschoolers is an exuberant read-aloud with bright and friendly illustrations to pore over.
 


Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation By Octavia E. Butler, John Jennings (Illustrator), Damian Duffy (Adapted by), Nnedi Okorafor (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Octavia E. Butler, John Jennings (Illustrator), Damian Duffy (Adapted by), Nnedi Okorafor (Introduction by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781419728556
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - July 24th, 2018

The Sisters of the Winter Wood By Rena Rossner Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316483360
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Published: Redhook - June 18th, 2019

Captivating and boldly imaginative, with a tale of sisterhood at its heart, Rena Rossner's debut fantasy invites you to enter a world filled with magic, folklore, and the dangers of the woods.

*Publishers Weekly: Best Book of 2018: SF/Fantasy/Horror
*BookPage: Best Book of 2018: Science Fiction & Fantasy


"With luscious and hypnotic prose, Rena


The Wedding Portrait By Innosanto Nagara Cover Image
$17.95
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ISBN: 9781609808020
Published: Triangle Square - October 17th, 2017

The Wedding Portrait is an essential book for kids about standing up for what's right. Here are stories of direct action from around the world that are bookended by the author's wedding story. He and his bride led their wedding party to a  protest, and were captured in a photo by the local newspaper kissing in front of a line of police just before being arrested.


Magic Lessons: Book #1 of the Practical Magic Series By Alice Hoffman Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982108854
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Published: Scribner / Marysue Rucci Books - September 7th, 2021

In this “ bewitching” (The New York Times Book Review) novel that traces a centuries-old curse to its source, beloved author Alice Hoffman unveils the story of Maria Owens, accused of witchcraft in Salem, and matriarch of a line of the amazing Owens women and men featured in Practical Magic and The Rules of Magic.

Where does the story of the Ow


Plain Bad Heroines: A Novel By Emily M. Danforth, Sara Lautman (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Emily M. Danforth, Sara Lautman (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062942869
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 5th, 2021

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

The award-winning author of The Miseducation of Cameron Post makes her adult debut with this highly imaginative and original horror-comedy centered around a cursed New England boarding school for girls—a wickedly whimsical celebration of the art of storytelling, sapphic love, and the rebellious female spirit.


The Moon Within (Scholastic Gold) By Aida Salazar Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781338283389
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - May 5th, 2020

The dazzling story of a girl navigating friendship, family, and growing up, an Are You There God, It's Me Margaret? for the modern day, from debut author Aida Salazar.

****Four starred reviews!****

* "A worthy successor to Are You There God?


Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me By Mariko Tamaki Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626722590
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Published: First Second - May 7th, 2019

One of FORBES Best Graphic Novels of 2019
On BCCB 2019 Blue Ribbons List
One of NPR's Best Books of 2019
Booklist 2019 Editors' Choice
One of Bitch Media’s Best Queer YA Novels of 2019


Mooncakes Collector's Edition By Suzanne Walker, Wendy Xu (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Suzanne Walker, Wendy Xu (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781620109731
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Published: Oni Press - October 12th, 2021

"If Mooncakes were a spell, it would be a housewarming charm that settles with care into the softest parts of a home and makes the houseplants grow.


In At The Deep End By Kate Davies Cover Image
$15.99
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ISBN: 9780358299592
Published: Mariner Books - May 26th, 2020

* A Finalist for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction * One of Autostraddle's Best Queer Books of 2019 * 

A deliciously disarming debut novel about a twenty-something Londoner who discovers that she may have been looking for love—and pleasure—in all the wrong places (i.e., from men).


The Witches of New York: A Novel By Ami McKay Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062359926
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 11th, 2017

A Buzzfeed Best Gift Book of the Year

“A dark, atmospheric, and feminist story of three women in New York City's Gilded Age, each determined to thrive in a society hell-bent on keeping them down, and using their coven to do so."    —Buzzfeed

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER


The Essex Serpent: A Novel By Sarah Perry Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062666383
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Published: Custom House - April 24th, 2018

NOW AN APPLE TV+ SERIES

Washington Post Notable Work of Fiction * Winner of the British Book Awards Fiction Book of the Year and overall Book of the Year *A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of The Year * Waterstones Book of the Year * Costa Book Award Finalist


Meet Me There: Normal Sex & Home in Three Days. Don't Wash. By Samuel Ace Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780998843926
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Published: Belladonna Series - May 1st, 2019

Poetry. LGBTQIA Studies. MEET ME THERE is a paired republication of Normal Sex (Firebrand Books, 1994) and Home in three days. Don't wash. (Hard Press, 1996). In the present edition, the texts are accompanied by a new introduction and poem by Samuel Ace, and by a collection of short essays and reflections on Ace and Smukler's poetics.


Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel By Casey McQuiston Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250316776
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 14th, 2019

* Instant NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestseller *
* GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD WINNER for BEST DEBUT and BEST ROMANCE of 2019 *

* BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR* for VOGUE, NPR, VANITY FAIR, and more! *

What happens when America's First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?


Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers By Natalie Eve Garrett Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781936787791
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Published: Catapult - October 29th, 2019

Named a Best Cookbook of the Year by Martha Stewart Living

"Magnificent illustrations add spirit to recipes and heartfelt narratives. Plan to buy two copies—one for you and one for your best foodie friend." —Taste of Home


The Women Who Caught The Babies: A Story of African American Midwives By Eloise Greenfield, Daniel Minter (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Eloise Greenfield, Daniel Minter (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780997772074
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Published: Alazar Press - September 1st, 2019

The Women Who Caught the Babies highlights important aspects of the training and work of African-American midwives and the ways in which they have helped, and continue to help, so many families by “catching” their babies at birth.


The Lost Coast By A. R. Capetta Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536200966
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Published: Candlewick - May 14th, 2019

The spellbinding tale of six queer witches forging their own paths, shrouded in the mist, magic, and secrets of the ancient California redwoods.


The Last Place You Look: A Mystery (Roxane Weary #1) By Kristen Lepionka Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250181305
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Published: Minotaur Books - May 1st, 2018

Kristen Lepionka's 2018 Anthony Award Nominee for Best First Novel, The Last Place You Look is a head-on collision between an allegedly closed case and a tenacious, troubled private investigator who doesn’t know when to quit.


Animals Brag about Their Bottoms By Maki Sato, Brian Bergstrom (Translator) Cover Image
By Maki Sato, Brian Bergstrom (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781771647106
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Published: Greystone Kids - September 29th, 2020

For fans of Taro Gomi's Everyone Poops and Matthew Van Fleet's Tails, this cheeky, whimsical picture book for ages 3-7 inspires self-love and body positivity, plus a whole lot of laughter and fun


Confessions of the Fox: A Novel By Jordy Rosenberg Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399592287
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Published: One World - March 5th, 2019

New York Times Editors’ Choice: “A mind-bending romp through a gender-fluid, eighteenth century London . . . a joyous mash-up of literary genres shot through with queer theory and awash in sex, crime, and revolution.”


A Girl Like Me By Angela Johnson, Nina Crews (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Angela Johnson, Nina Crews (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781541557772
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Published: Millbrook Press (Tm) - February 4th, 2020

A] rallying cry for girls to reject limitations others might place on them and their dreams.--starred, The Horn Book Magazine


Annie on My Mind By Nancy Garden Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780374400118
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Published: Square Fish - February 20th, 2007

This groundbreaking book, first published in 1982, is the story of two teenage girls whose friendship blossoms into love and who, despite pressures from family and school that threaten their relationship, promise to be true to each other and their feelings.


Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme By Ivan Coyote (Editor), Zena Sharman (Editor) Cover Image
By Ivan Coyote (Editor), Zena Sharman (Editor)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781551523972
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - May 3rd, 2011

Lambda Literary Award finalist

American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book


The Magicians: A Novel (Magicians Trilogy #1) By Lev Grossman Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780452296299
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Published: Penguin 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
 


Loving Frank: A Novel By Nancy Horan Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780345495006
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 8th, 2008

I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by. I want to swim in the river. I want to feel the current.


The Children's Book (Vintage International) By A. S. Byatt Cover Image
$17.95
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ISBN: 9780307473066
Published: Vintage - August 10th, 2010

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • MAN BOOKER PRIZE NOMINEE • From the Booker Prize-winning, bestselling author of Possession: a story that spans the Victorian era through World War I about a children’s author and the passions, betrayals, and secrets that tear apart the lives of her family and loved ones.


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More of This World or Maybe Another By Barb Johnson Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061732270
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 20th, 2009

More of This World or Maybe Another is a collection of award-winning short fiction about four outsiders whose unruly lives intersect on the back streets of New Orleans from writer Barb Johnson. Funny and haunting by turns, Johnson’s unforgettable characters are driven by something fragile and irresistible, a sputtering drive to love and be loved, in these “stunning stories .


People of the Book: A Novel By Geraldine Brooks Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143115007
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Published: Penguin Books - December 30th, 2008

The bestselling novel that follows a rare manuscript through centuries of exile and war, from the author of The Secret Chord and of March, winner of the Pulitzer Prize.


The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane By Katherine Howe Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781401341336
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Published: Hachette Books - April 6th, 2010

A spellbinding, beautifully written novel that moves between contemporary times and one of the most fascinating and disturbing periods in American history - the Salem witch trials.


The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes By DuBose Heyward, Marjorie Flack (Illustrator) Cover Image
By DuBose Heyward, Marjorie Flack (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780395185575
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Published: Clarion Books - April 3rd, 1974

Cottontail the country bunny has big dreams of becoming the fifth Easter Bunny, and when she finally proves herself worthy of Old Grandfather's blessings, she is chosen to deliver the most special egg of them all.

With twenty-one baby bunnies to look after, mother bunny Cottontail abandons her dream of becoming an Easter Bunny.


A Little Life By Hanya Yanagihara Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780804172707
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Published: Anchor - January 26th, 2016

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A stunning “portrait of the enduring grace of friendship” (NPR) about the families we are born into, and those that we make for ourselves. A masterful depiction of love in the twenty-first century.


Trash By Dorothy Allison Cover Image
$15.00
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 Sto


The Orphans of Race Point: A Novel By Patry Francis Cover Image
$18.69
ISBN: 9780062281302
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 6th, 2014

“Set against the coast of Provincetown, Patry Francis’s fierce, ravishing epic cuts deep to the bone about how love binds us together and breaks us apart, and how the past’s thumbprint rests on the present.


The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves By James Lecesne, Sarah Moon, James Lecesne (Editor), Sarah Moon (Editor) Cover Image
$10.99
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ISBN: 9780545399333
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - April 29th, 2014

Life-saving letters from a glittering wishlist of top authors.

If you received a letter from your older self, what do you think it would say? What do you wish it would say?That the boy you were crushing on in History turns out to be gay too, and that you become boyfriends in college?


The Palace of Illusions: A Novel By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781400096206
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Published: Anchor - February 10th, 2009

Taking us back to a time that is half history, half myth and wholly magical, bestselling author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni gives voice to Panchaali, the fire-born heroine of the Mahabharata, as she weaves a vibrant retelling of an ancient epic saga.