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E.R. Anderson is a recovering academic and down-low fiction writer who believes that words are both weapons and medicine, and never doubts that 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, but they are a sucker for gritty stories gracefully told. 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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Summer Sons Cover Image
$26.99
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.


Leave the World Behind: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062667632
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Published: Ecco - October 6th, 2020

A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick!

Finalist for the 2020 National Book Award (Fiction)

One of Barack Obama's Summer Favorites


The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525509561
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Published: One World - February 16th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD • One of today’s most insightful and influential thinkers offers a powerful exploration of inequality and the lesson that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyone—not just for people of color.


Detransition, Baby: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593133378
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Published: One World - January 12th, 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


The Secret Lives of Church Ladies Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781949199734
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Published: West Virginia University Press - September 1st, 2020

*FINALIST for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction*
*WINNER of the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award*
*WINNER of the 2020 Story Prize
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*WINNER of the 2020 L.A.


Future Feeling: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781593766887
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Published: Soft Skull - June 1st, 2021

An embittered dog walker obsessed with a social media influencer inadvertently puts a curse on a young man—and must adventure into mysterious dimension in order to save him—in this wildly inventive, delightfully subversive, genre-nonconforming debut novel about illusion, magic, technology, kinship, and the emergent future.


The Searcher: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735224650
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Published: Viking - October 6th, 2020

Best Book of 2020
New York Times |NPR | New York Post

"This hushed suspense tale about thwarted dreams of escape may be her best one yet . . . Its own kind of masterpiece." --Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post


We Both Laughed in Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan Cover Image
By Lou Sullivan, Ellis Martin (Editor), Zach Ozma (Editor)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781643620176
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Published: Nightboat Books - September 24th, 2019

Celebratory, even radical--The New Yorker

Monumental--Hyperallergic


The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594487330
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 2020

WINNER OF THE 2021 JOYCE CAROL OATES PRIZE

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2020 BY O MAGAZINE, THE NEW YORKER, THE WASHINGTON POST, REAL SIMPLE, THE GUARDIAN, AND MORE 

FINALIST FOR: THE STORY PRIZE, THE L.A. TIMES BOOK PRIZE, THE ASPEN WORDS LITERARY PRIZE, THE CHAUTAUQUA PRIZE


Girlhood Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781635572520
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 30th, 2021

National Bestseller

Named a Most Anticipated Book by:

The New York Times * Buzzfeed * Time.com * OprahMag.com * The Millions * The Rumpus * LitHub * Paperback Paris * The Lily (Washington Post) * Ms. * LAMBDA Literary


The Only Good Indians Cover Image
$26.99
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ISBN: 9781982136451
Published: Gallery / Saga Press - July 14th, 2020

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

From USA TODAY bestselling author Stephen Graham Jones comes a “masterpiece” (Locus Magazine) of a novel about revenge, cultural identity, and the cost of breaking from tradition.


Plain Bad Heroines: A Novel Cover Image
By Emily M. Danforth, Sara Lautman (Illustrator)
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062942852
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Published: William Morrow - October 20th, 2020

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

“A delectable brew of gothic horror and Hollywood satire . . . [and] what makes all this so much fun is Danforth’s deliciously ghoulish voice . . . exquisite." —Ron Charles, THE WASHINGTON POST


The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires: A Novel Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781683691433
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Published: Quirk Books - April 7th, 2020

The New York Times Best Seller
A Barnes & Noble Best Fiction Book of 2020
A Goodreads Choice Awards Finalist

Steel Magnolias 
meets Dracula in this '90s-set horror novel about a women's book club that must do battle with a mysterious newcomer to their small Southern town, perfect for murderinos and fans of Stephen King.

 


The Prettiest Star Cover Image
$26.00
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ISBN: 9781938235627
Published: Hub City Press - May 19th, 2020

One of 2020's most acclaimed books. A Kirkus Best Fiction Book of 2020 - One of O Magazine's Best LGBT Books of 2020 - A Finalist for the Southern Book Prize - One of the Women's National Book Association's 2020 Great Group Reads Selections - EW's 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2020 - BookRiot - Lambda Literary's - Salon - BookPage's - Garden & Gun's - Logo NewNowNext's


White Flights: Race, Fiction, and the American Imagination Cover Image
$16.00
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ISBN: 9781555978327
Published: Graywolf Press - August 6th, 2019

A bold, incisive look at race and reparative writing in American fiction, by the author of Your Face in Mine


Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781455563920
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 14th, 2017

A New York Times Top Ten Book of the Year and National Book Award finalist, Pachinko is an "extraordinary epic" of four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family as they fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan (San Francisco Chronicle).


Severance: A Novel Cover Image
By Ling Ma
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250214997
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Published: Picador - May 7th, 2019

Maybe it’s the end of the world, but not for Candace Chen, a millennial, first-generation American and office drone meandering her way into adulthood in Ling Ma’s offbeat, wryly funny, apocalyptic satire, Severance.

"A stunning, audacious book with a fresh take on both office politics and what the apocalypse might bring." Michael Schaub, NPR.org


Heavy: An American Memoir Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501125669
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Published: Scribner - March 5th, 2019

*Named a Best Book of 2018 by the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, NPR, Broadly, Buzzfeed (Nonfiction), The Undefeated, Library Journal (Biography/Memoirs), The Washington Post (Nonfiction), Southern Living (Southern), Entertainment Weekly, and The New York Times Critics*

In this powerful, provocative, and universally lau


Ohio Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501174483
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 4th, 2019

“Extraordinary...beautifully precise...[an] earnestly ambitious debut.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A wild, angry, and devastating masterpiece of a book.” —NPR

“[A] descendent of the Dickensian ‘social novel’ by way of Jonathan Franzen: epic fiction that lays bare contemporary culture clashes, showin


A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction (Center for Environmental Structure) Cover Image
$65.00
ISBN: 9780195019193
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - August 25th, 1977

You can use this book to design a house for yourself with your family; you can use it to work with your neighbors to improve your town and neighborhood; you can use it to design an office, or a workshop, or a public building. And you can use it to guide you in the actual process of
construction.


White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism (Politics and Society in Modern America #89) Cover Image
$32.95
ISBN: 9780691133867
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Published: Princeton University Press - July 29th, 2007

The forgotten story of how southern white supremacy and resistance to desegregation helped give birth to the modern conservative movement


The Vegetarian: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101906118
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Published: Hogarth - August 23rd, 2016

Winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize


Memoir of a Race Traitor: Fighting Racism in the American South Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781620972991
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Published: New Press - September 24th, 2019

Back in print after more than a decade, the singular chronicle of life at the forefront of antiracist activism, with a new introduction and afterword by the author


The Way the Crow Flies: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
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ISBN: 9780060586379
Published: Harper Perennial - August 31st, 2004

 “One of the finest novels I’ve read . . . .a fiercely intelligent look at childhood, marriage, families, the 1960s, the Cold War and the fear and isolation that are part of the human condition…. it is not only beautifully written…. it is equally beautiful in its conception, its compassion, its wisdom, even in its anger and pain.


The Boys of My Youth Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316085250
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 29th, 1999

The "utterly compelling, uncommonly beautiful" collection of personal essays (Newsweek) that established Jo Ann Beard as one of the leading writers of her generation.


M Archive: After the End of the World Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780822370840
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Published: Duke University Press - March 9th, 2018

Following the innovative collection Spill, Alexis Pauline Gumbs's M Archive-the second book in a planned experimental triptych-is a series of poetic artifacts that speculatively documents the persistence of Black life following a worldwide cataclysm. Engaging with the work of the foundational Black feminist theorist M.


Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity Cover Image
$19.99
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ISBN: 9781580056229
Published: Seal Press - March 8th, 2016

In this updated second edition, biologist and trans woman Julia Serano reveals a unique perspective on femininity, masculinity, and gender identity.


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More of This World or Maybe Another Cover Image
$15.99
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.

-E.R. Anderson, Charis Circle E.D. 


Never Let Me Go (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
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 Sto


Getting Mother's Body: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812968002
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - 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.


The Fire Next Time (Vintage International) Cover Image
$13.95
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, gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement—and still lights the way to understanding race in America today.  


The Empathy Exams: Essays Cover Image
$16.00
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 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 activists--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.


My Best Friend's Exorcism: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
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.


11/22/63: A Novel Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9781451627299
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Published: Gallery Books - July 24th, 2012

One of the Ten Best Books of The New York Times Book Review
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize
Now a miniseries from Hulu starring James Franco


ON NOVEMBER 22, 1963, THREE SHOTS RANG OUT IN DALLAS, PRESIDENT KENNEDY DIED, AND THE WORLD CHANGED.


Night Sky with Exit Wounds Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781556594953
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 5th, 2016

One of the most celebrated poetry books of the year:


Triptych: A Novel Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780804180283
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Published: Dell - July 26th, 2016

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 


Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation Cover Image
$22.95
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
$22.95
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.


A fully revised edition of one of the most influential books ever written on personal finance with more than a million copies sold
 
“The best book on money. Period.” –Grant Sabatier, founder of “Millennial Money,” on CNBC Make It

"This is a wonderful book. It can really change your life." -Oprah


White Trash: Race and Class in America Cover Image
By Annalee Newitz (Editor), Matt Wray (Editor)
$58.74
ISBN: 9780415916929
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Published: Routledge - December 20th, 1996

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


A Little Life 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.


Beyond the Pale: White Women, Racism, and History (Feminist Classics) Cover Image
By Vron Ware, Mikki Kendall (Foreword by)
$29.95
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ISBN: 9781784780128
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.


Race Traitor Cover Image
By Noel Ignatiev (Editor), John Garvey (Editor)
$53.94
ISBN: 9780415913935
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Published: Routledge - April 30th, 1996

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
$17.00
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 Cherríe Moraga (Editor), Gloria Anzaldúa (Editor)
$38.45
ISBN: 9781438454382
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Published: State University of New York Press - March 1st, 2015

Finalist for the 2015 ForeWord INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award in the Anthologies Category
Bronze Medalist, 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Anthologies Category


The House Next Door Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781416553441
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Published: Gallery Books - July 3rd, 2007

An unparalleled picture of that vibrant but dark intersection where the Old and the New South collide.

Thirtysomething Colquitt and Walter Kennedy live in a charming, peaceful suburb of newly bustling Atlanta, Georgia. Life is made up of enjoyable work, long, lazy weekends, and the company of good neighbors.


Salvage the Bones: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781608196265
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - April 24th, 2012

Winner of the National Book Award

Jesmyn Ward, two-time National Book Award winner and author of Sing, Unburied, Sing, delivers a gritty but tender novel about family and poverty in the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina.


How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982170820
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Published: Scribner - November 10th, 2020

A New York Times Notable Book

A revised collection with thirteen essays, including six new to this edition and seven from the original edition, by the “star in the American literary firmament, with a voice that is courageous, honest, loving, and singularly beautiful” (NPR).

Brilliant and uncompromising, piercing and funny, How to Slowly Kill Your


Everything I Never Told You: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143127550
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Published: Penguin Books - May 12th, 2015

The acclaimed debut novel by the author of Little Fires Everywhere

“A taut tale of ever deepening and quickening suspense.” —O, the Oprah Magazine

Explosive . . . Both a propulsive mystery and a profound examination of a mixed-race family.” —Entertainment Weekly


The Great Believers Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735223523
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Published: Viking - June 19th, 2018

PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST
NEW YORK TIMES TOP 10 BOOK OF 2018
LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE WINNER
ALA CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER
THE STONEWALL BOOK AWARD WINNER

Soon to Be a Major Television Event, optioned by Amy Poehler


Blackwater: The Complete Saga Cover Image
By Michael McDowell, Nathan Ballingrud (Introduction by)
$33.59
ISBN: 9781943910816
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Published: Valancourt Books - October 2nd, 2017

Blackwater is the saga of a small town, Perdido, Alabama, and Elinor Dammert, the stranger who arrives there under mysterious circumstances on Easter Sunday, 1919. On the surface, Elinor is gracious, charming, anxious to belong in Perdido, and eager to marry Oscar Caskey, the eldest son of Perdido's first family. But her beautiful exterior hides a shocking secret.


Pass with Care: Memoirs Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781948340489
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Published: Dottir Press - July 7th, 2020

FEATURED IN PUBLISHERS WEEKLY's STILL HERE, STILL QUEER: LBGTQ BOOKS 2020

FEATURED IN BOOK RIOT'S INDIE PRESS ROUND-UP: 10 GREAT NEW RELEASES FOR SUMMER


A World Without Email: Reimagining Work in an Age of Communication Overload Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525536550
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Published: Portfolio - March 2nd, 2021

New York Times bestseller!
 
From New York Times bestselling author Cal Newport comes a bold vision for liberating workers from the tyranny of the inbox--and unleashing a new era of productivity.


Stay and Fight: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250619556
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Published: Picador - November 10th, 2020

"Like Bastard Out of Carolina, ffitch's electrifying debut novel is a paean to independence and a protest against the materialism of our age." —O: The Oprah Magazine

"Delightfully raucous." —Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal