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E.R. Anderson is a recovering academic and down-low fiction writer 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, 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

The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires: A Novel Cover Image
$20.69
ISBN: 9781683691433
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Published: Quirk Books - April 7th, 2020

The New York Times Best Seller
#1 April LibraryReads Pick
April Indie Next Pick

Goodreads Big Book of Spring

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
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ISBN: 9781938235627
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Published: Hub City Press - May 19th, 2020

EW's 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2020 - O Magazine's "31 LGBTQ Books That'll Change the Literary Landscape in 2020" - BookRiot's "Most Anticipated LGBTQ Books of 2020" - Lambda Literary's "Most Anticipated LGBTQ Books


White Flights: Race, Fiction, and the American Imagination Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555978327
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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
$15.29
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).


Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781568585987
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Published: Bold Type Books - August 15th, 2017

The National Book Award winning history of how racist ideas were created, spread, and deeply rooted in American society.


Severance: A Novel Cover Image
By Ling Ma
$15.30
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
$14.40
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
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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


The Vegetarian: A Novel Cover Image
$14.40
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
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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
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ISBN: 9780060586379
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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
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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.


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 - 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. 


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.


Never Let Me Go (Vintage International) 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 Sto


Getting Mother's Body: A Novel Cover Image
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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
$12.56
ISBN: 9780679744726
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Published: Vintage - December 1st, 1992

"Basically the finest essay I’ve ever read. . . . Baldwin refused to hold anyone’s hand. He was both direct and beautiful all at once. He did not seem to write to convince you. He wrote beyond you.” --Ta-Nehisi Coates
 


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 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
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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 comes an unholy hybrid of Beaches and The Exorcist that blends teen angst, adolescent drama, unspeakable horrors, and a mix of ’80s pop songs into a pulse-pounding supernatural thriller.


11/22/63: A Novel Cover Image
$18.89
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
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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:


Triptych: A Novel Cover Image
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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
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ISBN: 9780316393928
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Published: Back Bay Books - July 31st, 2018

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)
$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
$20.66
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)
$53.85
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
$16.20
ISBN: 9780804172707
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Published: Anchor - January 26th, 2016

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR


Beyond the Pale: White Women, Racism, and History (Feminist Classics) 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.


Race Traitor Cover Image
By Noel Ignatiev (Editor), John Garvey (Editor)
$46.15
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
$15.30
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

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


The House Next Door Cover Image
$16.19
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
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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 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781932841770
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Published: Agate Bolden - August 13th, 2013

Author and essayist Kiese Laymon is one of the most unique, stirring, and powerful new voices in American writing. How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America is a collection of his essays, touching on subjects ranging from family, race, violence, and celebrity to music, writing, and coming of age in Mississippi.


Everything I Never Told You: A Novel Cover Image
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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
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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)
$30.79
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

Pass with Care is a testament to trans resilience, queer joy, and the power of finding freedom and adventure within a community of your own creation. Transgender writer, artist, and activist Cooper Lee Bombardier shifts effortlessly between lyrical essays, poetry, and narrative nonfiction as his own landscape changes over the course of two decades.