Kevin's Picks

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A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984801197
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Published: Random House - March 30th, 2021

I can't think of another writer with so many tools at their disposal.  That's one thing, but to be able to use those tools to cut right to the most crucial questions makes Abdurraqib the best writer of our time.  Using memoir, cultural critique, history, and poetry, this book examines what it means to perform whether on stage or in your own personal space.  This is a wild ride that will break your heart, but if you can hold on long enough, Aburraqib can build it back up.


This Thing Between Us: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780374539238
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Published: MCD x FSG Originals - October 12th, 2021

For fans of A24 horror.

A literary page-turner that will keep you up at night -  Full of scenes that are truly creepy -A story of crushing grief and horrifically grisly possession - Dark without being oppressive.  

A brand new paperback original!


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My Heart Is a Chainsaw Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781982137632
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - August 31st, 2021

Main character Jade is one of my favorite fictional characters in a long time.  She is a reservoir of slasher movie knowledge taking the reader through what feels like a lucid nightmare.  This book is impossible to put down and left me shook at the end.  Graham Jones plays with tropes to create something completely fresh.  It's equal parts classic bloody fun and scathing commentary that will make you question whether the world deserves to burn.

TW: suicide, references to rape


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The Only Good Indians: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781982136468
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - January 26th, 2021

A gruesome, wild ride that gets in your head and twists it around.  Graham Jones combines classic haunted house and slasher tropes then blindsides his unsuspecting characters with a malevolent force bent on revenge.  It's the stuff of nightmares.


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Reprieve: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063079915
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Published: William Morrow - October 5th, 2021

I could not put this book down.  James Han Mattson crafts amazing characters and brings them all together as contestants in a surreal full-contact haunted house gameshow.  Learning how each character came to be part of the team, and how one character ends up dead makes this an elevated literary page-turner addressing important questions of race, sexuality, and desperate American capitalism.


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The Last House on Needless Street Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250812629
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Published: Tor Nightfire - September 28th, 2021

A roller-coaster-puzzle-box.  Every character is an unreliable narrator, and every character is absolutely fascinating.  


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The Liar's Dictionary: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593311868
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Published: Anchor - November 9th, 2021

"An absolute delight from the jump.  With sharp humor like Vonnegut and lovely characters, Williams had me laughing out loud.  This book is for lovers of words, absurdity, and the absurdity of words."

-Kevin


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Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593136270
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Published: Crown - February 9th, 2021

If it helps, just tell yourself you're reading sci-fi. That makes Kolbert your field guide through a chaotic world of looming life-threatening disasters and plucky renegade scientists dreaming up fantastical ways to combat them.  Will our heroes convince the world to take action, or will their efforts lead to further catastrophe?


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Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307279286
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Published: Anchor - February 25th, 2020

Keefe's fast-paced narrative style makes this a hard book to put down. A heartbreaking look into moral ambiguity, righteousness, and how one's actions are remembered.  

--Kevin


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Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781250224354
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Published: Celadon Books - March 9th, 2021

Green drops you into 80's/90's New York and lets you feel the horror of a brutal yet forgotten serial killer on the loose.  Safe spaces are quickly disappearing.  The media is mostly disinterested in your plight.  And after decades of violence and antagonistic behavior, the police are here to help.  Good luck.


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Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525575337
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Published: Crown - July 27th, 2021

A look at the changes in James Baldwin's writing and attitudes as the promise of the early civil rights movement failed to break through an entrenched culture of white supremacy serves as an apt analogy for our own times.  


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Barn 8: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781644450154
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 3rd, 2020

I absolutely loved this book!  With a breakneck non-linear structure and poetic Melville/Steinbeck-esque musings on mass extinction, hens, fate, and so much more, "Barn8" has something to offer with every sentence.  You'll laugh, cry, and want to grab a drink with the author.

(If you liked this, you'll probably like "The Rib King")


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The Boatman's Daughter: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780374538552
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Published: MCD x FSG Originals - February 11th, 2020

One of those supernatural-bayou based-atmospheric-literary chillers.  Dark and raw.  Like "House of Leaves" meets "True Detective" season one.  "Sounds creepy and awful," says Secret Garden owner, Christy.  It is!  And I couldn't put it down.

--Kevin


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