Maggie F.'s Picks

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Florida Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594634512
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 5th, 2018

I wasn't sure if it was possible for Lauren Groff to get better than Fates and Furies, but it appears she can do no wrong. These stories will squirm and slither into your psyche. They'll make you nervous in the way that only good writing can. Refreshing, poignant, and startlingly timely, Florida is the best of the best.


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My Year of Rest and Relaxation Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525522119
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Published: Penguin Press - July 10th, 2018

To say I read this book quickly is an understatement. I voraciously consumed it, occassionally pausing to breathe and re-read the passages I had torn through. This novel explores what it might mean to let our secret desires play out completely-- to fully embrace the weird thoughts and passing fancies that cross our minds. Our "protagonist" is a wealthy, beautiful young woman whose quest to sleep for a full year, aided by an arsenal of prescription drugs, pushes the reader to think critically about human existence. Moshfegh is hilarious, point-blank, and limitless.


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Heart Berries: A Memoir Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9781619023345
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - February 6th, 2018

This memoir reads like poetry; it ripples with honesty and heals open wounds. Rarely can a person tell a story like this without giving over to self- pity, but Mailhot simply transforms her narrative into pure power. My favorite book so far in 2018.


The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead: Stories Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062490780
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Published: Ecco - December 12th, 2017

This story collection displays the most scope out of any collection I've read. Each story takes its reader to a different time, place, wonderfully crafted fantasy. You won't want them to end, but you'll want to see what else Benz can do.


We Are Taking Only What We Need: Stories (Art of the Story) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062749901
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Published: Ecco - February 6th, 2018

Powerful, intracately and mysteriously connected short stories, all of which tell tense, sometimes celebratory tales of Southern African American women in search of home.


The Secret History (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781400031702
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Published: Vintage - April 13th, 2004

I rarely read long novels, but this book is so engrossing, so hilarious, and so suspensful I couldn't put it down. It's certainly the most beautifully written murder mystery I've ever read.


My Antonia: Introduction by Jane Smiley (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
$10.00
ISBN: 9780525562863
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Published: Vintage - March 6th, 2018

This is the best American Romantic novel ever written. It's a beautiful coming of age story set during the age of Westward Expansion, with prose language as stunning as the landscape.


Four Reincarnations: Poems Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781571314901
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Published: Milkweed Editions - October 4th, 2016

Written by a young man dying of bone cancer, this collection should be the most hopeless and heartbreaking one you've ever read. Instead, Ritvo uses language in altogether unique and unseen ways, exploring both the ordinary and the abstract through the eyes of someone deeply appreciative of the life they have been given. Four Reincarnations encourages us to find joy in the mundane, even when this joy is mixed with pain. This book is haunting in the most wonderful way.


In Full Velvet Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781941411377
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Published: Sarabande Books - February 14th, 2017

When you get this collection in your hands, turn to page 17 and read the top paragraph. As long as you are reading this book you will feel welcome, warm, and safe.


Sunshine State: Essays Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062434876
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 11th, 2017

More like stories than essays, these pieces by Sarah Gerard paint a picture of Florida that is reflective of our entire, dangerous country. Ultimately, though, it's the tiny flecks of beauty present in each situation, which shine through in Gerard's prose, that will stay with you.


Sugar Run: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781616206215
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Published: Algonquin Books - January 8th, 2019

This is the gritty Southern novel I've always wanted. Maren deftly navigates between two periods in time, telling two inter-connected, muddled love stories and mixing in stunning images of the West Virginia landscape her characters inhabit. Dark & perfect.


Everything Under: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978266
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 23rd, 2018

Gretel grew up along a canal with her dazzling mother, who then abandoned her as a teen. Years later, one phone call brings her murky, mythical past flooding back. In the exhilerating journey that follows, Johnson bends language, explores free-will, and allows her reader to become part of an unforgettable community. Thrilling & engrossing.


Friday Black Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781328911247
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Published: Mariner Books - October 23rd, 2018

These stories left me with my heart pounding, stunned into silence. Adjei-Brenyah uses dystopian fiction to portray the very real injustices black people face in America. Friday Black startles its reader awake, blurring the line between what's already happened and what's dangerously close to happening.


Freshwater Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802128997
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Published: Grove Press - December 18th, 2018

Written from the perspective of the spirit gods inhabiting a human body, Freshwater is unlike any book I've ever read. This book is a startling, unforgettable tale of identity, mental illness, and recovery that teaches us to name our demons, to let them be seen, in order to keep them at bay.


The Book of Delights: Essays Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9781616207922
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 12th, 2019

In this genre-defying collection, Ross Gay records a year of delights--beautiful, clear-eyed pieces of the world that might otherwise be overlooked. Every word is pure joy, but this is also a complex meditation on race, consumer culture, and ecology. Closely observe your own world and delight in its mysteries and read this book.


Corregidora (Celebrating Black Women Writers #1) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807061091
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Published: Beacon Press - January 29th, 2019

Originally published in 1975 but then pushed aside (as work by black women always has been) Corregidora tells the story of Ursa, a Kentucky blues singer of incredible power haunted by the evils of slavery. Place Jones on the highest shelf--she belongs with the other Classics.


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