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Taylor’s debut novel is a rich and intimate portrait of the life of a Black gay grad student on the fringes of predominantly white normative academia. Unfolding over a single weekend , it follows Wallace as he  endures the aftershocks of painful memories from his growing up as well as the abrasions that come with being an outsider. Taylor is a master at conveying his character's acute discomfort, and what initially seems a typical campus novel soon becomes a stirring meditation on  race, sexuality, grief, trauma, and how these affect one’s personhood. In prose as accomplished as his psychological insight, Taylor delivers a difficult and beautiful work that avoids tidy resolutions and demonstrates the ways pain helps make life real.

 


 

Real Life: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525538899
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 16th, 2021

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King's debut essay collection touches on cultural cornerstones that would be familiar to anyone who came of age in the late '90s and early 2000s--it's positively redolent with Auntie Anne’s pretzels and Bath and Body Works spritzes--and teems with the awkwardness of adolescence. But what makes this collection so refreshing is her attention to the kitschy, the trashy, and the tacky; interweaving a well-honed snark with odes to things that more highbrow critics would turn their noses up at, King takes readers on a ride that is unrepentant in its joy, teaching us to love in ways that are shameless, silly, and just plain fun.

Tacky: Love Letters to the Worst Culture We Have to Offer Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780593312728
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Published: Vintage - November 2nd, 2021

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Departing from his signature autofictional mode, Knausgaard follows nine loosely connected characters whose daily lives are interrupted by the appearance of a bright new star in the sky. As the quotidian collides with the wonder and horror of the fantastic--especially the series of eerie events the astral phenomenon ushers in--each begins to question the nature of their existence, their precarius faith, and even whether life has any inherent meaning. Read in the context of the ongoing pandemic, the novel is a remarkable exploration of human experience in the face of something overwhelming.

The Morning Star: A Novel Cover Image
By Karl Ove Knausgaard, Martin Aitken (Translated by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780399563423
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Published: Penguin Press - September 28th, 2021

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