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Winter Solstice: An Essay By Nina Maclaughlin Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781574232578
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Published: Black Sparrow Press - November 21st, 2023

read this tiny, magical ode to our coldest season and find yourself wondering "what seasonal depression?"


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Spa By Erik Svetoft, Melissa Bowers (Translated by) Cover Image
By Erik Svetoft, Melissa Bowers (Translated by)
$34.99
ISBN: 9781683966968
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Published: Fantagraphics - February 14th, 2023

I fucking love this book. It is Junji Ito meets Last Year at Marienbad and it is absolutely batshit. This is a perfect gift for those people in your life who love horror, comics, and genuinely creepy stuff.


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The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, A Rún Vol. 1 By Nagabe Cover Image
By Nagabe
$12.99
ISBN: 9781626924673
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Published: Seven Seas - January 24th, 2017

Shiva lives on the outside with a cursed inhuman protector who she can never touch for she will be cursed as well if she does—or will she? A sweet, mysterious manga you will definitely want to finish in one sitting. Perfect for those in your life who love spooky stories, plus there are eleven volumes!


A beautiful deep dive into the “unhinged” woman trope in horror and exploitation films, interwoven with personal narratives from the author. This is the tenth anniversary edition, complete with 100 new movies and stills. A gift perfect for lovers of the horror genre and a great resource for what to watch next!


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Survival Takes a Wild Imagination: Poems By Fariha Róisín Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781524878221
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 17th, 2023

A pioneering poet and advocate, Fariha Roisin’s poems are fierce and beautiful, dealing with many topics such as genocide, generational trauma, and what it means to live in a body in a world bent on destroying it. I am forever in awe of how effortlessly she articulates herself.


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We Have Always Lived in the Castle: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) By Shirley Jackson, Jonathan Lethem (Afterword by), Thomas Ott (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Shirley Jackson, Jonathan Lethem (Afterword by), Thomas Ott (Illustrator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143039976
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 31st, 2006

Most of Merricat's family is dead and all the people in town are convinced her sister, Constance, did it. The mystery of what happened the night they died unfurls gradually, one sinister scene after the other leading to a truly bonkers ending, as Merricat, one of the most feral and unreliable narrators I have read, describes their daily life after the tragedy. Horribly macabre and perfect for spooky season, Shirley Jackson does unhinged like no other.


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Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead By Barbara Comyns, Brian Evenson (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Barbara Comyns, Brian Evenson (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780984469314
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Published: Dorothy, a publishing project - November 1st, 2010

Residents of an idyllic countryside village in Warwicksire, England have started losing their minds and killing themselves and no one knows why or who will be affected by the madness next. An absolutely bonkers book written by Barbara Comyns who is my new favorite and I think an underrated genius.


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Convenience Store Woman By Sayaka Murata, Ginny Tapley Takemori (Translator) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802129628
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Published: Grove Press - September 17th, 2019

Irasshaimasé! Happy Women in Translation Month!


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Treasure Island By Robert Louis Stevenson, John Seelye (Editor), John Seelye (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Robert Louis Stevenson, John Seelye (Editor), John Seelye (Introduction by)
$10.00
ISBN: 9780140437683
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 1st, 1999

Avast, ye landlubbers! Beware the black spot and sea-faring men with only one leg!  Read this at the beach this summer and dream of high seas adventures. Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!


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Permafrost By Eva Baltasar, Julia Sanches (Translator) Cover Image
By Eva Baltasar, Julia Sanches (Translator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781911508755
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Published: And Other Stories - April 20th, 2021

A brutal little book about being alive when you'd rather not be, told by an unapologetically honest and queer narrator as she navigates her life, her suicidal tendencies and her various relationships. Trigger warning: suicide


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The Possession By Annie Ernaux, Anna Moschovakis (Translated by) Cover Image
By Annie Ernaux, Anna Moschovakis (Translated by)
$11.95
ISBN: 9781583228555
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Published: Seven Stories Press - December 2nd, 2008

A brutally honest, unflinching and sometimes extremely uncomfortable look at the jealousy that can follow the end of a relationship. Read during a break-up at your own risk.


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Cassandra at the Wedding By Dorothy Baker, Deborah Eisenberg (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Dorothy Baker, Deborah Eisenberg (Afterword by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781590176016
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Published: NYRB Classics - August 21st, 2012

I adore Cassandra Edwards. She is one of the most entertaining unreliable narrators I have read.  She's brilliant, queer, dealing with her mental health in the only way she knows how and is absolutely hell bent on stopping her twin sister Judith from getting married. It is a beautifully written, dialogue driven tragicomic, at turns heart-breaking, frustrating and very funny. Carson McCullers said she stayed up all night to read this novel which is very high praise if you ask me. Trigger warning: suicide


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Comet in Moominland (Moomins #1) By Tove Jansson, Tove Jansson (Illustrator), Elizabeth Portch (Translated by) Cover Image
By Tove Jansson, Tove Jansson (Illustrator), Elizabeth Portch (Translated by)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780312608880
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Published: Square Fish - April 27th, 2010

When a muskrat tells the Moomin family that a comet is passing Earth, Moomin and his two best friends set out to visit astronomers in the Lonely Mountains, only to find out the comet is headed straight for Moomin Valley! This is one of the most imaginative children’s novels I’ve read, and the world building is delightful. Tove Jansson rules!


$26.00
SKU: PIPETTEANDDUDLEY
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If you’ve ever had the need to see an illustration of a fluffy white dog wearing a black turtleneck and black circular sunglasses, drinking too much at a bar called Bitches Brew where K.K. Slider from Animal Crossing plays live gigs, then this is the comic for you. It is the cutest thing I have ever seen. Seriously.


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What Pete Ate from A to Z By Maira Kalman Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399233623
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2001

What Pete Ate follows Pete, a very good dog, but sometimes not so good, as he alphabetically eats his way through a bunch of items he definitely should not be eating. A truly lovely way to learn your alphabet. Maira Kalman is my absolute favorite illustrator, and her line and gouache drawings are whimsical and extremely charming.


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Chirri & Chirra, Under the Sea By Kaya Doi, David Boyd (Translated by) Cover Image
By Kaya Doi, David Boyd (Translated by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781592703029
Availability: Backordered
Published: Enchanted Lion - May 12th, 2020

Chirri and Chirra are riding their bikes when they come to a cave that transports them under the sea! There’s an underwater restaurant where fish drink elaborate drinks while lounging on shell chairs and an underwater theater where sharks play guitars. Honestly, I want to live in this world. Check out the rest of the series for equally sweet adventures.


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Loss of Memory Is Only Temporary: Stories (Art of the Story) By Johanna Kaplan, Francine Prose (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Johanna Kaplan, Francine Prose (Introduction by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063061637
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Published: Ecco - February 15th, 2022

Something about fall makes me feel like reading fiction set in New York City. Maybe so I can live vicariously through the cold weather. This collection focuses mainly on the Jewish community of New York City in the 1960's and is worth it for the first story alone. The women are amazing and the dialogue incredilbly funny. Johanna Kaplan is my new favorite.


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Ghost Wall: A Novel By Sarah Moss Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250234957
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Published: Picador - December 31st, 2019

Silvie’s dad is obsessed with ancient England, so for his holiday he signs Silvie, her mom and himself up for an anthropology course where they will reenact the lives of the ancient Britons in the Iron Age. As time passes, we learn just how abusive and controlling her father can be and just how fascinated he is with living authentically as an ancient Briton, including their tendency to commit human sacrifices. When he suggests they stage a fake human sacrifice of their own with his daughter as an offering, reality begins to blur. Surely, they won’t go through with, right?


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Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san, Vol. 1 By * Honda, Bianca Pistillo (Letterer), Amanda Haley (Translated by) Cover Image
By * Honda, Bianca Pistillo (Letterer), Amanda Haley (Translated by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781975358228
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Published: Yen Press - July 30th, 2019

Honda-san is a skeleton and bookseller who works in the manga section with her coworkers who wear various masks such as a jack o' lantern and a plague mask. The author wrote this book while working in a bookstore and hilariously illustrates daily life as a bookseller, from over-the-top customer service training to hectic new release days. If you are new to manga you will learn a lot (there is a glossary of terms in the back of the book) and if you are not you will see some old favorite titles as Honda-san handles a large array of customer requests.  It is a fun tribute to books, bookstores and booklovers.


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Bonjour Tristesse: A Novel By Francoise Sagan Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780061440793
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Published: Ecco - June 17th, 2008

Cécile is 17 and living a languorous existence with her womanizing father, Raymond on the French Riviera for the summer. They spend their time sleeping on the beach, attending parties, and gambling at the nearby casinos. But when Raymond decides to marry a woman who doesn't share their enthusiasm for their hedonistic lifestyle, Cécile fears that the life she has grown accustomed to is over and will do anything she can do to prevent changes, with tragic consequences. At one point after a night of drinking and dancing Cécile exclaims, "What a debauch!" and I think that perfectly sums up the entire novel. It's a really good time with characters who you will love/hate and a setting that makes this book perfect for summer reading.


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The Summer Book By Tove Jansson, Kathryn Davis (Introduction by), Thomas Teal (Translated by) Cover Image
By Tove Jansson, Kathryn Davis (Introduction by), Thomas Teal (Translated by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590172681
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Published: NYRB Classics - May 20th, 2008

Tove Jansson, the creator of the Moomintroll characters, writes 22 tiny vignettes about six-year-old Sophie and her salt of the earth, cigarette-sneaking grandma as they spend a summer on a remote Finnish island following a death in the family. As they explore the island and swim in the ocean, they discuss and argue about topics such as death, earth worms and God. This book is a nice reminder to live slower and enjoy small everyday surprises like wild roses and taking naps in the forest. The stories are so lovely and delightfully illustrated with Jansson's characteristic black line drawings. Recommended for fans of magical forests, island living and very cool grandmas.