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There's Always This Year: On Basketball and Ascension By Hanif Abdurraqib Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593448793
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Published: Random House - March 26th, 2024

As a long-time follower of Hanif Abdurraqib on Twitter, I knew he was both a phenomenal writer and a big sports head. When I heard about this book, my expectations were high, and thankfully, they were exceeded. Abdurraqib writes with a bittersweet affection for life, and particularly, the sport of basketball. He focuses specifically on the promise of ascension that sports offer, and the steep fall that follows when efforts fall short. Best of the Year shortlist for me, personally!


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Moby-Dick: or, The Whale By Herman Melville, Andrew Delbanco (Introduction by), Tom Quirk (Commentaries by) Cover Image
By Herman Melville, Andrew Delbanco (Introduction by), Tom Quirk (Commentaries by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780142437247
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 31st, 2002

Took my first ride on the Pequod and I'm fully whale-pilled now. This book is great if your loved ones don't mind hearing you read your favorite excerpts out loud every five minutes. Some of Melville's twists (metajokes about cetology, chapters written as plays) read as disinctly post-modern, and it's enriching to discover the finer details underneath the broad strokes that are universally known.


$24.00
SKU: VERMIS2
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Vermis I was presented as a game guide for a role-playing game that didn't exist. Its successor, though, takes more of a narrative hew to this dreary, murky world by artist/author Plastiboo. The vibes are decrepit and dire. It rocks.


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The Museum of Human History By Rebekah Bergman Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781953534910
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Published: Tin House Books - August 1st, 2023

Heartfelt and haunting, with a good dose of the fantastical, Rebekah Bergman's debut was the pleasant surprise of the year for me. Set in a world where a pharmaceutical company has devised a way to freeze people's physiological makeup in time (but, crucially, does not prevent them from aging or suffering from ailments contracted before the procedure), Bergman explores what happens when you can freeze yourself, as you are. Spoiler: not a lot of great stuff!


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Blackouts: A Novel By Justin Torres Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374293574
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 10th, 2023

Justin Torres's first novel, We the Animals, is a staff favorite here at Skylight, and thankfully his follow-up lives up to the promise set out in his first effort. Blackouts is part novel, part treatise on queer history (and who writes it), and part erasure poem. All of these pieces could feel segmented and distant from each other, but Torres blends them into something greater than the sum of its parts.


$24.00
SKU: VERMIS1
Availability: Out of Stock

It's a guide for a video game that doesn't exist, reverse-engineering the macabre pallor of gothic dungeon-crawlers like Castlevania or Blasphemous with art that feels like there should be pixelated moss growing on it. If there's someone out there who needs some inspiration for a TTRPG or just needs to feel some semblance of dread until the Elden Ring DLC comes out, this is the book for them.


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Bong Joon Ho: Dissident Cinema By Little White Lies (Illustrator), Karen Han, David Lowery (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Little White Lies (Illustrator), Karen Han, David Lowery (Foreword by)
$45.00
ISBN: 9781419758126
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Published: Abrams - November 22nd, 2022

Karen Han is one of the best Twitter follows out there, and she was also kind enough to join us on the Skylight Books Podcast early in the year. With these two qualities in mind, it is no surprise that her book on the work of the eminent Korean director Bong Joon Ho is stellar. She breaks down his entire filmography, one movie at a time, and I learned a lot that I did not previously know. For the film fan in your life!


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Roaming By Jillian Tamaki, Mariko Tamaki Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9781770464339
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - September 12th, 2023

The Tamakis do an incredible job of capturing the feeling of a fun trip in your 20s with people you love and people that interrupt your familar dynamics. The kind of trips that were a little miserable at the time but feel formative ten years later. It's such a specific nostalgia that I was surprised to find it.


$20.00
SKU: timetrabble
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Time Trabble is a great comic about weird things kissing. Bagel High is about bagel teens learning about love. They are both very good and very funny. You should read them.


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Burn It Down: Power, Complicity, and a Call for Change in Hollywood By Maureen Ryan Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780063269279
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Published: Mariner Books - June 6th, 2023

Could not have been published at a better time. In the midst of a Hollywood writers strike that's now going on 50+ days, Maureen Ryan drops a searing indictment of the systems of abuse in the upper reaches of the entertainment industry. The stories she tells are gross, and shocking, and necessary. Just because Harvey Weinstein isn't there anymore doesn't mean there aren't a thousand like him.


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Brooklyn's Last Secret By Leslie Stein Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781770466340
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - March 7th, 2023

A very chill graphic novel about the world's most adorable indie band. If you need a low-stakes day-read with some great watercolors and small cartoon musicians, this is the book you're looking for. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go put on a paint-splattered Remember Sports record and veg out.


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Story of a Poem: A Memoir By Matthew Zapruder Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781951213688
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Published: Unnamed Press - April 4th, 2023

Trying to think of Nine Days jokes but coming up short. This is a really fascinating book, which blurs the lines between poetry treatise, memoir, and confessional. Esteemed poet Matthew Zapruder structures each chapter around a draft of the same poem, taking us through the technical and emotional processes that feed into each version. During that time, his son is diagnosed with autism, and that life shift guides him to the finish line. Should you buy this book? Absolutely (Story of a Poem). There. I got it.


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Ten Planets: Stories By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translated by) Cover Image
By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translated by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781644452233
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 21st, 2023

Like a sci-fi Ficciones, this bite-sized collection of short stories will demand more absorption time than reading time. The first Yuri Herrera that I've read, and now I'm wondering what took me so long.


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The Vegetarian: A Novel By Han Kang Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101906118
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Published: Hogarth - August 23rd, 2016

Brutal and compelling. Read it over a single weekend and you can too! Kang has a new book releasing later this year so it's always good to catch up before the hot new thing drops.


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The Brothers Karamazov (Bicentennial Edition) By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by) Cover Image
By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250788450
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Published: Picador - October 5th, 2021

I don't know what you want me to say! This book is good, probably my favorite of all time, believe the hype, give me all the dour Russians mulling over skepticism vs. faith that you've got. Apologies if you came here looking for a contrarian take on Dostoevsky, some books are just classics for a reason.


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Manhunt By Gretchen Felker-Martin Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250794642
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Published: Tor Nightfire - February 22nd, 2022

There have been several attempts recently to write the post-apocalyptic gender dystopia novel, but only the “filthcore queen” could pull off something this good and gruesome. Manhunt is a trans story of survival in a bitterly hostile world—not too dissimilar from our current reality, but this book captures the fascistic yearnings of TERFs in a world where a testosterone-heavy hormonal balance turns you into a feral monster. Felker-Martin writes with a brutality that belies a tender heart.


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Moon Witch, Spider King (The Dark Star Trilogy #2) By Marlon James Cover Image
$30.00
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9780735220201
Published: Riverhead Books - February 15th, 2022

James’s Dark Star Trilogy cannot be stopped. I loved the first entry in the series, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, and this installment might be even better! James is painting a dark fantasy Rashomon in blood, and Moon Witch, Spider King takes a distinctive approach to the Dark Star story, turning to political intrigue in its world of monsters and magic. Extremely violent and extremely harrowing.


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Sensor (Junji Ito) By Junji Ito Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781974718900
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Published: VIZ Media LLC - August 17th, 2021

Japanese horror master Junji Ito has always had a sense of cosmic brutalism to his stories. Uzumaki and Shiver, while not exactly plotted around destiny and the stars, have a sense of dread and fatalism to them. Sensor takes those concepts to their logical extreme, and this time-bending manga is beautiful and stands with Ito’s best.


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Soccer in Sun and Shadow By Eduardo Galeano, Rory Smith (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Eduardo Galeano, Rory Smith (Introduction by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781645030379
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Published: Bold Type Books - October 18th, 2022

This is usually a summer recommendation, because the World Cup is usually held in the summer. But since it’s being held in the arid deserts of Qatar this year, that means we can add championship international fútbol to our holiday season! Eduardo Galeano’s ode to the beautiful game is definitive, so if the super-fan in your life doesn’t have this book, you know what to get them for the holidays. This. This book.


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Sula (Vintage International) By Toni Morrison Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400033430
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

I believe that Toni Morrison should not only be considered one of history's greatest writers, but also one of its greatest horror writers. Beloved, obviously, has a place in that genre, but so too does Sula, which prompted such expressions on my face while I was reading it that my partner had to ask me what was wrong. That's good stuff!


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The Left Hand of Darkness (Penguin Galaxy) By Ursula K. Le Guin, Neil Gaiman (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Ursula K. Le Guin, Neil Gaiman (Introduction by)
$26.00
ISBN: 9780143111597
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 25th, 2016

Beautiful and prescient and impeccably written as only Le Guin can be. Even if you leave out the themes of gender fluidity (this book was written 50+ years ago!) it would still be a masterpiece. Going to start reading anything by her I can get my hands on!


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The Metamorphosis (Modern Library Classics) By Franz Kafka, Stanley Corngold (Translated by) Cover Image
By Franz Kafka, Stanley Corngold (Translated by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780812985146
Availability: Not in Stock. Available to Order.
Published: Modern Library - November 26th, 2013

Still terribly funny and stupendous, but you can see how the passage of time has changed work culture--if it was set in 2022, the CDC would recommend that you quarantine as a beetle for 5 days before coming back to work. Your bosses need those travelling sales!


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Dead Souls By Nikolai Gogol, Robert A. Maguire (Translated by), Robert A. Maguire (Introduction by), Robert A. Maguire (Notes by) Cover Image
By Nikolai Gogol, Robert A. Maguire (Translated by), Robert A. Maguire (Introduction by), Robert A. Maguire (Notes by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780140448078
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 28th, 2004

Unfortunately funny and prescient, a send-up of capitalism that will last until the Revolution liberates us all. You’ll recognize a lot of people you know in this one, and you’ll laugh to keep from crying.


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The Unsound By Cullen Bunn, Jack T. Cole (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Cullen Bunn, Jack T. Cole (Illustrator)
$19.99
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9781684151783
Published: BOOM! Studios - May 15th, 2018

Come for Cullen Bunn’s psychological horror, stay for the eerie and surreal illustrations by Jack T. Cole. The Others by way of Doom Patrol, for that person who needs a good horror rec.


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Our Gang (Vintage International) By Philip Roth Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780375726842
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Published: Vintage - May 29th, 2001

The image of Richard Nixon conducting a cabinet meeting in his old football uniform as a comfort blanket helps make me feel like the past five years are actually part of an American normal, for better or worse (worse).


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The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) By N. K. Jemisin Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316229296
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Published: Orbit - August 4th, 2015

Yeah, I’m late on this one, but you might be late on it as well, so here’s to us tardy folk: The Fifth Season rocks, no pun intended, and if you’re wondering where all the good spec fic has gone, look no further. Read it before the adaptation gets underway so nobody can call you (much of) a bandwagon jumper!


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The Price of Salt, or Carol By Patricia Highsmith Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393325997
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 17th, 2004

Carol is one of the greatest Christmas movies ever made and thus it is appropriate to recommend its source material, The Price of Salt, for the holiday catalogue. This book reads warm and has one of my favorite endings of all time, one that unfortunately still feels uncommon.


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The Hobbit By J.R.R. Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien (Illustrator) Cover Image
By J.R.R. Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780547928227
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 18th, 2012

I love The Hobbit more than Lord of the Rings and that's your hot take for the day. Tolkien's whimsical bent (Tom Bombadil the GOAT) plays much better to me than the darker edge of Middle-earth. Turns out fairy tales and pure adventures still rip.


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Dune By Frank Herbert Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780441013593
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Published: Ace - August 2nd, 2005

This month in Mick's "Over-Due Catch-Ups," we've got Frank Herbert's 1965 classic Dune! Turns out it lives up to the hype and rules quite hard. Get it before the Denis Villanueve adaptation comes out, and maybe even watch the David Lynch bomb too. What, you have a social life to get back to or something?


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Redwall: A Tale from Redwall By Brian Jacques, Gary Chalk (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Brian Jacques, Gary Chalk (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780142302378
Availability: Not in Stock. Available to Order.
Published: Firebird - September 30th, 2002

It's late spring (or pre-summer) and this is, to me, the best time for Redwall, a book of such warmth and whimsy that it makes me want to lie in tall grass, look at clouds, and dream that I'm a field mouse settling in for some vittles. Truly the life.


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Dead Souls: A Novel (Vintage Classics) By Nikolai Gogol, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by) Cover Image
By Nikolai Gogol, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780679776444
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Published: Vintage - March 25th, 1997

A perfect picaresque portrait of the endless greed and paranoia of the bourgeousie, and a prime example of the hero-less nature of capitalism. Even when you want to root for someone working within its framework, it's inevitable that someone is getting exploited. Dead Souls is a book for the dark humorists and the socialist cynics.


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Beautiful Darkness By Kerascoët, Fabien Vehlmann, Helge Dascher (Translated by) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781770463363
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - October 30th, 2018

The Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique (33 1/3 #30) By Dan Leroy Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780826417411
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Published: Continuum - March 1st, 2006

House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films By Kier-La Janisse Cover Image
$29.95
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9781903254691
Published: FAB Press - October 15th, 2012

Virgin: Poems By Analicia Sotelo Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571315007
Availability: Not in Stock. Available to Order.
Published: Milkweed Editions - February 20th, 2018

The Art of Smart Football By Chris B. Brown Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780692448250
Availability: Not in Stock. Available to Order.
Published: Scbb Press - July 9th, 2015

Pale Fire (Vintage International) By Vladimir Nabokov Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780679723424
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Published: Vintage - April 23rd, 1989

Multiple Warheads Volume 2: Ghost Town By Brandon Graham, Brandon Graham (By (artist)) Cover Image
By Brandon Graham, Brandon Graham (By (artist))
$17.99
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9781534306769
Published: Image Comics - June 26th, 2018

Soccer in Sun and Shadow By Eduardo Galeano Cover Image
$18.99
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9781568584942
Published: Bold Type Books - August 6th, 2013

Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?: Larry Norman and the Perils of Christian Rock By Gregory Thornbury Cover Image
$26.00
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9781101907078
Published: Convergent Books - March 20th, 2018

My Last Sigh: The Autobiography of Luis Bunuel By Luis Bunuel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780345803702
Availability: Not in Stock. Available to Order.
Published: Vintage - March 26th, 2013

Ball Four: The Final Pitch By Jim Bouton, Paula Kurman (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Jim Bouton, Paula Kurman (Foreword by)
$33.99
ISBN: 9781630260347
Availability: Not in Stock. Available to Order.
Published: Turner - April 1st, 2014

From the Shadows By Juan José Millás, Thomas Bunstead (Translator), Daniel Hahn (Translator) Cover Image
By Juan José Millás, Thomas Bunstead (Translator), Daniel Hahn (Translator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781942658665
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Published: Bellevue Literary Press - August 27th, 2019

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel By Colson Whitehead Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780345804341
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Published: Vintage - June 30th, 2020

Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood By Mark Harris Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143115038
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Published: Penguin Books - January 27th, 2009

Is This How You See Me?: A Locas Story (Love and Rockets) By Jaime Hernandez Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781683961826
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Published: Fantagraphics - April 2nd, 2019

Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir By Kwame Onwuachi, Joshua David Stein Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525433910
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Published: Vintage - March 31st, 2020

The Sellout: A Novel By Paul Beatty Cover Image
$17.00
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9781250083258
Published: Picador - March 1st, 2016

The Dharma Bums: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) By Jack Kerouac, Anne Douglas (Introduction by), Jason (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jack Kerouac, Anne Douglas (Introduction by), Jason (Illustrator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143039600
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 31st, 2006

A Visit from the Goon Squad: Pulitzer Prize Winner By Jennifer Egan Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307477477
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Published: Anchor - March 22nd, 2011

Homegoing By Yaa Gyasi Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781101971062
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete By William C. Rhoden Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307353146
Availability: Not in Stock. Available to Order.
Published: Crown - July 24th, 2007

The Japan and India Journals, 1960-1964 By Joanne Kyger Cover Image
$18.95
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9781937658434
Published: Nightboat Books - January 5th, 2016

Neil Gaiman's Snow, Glass, Apples By Neil Gaiman, Colleen Doran (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Colleen Doran (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781506709796
Availability: Backordered
Published: Dark Horse Books - August 20th, 2019

Gyo (2-in-1 Deluxe Edition) (Junji Ito) By Junji Ito Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781421579153
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: VIZ Media LLC - April 21st, 2015