Becca's Staff Picks

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Easy Beauty: A Memoir By Chloé Cooper Jones Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982151997
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - April 5th, 2022

EASY BEAUTY is a narrative it entails to navigate the world as someone with a chronic illness that manifests visibly in the body. Exploring the intersections of multiple marginalizations through the philosophy of aesthetics and elegant literary composition, Cooper Jones' memoir will echo in your head long after you've finished reading.

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Drunk on All Your Strange New Words By Eddie Robson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250807342
Published: Tor Books - June 28th, 2022

A delightfully strange Science Fiction foray into the mechanics of an alien language and the bond between a translator and the alien species she translates for. With elements of mystery and political intrigue, Drunk On All Your Strange New Words will keep you guessing until the end.

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Pennyblade By J.L. Worrad Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781789097610
Published: Titan Books - March 29th, 2022

Adult epic fantasy Pennyblade tells the story of Kyra Cal'Adra, an exiled highblood commrach turned mercenary with a secret and painful past. Kyra's unique voice and the promise of a queer storyline initially drew me in, but I kept reading for the political intrigue, the gritty setting, and the underlying religious and societal critiques.

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Tripping Arcadia: A Gothic Novel By Kit Mayquist Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593185209
Published: Dutton - February 22nd, 2022

A stunning debut New-England gothic that feels like the perfect blend of Daphne Du Maurier, Molly Tanzer, and Donna Tartt. Featuring tortured Byronic siblings, med-school dropouts, the horrors of capitalism, and poisonous plants! You can't go wrong with this one

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To The Lighthouse: The Virginia Woolf Library Authorized Edition By Virginia Woolf Cover Image
ISBN: 9780156907392
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Published: Mariner Books Classics - December 27th, 1989

I love Virginia Woolf more than words and To The Lighthouse is my favorite book that she ever wrote (to the point where I wrote not one but two seminar papers about in undergrad.) Lily Briscoe is one of my favorite characters in literature, complex and haunting. The section "Time Passes" is one of the most brilliantly rendered pieces of writing you'll ever read.

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Battle of the Linguist Mages By Scotto Moore Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250767721
Published: Tor Books - January 11th, 2022

This book was completely nuts but in the best way possible. Video games and alien linguistics might seem like a weird mix at first, but somehow Scotto Moore got it to work. Main character Isobel provides a fun point-of-view and I promise the book features enough twists and turns that you'll never know whats coming next.

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Tomorrow They Won't Dare to Murder Us: A Novel By Joseph Andras, Simon Leser (Translated by) Cover Image
By Joseph Andras, Simon Leser (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781788738712
Published: Verso Fiction - February 23rd, 2021

First published as De nos fráeres blessâes in 2016 and winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt, Tomorrow They Won't Dare To Murder Us is a powerhouse of a novel, heart-wrenching in its descriptions of the effects of French colonialism in Algeria. Iveton's character is brilliantly rendered and this translation does justice to the orginal.

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The Kaiju Preservation Society By John Scalzi Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765389121
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Published: Tor Books - March 15th, 2022

This new Scalzi standalone is a romp of a read reminiscent of Jurassic Park and Godzilla that will capture every nature lover and environmentalist's heart. With an incredible cast of characters (Dr. Healy is the best of the bunch and I may be slightly obsessed with them) you will laugh, rage, and maybe even feel a little hope.

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Love Is for Losers By Wibke Brueggemann Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374313975
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - February 23rd, 2021

This was such a sweet and funny queer rom-com! I read it during one of my grad school breaks and it was like eating a slice of cake after chewing on rocks for a semester: light, easy, and delicious. Main character Phoebe is such an iconic character and her internal monologue is just hysterical. I loved every moment of it.

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All the Flowers Kneeling (Penguin Poets) By Paul Tran Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143136842
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Published: Penguin Books - February 15th, 2022

An new book of poetry that touches on queer identity, American imperialism, and reckoning with trauma. This eloquent and innovative collection plays with vocabulary, syntax, and form, and is overall an incredible debut collection.