Emily's Staff Picks

By Marguerite Duras, Barbara Bray (Translator), Maxine Hong Kingston (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780375700521
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Published: Pantheon Books - September 8th, 1998

This is probably (and when I say probably I really mean definitely) my favorite book of all time. Haunting, sparse, beautiful, The Lover chronicles the lifespan of an affair from its tumultuos beginning to its inevitable end. Somehow I always find myself coming back to this book. It is that first love you always remember, never quite get over.

ISBN: 9781936071609
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Published: Unbridled Books - June 7th, 2010

I love this book!! Mandel's writing will cast a spell on you. This is the story of a girl unable to stay in one place and the pain of trying to love someone in flight. I'm sure you will be as entranced with this book as I was.

ISBN: 9780316353298
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 19th, 1999

It seems so inadequate to call this just a travel book. Blue Highways is a meditation on loneliness, on America, on the kindness of strangers and the coldness of strangers. It's a book for the broken hearted, a siren's call to the open road and the antidote to that strange disease called restlessness. Quite simply it is beautiful and I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love it.

ISBN: 9780374534493
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - July 8th, 2014

This is my favorite book of 2014! I've given copies to friends, family and I recommend it to everyone who comes in the store. Have you ever wanted to drop everything in your life? To leave without telling anyone? That is exactly what Lacey's protagonist does and the result is one of the most beautiful and heartbreaking books I've ever read.

ISBN: 9781940436135
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Published: Pharos Editions - October 2014

It's hard to know where to begin with a book like this... Let me just say it is amazing. Imagine if Joan Didion or Maggie Nelson wrote a true crime book. Thernstrom's pain and confusion over the murder of her best friend comes through on every page, and yet she is always quick to examine her own thoughts and emotions--how much of what she is feeling is "real" and how much is just a need to put her life into the context of a story. Haunting. Brilliant.

ISBN: 9780061233326
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 10th, 2013

Sometimes when the city has got me down and I feel overwhelmed by concrete and people, I go back to this book, a beautiful meditation on Dillard's time living in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Dillard has an eye for the small details (I never thought a writer could make waking up covered in the bloody paw prints of her cat sound beautiful, but she does somehow. Trust me.) all while never ignoring the vast and awe inspiring aspects of the natural world. A wonderful read to take you out of your concrete doldrums.

ISBN: 9781594631450
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 6th, 2013

Fierce, harsh, beautiful--Claire Vaye watkins captures the true spirit of the west (while ignoring the easy cliches) in these unforgettable stories. I am in awe of her talent, haunted by these tales of loneliness and survival.

By Jane Bowles, Claire Messud (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780062283122
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Published: Ecco Press - February 25th, 2014

A fantastic new edition of a classic. Bowles' two serious ladies follow a twisty path of debauchery in an attempt to answer the question: what kind of life do I want to lead? A book for misfits and dreamers. Plus it was Tennessee Williams favorite book!

ISBN: 9780984469383
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Published: Dorothy a Publishing Project - November 2013

What impresses me about Cain’s writing is her ability to say so much in such small and quiet spaces. Her stories are very short, some only two – three pages, and yet she writes in a way that feels so expansive and uncontainable. They are the type of stories that would collapse in on themselves if allowed to continue for longer, and that, I think, is what gives them so much power. In a world of endless opportunities to share our every unfiltered thought it is refreshing to see someone doing more with less. And doing it well.

ISBN: 9781555976316
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Published: Graywolf Press - January 8th, 2013

I wish I was as good a writer as Susan Steinberg so I could fully communicate just how fantastic this collection is! Steinberg tackles everything from plane crashes to a dying father to late night parties to stolen stereos with emotional depth and stylistic genius. A collection that pushes the boundaries of what fiction can do or be. A must read!