Vivian's Staff Picks

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Strangers Drowning: Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Urge to Help Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143109785
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Published: Penguin Books - September 27th, 2016

"What does it mean to be a 'good person?' How much of being a good person is about you feeling good rather than good being done for others? In gorgeous prose, MacFarquhar thoughtfully answers these questions and then some. Read this, if only for the story of the family that adopted 22 children." - Vivian


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Music for Wartime: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143109235
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Published: Penguin Books - June 7th, 2016

"For every overhyped novel, there is an undercover book of short stories just waiting to get under your skin and break your heart. This is one of them." - Vivian 


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Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780312421700
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Published: Picador USA - April 1st, 2003

"Essential reading for anyone trying to understand the American health care system." - Vivian


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White Teeth Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780375703867
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Published: Vintage Books USA - June 12th, 2001

"Whenever I need cheering up, I reach for this book. In it, Smith conjures a marvelous and hilarious world that forever changed my ideas about what writing could do. I hope it changes yours, too." - Vivian


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The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780983186335
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Published: Featherproof Books - May 12th, 2015

"Before I discovered Jessica Hopper, I thought music writing could only be about music. How very wrong I was. Hopper is completely unflinching when it comes to taking women seriously, dressing down the men who refuse to, and loving music without caring if it makes you cool. To witness what she is doing for music, for women, is a galvanizing blessing. To read her work is a transcendent joy." - Vivian


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The Bed Moved: Stories Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781101910856
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Published: Vintage - February 7th, 2017

"Acerbic, hilarious, impeccably structured stories about sex, death, and growing up. I had given up on a reading good fiction about online dating until 'My Allergies Will Charm You' blew it out of the water." - Vivian


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Lolita Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679723165
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Published: Vintage Books USA - March 13th, 1989

"Nabokov uses words you didn't even know existed to describe feelings you've always wanted words for. On the surface, this is a book about a pedophile, but gleaming through that inadequate summary is a book about love, pain, memory, time, and America." - Vivian


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Hot Dog Taste Test Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781770462373
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Published: Drawn & Quarterly - June 14th, 2016

"The stupidest, funniest book I've read in a long time. One of Hanawalt's rules for making things is 'execute dumb ideas beautifully' and oh man does she deliver." - Vivian


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A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101903438
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Published: Hogarth Press - June 9th, 2015

"Just as some today refer to her as the 'female James Joyce' (blech), I 100% believe that one day, any author who tries to push the boundaries of the English language will have to quake in the shadow of Eimear McBride." - Vivian