Emily's Staff Picks

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We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: Collected Nonfiction (Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics Series) Cover Image
By Joan Didion, John Leonard (Introduction by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780307264879
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Published: Everyman's Library - October 17th, 2006

I moved to San Francisco when I was 18 and quickly discovered the most amazing bookstore I had ever been to (spoiler it was Green Apple). I'll never forget the sense of discovery I had on that first trip and the joy I had after finding Joan Didion's beautiful behemoth of collected writings We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live. It was the feeling of the rest of your life opening up before you with possibility. -Emily


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The Lover Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780375700521
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Published: Pantheon - 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." - Emily


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Last Night in Montreal Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781101911952
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Published: Vintage - August 4th, 2015

"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." - Emily


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Blue Highways: A Journey into America Cover Image
$17.99
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." - Emily


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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061233326
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - 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." - Emily


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Battleborn: Stories Cover Image
$17.00
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." - Emily


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Two Serious Ladies: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062283122
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Published: Ecco - 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!" - Emily


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Mrs. Caliban Cover Image
By Rachel Ingalls, Rivka Galchen (Introduction by)
$13.95
ISBN: 9780811226691
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Published: New Directions - November 28th, 2017

A beautiful love story about a woman who falls in love with a giant lizard man. Need I say more?


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Machine: A Novel Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781555978471
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Published: Graywolf Press - August 20th, 2019

Susan Steinberg is one of THE BEST writers working today. Her first novel (she has three previous story collections that are excellent) is a haunting and fragmeneted portrait of a group of teenagers following the death of a local girl. This book is filled with lines I found myself reading over and over. Let the words echo and fill the space around you. -Emily


At the Center of All Beauty: Solitude and the Creative Life Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393608298
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 10th, 2020

 

 


America Is Not the Heart: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735222427
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Published: Penguin Books - April 2nd, 2019

"How many lives fit in a lifetime? When Hero De Vera arrives in America--haunted by the political upheaval in the Philippines and disowned by her parents--she's already on her third. Her uncle gives her a fresh start in the Bay Area, and he doesn't ask about her past. His younger wife knows enough about the might and secrecy of the De Vera family to keep her head down. But their daughter--the first American-born daughter in the family--can't resist asking Hero about her damaged hands. An increasingly relevant story told with startling lucidity, humor, and an uncanny ear for the intimacies and shorthand of family ritual, America Is Not the Heart is a sprawling, soulful debut about three generations of women in one family struggling to balance the promise of the American dream and the unshakeable grip of history. With exuberance, grit, and sly tenderness, here is a family saga; an origin story; a romance; a narrative of two nations and the people who leave one home to grasp at another"

 


On Swift Horses: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
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ISBN: 9780525538110
Published: Riverhead Books - November 5th, 2019

A Lambda Literary Award Finalist, 2020.

New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Named a Most Anticipated Book of Fall by The New York Times, Real Simple, Electric Literature, and more.

 


Cantoras: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525521693
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Published: Knopf - September 3rd, 2019

"Cantoras is a stunning lullaby to revolution—and each woman in this novel sings it with a deep ferocity. Again and again, I was lifted, then gently set down again—either through tears, rage, or laughter. Days later, I am still inside this song of a story." —Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award–winning author