See what the staff at the AWM has been reading this month. Be sure to check back monthly to see new recommendations!
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Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest by Hanif Abdurraqib
Abdurraqib traces the Tribe’s creative career, from their early days through their first three classic albums, to their eventual breakup and long hiatus.
Sea Monsters by Chloe Aridjis
A mesmeric portrait of transgression and disenchantment through the eyes of a teenage girl. Sea Monsters is a brilliantly playful and supple novel about the moments and mysteries that shape us.
Another Country by James Baldwin
Set in Greenwich Village, Harlem, and France, among other locales, Another Country is a novel of passions–sexual, racial, political, artistic–that is stunning for its emotional intensity and haunting sensuality.
Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality.
All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung
All You Can Ever Know is a profound, moving chronicle of surprising connections and the repercussions of unearthing painful family secrets―vital reading for anyone who has ever struggled to figure out where they belong.
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Rich in character and satire, the novel is framed cleverly as an “abridged” retelling of a centuries-old tale set in the fabled country of Florin that’s home to “Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passions.”
How Long ’til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin
In the first collection of her evocative short fiction, Jemisin equally challenges and delights readers with thought-provoking narratives of destruction, rebirth, and redemption.
The Fan Man by William Kotzwinkle
My pad, man, my own little Lower East Side Horse Badorties pad. . . . . . .And so it begins Badorties’ narration of his down-at-the-heels drug-fueled befuddlement in New York City circa 1970.
Delirium by Laura Restrepo
In this remarkably nuanced novel, both a gripping detective story and a passionate, devastating tale of eros and insanity in Colombia, internationally acclaimed author Laura Restrepo delves into the minds of four characters.
The Power of the Dog by Thomas Savage
First published in 1967, Thomas Savage’s western novel about two brothers and the competition between them when one marries now includes an afterword by Annie Proulx.
The Sun Magazine
The Sun is an independent, ad-free magazine that for more than forty years has used words and photographs to evoke the splendor and heartache of being human.
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
The publication of Leaves of Grass in July 1855 was a landmark event in literary history. Ralph Waldo Emerson judged the book “the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom America has yet contributed.”
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