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Imagined Communities by Benedict Anderson
In this widely acclaimed work, Benedict Anderson examines the creation and global spread of the ‘imagined communities’ of nationality.
Pulp by Charles Bukowski
Opening with the exotic Lady Death entering the gumshoe-writer’s seedy office in pursuit of a writer named Celine, this novel demonstrates Bukowski’s own brand of humour and realism, opening up a landscape of seamy Los Angeles.
The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
At once knowing and unabashedly romantic, The Thin Man is a classic murder mystery that doubles as a sophisticated comedy of manners.
Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston
Offering insight into the pernicious legacy that continues to haunt us all, black and white, this poignant and powerful work is an invaluable contribution to our shared history and culture.
The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce
The journey that these two quirky, wonderful characters make in order to overcome their emotional baggage speaks to the healing power of music—and love—in this poignant, ultimately joyful work of fiction.
Satori in Paris & Pic by Jack Kerouac
Satori in Paris and Pic, two of Jack Kerouac’s last novels, showcase the remarkable range and versatility of his mature talent.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe searching for Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work.
The Displaced edited by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Pulitzer Prize–winning writer Viet Thanh Nguyen, himself a refugee, brings together a host of prominent refugee writers to explore and illuminate the refugee experience.
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
Sedaris masterfully turns each essay into a love story: how it feels to be in a relationship where one loves and is loved over many years, what it means to be part of a family, and how it’s possible, through all of life’s absurdities, to grow to love oneself.
Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran
This novel gives voice to the devotion and anguish of motherhood through Soli and Kavya, both caring for Soli’s son after Soli is placed in immigrant detention.
Speculative Relationships Volume 2
Editors Tyrell Cannon and Scott Kroll sought to breathe new life into the romance comics genre by mixing in some science fiction! The artists contributing to the anthology created work that is alive, vital, and unlike anything you’ve seen before.
The Log From the Sea Of Cortez by John Steinbeck
In search of a respite from the national stage, Steinbeck and his close friend, biologist Ed Ricketts, embarked on a month long marine specimen-collecting expedition in the Gulf of California, which resulted in their collaboration on the Sea of Cortez.
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. Each monthly issue celebrates life, but not in a way that ignores its complexity.
The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
Expertly alternating between flashbacks and the present day, this is the very best kind of suspense novel, one where every character is fleshed out and compelling, where every mystery has a satisfying payoff, and where the twists are shocking.
Lotería by Mario Alberto Zambrano
In Lotería, the spellbinding literary debut by Mario Alberto Zambrano, a young girl tells the story of her family’s tragic demise using a deck of cards of the eponymous Latin American game of chance.
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