Staff Picks - Leigh

 
Leigh's been working at book and music shops in the area since 2003. She collects too many books and records. Her favorites are fragments, short stories, essays, articles, lists, recipes, songs, poems, tweets and other little windows into worlds.

She's a dilettante.
 

$15.95
ISBN-13: 9781849352055
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Published: AK Press, 10/2014
James Tracy has been a housing activist in the Bay Area since before Google existed. This book is essential reading. Tech boom 2.0 is different from the first boom in significant ways (like tax breaks and special exemptions for tech companies) that are endangering local culture and livelihoods. If you have been interested in recent news articles on rising rents and “Google bus” protests or believe in affordable housing as a human right I recommend checking this one out. --Leigh

Does Not Love (Paperback)

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781940430232
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Published: Curbside Splendor Publishing, 10/2014
Intimately focuses on a marriage troubled by grief while backing up to reveal an alternate Indianapolis, increasingly deserted, under the thumb of Big Pharma and an undefinable Secret Law. Experimental and surreal -- clear and exciting prose -- the freshest, best novel I've read in quite a while. Couldn’t put it down! --Leigh

Wolf in White Van (Hardcover)

$24.00
ISBN-13: 9780374292089
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 9/2014
Sean survives a violent and disfiguring accident in his teenage years and relies on his imagination to bring him through his lengthy recovery and rehabilitation. He creates a story based role playing game which comes to support him, and causes turmoil for some of its players. I was surprised at how much I recognized myself in Sean. This book spurs empathy. If you have loved a Mountain Goats song, you will recognize Darnielle’s mastery of lyrical writing. --Leigh

Cat Lady Chic (Hardcover)

$18.95
ISBN-13: 9781419714023
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Published: Harry N. Abrams, 9/2014
Cats and their ladies have gotten a bad rap but why? This book is a beautiful collection of art depicting women and cats. Features glamorous shots of Lauren Bacall, Mia Farrow, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Kim Novak and many others. Diane Lovejoy’s introduction has a great sense of humor. A great gift! --Leigh

Love Me Back (Hardcover)

$23.95
ISBN-13: 9780385538077
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Published: Doubleday, 9/2014
Dark, honest and unflinchingly so… Marie is a waitress and young mother who dives headfirst into work, love, parenthood -- Everything. Self-destructive but ultimately free to be herself. Merritt Tierce is a badass and a force to be reckoned with. --Leigh

The Last Illusion (Hardcover)

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9781620403044
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Published: Bloomsbury USA, 6/2014
This novel based on the Persian epic The Shahnameh is captivating and beautifully written. Zal is unloved by his mother, raised as another pet bird in a cage until he is rescued and eventually adopted by a therapist living in New York. His struggle to adapt and create his own humanity is heart-wrenching and at times hilarious. Khakpour is working magic here. --Leigh

Grass (Paperback)

$23.00
ISBN-13: 9780553762464
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Published: Spectra, 9/1998
A fox-hunt carried on through generations lands on Grass, a planet with no horses, dogs or foxes, and develops from there. This book is worth it just for the descriptions of the planet Grass and its inhabitants, but Tepper’s character development and suspense will keep you at the edge of your seat. A classic. --Leigh

The Flamethrowers (Paperback)

$17.00
ISBN-13: 9781439142011
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Published: Scribner Book Company, 1/2014

$24.95
ISBN-13: 9780307907769
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Published: Pantheon, 4/2014
Jake sleeps with a hammer under her pillow, trusts no one, and talks to her dog (Dog) and the other animals on her isolated sheep farm. Her unsettling and violent past is revealed through reverse flashbacks. The writing is gruesome and viscerally beautiful. --Leigh

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780446675505
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Published: Grand Central Publishing, 1/2000

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781781683231
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Published: Verso, 3/2014

Her: A Memoir (Paperback)

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9781250044396
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Published: Picador, 2/2014