Staff Picks - Brynn

Brynn moved to California after completing a Master’s degree in English Literature at the University of Colorado Boulder, and she studied English, history, and women’s and gender studies at Willamette University before that. She reads a wide variety of genres including YA literature, adult fiction, non- fiction, science fiction and fantasy, and graphic novels. She would love to chat about LGBTQ literature and all things feminist and nerdy!

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Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375701290
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Published: Vintage - July 27th, 1999

A must-read classic! This beautiful retelling of the relationship between Herakles and the "monster" Geryon will appeal to poetry lovers and non-poetry readers alike. Carson's verse will move you like poetry but draw you in like prose. --Brynn

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442408937
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2014

This moving story about coming of age, family ties, friendship, and falling in love will stay with you long after you read the last page. I cannot recommend this book highly enough! --Brynn

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The Book of Salt Cover Image
ISBN: 9780618446889
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Published: Mariner Books - June 15th, 2004

This poetic novel provides a fictionalized account of a Vietnamese cook who works in the home of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. Moving between France and Vietnam both physically and through memory, The Book of Salt explores the intricacies of sexuality, race, and post-coloniality in the twentieth century. --Brynn

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Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781592407323
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Published: Avery Publishing Group - November 6th, 2012

Forney's compellingly honest graphic novel grapples with the question of whether mental illness and artistic creativity inform one another, creating a web of relationships among famous artists and authors along the way. --Brynn

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The Quick and the Dead Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375727641
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Published: Vintage - January 8th, 2002

An environmental novel led by three odd but fierce motherless protagonists who come to occupy spaces that collapse the distinction between the living and the dead. --Brynn