Staff Picks - Jackie

   

Jackie still remembers the joy of coming to storytelling at Kepler’s when she was in elementary school. Her favorite books then were the Phantom Tollbooth and The Great Gilly Hopkins; now she loves to read anything by Mary Gaitskill, Toni Morrison, Edwidge Danticat, Arundhati Roy, and Ariana Reines.

She has a B.A. in comparative literature and gender studies so ask her about feminism, poetry, Italian literature, critical theory, or cooking on a budget.

 

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Mermaid in Chelsea Creek Cover Image
$13.00
ISBN: 9781938073953
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Published: McSweeney's - July 1st, 2014

I cannot wait for the next book to come out! OMG this book is fantastic YA/crossover fiction about a young misfit whose world begins to change when she begins hallucinating a trash-talking mermaid who tells her that she will save the world!  


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Nevada Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780983242239
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Published: Topside Press - March 11th, 2013

I would describe this book as a mixtape made by a punk Judith Butler. It breathes with truely contemporary prose as potagoinist maria, a trans-lesbian, breaks up with her girlfriend and decides to take an impromptu road trip accross the country. Part intimate portrait, part adventure, part gender-theory, this book Rocks! 


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By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781933372167
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Published: Europa Editions - September 1st, 2006

This a noir-tinged detective novel with a psychoanalytical edge. A young woman travels to Napels to uncover the truth about her mothers death and family secrets. This book is captivating and thrilling. The way Ferrante sets the mood is unparallelled. You will be hooked! 


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$14.99
ISBN: 9780062283122
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Published: Ecco Press - February 25th, 2014

This is a bit of an underground, modernist classic. It is highly unusual and completely mesmirizing. It follows two fairly unlikable ladies who find themselves by turning against all social conventions. And the prose, so good! 
 


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Dance Dance Revolution: Poems Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393333114
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 1st, 2008

In this dystopian poetry written in the Homeric tradition, Cathy Park Hong tells the story of an historian from Sierra Leone who travels to "The Desert," Korea where they receive a tour of a Dubai-like luxury hotel complex and the surrounding shanty towns and mine fields from a local tour guide. In The Desert everyone speaks a pidgin made up of over 300 languages including Middle English, French, Korean, and Spanish. Written in this language, Hong delivers a stunning look at revolution, political uprisings, consumer culture, and geopolitics! -- Jackie


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$16.00
ISBN: 9780802122513
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - May 6th, 2014

This is one of the best books I have read this year! Once upon a time a woman named Mirielle travles back to her childhood home in Haiti. While there, she is kidnapped and, when her father refuses to pay the ransom, she and her captors are forced to confront the economic, social, and political entanglements which ensnare them. Told as a fairy tale of sorts, Mirielle must turn to the women in her life to process and begin to rebuild her life after the heart-breaking trauma of her captivity. Roxane Gay is without a doubt one of the most potent feminist novelists of our time! -- Jackie


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Valencia Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781580052382
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Published: Seal Press (CA) - April 15th, 2008

Wow! This book blew me away. The writing is rough and tumble, fast paced, and vivacious. This San Francisco writer and feminist/queer activist will send you hurtling through the pages of her memoir, throwing you head first into the local 90s lesbian scene. -- Jackie


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$16.95
ISBN: 9781934200476
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Published: Fence Books - December 6th, 2011

Reines is an emerging poet who is sweeping the poetry world by storm (also one of my alltime favorite poets). She has wone 2 Obie Awards (for her first play) as well as the Alberta Prize for poetry. My favorite poem in this collection is called "Save the World." It is a long poem about Reines' experience of going to see the movie "The Watchmen." Absolutely brilliant! In other sections of the book she writes abotu medieval symbols, pilates, and beef jerky. -- Jackie


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The Empathy Exams: Essays Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555976712
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Published: Graywolf Press - April 1st, 2014

These essays explore what empathy means in everyday encounters. Blending personal narrative, philisophical commentary, and beautiful prose Jamison gets at the heart of how we relate to others and how others can change us. This work evokes the writings of Susan Sontag, Mary Karr, and Joan Didion, and I particularly reccomend the eponymous essay, "The Empathy Exams," "The Immortal Horizon," and the final essay, "Grand Unified Theory of Female Pain." -- Jackie


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$15.99
ISBN: 9780062335982
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 30th, 2015

This book swaggers like a pirate and will make you split your sides laughing. It tells the story of Johanna, a young girl who dreams of a career as a music journalist. She decides o recreate herself as her alter ego, Dolly Wilde, and join the thrilling world of rock and roll. This book definitely captures the mercurial emotions and preoccupations of youth! -- Jackie


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$17.00
ISBN: 9780812979657
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Published: Random House Trade - December 16th, 2008

The word "woven" best describes the texture of Arundhati Roy's vivid prose; and weave she does, telling the story of twins, Estha and Rahel, separated after the tragic death of their cousin, Sophie. In this novel the big things are contained within the small, the politics within the love affairs, and the melody within the prose. -- Jackie


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$16.00
ISBN: 9781933517407
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Published: Wave Books - October 1st, 2009

What if the world were organized around the color blue? Not politics, not money, not gender, but blue? This is one of the implicit questions Nelson poses in this work. It is sort of a list, sort of a narrative, and sort of a meditation on all things blue. She tells the often funny sometimes painful relationship with the color, and it is just superb! -- Jackie