Staff Picks - Molly

 
Molly is a recent immigrant to the West Coast, hailing from Washington, DC. She recently graduated from American University with degrees in Literature and Economics. She is an avid tea drinker and crossword fanatic who is entirely obsessed with Joan Didion! 
 
Other areas of nerd obsession include: medieval literature, magical realism, Hitchcockian suspense, books about books, well-dressed femme fatales, sassy amateur sleuths, and grimly, violently fantastical narratives.
 
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We Eat Our Own Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501128318
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Published: Scribner Book Company - September 6th, 2016

A dizzying, disorienting, ambitious homage to 1970's Italian horror films, this is a book to devour. Chronicling the filming of a gruesome found-footage horror film somewhere in the Amazon, this story is exactly as strange, and dark, and hypnotic as you could expect. Inspired by the controversial filming of a 1979 film by Italian director Ruggero Deodato, Wilson's debut will leave you shaking and questioning the boundaries between art and reality. --Molly


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Angel Catbird, Volume 1 Cover Image
By Margaret Atwood, Margaret Atwood (Created by), Johnnie Christmas (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781506700632
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Published: Dark Horse Books - September 6th, 2016

Margaret Atwood wrote a comic book!!!! And it's awesome! The story of a genetic engineer who gets accidentally spliced with an owl and a cat and must learn to deal with the inevitable existential crisis which ensues. This book is hilarious, and sexy, and savage, and pulpy in the best way. Angel Catbird reads like the best of superhero comics from the '40's and '50's. --Molly


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You Will Know Me: A Gripping Novel of Stylish Psychological Suspense Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316231077
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Published: Little Brown and Company - July 26th, 2016

Set in the world of competitive gymnastics, Abbott's latest neo-noir is ruthless, disorienting, and perfectly pitched to remind us of the inescapable vulnerabilities of our bodies and the impossibility of ever really knowing anyone - even, or especially, those closest to us. Edgy, urgent, and wonderfully written, this will captivate and unsettle you. --Molly


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Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780544227781
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Published: Mariner Books - May 20th, 2014

Claire DeWitt is a brilliant, flawed, haunted, utterly bad-ass private detective. With the help of recreational drugs, Chinese medicine, dream theory, the nonsensical text of an enigmatic detective, and her own shrewd genius, she attempts to solve the mysteries of life. As much sociological studies as mysteries, Gran offers a refreshing departure from typical detective fiction. These books are weird and wonderful. --Molly


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Pond Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399575891
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 12th, 2016

I'm tempted to call this book perfect. An unconventional collection of twenty "stories," all told by the same unnamed narrator whose life we come to slowly inhabit, this book is completely mesmerizing. Through Bennett's incredible prose we come to know our narrator at once intimately and not at all, as she moves tangentially from subject to subject, illuminating her fascinating inner life. This is a stunning debut - beautifully written and profoundly witty. --Molly


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The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977368
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Published: Graywolf Press - April 5th, 2016

At once memoir, history, and long-form personal essay, Nelson's account of the trial to convict her aunt's suspected killer is intelligent, provocative, and heartbreakingly genuine. Haunted by the horrible murder of an aunt she never knew, Nelson examines notions of justice, grief, empathy, and narrative in an attempt to understand both the shocking crime and also its lasting impact on her own life. Brilliant and haunting. --Molly


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The Death-Defying Dr. Mirage Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781939346490
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Published: Valiant Entertainment LLC - May 5th, 2015

Shan Fong can speak to the dead - she spends her days solving paranormal crime and helping the bereaved, all while trying to cope with the grief of losing her own husband, the one spirit she is unable to reach. When a case offers a clue about her husband's afterlife, she ventures into the uncharted and dangerous realm known as "Deadside" to find the man she loves. Beautiul, unsettling, and tender, this book is truly fantastic. --Molly


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A Burglar's Guide to the City Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374117269
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Published: Fsg Originals - April 5th, 2016

This book is dedicated to the so-called "misusers" of buildings - those people who refuse to be limited by the intentions of architects, even as they require architecture to thrive. Manaugh - assisted by anecdotes of burglars and law enforcement alike - argues that burglary and architecture are intrinsically linked, two "arts" which inform and, in some ways even, rely on each other. This book offers a fascinating, unique, and unexpected perspective on the way we view built space and the almost magical ways that burglars manage to manipulate it. --Molly 


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Relief Map Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781941040225
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Published: Tin House Books - March 28th, 2016

THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!! Knecht captures perfectly the compounding anxiety of everyday life as a teen in the midst of crisis. After the town of Lomath is cut off from its neighbors by police seeking an escaped fugitive, tensions begin to threaten the town’s increasingly unstable social dynamics. The novel follows sixteen-year-old Livy – written sincerely and believably – as she attempts to understand and cope with the complexities of growing up and the breakdown of the fragile hierarchies around her. This book is atmospheric and fraught and quietly brilliant and completely, utterly engrossing and I loved every page! --Molly


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Jane Steele Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399169496
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 22nd, 2016

A loving homage to Bronte's classic, Jane Steele is a thoroughly entertaining read for both fans of the original, seasoned mystery readers, and anyone else in the mood for a well-crafted and bloody gothic mystery. Faye's Jane is every bit the gutsy and admirable heroine you would expect, accompanied by a diverse cast, and suitably Byronic hero. This book is clever and complex and fantastically well-written, a perfect read for stormy nights. - Molly


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What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594634635
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 8th, 2016

Oyeyemi's first story collection, What is Not Yours is Not Yours, features linked stories all of which muse on the concept of keys - real and imagined, literal and metaphorical. Oyeyemi's imagination is vast and magical as she explores keys and the locks they fit (or don't), the other side of closed doors, the many secrets her characters might wish to shut away and what happens when those secrets are unleashed. These stories read like fairytales, each one lyrical, fantastical, charming, unsettling, and utterly, intensely beautiful. --Molly


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An Age of License Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781606997680
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Published: Fantagraphics Books - September 22nd, 2014

Poignant, quirky, silly, beautiful - just a few words that can be used to describe this lovely, wonderful book. Knisley's graphic travelogue is an interesting account of her travels around Europe, but also a thoughtful portrait of a woman in transition - uncertain about love, life, work - and looking for some sign for the future. I loved reading this so so much! --Molly


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Rat Queens, Volume 1: Sass and Sorcery Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781607069454
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Published: Image Comics - April 8th, 2014

THIS SERIES IS AMAZING! It is gratuitous, and indulgent, and inclusive, and diverse, and hilarious! Get ready to fall in love with these bawdy, beautiful, badass ladies!!! Pick up if you love: rowdiness, violence, adventuring, magic, sassiness, foul-language, and tentacle monsters. --Molly


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Margaret the First Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781936787357
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Published: Catapult - March 15th, 2016

Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, was a woman unsuited to her time. Extraordinary, unconventional, and entirely singular; she was a published writer and philosopher in a time when such pursuits were unheard of for women. Witty and fantastical, her works included treatises on natural phenomena and philosophy alongside proto-science fiction utopias. Dutton crafts a nuanced and complex portrait of a fascinating woman who flouted societal norms and sought the validation and recognition of her own intellect. --Molly


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The Fever Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780316231046
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 12th, 2015

This book is like "The Heathers" meets the horror genre; a dark, eerie, sensual vision of the toxic undersides of teen friendship gone wrong. Examining family, high school, betrayal, and the terrifying ways peer pressure can manifest, this is an incredibly satisfying and well-crafted novel.   --Molly


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Blow-Up: And Other Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780394728810
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Published: Pantheon Books - February 12th, 1985

An incredibly influential Latin American Boom-generation author, Julio Cortazar is a genius of short fiction. His meta-narratives and use of magical realism are absolutely wonderful to read and experience. The stories in this collection are eerie, suspenseful, and unsettling in the best way. My favorites are : "Continuity of Parks," "Blow-Up," and "House Taken Over."  --Molly


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Democracy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679754855
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Published: Vintage - April 25th, 1995

Joan Didion may be better known as an essayist (and her essays are incredible), but her novels are also spectacularly well-crafted. Didion has a deft hand in commenting on the failures and hypocrisies of American life and culture. This book especially shows the true extent of Didion's astonishing writing ability. Exploring memory, political life, and American consumerism, this novel is absolutely wonderful.  --Molly
 


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Willful Creatures Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780385720977
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Published: Anchor Books - August 8th, 2006

Aimee Bender is utterly fantastic! Incredibly clever, weird, and so smart, every story in this book is amazing. Surreal and masterful, the stories in this collection are darkly comic, fantastical, and emotionally resonant all at once.   --Molly


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Magic for Beginners Cover Image
By Kelly Link, Shelley Jackson (Illustrator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780812986518
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Published: Random House Trade - July 1st, 2014

If you like fabulist fiction or magical realism a la Karen Russell or Aimee Bender, this is a must-read! Magical, whimsical, and full of feeling - the stories in this collection are heart-warming and unsettling all at the same time. An incredible read!  --Molly
 


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Unbecoming Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143128311
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Published: Penguin Books - December 1st, 2015

This novel is like Gillian Flynn and Donna Tartt had a baby and it was raised by Alfred Hitchcock. Scherm's novel is has all manipulative maneuvers of Flynn, the psychological suspense of Hitchcock, and Tartt's incredible appreciation of art objects. But this book is also entirely its own. Equal parts a heist novel, a love story, and a coming-of-age novel - yet, this novel's greatest strength is in its incredible detailing of the construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction of identity. A fantastic consideration of all the lies we use to create the version of ourselves we share with the world.   --Molly


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Saga Volume 1 Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781607066019
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Published: Image Comics - October 23rd, 2012

This series is beautifully done and so brilliant! Two (literally) star-crossed lovers, members of different warring races, fight to keep their family safe across the reaches of space, all while learning how to be parents. I am absolutely in love with this series and its continually growing cast of characters.   --Molly


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Ody-C Volume 1: Off to Far Ithicaa Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781632153760
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Published: Image Comics - June 23rd, 2015

"An eye-searing, mind-bending, gender-shattering, epic sci-fi retelling of Homer's Odyssey..." Oh goodness, I love this! Reading this comic hurt my brain in the most fantastic way! Typical Mat Fraction craziness and Christian Ward is unbelievably talented. His mind must be a beautiful and terrifying place! An awesome, insane start to an exciting new series!  --Molly