Staff Picks - Nicola

Nicola grew up in the Bay Area and attended Bard College. Her favorite writers are Sarah Kane, Sylvia Plath, Alejandra Pizarnik, Clarice Lispector, and Virginie Despentes. She likes fairytales, horror movies, swimming, interpreting dreams, and all animals except for rats. She shares a birthday with Franz Kafka, the artist Tracey Emin, and Tom Cruise.

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Valley of the Dolls Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802135193
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Published: Grove/Atlantic - September 22nd, 1997

The ultimate trash classic holds up surprisingly well. Beneath all the glitter is the story of three women trapped as much by their own fears and longings as by the expectations of the world around them. Just as campy as you would expect, but a lot more affecting. --Nicola

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

"I am so lazy/All I want to do is look good and write poems" At first glance, Ariana Reines' poems are brave and weird, like a 4 a.m. text conversation with your smartest friend. Dig a little deeper and you'll find one of the most thoroughly original writers working today. Alchemy, angels, internet porn, Glenn Beck, global warming, Cinderella, and vitamins are all fair game. It's poetry for people who think they're sick of poetry. --Nicola

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ISBN: 9780811218702
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - April 27th, 2010

"It is when you are asking about something that you realize you yourself have survived it, and so you must carry it, or fashion it into a thing that carries itself."

The simplest way to explain Nox is that it's a book in a box, written to commemorate the death of the poet's estranged brother. It's also an art object, a translation of Catullus, a scrapbook, a collection of evidence, and something entirely new. By pushing against the edges of grief, Carson creates a new kind of elegy. --Nicola

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ISBN: 9780374536107
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 6th, 2015

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The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385720250
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Published: Anchor Books - October 17th, 2000

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The Creative Tarot: A Modern Guide to an Inspired Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501120237
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Published: Touchstone Books - February 16th, 2016