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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As I Descended Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062409232
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Published: HarperTeen - September 6th, 2016

In this modern retelling of Macbeth, Shakespeare meets Pretty Little Liars (what else is there to say?) --Brynn

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The Traitor Baru Cormorant (Masquerade #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765380739
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Published: Tor Books - November 29th, 2016

You will fall in love with Baru in this incredible fantasy and political thriller. Game of Thrones fans--here's your new favorite book! --Brynn

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The Secret History of Wonder Woman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804173407
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Published: Vintage - July 7th, 2015

This perfect book for superhero aficionados details Wonder Woman's fascinating and at times imperfect feminist history. Did you know that Wonder Woman's creator also invented the lie detector? Or that his wife was Margaret Sanger's niece? --Brynn

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The Gilda Stories: Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Jewelle Gomez, Alexis Pauline Gumbs (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780872866744
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Published: City Lights Books - March 29th, 2016

Gomez's incredible speculative fiction novel follows the vampire Gilda from escaping slavery in 1850s Louisiana to the year 2050. Along the way, Gilda continually constructs and reconstructs her multiple identities as conceptions of blackness and sexuality shit. For lovers of fantasy and historical fiction alike, and for viewers of Buffy and fans of Octavia Butler. --Brynn

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The Performance of Becoming Human Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781936767465
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Published: Brooklyn Arts Press LLC - April 1st, 2016

Winner of the 2016 National Book Award for poetry! Borzutzky's timely writing addresses the violences of borders and privitization in language that Eileen Myles describes as "violent, perverse, and tender." --Brynn

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The Angel of History Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802125767
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - October 4th, 2016

My favorite new release of 2016! A testament to the importance of history in the war between memory and oblivion. --Brynn

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Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse (Vintage Contemporaries) 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 (Vintage Contemporaries) 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