2023 Catalog Books

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Not Too Late: Changing the Climate Story from Despair to Possibility By Rebecca Solnit (Editor), Thelma Young Lutunatabua (Editor) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781642598971
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Published: Haymarket Books - April 4th, 2023

"Hope is not optimism. Optimism assumes the best, and assumes its inevitability, which leads to passivity, as do the pessimism and cynicism assume the worst. Hope, like love, means taking risks and being vulnerable to the effects of loss. It means recognizing the uncertainty of the future and making a commitment to try to participate in shaping it."

This book not only helped me navigate and mitigate my climate anxiety, but shaped my definition of hope. Hope can be a discipline, even a draining, desperate slog, but is still crucial to my politics and the movements I want to be a part of.


Doppelganger: A Trip into the Mirror World By Naomi Klein Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374610326
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 12th, 2023

A trippy, informative deep dive into the world of conspiracy theories and far right alternate realities. Naomi Klein uses her own commonly mistaken doppelganger, Naomi Wolf, as a jumping off point for investigating how people get easily enmeshed in dangerous and uncanny double visions of our world. A fascinating read and a wake up call for anyone (including myself) who has doubted the power of conspiracies.


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Who Needs Gay Bars?: Bar-Hopping Through America's Endangered LGBTQ+ Places By Greggor Mattson Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781503629202
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Published: Redwood Press - May 30th, 2023

A road trip through the changing landscape of gay bars across America. I love the nuance and perspective Greggor brings to his research, a complex narrative that isn't all about disappearance and queer assimilation, but one as varied and colorful as the queer community itself. An incredible, informative read, (even if the author wasn't your college advisor)!


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Pulling the Chariot of the Sun: A Memoir of a Kidnapping By Shane McCrae Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781668021743
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Published: Scribner - August 1st, 2023

What happens when you're the unreliable narrator of your own life? Shane leads us through the fragile, shifting labyrinth of his childhood memories into adulthood. A haunting exploration of trauma, blackness, attachment, and memory in one of the most beautiful, poetic prose I've ever read.


System Collapse (The Murderbot Diaries #7) By Martha Wells Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781250826978
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Published: Tordotcom - November 14th, 2023

Buckle up for another wild ride with your favorite sardonic killer robot! Picking up right after the last book, Martha Wells has gifted us with brand new Murderbot content, and she delivers with the page turning, nail biting, and truly hilarious full-length novel we all deserve.


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Restless By Joseph Kai Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781951491215
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Published: Street Noise Books - September 19th, 2023

A vivid autofiction of queer, revolutionary, artistic subcultures in Beirut. Through a haze of lonely exhaustion, we follow Samar in his search for liberation, sex, and meaning in the face of corruption and police violence that threatens his community.


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Totem By Laura Pérez, Andrea Rosenberg (Translated by) Cover Image
By Laura Pérez, Andrea Rosenberg (Translated by)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781683968979
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Published: Fantagraphics - September 12th, 2023

An ethereal maze of past and present, life and death, the tangible and the unknown. Laura Pérez takes us on a circular journey through the desert following two young queers through a strange disappearance, lights in the sky, and grandmothers who can speak with the dead. I was transfixed. 


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A Guest in the House By Emily Carroll Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250255525
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Published: First Second - August 15th, 2023

Newly married Abby's mundane life is slowly overtaken by a haunting. As her husband's lies start to build up, she sinks into a destructive love for the ghost of his dead wife. I was hooked from page one and helplessly led through a shifting story of obsession and deception. The use of color, the full page spreads, the way the panels interact with each other all make this book a stunning experience to read and reread. Emily Carroll is not an author to pass by.