The Bricks that Build the Houses
by Kate Tempest
If you don't know Kate Tempest yet, let's change that. She is "language, passion, and politics, and if that isn't life, what is?" (Jeanette Winterson) At 30, she's an award-winning poet, playwright, recording artist, and rapper. Yup. Check this out. She came out with an acclaimed albumEverybody Down in 2014 and this new novel is fresh and wild and uses the album as the structure to tell the story of the complicated lives of friends taking off with a suitcase full of stolen drug money. It's a novel about how it is we come to know ourselves, the places we come from, how we know each other, and find our place in the world. She's unstoppable.
—Kate Layte, owner - manager
GENA / FINN
by Hannah Moskowitz & Kat Helgeson
A modern epistemological novel about fanfic in all its glory (and perhaps, its less-than-glory) that will draw the inevitable comparison to Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I loved the creative formatting with use of fanfic posts, PMs, texts, and emails--especially the use of emails "saved in drafts" to show what a character really wanted to say, but didn't have the guts. Read it for the realistic portrayal of fandom, intense female friendships, identity fluidity; stay for when stuff gets real real.
A must-read for anyone that is part of fandom for the show "Supernatural."
—Jill Saginario, bookseller
BRIGHT DEAD THINGS
by Ada Limon
BRIGHT DEAD THINGS, a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award, is a book of poetry that I read front to back like a memoir. The poet Ada Limon moves from New York City to rural Kentucky, where she grapples with the loss of a parent, falling in love, and living a life so unlike what she knew. These poems are lyrical and cutting. I love "How to Triumph Like a Girl." Read it, and then treat yourself to this volume for a weekend of poetic indulgence.
—Katie Eelman, Media + Events Coordinator
PEOPLE LIKE YOU
by Margaret Malone
The stories in Margaret Malone's debut collection breathe and move. Her minimalist style perfectly conveys loneliness and sadness in seemingly-banal moments that reveal profound truths about lives in constant flux—writing that whispers but will knock you down.
—John Cleary, bookseller