Staff Picks

These are some of the books East End Books Ptown are passionate about and strongly recommend for your consideration. This lists contains new and recent books we think you'll enjoy along with a selection of older books we believe deserve another look. New Staff Picks are at the top of the list & past picks follow.

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$19.95
ISBN: 9780571362264
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Published: Faber & Faber - March 3rd, 2020

Hi: This is my brief review of The Inheritance. Love the Play! - Jeff , Bookseller @ East End Books Ptown. (Click to see full review). We have sold very many copies of this brilliant Play.

This is a brilliant Play! I saw Part I & II in London at the Noel Coward Theatre in November, and saw both parts on Broadway November 2019. Remarkable acting from a cast that moves you to tears, laughter, reflection, and back to tears! Read this Play Script as soon as possible!

Matthew Lopez has written a brilliant play that made me feel recognized & valued as a gay man, and part of not only a great LGBTQ family but also a larger community of straight allies and friends.
It also takes a look at those we’ve lost and the way they remain in our hearts. A brilliant theatrical performance! It was difficult to sleep the night I saw Part I & II - it’s so much to think about. 

  

I loved the traces of Howard’s End interspersed throughout the Play and E.M. Forster appearing among the cast of Characters, as they’re trying to “speak their truth.” This is one of those Plays you’ll be re-reading.

The Inheritance has so much to say and I was thrilled by the talk, display and pure love of books and literature that you see throughout this Play! The renewed call to fight for what’s great about our Country as we face some of our darkest times - made me freshly enthused and ready to
Fight to defend to our rights.

 

And what a powerful look at the many people we lost to AIDS and the beautiful remembrance of the people and trails that were blazed, along with the links between generations of gay men from the past to the present - all tied together to the responsibilities we have to one another - as a community at large. There’s so much to think about and reflect on. This is one of those performances that you want to get on a plane and fly “across the pond


The Great Believers: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735223530
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Published: Penguin Books - June 4th, 2019

Normal People: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984822185
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Published: Hogarth - February 18th, 2020

I received an advanced review copy of this book from a friend in London and was completely blown away by this beautifully crafted story of two people who clearly adore & love each other in such a deep, soulful way, yet struggle to connect. The dialogue between the two lead characters is poignant, heartbreaking, and meaningful -really wise beyond their age at the outset. Following along from their high school years & beyond, you get a real window into the mind & hearts of two unique individuals. The pages burst with the discussion of ideas, literature, honor, disappointment, pain - all of the human qualities that make us who we are. In this novel, we bear witness to the joy, pain, & struggle that people go through individually & as a couple. The raw emotion is stunning & gorgeously portrayed by these two incredible characters who are trying to figure life out and define who they are & hope to become. I read this book again before it came out in hardback in America and then again in January ahead of the paperback release, crying, appreciating & marveling at Sally Rooney's brilliant portrait of two people completely, passionately  & utterly devoted to each other through the years, though it was rarely easy or simple. The avid reader and bookseller side of me loved this book!  

The filmmaker side of me was also completely taken & mesmerized by the spectacular, passionate & nuanced performances by the two lead actors in the new Hulu episodic series adaptation of the book. I was truly riveted & stunned by the authentic, sophisticated, lovely & at times painful portrayal of the lead characters. This gorgeously shot series will keep you glued to the screen. Well-deserved accolades have gone out to Daisy Edgar-Jones as Marianne and newcomer Paul Mescal as Connell. 


A House Among the Trees: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101873595
Published: Anchor - May 1st, 2018

Tin Man: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735218765
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 9th, 2019

A Little Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804172707
Published: Anchor - January 26th, 2016

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By Hervé Guibert, Robert Bononno (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780226132341
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Published: University of Chicago Press - March 26th, 2014

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Written in Invisible Ink: Selected Stories (Semiotext(e) / Native Agents) Cover Image
By Herve Guibert, Jeffrey Zuckerman (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781635901191
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Published: Semiotext(e) - May 19th, 2020

Herve Guibert is one of my favorite authors; someone I've been reading most of my life. His life was cut down too short by AIDS.  I'm thrilled that Semiotext(e) Press is releasing this  new this book and  a new translation of "To the Friend Who did Not Save My Life" into English. We sell "Crazy for Vincent,""Ghost Image" & more.

Hervé Guibert published twenty-five books before dying of AIDS in 1991 at age 36. An originator of French autofiction of the 1990s, Guibert wrote with aggressive candor, detachment, and passion, mixing diary writing, memoir, and fiction. Best known for the series of books he wrote during the last years of his life, chronicling his coexistence with illness, he has been a powerful influence on many contemporary writers.

Written in Invisible Ink maps the writer's artistic development, from his earliest texts--fragmented stories of queer desire--to the unnervingly photorealistic descriptions in Vice and the autobiographical sojourns of Singular AdventuresPropaganda Death, his harsh, visceral debut, is included in its entirety.

A good introduction is a special edition by European Literary Journal Tinted Window. The entire issue focused on Guibert. The price is $25. If you would like to purchase it, email the bookstore directly.

 

No. 1: Hervé Guibert

  

No.1 explores the life and work of the writer, photographer and filmmaker Hervé Guibert. There is a travelogue to Greece in search of a portrait; reminiscences from those that knew him well or otherwise; first-time English translations of his work; a fine eye for his photographs; writing that deftly traces his last moments. Featuring Andrew Durbin, Louis Fratino, Hervé Guibert, Bruce Hainley, Brigitte Ollier, John Douglas Millar and Jeffrey Zuckerman.

— From NEW BOOKS WE LOVE

 

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Stories that map the writer's artistic development, written with candor, detachment, and passion.

Herv Guibert published twenty-five books before dying of AIDS in 1991 at age 36. An originator of French autofiction of the 1990s, Guibert wrote with aggressive candor, detachment, and passion, mixing diary writing, memoir, and fiction. Best known for the series of books he wrote during the last years of his life, chronicling his coexistence with illness, he has been a powerful influence on many contemporary writers.

Written in Invisible Ink maps the writer's artistic development, from his earliest texts--fragmented stories of queer desire--to the unnervingly photorealistic descriptions in Vice and the autobiographical sojourns of Singular AdventuresPropaganda Death, his harsh, visceral debut, is included in its entirety. The volume concludes with a series of short, jewel-like stories composed at the end of his life. These anarchic and lyrical pieces are translated into English for the first time by Jeffrey Zuckerman.

From midnight encounters with strangers to tormented relationships with friends, from a blistering sequence written for Roland Barthes to a tender summoning of Michel Foucault upon his death, these texts lay bare Guibert's relentless obsessions in miniature.


Decisions and Dissents of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Selection (Penguin Liberty #2) Cover Image
By Corey Brettschneider (Editor)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780143135111
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Published: Penguin Classics - September 8th, 2020

Tidal Flats Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781732676824
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Published: Bonhomie Press - September 9th, 2019

A Beautiful Crime: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062853882
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Published: Harper - January 28th, 2020

Pass with Care: Memoirs Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781948340212
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Published: Dottir Press - June 9th, 2020

Make Trouble Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616206352
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 11th, 2017

Bunny: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525559757
Published: Penguin Books - June 9th, 2020

Rodham: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399590917
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Published: Random House - May 19th, 2020

Marginalia Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781944866679
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Published: Clash Books - June 23rd, 2020

John Derian Picture Book (John Derian Paper Goods) Cover Image
$75.00
ISBN: 9781579656478
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Published: Artisan - October 4th, 2016

Falling Landscape Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781934695425
Published: Anhinga Press - May 1st, 2015

Spill Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781934695548
Published: Anhinga Press - October 10th, 2017

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The Maytrees: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061239540
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 10th, 2008

Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501111860
Published: Simon & Schuster - October 31st, 2017

Epistrophies: Jazz and the Literary Imagination Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780674055438
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Published: Harvard University Press - June 5th, 2017

Land's End: A Walk in Provincetown Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250017703
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Published: Picador - May 22nd, 2012

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062415837
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 27th, 2015

Fans of the Impossible Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062331762
Published: Balzer + Bray - April 18th, 2017

The Second Home: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250239341
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Published: St. Martin's Press - June 2nd, 2020

The Matinée Murders: A Provincetown Mystery Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781734053333
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Published: Homeport Press - June 1st, 2020

The Hate U Give Cover Image
By Angie Thomas, Nikki Giovanni (Foreword by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781620404935
Published: Bloomsbury USA - February 14th, 2017

The Bricks That Built the Brick House Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780983427582
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Published: Blacktastic - September 3rd, 2013

Autumn: A Novel (Seasonal Quartet) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101870730
Published: Pantheon - February 7th, 2017

All We Had: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476755229
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Published: Scribner - August 4th, 2015

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Our Young Man Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781632860088
Published: Bloomsbury USA - June 6th, 2017

I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451616699
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Published: Free Press - April 3rd, 2012

The Narrow Door: A Memoir of Friendship Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555977283
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Published: Graywolf Press - January 19th, 2016

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Provincetown Through Time Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781625450890
Published: America Through Time - March 19th, 2015

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Provincetown II Through Time Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781635000382
Published: America Through Time - May 23rd, 2016

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I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062389091
Published: Ecco - September 13th, 2016

Here Comes the Sun: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781631491764
Published: Liveright - July 5th, 2016

Difficult Women Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802125392
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Published: Grove Press - January 3rd, 2017

September (Pride and Joy #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781626227699
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Published: Robert Winter Books - December 9th, 2016

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I Am Jazz Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780803741072
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Published: Dial Books - September 4th, 2014

Ask Me About Polyamory: The Best of Kimchi Cuddles Cover Image
By Tikva Wolf, Sophie Labelle (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780996460118
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Published: Thorntree Press - September 15th, 2016

Darling Days: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062368218
Published: Ecco - September 12th, 2017

Days Without End: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Books - September 12th, 2017

Literary Wonderlands: A Journey Through the Greatest Fictional Worlds Ever Created (Literary Worlds Series) Cover Image
By Laura Miller (General editor), Lev Grossman (Contributions by), John Sutherland (Contributions by), Tom Shippey (Contributions by)
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - November 1st, 2016

Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?: Stories Cover Image
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Published: Ecco - December 6th, 2016

Walk Through Walls: A Memoir Cover Image
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Published: Crown Archetype - October 25th, 2016

A Man Called Ove: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Atria Books - July 15th, 2014

Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Random House - February 14th, 2017

Indomitable: The Life of Barbara Grier Cover Image
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Published: Bella Books - November 29th, 2016

Women Who Read Are Dangerous Cover Image
By Stefan Bollmann, Karen Joy Fowler (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780789212566
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Published: Abbeville Press - March 15th, 2016

A Child of Books Cover Image
By Oliver Jeffers, Sam Winston, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator), Sam Winston (Illustrator)
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Published: Candlewick - September 6th, 2016

Behold the Dreamers: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Random House - August 23rd, 2016

John Derian Picture Book (John Derian Paper Goods) Cover Image
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Published: Artisan - October 4th, 2016

Smash Cut: A Memoir of Howard & Art & the '70s & the '80s Cover Image
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 19th, 2016

Upstream: Selected Essays Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Press - October 11th, 2016

The Wars of the Roosevelts: The Ruthless Rise of America's Greatest Political Family Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062383334
Published: Harper - December 6th, 2016

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425285176
Published: Ballantine Books - November 29th, 2016

What Belongs to You: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Picador - December 20th, 2016

March: Book Three Cover Image
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (Illustrator)
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - August 2nd, 2016

Becoming a Londoner: A Diary Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781620401880
Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 24th, 2013

City Poet: The Life and Times of Frank O'Hara Cover Image
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 13th, 2014

Absolutely on Music: Conversations Cover Image
By Haruki Murakami, Seiji Ozawa, Jay Rubin (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780385354349
Published: Knopf - November 15th, 2016

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate--Discoveries from a Secret World Cover Image
By Peter Wohlleben, Tim Flannery (Foreword by), Jane Billinghurst (Translator)
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Published: Greystone Books - September 13th, 2016

Our Lady of the Artichokes and Other Portuguese-American Stories (The Raz/Shumaker Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction) Cover Image
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Published: Bison Books - October 1st, 2008

A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501141096
Published: Simon & Schuster - December 6th, 2016

Float Cover Image
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Published: Knopf - October 25th, 2016

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Three Junes Cover Image
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Published: Anchor - April 22nd, 2003

Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812993349
Published: Random House - July 5th, 2016

4 3 2 1: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781627794466
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - January 31st, 2017

300 Arguments: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555977641
Published: Graywolf Press - February 7th, 2017

The Feminist Bookstore Movement: Lesbian Antiracism and Feminist Accountability Cover Image
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Published: Duke University Press - April 15th, 2016

The Underground Railroad (Pulitzer Prize Winner) (National Book Award Winner) (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Doubleday - August 2nd, 2016

The Orphan Mother: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780446581769
Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 13th, 2016

The Mothers: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399184512
Published: Riverhead Books - October 11th, 2016

Martha's Vineyard - Isle of Dreams Cover Image
By Susan Branch, Susan Branch (Illustrator)
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Published: Spring Street Publishing - May 1st, 2016

Our Lady of the Dunes Cover Image
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Published: Homeport Press - February 1st, 2017

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Reading Queer: Poetry in a Time of Chaos Cover Image
By Maureen Seaton (Editor), Neil De La Flor (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781934695524
Published: Anhinga Press - February 10th, 2018

Picture Cycle (Semiotext(e) / Active Agents) Cover Image
By Masha Tupitsyn, Kevin Killian (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781635901047
Published: Semiotext(e) - November 19th, 2019