Staff Pick

All you merchants of doom and gloom out there, a forewarning: here's a book that leaves you no choice but to have a big, stupid grin plastered to your face for the duration of the read - and for the days and weeks that follow.  In this smart and richly entertaining tribute to the young, dumb, and broke, we follow Mike Munoz, a 22-year-old underemployed landscaper who can barely navigate his chaotic home life, dwindling finances, and dismal luck with members of the opposite sex. Life events conspire to take him on an unexpected journey of self discovery. A moving and necessary portrayal of the working poor, this hilarious, heartfelt read is impossible to put down.

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ISBN: 9781616202620
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 3rd, 2018

Staff Pick

Although Peter Moskowitz is upfront regarding his own experience with gentrification, How to Kill a City tackles the subject not from a nostalgic standpoint but from the present. As Moskowitz takes us through New York, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Detroit - four cities experiencing rapid gentrification in ways unique and similar - we gain firsthand knowledge as to how the new luxury condos, offices, and restaurants that constitute the current wave of professional-class urban renewal often mean displacement and violence for marginalized communities. A great companion read to Richard Rothstein's The Color of Law, How to Kill a City shows how redlining continues to this day and will perhaps inspire the reader to take action for fairer and more equitable cities.  

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ISBN: 9781568585239
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Bold Type Books - March 7th, 2017

Staff Pick

As any reader of Tim Kreider's previous work will tell you, the political cartoonist-turned-essayist has practically cornered the market on highly-entertaining personal tales that are both weirdly intimate and intimately weird - and on extraordinarily accurate meditations on the world around us. In his newest collection, Kreider shares with us a trip he took aboard a circus train to Mexico, revisits a seminal academic study he took part in as a toddler, and provides the truest and most moving tribute to cat ownership I've ever read. 

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ISBN: 9781476738994
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 6th, 2018