Reading the Room by Paul Yamazaki

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Any bookseller worth their salt is familiar with City Lights's Paul Yamazaki--and the rest of the reading world should be, too. So gather around and listen as he regales us with his formative years as the son of immigrants and how he became an icon of the renowned San Francisco bookshop. Yamazaki also delves into booksellers' power and duties and covers topics such as why the big five publishers aren't necessarily the villains of the book world, why the circulation of older titles Is as important as the promotion of new works, and how important it is to champion diverse voices. His memoir is a must for anyone who loves to browse the shelves.

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By Paul Yamazaki, Rick Simonson (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781958846698
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Published: Ode Books - May 8th, 2024

Naked by Fancy Feast

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This collection by the burlesque performer, social worker, and sex educator Fancy Feast is formidable. “Doing Yourself” details her relationship to her body and her Judaism, for example, while "Mistress of Ceremonies” recounts her time at a motorcycle convention in rural Minnesota. In hilarious and searing essays, Fancy exposes readers to her experiences of love, lust, and fatphobia while also granting a backstage peek at New York’s larger burlesque scene. By turns earthshattering and heartbreaking, these pieces left me feeling both very exposed and deeply seen--an incredible experience!

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ISBN: 9781643752372
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 10th, 2023

Grief is for People by Sloane Crosley

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Profound meditations on love and grief are best when they're as hilarious as they are heart-wrenching. This story centers on two losses--a theft and a suicide, the latter of the author’s best friend, Russell, who was also her boss. An older gay man and publicity exec, he took Crosley under his wing at a prestigious NYC publishing house. His bawdy and brash sense of humor (i.e. calling her a “toothless hooker” from a place of love) also got him into trouble with HR. Then there was his habit of inviting favorite staff members to his country house every weekend. This book has everything except answers. 

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ISBN: 9780374609849
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Published: MCD - February 27th, 2024