Come West and See - Maxim Loskutoff

Staff Pick

My favorite book of 2018 (so far!), this is an intense and assured collection connected by a fictionalized version of the real-life takeover of the Malheur wildlife refuge by Oregon farmers. Loskutoff confronts mythologies of the West so deeply ingrained as to isolate beliefs that can’t be reconciled with modern ideas of governance and citizenship. A nuanced, funny, intimate consideration of an often forgotten region of America.

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ISBN: 9780393635584
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 8th, 2018

Tonight I’m Someone Else - Chelsea Hodson

Staff Pick

This book questions the boundaries between the real and the unreal in social media, intimacy, embodiedness, and ways deep diving into ourselves often leads us to increasingly strange and distant places. Beautifully written and incredibly nuanced, this debut collection is eerie, uncomfortable, and dreamy all at once. Ultimately Hodson’s project is an astonishing chronicle of intensity which reads as a wonderfully strange and rewarding experience. 

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ISBN: 9781250170194
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - June 5th, 2018

Pretend I’m Dead - Jen Beagin

Staff Pick

Dark, hilarious, spellbinding this hero’s journey through working-class America follows a heroine on a search for identity and healing,  while struggling to both confront and repress a chaotic and destructive past. An anti-coming of age story rife with the complexities of true human strangeness, this book is unbelievably good.