Justine, by Forsyth Harmon

Staff Pick

For teenagers, it can feel like everything is happening at once--while at the same time, nothing at all is happening. Forsyth Harmon eloquently captures the mixed ennui and loneliness of suburban living in the late' 90s as well as the adrenaline rush that comes with being chosen by someone decidedly cooler than you. In this slim volume, we are privy to Ali’s brief yet profound relationship with the enigmatic Justine who pulls her into a new world of drugs, partying, and eating disorders. Accompanied by simple line illustrations, Justine takes the reader through the heightened emotions of adolescence and messy intensity of female friendships during a decidely fragile time of life.

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ISBN: 9781951142339
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Published: Tin House Books - March 2nd, 2021

Women and Other Monsters, by Jess Zimmerman

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"To be woman is to be monstrous," Zimmerman writes, and in essays as arresting as this statement, she shows that this monstrousness, far from being the fault condemned by patriarchal culture, is a source of strength women should accept and foster. Blending personal stories, Greek mythology, and reflections on femininity, Zimmerman asks what would happen if women, instead of being pliant, allowed themselves to bare their claws, be fearsome, and fight back? Monsters like Medusa, the Sirens, the Furies, and the many others Zimmerman discusses, are powerful, unrestrained, and enduring; through their examples, Zimmerman calls for women to embrace their powers--razor teeth, snake hair, and all. 

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ISBN: 9780807054932
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Published: Beacon Press - March 9th, 2021

I Live in the Slums, by Can Xue

Staff Pick

Can Xue’s first story collection in over a decade is a frenetic adventure through China’s slums. These sixteen pieces show the gritty reality of urban life, taking readers through sewers, behind concrete walls, and inside claustrophobic rooms. At the same time, with their varied and unreliable narrators, these narratives seem to unfold somewhere between the physical world and the fantastic world--charting dizzying liminal spaces where the only constants are incessant change and uncertainty. Despite this fundamental disorientation, Can Xue’s stories are threaded by questions of human nature, and what it means to share space with other forms of life. I Live in the Slums is not for everyone, but those that do decide to venture into Can Xue’s world will certainly be mesmerized. 

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By Can Xue, Karen Gernant (Translated by), Zeping Chen (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780300247435
Availability: Backordered
Published: Yale University Press - May 19th, 2020