Djeliya, by Juni Ba

Staff Pick

One part Samurai Jack, one part Hellboy, one part Shaman King--all with a strand of West African myth woven in--Djeliya is a no-holds-barred fantasy romp. It's not just that there's something on every page that will make you gasp. It's that every page groans under the sheer volume of amazing stuff Ba wants to show you. While it's rough around the edges, this work marks the arrival of a major talent. Go read it just so you can say you read Ba's comics before it was cool!




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By Juni Ba, Juni Ba (Illustrator), Juni Ba (Letterer)
ISBN: 9781952203244
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: TKO Studios, LLC. - July 6th, 2021

The Corner That Held Them, by Sylvia Townsend Warner

Staff Pick

Historical fiction gravitates toward the powerful, but real history is different. The Corner That Held Them is an attempt at real historical fiction: a portrait of a nunnery from its construction in the 12th century to the novel's end point in 1382. The story’s enormous cast trundles through their lives in search of meaning, but fate has no answer for them. Some die for no reason, others fail to achieve their ambitions. This book is a bracing and even alienating experience for those accustomed to the comforts of plot and pay-off. But those who persevere will be rewarded by a narrative that makes everything else in its genre feel a little half-hearted.   


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By Sylvia Townsend Warner, Claire Harman (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781681373874
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Published: NYRB Classics - September 10th, 2019

The Actual Star, by Monica Byrne

Staff Pick

The Actual Star is about many things: climate change, the tourist gaze, love, sex, entropy, utopias, the fall of the Maya, whether the Maya ever actually "fell," religious ritual, reincarnation, and caves. It's a big book, demanding and sometimes fussy in its careful construction. But it'll make you think, and the ending feels like putting your hand on a cave wall and feeling the heartbeat of the world through the rock. "Actual star"--indeed.

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ISBN: 9780063002890
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Harper Voyager - September 14th, 2021