Barnum: An American Life -- Robert Wilson

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“Is it an animal? Is it human? Is it an extraordinary freak of nature?” This fascinating biography takes us through all Barnum’s humbugs and hoaxes, from the Fejee Mermaid (part fish, part monkey skeleton), the “little general” Tom Thumb and Jumbo the Elephant, as well as his lectures on money making and temperance reform.  He created the ‘greatest show on earth’ but also suffered several catastrophic fires and bankruptcy. Writing with warmth and wisdom, Wilson resists the impulse to editorialize, but his meticulous research speaks for itself.  Whatever he was up to, Barnum emerges as complicated and vain, and in the words of one journalist, always “on the best possible terms with himself.”



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ISBN: 9781501118623
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Simon & Schuster - August 6th, 2019

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous -- Ocean Vuong

Staff Pick

Written as a letter to a mother who may never read it, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a painful and passionate story about identity, survival, loss and sex.  “Sex can get you close to a boy. But language,” Vuong writes, “gets you deeper.”  In this extraordinary debut novel by an established poet, language is key.  Elegiac in places, it cuts to the bone and will break your heart.


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ISBN: 9780525562023
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Published: Penguin Press - June 4th, 2019

Eightball -- Elizabeth Geoghegan

Staff Pick

These witty intelligent stories take us to Rome to Paris and to South East Asia and are full of insight into what it means to be a strong independent woman looking for connection and love in the world.  On one level the stories are evocative travelogues but the most heartfelt moments are often experienced alone, while passionate connections with others, though intense are short lived.   My favorite story is The Violet Hour for its badass beauty, its courage, its longing and ultimately its heartbreak.  This is a beautifully written and evocative debut collection.


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ISBN: 9781939650955
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Published: Santa Fe Writer's Project - May 1st, 2019