Book of the Month

Every month, we select a book that we love so much that we feel confident guaranteeing that you'll love it too, so much so that we'll give you your money back if you don't. Peruse this list if you're trying to remember one you missed or are looking for more recommendations like it.

Convenience Store Woman By Sayaka Murata, Ginny Tapley Takemori (Translator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802128256
Availability: Special Order
Published: Grove Press - June 12th, 2018

July 2018

An odd child finds her place in the world as a teenager: a part-time job at a convenience store provides the structure and rules she craves.  But almost twenty years later, change--and her questioning of her place in the world--threatens stasis.  This is an irresistible, quirky, layered novel that examines conformity, loneliness, and what's "normal."

There There: A novel By Tommy Orange Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525520375
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf - June 5th, 2018

June 2018

All the hype surrounding Tommy Orange is beyond well-deserved. A debut like this is one in a million. A multitude of characters, all for one reason or another on their way to one big Oakland powwow, fill these pages with stories of rage, beauty and despair. Orange Truly has a gift for voice and the characters in There There are destined to stay with you. — Emily

Disoriental By Négar Djavadi, Tina Kover (Translator) Cover Image
By Négar Djavadi, Tina Kover (Translator)
ISBN: 9781609454517
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Published: Europa Editions - April 17th, 2018

May 2018

Reading Disoriental is a bit like having a fever dream of a family you once had, but can only catch snippets of memories here and there. Nègar Djavadi's non-linear style kept leading me back into the dream, into the folklore of Kimiâ Sadr's family. Great-grandfathers with harems of wives, grandmothers with vivid blue eyes, and 7 uncles to name and hold close. It's the story of how a family can bind you to a place even when coups and revolutions exile you physically.  Kimiâ of present day, sits in a French clinic waiting to be artificially inseminated, while past Kimiâ grows up amid the turmoil of 1970s Iran.  I really can't recommend this book enough. It's got a bunch of my favorite things: queerness, epic family stories, strong women, political dissent, history, postcolonial themes, and amazing characters. — Sara