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Michaela CarterMichaela Carter is a writer, painter, and award-winning poet. She is the author of the novels Further Out Than You Thought, which was an Indie Next List Pick, and Leonora In the Morning Light, about the early life of the artist Leonora Carrington. Her poetry won the Poetry Society of America Los Angeles New Poets Contest, has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, and has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals. She lives in Prescott, Arizona with her husband and two dogs where she cofounded the independent bookstore, Peregrine Book Company. She is frightened of mice and Spam, and some of her favorite words are manatee, mariposa, maculate, gibbous, ocean, and home.
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The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780997366648
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Published: Dorothy a Publishing Project - April 28th, 2017

Deliciously peculiar, delightfully perverse. A perfect pairing with tea and crumpets. —Michaela


Filthy Beasts: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982122768
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - July 14th, 2020

Candid, authentic, and heart-centered, Filthy Beasts made me laugh out loud and weep in public. An important book about alcoholism, coming out, and seeing oneself as part of a family system and also as an individual, who must draw boundaries and make hard choices. Hamill won me over completely.


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ISBN: 9780374532369
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 1st, 2011

Delightful, curious, and surprising - these poems are my absolute favorite.


Milk Fed: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982142490
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Published: Scribner - February 2nd, 2021

Milk Fed is sexy and wicked smart. I read it voraciously.


A Children's Bible: A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393867381
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 16th, 2021

Smart and masterfully crafted, A Children's Bible was impossible to put down.


Sea Wife: A novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525566922
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Published: Vintage - March 2nd, 2021

Emotionally complex, beautifully written, Sea Wife is taut and engaging. I loved it!


What Could Be Saved: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982150617
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Published: Atria Books - January 12th, 2021

Big in every sense, What Could Be Saved asks hard questions about personal redemption and the ways lives change when a child goes missing. Through the darkness, moments of humanity sparkle and sing. After finishing this novel, I didn't know what to start next. What else could possibly be this good?


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ISBN: 9781947793569
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Published: Tin House Books - July 16th, 2019

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By Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781933372600
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Published: Europa Editions - September 2nd, 2008

The story of a Parisian concierge and a precocious 12 year old girl who lives in her building. Funny, smart, and heartrending. 


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Three Women Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781451642292
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - July 9th, 2019

I can’t recall the last time when reading a work of nonfiction, I’ve woken up excited purely by the fact that, today, I would get to read more. Compulsive and psychologically riveting, Three Women reads like a novel. I couldn’t keep from dog-earing its pages, because Taddeo had perfectly expressed something I’d felt but never had the words for. In Sloane, Maggie, and Lina, I recognized aspects of myself—namely the desire for connection and for love. When three women tell their uncensored truth they can liberate a nation. I feel deeply grateful to Lisa Taddeo for giving us this gift of raw authenticity.


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$18.95
ISBN: 9781558614338
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Published: Amethyst Editions - September 5th, 2017

An innovative, magical, feminist memoir unlike any other book I know of. 


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City on Fire Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780804172950
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vintage - July 26th, 2016

This novel, Hallberg's first, is stellar. I marveled in the beauty of his sentences, fell in love with his characters, and didn't want it to end. Well worth the commitment. 


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The Girls: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812988024
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 9th, 2017

Though inspired by Charles Manson and the infamous murders, Emma Cline’s The Girls’ real subject is girls — their vulnerability and anger, their hunger to be noticed and loved. Insightful, haunting, and beautifully written! —Michaela


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ISBN: 9780307477477
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Published: Anchor - March 22nd, 2011

Powerful, emotionally riveting linked short stories that spiral through the music scene. Highly recommended! —Michaela


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Please Enjoy Your Happiness: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501151262
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Published: Touchstone - June 6th, 2017

Wise, inquisitive, and heart-breakingly tender, Brinkley-Rogers’ memoir moves seamlessly between the man he is now and the boy he was in 1959 when he was a sailor aboard the USS Shangri-La stationed off Japan. As much about the nature of memory and love as it is about life lived and reflected upon, Please Enjoy Your Happiness weaves poetry and effortless prose into a captivating tale of the beautiful, tragic woman he met in Yokosuka... Read Michaela's complete review in the Daily Courier »


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ISBN: 9781609531157
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Published: Unbridled Books - May 12th, 2015

Warning: This book may cause you to fall in love with the world again. In language both simple and beautiful, Barfield, a poet doctor, tells the remarkable story of five impoverished people (and a donkey named Jesus) living by the train tracks in Memphis who find love and grace in their everyday lives. —Michaela


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Welcome to Braggsville: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062302137
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 8th, 2015

This provocative, wholly original satire couldn't be more timely. When four Berkeley students travel to the south to stage a dramatic protest during a Civil War reenactment, friendships are tried and the town's darkest secrets are uncovered. Poetic, ambitious and resoundingly perceptive. —Michaela


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A Muse and a Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781595341938
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Published: Trinity University Press - November 11th, 2014

Beautifully illustrated, A Muse and A Maze delights as it demystifies the craft of writing, likening it to puzzles of all kinds. This has been my go-to book as I near the end of a first draft of my own book. Pick it up and flip through the pages. Turchi's brilliance enables both writers and readers to glimpse the wizard behind the curtain. —Michaela


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Mislaid: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062364784
Published: Ecco - January 26th, 2016

Funny and unconventional in most every way, Zink turns our assumptions about race, sexuality and the American dream on their sides, and spins a tale of missteps and surprises toward a rather Shakespearean zenith. Mislaid is a truly entertaining read! —Michaela


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All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781476746586
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Published: Scribner - May 6th, 2014

Ten years in the writing, Anthony Doerr's new novel, All the Light We Cannot See, is at once intimate and generous, historical and magical, thrilling and gorgeous. It is one of those books I savored, the way I do great poetry. –Michaela

Read Michaela's complete review of the book in Kudos.


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The Enchanted: A Novel (Harper Perennial Olive Editions) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063036697
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 6th, 2020

With the rhythmic music of her language, Denfeld weaves her spell of enchantment, shining love into the darkest, most brutal of places. This novel surprises, terrifies, and enlightens, and is a spellbinding and rapturous read. –Michaela


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$16.99
ISBN: 9780060883287
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - February 21st, 2006

You will never see the world the same way again. You will learn to dream with your eyes open. –Michaela


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Nine Inches: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250054975
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 7th, 2014

Perrotta's new book of stories measures not only the permissible distance between middle school kids in a slow dance, but that less definable space between responsibility and desire, who we think we are and who we dream of being-- if we dared. Perrota's stories are among the best I've read. Ever. (Apologies to Carver fans.) –Michaela


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The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250063731
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Published: Picador - October 28th, 2014

Part travelogue, part criticism, and part memoir, The Trip to Echo Spring examines the lives of Tennessee Williams, Raymond Carver, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, John Cheever, and John Berryman, all of them brilliant and all of them troubled and alcoholic. Shimmering with insights and details, it leaves the reader enriched, educated, and inspired by the words of these great writers as seen through Laing’s insightful lens. –Michaela


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Poems 1962-2012 Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780374534097
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 5th, 2013

While Pulitzer Prize winner Louise Gluck, whose father invented the X-acto knife, has favored a lean line throughout the fifty years of her published verse, she has reinvented her voice with each subsequent book, making this collection one of astounding breadth and depth. Drawing from myth and family, from nature and sex and her own body, she addresses her reader directly, with courage and simplicity. To read Gluck's poetry is to face one woman's truth unmasked, in all its fierceness and beauty. –Michaela


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Stay Up with Hugo Best: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982102364
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Published: Scribner - April 28th, 2020

In her sharply imagined, comedic novel. Somers tackles the #MeToo issue. Refusing any facile judgments, Stay Up With Hugo Best explores the complexities of people & relationships, & the many shades of gray that make us all human. Fantastic!


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Open Me Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780802128072
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Published: Grove Press - August 7th, 2018

Locascio's unflinching frankness about female desire is vital for our time. A truly gorgeous book.


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Adulthood Is a Myth: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781449474195
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - March 8th, 2016

This made me LOL-- a lot. And I've been an adult (supposedly) for awhile!


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Beautiful Ruins: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061928178
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 2nd, 2013

Italy, Hollywood, and a life-long love-- what more could you want in a novel?


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The Milk of Dreams Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781681370941
Availability: Backordered
Published: NYR Children's Collection - May 16th, 2017

Another lovely book by the incomparable Leonara Carrington, delight in this peculiar prose. 


Last Chance Texaco Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780802127129
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Published: Grove Press - April 6th, 2021

In prose as raw, honest, and poetic as Jones' indelible lyrics, this memoir tells the stories behind the songs. Last Chance Texaco is gorgeous and resonant and wholly unique.