Adam ADAM
Adam's favorite books are modern stories written by and about people from diverse backgrounds that offer unique perspectives on the world. He hopes one day to have a mustache as nice as President Taft had and believes it's a tragedy that America hasn't had a president with facial hair since 1913. He writes about the media and pop culture for various magazines and websites like Electric Literature and Paste Magazine.
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American Spy: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812998955
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Published: Random House - February 12th, 2019

Do you love spy novels but hate that they all seem to be about white men? This beautifully written book about an African-American female intelligence agent in the middle of a coup d’état in West Africa is for anyone looking for a diverse and refreshing spy story. Told as an intimate reveal to her sons, the plot jumps through time to keep an already thrilling story even more edge-on-your-seat. Wilkinson brilliantly weaves in the metaphor regarding a spy's double life and "double consciousness." She elevates would could be a traditional spy story, but shatters expectations with her literary prose and strong grasp for diverse characters.


Gingerbread: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594634659
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 5th, 2019

Helen Oyeyemi is one of my favorite living novelists. Full stop. This is a great addition to her already stellar catalog. She was once again inspired by a classic folk story - this time Hansel and Gretel. Here she used the themes and moral lessons found in a children's story to make them feel more relatable than ever. Perhaps the most captivating aspect of her writing is exactly how magical it is. Usually reviewers will throw that adjective around whenever they feel like it. Yet, reading Oyeyemi is completely a magical experience. Even in the mundane, you'll be transported by fantastic sentence after fantastic sentence.


Sugar Run: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616206215
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Published: Algonquin Books - January 8th, 2019

This is a debut novel that shouldn't be missed! It's a taut noir that will please both fans of page-turning mysteries as well as those who seek the beautiful language of a high literary novel. Maren offers a very moody tone throughout two time periods (the present and two decades ago). She completely nails the Southern setting, which can feel like its own character at times. It feels completely engulfing and I was shocked by how quickly I finished it. An immensely thought provoking page-turner.


An Orchestra of Minorities Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316412391
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - January 8th, 2019

You might be familiar with Obioma's first book, the stellar THE FISHERMEN. It could be hard for writers to follow up an outstanding debut, but I am pleased to report this second novel builds on his gorgeous writing and skill for tapping into the inner workings and desires of his characters. Don't expect a straight forward saga about Africa, immigration, and love. Obioma uses a chi (a guardian spirit and force within a person) to narrate the story. This will take you beyond the simply question of "what is happening" and truly explore the "why" of it all. The characters, the locations, and the events make this novel a can't miss, but the prose of the chorus narration makes this novel one you should push to the top of your to be read pile.


How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781328764522
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Published: Mariner Books - April 17th, 2018

These essays feel like short stories because that is how beautiful Chee's writing is. It's unexpected and he offers lyrical explorations into seminal moments from his life. Expect to read about everything from first time in drag to the devastating loss and heartache of early romance. If you don't believe me turn to one of these three stories: "1989," "Girl," or "After Peter." They all appear back-to-back-to-back and I bet you can't read just one.


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Where the Dead Sit Talking Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616958879
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Published: Soho Press - February 20th, 2018

The rage and the trauma experienced in this book feels so urgent thanks to the gripping and atmospheric writing from Hobson. His writing tackles such heavy topics - prison, the foster system, gambling, death - and wrapped me up in the world I had no business connecting with. Reading this tragic coming-of-age set in 1989 from the safety of my 2018 couch, I felt the insecurities and small successes his characters did. I am far different from Sequoyah, but left this book truly understanding him like a long lost friend.


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Beastie Boys Book Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812995541
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - October 30th, 2018

You may think you don't need to spend so much money on a coffee table book when you can just read Ad-Rock, Mike D, and the late MCA's bios on Wikipedia, but this is so much more. This book is a gorgeously packaged memoir/cookbook/essay collection dedicated to three NYC underground punks turned hip-hop legends. It's an ode to their greatness told by your favorite celebrities who were shaped by their word craft and mind-blowing production skills. We'll never get the Beasties in concert again, but this is the best way to pay respect to Adam Yauch, and realize the genius behind the jokes.


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Where the Dead Sit Talking Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781616958879
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Published: Soho Press - February 20th, 2018

The rage and the trauma experienced in this book feels so urgent thanks to the gripping and atmospheric writing from Hobson. His writing tackles such heavy topics - prison, the foster system, gambling, death - and wrapped me up in the world I had no business connecting with. Reading this tragic coming-of-age set in 1989 from the safety of my 2018 couch, I felt the insecurities and small successes his characters did. I am far different from Sequoyah, but left this book truly understanding him like a long lost friend.


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Lake Success: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812997415
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Published: Random House - September 4th, 2018

What the hell happened in the 2016 Presidential Election? So many books have tried to answer that question. This novel doesn't. It does use a finance bro who seemingly has it all to show how Wall Street greed can break a person. The main character is likable, all things considering, which is one of the many ways Shteyngart shines in this novel. His keen eye and wit look deep into America finding fractures and beauty in every scene. The book build and builds to a stellar ending that makes the entire journey incredibly worth it.


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Heads of the Colored People: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501168000
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Published: Atria / 37 INK - January 22nd, 2019

When I read a story collection I usually I gobble up the works in a few sittings. It became evident with this debut collection that I wanted to sit with the characters much, much longer. The characters in Thompson-Spires' work were so rich it would have been a disservice to read their tales too quickly. Instead, I paced myself for over half a year, reading a story or two per month. I don't seem to have much in common on the physical surface with these characters, but their struggles and successes with self-acceptance, depression, and overcoming the expectations of others to love oneself are moments anyone reading can empathize with. This is a collection I see myself reading over and over throughout the years to learn different things I missed in these character's lives.


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The Golden State: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374164836
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Published: MCD - September 4th, 2018

The type of novels I like are the ones that allow me to experience intimate moments of characters with whom I am nothing alike. Lydia Kiesling's debut is about a new mother on a verge of a breakdown in a country that is about to do the same. In a time that a lot of my friends are having kids, I immersed myself into this world where I was given plenty of opportunities to learn about the strenuous experiences of those new to motherhood. The plot expands on the main character's experiences to analyze a dying town, which offered a lot to unpack and continue thinking about long after I finished the final page.


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Sweet and Low: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399573651
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Published: Blue Rider Press - June 5th, 2018

The aspect I loved most about this short story collection was how it transported me so easily to the settings of each story. Taking place mostly in Mississippi, readers can expect to meet unique characters who are shattered, mysterious, and yearning for something bigger. All of Nick White's characters are so memorable and bold. He pays homage to William Faulkner and the collection was praised by Jesmyn Ward. Needless to say, this is a must read for anyone who loves Southern literature.


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The President Is Missing: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316412698
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Published: Little, Brown and Company and Knopf - June 4th, 2018

This is a recommendation for all of those scoffing at the fact that President Bill Clinton wrote a mystery: this was the most fun I've had with a book in a long time. Repeat: this thriller is dang good fun. The President in the book isn't really missing. He goes under the radar to help catch a cyber terrorist. As someone who has never read Patterson before I gobbled this up in two days and am clamoring for a follow up with this fictional president and the interesting world Clinton/Patterson created.


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French Exit: A Novel Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062846921
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Published: Ecco - August 28th, 2018

The best part of reading a deWitt novel is that you have no clue how it's going to feel. He's written everything from a western mystery and a paranormal/folklore mash-up. Now, he's written a "A Tragedy of Manners" combining his trademark wit and an undeniable eye for tragic turns. When a rich widow and her emotionally stunted son face a scandal and the potential loss of their money, they dash off to Paris to start anew. Expect fast-paced humorous dialogue and characters that are easy to love, but just as easy to love to hate. There are such laughable highs, but expect devastating lows.


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