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Quinn is a child of the West having called New Mexico, Nevada, California, and Arizona home. Her love for books and stories has taken her on an insane journey through film school all the way to the stomping grounds of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. She self-describes as a ‘wannabe writer’ hoping that one day an editor will find her writing alright enough to get published. In the meantime, she enjoys playing her double bass, Beulah, and preaching that the golden age of film was in the 1980s.
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Chipped: Writing from a Skateboarder's Lens By José Vadi Cover Image
ISBN: 9781593767556
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Published: Soft Skull - April 16th, 2024

CHIPPED was handed to me, a self-described mediocre wood-pusher, and was read the moment I got home. I'm a big fan of Jose Vadi's INTER STATE, and I was not disappointed in this latest work. Vadi's perspective on the world and culture as described through the lens of being a skateboarder is gorgeous. CHIPPED captures the addictive and beautiful nature that is skateboard culture. This book is a book about life, its intricacies, and offers insight to how we can better interact with the spaces we inhabit.

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Not Forever, But For Now By Chuck Palahniuk Cover Image
ISBN: 9781668021415
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 5th, 2023

Can any writer reach the level of debauchery and macabre like Chuck Palahniuk? NOT FOREVER, BUT FOR NOW makes it even more difficult for any writer who hopes to match Palahniuk's depravity. Palahniuk is brutal in his sadistic satire that brings the British Aristocracy to its knees by way of the brothers, Cecil and Otto. This novel takes you on the most rakish ride through history that leaves a trail of famous and not famous bodies alike, and it's an absolute thrill.

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The Wolf Hall Picture Book By Hilary Mantel, Ben Miles, George Miles Cover Image
ISBN: 9780008530341
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Published: Fourth Estate - January 10th, 2023

Hello, it's once again me, the resident Mantel fan. It's no surprise that the moment I discovered THE WOLF HALL PICTURE BOOK, I grabbed it as quickly as I could, ravenous for any new words from the genius, Hilary Mantel. This book is utterly brilliant as it takes you through the places Thomas Cromwell frequented but as they are now. The juxtaposition between the text of WOLF HALL against the beautiful photographs taken by George Miles is captivating. This book was everything I didn't know I needed and I implore you to dive in head first into the world of Mantel and Cromwell.

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Oppenheimer: The Official Screenplay By Christopher Nolan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780571381319
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Published: Faber & Faber - August 1st, 2023

It might seem weird that I'm trying to sell you on reading a movie that you can, and most likely have, watch. Alas, here I am, pleading with you to read this magnificent script. It is incredibly rare for a script to be written in first person, yet Christopher Nolan found a way to do it and to do it masterfully. If you are budding screenwriter or a cinema aficionado, this is required reading and the insights you gain will be immeasurable.

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Candelaria: A Novel By Melissa Lozada-Oliva Cover Image
ISBN: 9781662601804
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Published: Astra House - September 19th, 2023

You have not read a book quite like the one you are currently staring at, I can guarantee it, but do try to prove me wrong. Melissa Lozada-Oliva is a siren--pulling you in with her audacious plot with fertility cults, generational trauma, cannibalism, and the most memorable journey to an Old Country Buffet. Reading CANDELARIA is an act of metamorphosis and by the end you'll wonder why you waited at all to read it.

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Make It Stop By Jim Ruland Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644283035
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Published: Rare Bird Books - April 25th, 2023

Nothing quite beats a demented wild ride of a thriller that tackles the atrocities of a broken healthcare system while being full of heart and hope. Jim Ruland's "Make It Stop" follows a group of vigilanties in a near-distant future who fight hospitals that act as debtor's prisons. If you're a fan of pulpy Neo-noirs with a SoCal punk twist, you need to dive in, head first, and you will become so entranced you will forget to come up for air.

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The Shards: A novel By Bret Easton Ellis Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593535608
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Published: Knopf - January 17th, 2023

As a complete 80s brat pack fanatic, it was an easy choice to pick up The Shards, Bret Easton Ellis' newest book in over a decade. Ellis does what he does best and creates a grandiose world of elite high schoolers in 1981's Los Angeles, that are not bound by average society conventions. Filled with sex, drugs, and violence, you will be horrified and almost feel a longing to witness the events unfold in real time. As a work of metafiction, Ellis balances the bombastic plot with the emotional undertow that we see with Bret, who is trying to find his place in the world he inhabits and becomes obsessed with the darkness that overruns his life.

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Bad Cree: A Novel By Jessica Johns Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385548694
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Published: Doubleday - January 10th, 2023

It takes an incredibly talented writer to perfectly utilize the tropes of the horror genre and flip them on their head to create a brilliant story about generational trauma and familial grief like Jessica Johns has with Bad Cree. Mackenzie begins to have psychic visions of her dead sister as she tries to run from her own grief. Her visions begin to impact her family as they have to reconcile with the various forms of trauma that plagues the Indigenous community. Bad Cree chills you to the bone and will keep you invested until the last page.

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The MANIAC By Benjamin Labatut Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593654477
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Published: Penguin Press - October 3rd, 2023

It begins with a bang and the series of events that follows, changes the course of human history. Benjamin Labatut absolutely rocked me to my core with The Maniac as he traces John von Neumann's, the most brilliant mind of the last century, achievements and life's trajectory. The Maniac will pull you into an autofictitious world that will leave you feeling haunted and enthralled about our future as a species and relationship with AI. Labatut showcases his own genius as he creates a kaleidoscopic look at a complicated time in history with an eye to a future that has not yet happened, but is inevitable. This is the type of novel you will hand to everyone you know and force them to discuss it with you, I know I will.  

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Alive at the End of the World By Saeed Jones, D. a. Powell (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Saeed Jones, D. a. Powell (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781566896511
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Published: Coffee House Press - September 13th, 2022

“The End of the World was a nightclub." Saeed Jones weaves the rage and anguish of modern day American horrors, such as Pulse nightclub, with a hope that strikes you in the heart and soul in his sophomore collection of poetry. Jones tackles our tendency to avoid grief, both personal and societal, and screams at us to allow ourselves to feel and connect. His message is clear--we are alive and we can laugh, and cry, and hope, and fight, and find love as we grieve. Saeed Jones is a voice we all need to hear and encompass in our lives as we fight for the future we deserve.

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Ten Planets: Stories By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translated by) Cover Image
By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781644452233
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 21st, 2023

This tiny book you are staring at packs a punch like no other. Yuri Herrera's latest collection of short stories is here to show you that he only gets better with each new project. Herrera utilizes speculative fiction to show you the messy humanity that the stranger in a strange land-trope embodies. Each story will make you feel as if you are floating through space rediscovering what it is to feel the full spectrum of human emotion as you relate to sentient bacteria, an anthropomorphic rat, ghostbusters, and various existential beings. "Ten Planets" is a necessary read for anyone who longs for experimental literature and weirdness that drags you into deep philosophical thought.

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Man Made Monsters By Andrea Rogers, Jeff Edwards (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Andrea Rogers, Jeff Edwards (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781646141791
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Published: Levine Querido - October 4th, 2022

Man Made Monsters is an absolute powerhouse of a horror novel and easily one of my favorite reads of the year. Andrea Rogers hits the ground running as she blends Cherokee heritage and history with monsters and cryptids. I pride myself on rarely getting unsettled by stories, but this collection had me on the edge of my seat and my jaw permanently dropped. Man Made Monsters is not just for the YA crowd, but holds its own within the pantheon of great horror novels as well as great Indigenous fiction. Man Made Monsters sets the horror scene on fire and should be considered required reading for horror fans everywhere.

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Night of the Living Rez By Morgan Talty Cover Image
ISBN: 9781953534187
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Published: Tin House Books - July 5th, 2022

Sometimes you come across a book that blazes into your life like a meteor and you know you’ve discovered something truly remarkable. Night of the Living Rez is that book. Told in disparate but interconnected short stories following our protagonist, David, Talty gives us a poignant insight to the lives of those in the Penobscot Nation. There are so many small moments within David's family that seem cursory at first glance until they hit you like a ton of bricks and your world view gets rocked. Talty’s writing is a revelation to what it is to be alive and trying to find your way in a world where control is not something easily had.

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Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom By Derecka Purnell Cover Image
ISBN: 9781662600517
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Published: Astra House - October 5th, 2021

Take all of the political discourse and background noise surrounding policing and place it on silent. Becoming Abolitionists is a genre bending exploration on what it would actually mean to abolish policing institutions and replace them with institutions that would lead to a more utopian society. Purnell lays out a blueprint and invokes questions on how we can actually better society and how to shift our thought processes to benefit all citizens. This is not a book meant to provoke people, but to show them that there is a way to elevate society to a world that we have only dreamt of.

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Woman of Light: A Novel By Kali Fajardo-Anstine Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525511328
Published: One World - June 7th, 2022

Woman of Light is the type of story I needed in my life and, as a Latina, felt incredibly grateful for. There is no other word to describe this story other than epic because truly it is. Kali Fajardo-Anstine brings us into this multi-generational story filled with the most amazing matriarchs and gives voice to the Indigenous and Latina women of the American West during the 19th and 20th centuries. The writing is breathtaking and we are given an engrossing story of love, magic, family, and our connection to our ancestors. I've been a massive fan of Farjardo-Anstine since Sabrina & Corina and this novel simply solidified her as one of my all-time favorite writers today.

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Spirits of Latin America: A Celebration of Culture & Cocktails, with 100 Recipes from Leyenda & Beyond By Ivy Mix Cover Image
By Ivy Mix
ISBN: 9780399582875
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Published: Ten Speed Press - May 26th, 2020

This book is, hands down, one of my all time favorite cocktail books. Ivy Mix created something truly special with this one as she celebrates the vivaciousness and complexity of Latin American spirits and culture. The photos are breathtaking, the recipes are flawless (and delicious), and the commentary is where the book really shines. Do not pass on this gem.

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Sellout: The Major-Label Feeding Frenzy That Swept Punk, Emo, and Hardcore (1994–2007) By Dan Ozzi Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358244301
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 26th, 2021

As a hardcore kid of the early 2000s, the moment I saw that Dan Ozzi was tackling this insane time in music, I was instantly sold. The idea of selling out is one that dominated the punk scene the moment Nirvana became huge and the fallout of that moment was complex and fascinating. Ozzi impeccably examines the time period where punk bands were able to break out from the underground by getting the stories straight from not only the bands, but the executives as well. Sellout is an enrapturing read that I will always, enthusiastically, recommend any music industry aficionado to pick up.

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The Hurting Kind By Ada Limón Cover Image
ISBN: 9781639550494
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Published: Milkweed Editions - May 10th, 2022

It is extremely rare to come across a collection of poetry that inspires you and grounds you the way that 'The Hurting Kind' does. Limón stuns once again by bridging the reader to the natural world and all the intricacies that we ponder far too often. Limón's poetry will offer connection and hope for a future that, even though it has darkness, can be peaceful. If you are looking for that meditative and thought provoking read, this is it, and I implore you not to sleep on this one.