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HITTING SHELVES #33: Marrow Island by Alexis M. Smith

Marrow Island

Marrow Island comes out today!

It’s the story of a rugged island in Washington state that was devastated in a huge earthquake. Lucie Bowen was a child when the island was evacuated, and now, twenty years later, her best friend Katie convinces her to come back and see how a group of environmental activists known as “the Colony” has repopulated the ecosystem. But Lucie discovers that the island may have a sinister effect on everyone there.

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HITTING SHELVES #32: The Telling by Zoe Zolbrod

The Telling

The Telling by Zoe Zolbrod comes out today!

It’s the story of how the author stayed silent about her early childhood molestation, and the many kaleidoscopic ways she has come forward and told the story since then. This history of sexual abuse colors Zolbrod’s sexuality, her relationships with men, and her life as a mother and a feminist.

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HITTING SHELVES #31: Golden Delicious by Christopher Boucher

Golden Delicious

Golden Delicious by Christopher Boucher comes out today!

It’s the story of the town of Appleseed, Massachusetts, where words come alive and bump against reality in strange and surprising ways. As the narrator grows up, interacting with stories that grow out of the soil and sentences that people keep as pets, he watches the town’s economy fail and his family fall apart. This is Boucher’s follow-up to How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive, which we adored.

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HITTING SHELVES #30: Relief Map by Rosalie Knecht

Relief Map

Relief Map by Rosalie Knecht comes out today!

It’s the story of a small town in rust belt Pennsylvania that gets shut down for an FBI manhunt. During the ensuing siege, our protagonist, sixteen-year-old Livy, discovers more about her family and her neighbors than she wanted to know. Relief Map feels like a forgotten coming-of-age classic, like a parable and headline news at once.

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HITTING SHELVES #29: Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett

Blackass

Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett comes out today!

It’s the story of a black Nigerian man who wakes up one morning to discover that he has turned into a white man… except for his ass. So he makes his way to a scheduled job interview in Lagos as a different person. Blackass is a blistering satire of contemporary Nigeria with echoes of Kafka, Kipling, and the Eddie Murphy SNL sketch “White Like Me.”

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HITTING SHELVES #28 ½: Infinite Jest 20th Anniversary Edition

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The 20th Anniversary edition of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest is now for sale. The updated cover is the result of a reader contest, and has been the subject of some controversy.

Unfortunately, David Foster Wallace is not around to celebrate the release, or tell us what he will be doing today. But if your plans today include embarking on one of the most challenging and rewarding reading experiences available to human beings, we’re happy to recommend reading along using “Words Words Words: The Infinite Jest Liveblog.”

We wish you way more than luck.

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