Michelle's Recommendations

Morningside Heights: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524748357
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Published: Pantheon - June 15th, 2021

Morningside Heights is novel spanning the history of a shared life. It's love and sacrifice and the missteps we make in becoming who we are. The characters all orbit the companionable marriage of Pru and Spence, but the scope of a marriage is never just two people. Friends, colleagues, children, and lovers create a world around the pair that maximizes the realities of love, heartbreak, and shame. None of us are equipped for this life; our communities make it bearable. Henkin has crafted a story of real life so fully honest and true it can only exist in fiction.


Officer Clemmons: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781948226707
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Published: Catapult - May 5th, 2020

Officer Clemmons is the memoir of a man at the intersections of race, sexuality, high art, and a curious fame. Francois Clemmons has every right to be bitter towards and lack faith in humanity, but at each step in his life he has followed paths of grace, curiosity, and empathy. This book is filled with tales of sorrow told through a lens of hope and abundance. Whether or not you are familiar with the character from the Neighborhood, you should get to know Franc.


The Saturday Night Ghost Club: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143133933
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Published: Penguin Books - July 9th, 2019

The Saturday Night Ghost club is quick read that packs a heavy emotional punch. This is a nostalgia fueled, coming of age that will break your heart. Honestly, the plot is not what I need to sell you here; you are here for the characters, for relationships, for family truths, and friendship bonds. Davidson has crafted an excellent novel that moves through time to give us a look at that transitional space when you are not quite a kid anymore but there is still so much you can't understand.


Once More We Saw Stars: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524733537
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Published: Knopf - May 14th, 2019

Some memoirs transcend the author's experience and become universal - I always thought of those as the good ones. Then I read Jayson Greene's memoir of loss and grief and was forced to confront the fullness of his individual humanity in a way I haven't experienced before. Grief is distinctly personal and Greene's story of the death of his two year old child is simply unfathomable to me, yet his honesty and willingness to sit in the fearfulness of life resonated deeply. Once More We Saw Stars is a wonderfully written memoir that connects on an almost primitive level.


Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062657145
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 26th, 2018

Read this! It is exactly the exact essay collection featuring critical engagement with pop culture that I wanted in my life!


Ghost Boys Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316262286
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 17th, 2018

Ghost Boys is a devastating novel. But it is also hopeful, full of compassion, and a compelling case for the fact that 'we can all do better, be better, live better.'


Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250170972
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 6th, 2018

Holy world building Batman! This book is fantastic. The world Adeyemi has created is so detailed, the characters are wonderful, even the animals are amazingly described. Add to that the fact that this is a clear allegory to our times and then sit back in awe that this future YA classic is a debut.


An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616208776
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 6th, 2018

A fantastic novel about race, class, and mass incarceration, but mostly a novel about love and the forms it can take. Beautifully written.


Annihilation: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374104092
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Published: FSG Originals - February 4th, 2014

What did I just read? How can such a short work deal with so many interlacing themes? I tore through this novel and loved every second.


The Vagina Monologues: 20th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Eve Ensler, Jacqueline Woodson (Foreword by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399180095
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 9th, 2018

A heartbreaking treatise of abuse in many forms, but ultimately a story of triumph. The power of the monologues themselves is obvious, but juxtaposed against them are the stories of hard work, hope, joy, and sisterhood that go into mounting a production of them that are absolutely empowering.


The Women in the Castle: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062563675
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 2nd, 2018

How to deal with a national shame that is impossible to comprehend? Shattuck brings three women together to work through the response of ordinary Germans to the Nazi party, Holocaust atrocities, and war itself. Very human characters, with flaws to learn from. I loved this novel.


Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 1: BFF Cover Image
By Amy Reeder (Text by), Brandon Montclare (Text by), Natacha Bustos (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781302900052
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Published: Marvel - July 5th, 2016

A perfect all ages comic! I love Lunella Lafayette, the smartest girl in the world!


Voyage of the Sable Venus: and Other Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101911204
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Published: Knopf - November 21st, 2017

An amazing collection! Worth purchasing for the title poem alone but then the author hits you with lines like this: "And because my hunger is so deep, I am ashamed to lift my head." Dip in to Robin Coste Lewis; her work is heartrending, lyrical, gorgeous.


Perennials Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780718037642
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Published: Thomas Nelson - November 14th, 2017

Full disclosure, I think Julie Cantrell is one of the greatest humans! And this is her best book yet. The familial relationships are perfectly captured. This is a book about what family can provide and what we must choose for ourselves. Becoming who you are is as much about what you came from as it is what you are pushing against.


The Rules of Magic: A Novel (The Practical Magic Series #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501137488
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 26th, 2018

A novel about love and the price we pay for loving! Read this even if you haven't read Hoffman's earlier books; a perfect glimpse into a world of magic.


From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death Cover Image
By Caitlin Doughty, Landis Blair (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780393356281
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 9th, 2018

A look at death culture from around the world. A beautiful reflection on what life means to those left behind and how a healthy interaction with death can increase our quality of life.


Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062677280
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 5th, 2017

This story of an amazing and brilliant group of women who relied on one another and lifted each other up is full of grace and dignity. Their passion imbued them with the power to live self determined lives, which so few people are able to manage.


Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons Series) Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780399549762
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Published: Ember - March 5th, 2019

So much fun! Diana's stories in Themyscira and our world are both so fun, refreshing, and earnestly life affirming. A joy to read!


This Is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever You Are Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143129660
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Published: Penguin Books - July 4th, 2017

A primer for creating the community you want to live in and highlighting the best of what your corner of the world has to offer. An inspirational work and one that affected me deeply!


The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492650959
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Published: Sourcebooks - March 6th, 2018

Fascinating and horrifying! These women suffered greatly not only from the horrors of radium poisoning but also the true evils of monied interests that would rather kill people than risk profit. Read, be horrified, and think about what these woman fought against to get our labor laws in place.


The Hate U Give Cover Image
By Angie Thomas, Nikki Giovanni (Foreword by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

This book wrecked me! A hypercharged plot written with care and full of honesty, anger, and hope. The characters are so real; I love them so much it makes my heart practically burst!


Ghachar Ghochar: A Novel Cover Image
By Vivek Shanbhag, Srinath Perur (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780143111689
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Published: Penguin Books - February 7th, 2017

This seems like a simple (though well written) collection of vignettes about class and family until it becomes a great deal more. An expertly crafted novel; its brilliance comes in as Shanbag subtly allows a flood of wealth to dictate the lives and morality of his characters.


Giant Days Vol. 1 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781608867899
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Published: BOOM! Box - December 1st, 2015

Slice of life comics following three friends in college that I wish I could dive into!


Brown Girl Dreaming Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780147515827
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Published: Puffin Books - October 11th, 2016

I do not have adequate words to describe this beautiful book. Woodson's memoir in verse is one my favorite books. A perfect work.


Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393351903
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 28th, 2015

Loved this book! Love Doughty! The way we interact with death dictates much about the way we interact with life. We are all going to die, and we will live a whole lot better if we acknowledge it.


An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316253031
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 14th, 2015

Because I am curious and not at all adventurous, astronauts' memoirs are a way of life! Hadfield's story is both fascinating and motivational. He naturally rolls in a personal development message about hard work and positivity that almost borders a trite, but Hadfield is just so absolutely likable that it all works.


Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal Cover Image
By Marvel Comics (Text by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780785190219
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Published: Marvel - October 28th, 2014

Everything about this series is perfect! The writing, the art, the characters! Nothing is better than Kamala Khan!


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Bad Feminist: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062282712
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 5th, 2014

This is an excellent essay collection spanning criticism of culture, feminism, and competitive Scrabble. Roxane Gay tackles racism, sexism, and Fifty Shades of Grey. She writes about her love of The Hunger Games and Law and Order: SVU alongside stories of rape, oppression, and the damage done by our modern fairy tales. Gay balances her frustration and anger with levity and pure openness. At times she seems fearlessly honest. I agreed with her, I disagreed with her, I laughed with her, and ultimately I am championing her. Roxane Gay is someone who is thinking critically about our world and it is a better place for it. She admits that she doesn't always get things right, that she lets herself down - that's the glory in being a Bad Feminist, you don't have to be perfect, which is lucky because no one is.

See my full review of Bad Feminist on the Cavalier House Books Blog! 

-Michelle 


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The Interestings: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594632341
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 25th, 2014

Just about everything in this novel resonated with me. Friendship, growing up, opportunities both seized and squandered - all the stuff that we take in that makes us who we are as adults. It is all described so well by Wolitzer.

See why I included The Interestings on my Bookprint on the Cavalier House Books Blog!

-Michelle 


Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables Novels #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781402288944
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - February 4th, 2014

I have never loved a family more than I love the Cuthberts! Read this! Balm for the soul!


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Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316204262
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 2nd, 2013

I'm starting to think that this book was written for me. It has practically everything I like: smart, quirky characters, epistolary style, solid writing, brilliant satire...the list goes on. I offer my thanks to Maria Semple for writing the funniest book I've ever read about depression.

-Michelle  


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Fahrenheit 451: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451673319
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 10th, 2012

Still one of my favorite books from late childhood – one of the novels that made me fall in love with reading.

See my full review of Fahrenheit 451 on the Cavalier House Books Blog!

-Michelle


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Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy, The-Holiday Ed.: and Other Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060526498
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Published: It Books - October 28th, 2008

You should have a copy of this! Reciting Stickboy's poem never fails to make me and those around me smile.

-Michelle 


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Of Love and Other Demons (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400034925
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Published: Vintage - June 10th, 2008

A young girl who suffers from rabies (or is possessed by demons) and the priest who loves her. My introduction to Garcia Marquez; a great place to start if you're not quite ready to dive into "One Hundred Years of Solitude."

-Michelle 


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The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143038580
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Published: Penguin Books - August 28th, 2007

This book literally changed my life. It changed the way I look at food and definitely changed the way I eat.

-Michelle 


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The Egyptologist: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812972597
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 24th, 2005

Eqypt in the 1920s (when Carter discovered Tut); an eccentric Egyptologist, his lover, and the detective hired by her father compete in this fantastic epistolary novel.

-Michelle 


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The Secret History (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400031702
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Published: Vintage - April 13th, 2004

I was such a late comer to this book that I feel obligated to inculde it here for others like me who may have missed the boat. The Secret History is so good that I need explitives to describe it. This is just my type of page turner; dark, brooding, full of literary allusions. A book about such horrible, insufferable individuals has no right to be as enjoyable as this book is. Donna Tartt rules us all.

-Michelle  


Outlander: A Novel Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780440212560
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Published: Dell - June 2nd, 1992

Finally read this after many pleaded with me to do so, and I loved it! The characters are wonderful and Gabaldon has a fully realized world in 1740s Scotland that I was absolutely sucked into!