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Censoring an Iranian Love Story By Shahriar Mandanipour, Sara Khalili (Translated by) Cover Image
By Shahriar Mandanipour, Sara Khalili (Translated by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307390424
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - June 1st, 2010

One of the funniest books I have ever read, but serious as death. Gets to the core of current events in Iran and the City of Asylum mission.

-Henry Reese, Co-founder


The Liar's Dictionary: A Novel By Eley Williams Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593311868
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Published: Anchor - November 9th, 2021

If you're intrigued by dual love stories, exploding mysteries and lexicography, then you're sure to fall in love with this novel. It's worth reading just to find out the definition of mountweazel.

-Jen K., City of Asylum Bookstore Manager


I gave my copy away to a friend because I liked it so much. Tuhin's imagination makes for great poetry.

-Lexie, Development Staff


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Blood Red By Gabriela Ponce, Sarah Booker (Translator) Cover Image
By Gabriela Ponce, Sarah Booker (Translator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781632063304
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Published: Restless Books - October 4th, 2022

A deluge of stream of consciousness writing centering on blood, trypophobia, divorce, and desire. A woman wrestles with autonomy in this subversive and carnal novel about the aftermath of divorce.

- Phoenix T., City of Asylum Bookseller


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The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays By Esmé Weijun Wang Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978273
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 5th, 2019

A brilliant blend of memoir and science studies that humanizes the experience of living with schizophrenia.  An important new contribution to mental health literature.

- Lesley R., Alumni City of Asylum Bookstore Manager


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The Golden Enclaves: A Novel (The Scholomance #3) By Naomi Novik Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593158357
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Published: Del Rey - September 27th, 2022

Naomi Novik is the acclaimed New York Times-bestselling author of the Scholomance three books series. It is a Young Adult magical fantasy that takes place in a school where death is always around the corner. The story shows the world through the eyes of high school students and how they survive school, graduation and then work to make their world better in three novels.

-Amy G., Finance Director


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The Spirit of Science Fiction: A Novel By Roberto Bolaño, Natasha Wimmer (Translated by) Cover Image
By Roberto Bolaño, Natasha Wimmer (Translated by)
$24.00
ISBN: 9780735222854
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Published: Penguin Press - February 5th, 2019

Touted as a prequel to The Savage Detectives this novella follows a pair of young writers as they navigate the cramped apartment buildings, seedy bathhouses and cheap cafes of Mexico City. The story is familiar and many of the Bolano hallmarks are present: destitute poets, clunky sexual awakenings, smoky lit-crit sessions, shade thrown at Octavio Paz and lengthy dream sequences. Still, any new Bolano is cause for celebration and gives us another chance to commune with the dead. While this novel lacks the polish of his legendary mid-career run you’ll want to savor each page-- as once it's over it means you must return to the world of the living.

- Seth G., friend of City of Asylum


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Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster By Jonathan Auxier Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419731402
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Published: Amulet Books - September 25th, 2018

I was immediately swept right into Nan's story! Loved her compassion, grit and cleverness. The twists and turns in the engaging action egged me on. Charlie, the 'monster' changed my perception of the Golem forever. Auxier's characters and the Victorian scenes depicting cruelty to children will remain with me for a long time. A hopeful read that relates to our troubled times.

- Jen K., City of Asylum Bookstore Manager


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Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole By Susan Cain Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780451499783
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Published: Crown - April 5th, 2022

Inspired by the question of why humans are drawn to sad music, Susan Cain (#1 New York Times Bestselling author of Quiet), explores the reasons that so many of us are prone to feelings of melancholy and nostalgia. If you are drawn to sad books, music, and movies and have big feelings about the poignancy of existence, this is the perfect book for you.

-Kelsey F., Director of Programs


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Lapvona: A Novel By Ottessa Moshfegh Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593300268
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Published: Penguin Press - June 21st, 2022

Ottessa Moshfegh is one of the most spectacularly unique authors I've had the pleasure of reading. Her newest novel Lapvona is an ambitious dive into medieval storytelling, a setting befitting her visceral and witty prose.

- Phoenix T., City of Asylum Bookseller