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Censoring an Iranian Love Story: A novel By Shahriar Mandanipour, Sara Khalili (Translated by) Cover Image
By Shahriar Mandanipour, Sara Khalili (Translated by)
$15.95
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ISBN: 9780307390424
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
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ISBN: 9780593311868
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 Assistant Manager


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Chain Gang All Stars: A Novel By Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593469316
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Published: Vintage - January 23rd, 2024

Simply put: Chain Gang All-Stars is a masterpiece. An expertly crafted “dystopia” of a reality that creeps far too close for comfort—which is also entirely the point. Adjei-Brenyah’s portrait of the incarceration system is gripping and gruesome, simultaneously hard to look at and impossible to turn away from. 

-Kate R., Copywriter


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In the Dream House: A Memoir By Carmen Maria Machado Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450383
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Published: Graywolf Press - December 1st, 2020

A collection of connected short stories that tell the story of the author's experience of an abusive, queer relationship. Devastating, raw, and incredibly well written.

-Cyd, Education and Community Engagement Coordinator


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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 of City of Asylum Bookstore 


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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
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ISBN: 9780735222854
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 Assistant Manager