Staff Picks

Aya: Life in Yop City Cover Image
ISBN: 9781770460829
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - September 4th, 2012

"An Ivorian comic book about life in the big city of Abidjan. The story, loosely based on the author's childhood, follows ordinary girls and boys in Western Africa, far from the mass-media representations of political dramas and generalizations. We witness firsthand a multitude of endearing, well-drawn characters in their warm, animated neighborhood. "

Word Up Volunteer - Arthur

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312427993
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Published: Picador - June 24th, 2008

" A grim magisterial masterpiece. The history of the last fifty years on planet Earth is strewn with repressive regimes propping up bad deals like Salvador Dalí elephants drooping over stilts. Surprise surprise, people die when they’re made to pay what they can’t afford for what they need. Economics isn’t rocket science, it’s a revolting horror movie, and Klein expertly catches still-wriggling monsters in the act of booglarizing the body politic. Best read through those plastic sheets they hand out at Gallagher concerts."

Word Up Volunteer - Michael

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The New York Trilogy: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Paul Auster, Luc Sante (Introduction by), Art Spiegelman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780143039839
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 28th, 2006

" The New York Trilogy takes you on a wild ride through a detective's world. Paul Auster to me is one of the greatest living writers; he's earned a loyal readership and continues to surprise and delight with each new publication. This is a classic that should be read by everyone, inspiring love for well-written, entertaining, and engrossing detective stories."

Word Up Volunteer - Marisol 

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Ghetto Klown Cover Image
By John Leguizamo, Christa Cassano (Illustrator), Shamus Beyale (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419715181
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 20th, 2015

" I am in love with Ghetto Klown, John Leguizamo's graphic (in both senses) memoir of growing up, acting, and, gradually, learning how to create his own kind of theater. His artistic collaborators for this Eisner-nominated work, Crista Cassano and Shamus Beyale, do an amazing job of getting Leguizamo's kinetic persona across, and contribute their own share of visual comedy. If you love New York City, the art of the one-person show, crazy personal stories—or just have a soft spot for Johnny Legs—this is the book for you. "

Word Up Volunteer - Ellen

Saga Book One (Saga DLX Ed Hc #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632150783
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Published: Image Comics - November 25th, 2014

" Saga is an astonishing story, a Romeo-and-Juliet-like epic in an exuberant universe mixing space opera, science fiction, and fantasy. It follows several colorful and diverse characters on opposing sides of a never-ending war. This graphic novel broaches some interesting and mature subjects, including outer space parenting, with intelligence and often off-the-wall humor. This edition, illustrated by Fiona Staples, is also very beautiful and would make for an excellent gift ;)"

Word Up Volunteer - Arthur

Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524733131
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Published: Knopf - March 7th, 2017

" While Adichie is known as a controversial and celebrated public speaker, her writings deserve much greater attention and praise. This brief book channels a Riot Grrrl spirit, navigating difficult subjects and offering enlightening perspectives. The book began as an answer to a friend's seemingly simple question, "How do you raise a baby as a feminist?" and given Adichie's considerate and luminous response I would gladly pass this great read along to my future child, however that child identifies."

Word Up Volunteer - Marisol

Becoming Unbecoming Cover Image
By Una
ISBN: 9781551526539
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - October 18th, 2016

" A really powerful graphic novel detailing the many kinds of violence women suffer physically and psychologically. The story mixes historical facts of life in Margaret Thatcher's England with the author's autobiographical recollections. It outlines the failures of modern society, from the brutality of policing to the hidden traumas of family life."

Word Up Volunteer - Arthur

The Devil in Silver: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812982251
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - September 10th, 2013

" A book that's hard to put down—Victor LaValle takes us on a journey with the main character, Pepper, through a modern-day nightmare. We see the dark insides of a mental institution, meet the other patients locked up there, and go on our own adventure of self-discovery and reckoning. A novel that's haunting, poignant, and laugh-out-loud funny. One of my all-time faves!"

Word Up Volunteer - Cynthia

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Woman on the Edge of Time: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780449000946
Availability: Backordered
Published: Ballantine Books - June 23rd, 1997

" This is an amazing utopian novel offering intensely original (and sometimes even humorous) solutions to some of the most pressing problems we face: in particular, this book takes on capitalism, sexism, racism, homophobia, and urban planning, and imagines a future world in which we all choose our own names, have three self-aware and gender-varied "mothers," regularly communicate with animals (including our cranky cats), can take out the Mona Lisa on loan to hang in our room for a few weeks if we are willing to wait our turn, use a transit system based on bike-sharing, have grown up with a strong sense of our own self, and are socially mature, insightful, and self-directed in ways you never even thought about! Despite its imagining a future without New York City (!), I still love this Bible of What Might Be Possible If We Actually Fulfilled Our Human Potential. Not to mention its hero is a 37-year-old Chicana kick-ass mother and possible future science whiz, and that the book occasionally shifts into Spanish and back to English again. Ahead of its time in so many ways!"

Word Up Volunteer - Jerise

El Libro de Los Abrazos (Creacion Literaria) Cover Image
ISBN: 9789682315886
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Published: Siglo XXI Ediciones - January 18th, 2002

" Una colección de crónicas tiernas, hermosas, feroces, que cuentan de amor, de tristeza, de la vida muy ordinaria y lo alucinante, que comentan tanto sobre el contenido de nuestros sueños como el imperialismo. Uno de los mejores libros que nunca he leído. Es de esos libros que te dejan con ganas de devorar sus páginas una y otra vez."

Word Up Volunteer - Allison

The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553380965
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Published: Spectra - May 2nd, 2000

" A brave and brilliant young girl armed with a stolen techno-magical storybook charts a world-saving course through a near-future dystopia. One of Neal Stephenson’s most sharply faceted, finely wrought, and fully envisioned epic gems."

Word Up Volunteer - Anne