Emily's Picks

Things Emily enjoys: anarchism, backlist, baking, baroque prose, birds, book history, bread, cocktails, conmen, crafts, crime, death and dying, Dungeons and Dragons, experimental fiction, fantasy, the feminine middlebrow, gender-bending, genre-bending, ghosts, the grotesque, heists, historical fiction, horror, the Jewish diaspora, Judaism in general, knitting, labor history, leftism, lesbians, magic, manga, Mitfords, novellas, the paranormal, pastry, purple prose, revolutions, Russia, science fiction, sewing, socialism, speculative fiction, the supernatural, tarot, textiles, weird-the-adjective, Weird-the-genre, wizards, witches, women.

Emily tends not to enjoy books with covers of dramatically-lit women either turned with their back to the camera or pictured from the neck down (unless they are about lesbians). In 2020, between long droughts, she exclusively but inadvertently read books that contained cannibalism.

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The Way Back By Gavriel Savit Cover Image
$18.99
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ISBN: 9781984894625
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - November 17th, 2020

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Delicious in Dungeon, Vol. 1 By Ryoko Kui Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780316471855
Availability: Not in Our Store - Available to Order
Published: Yen Press - May 23rd, 2017

I can say with absolute certainty this is the best comic I have read in years. I love the solid, expressive drawing; the incredible variety in character and environmental design; the worldbuilding that takes standard fantasy conventions to a logical conclusion and integrates them, somehow; and the irrepressible charm and appeal of every! Single! Character! Such a loving tribute to D&D, though you don't need to have played it to enjoy this series.


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Fibershed: Growing a Movement of Farmers, Fashion Activists, and Makers for a New Textile Economy By Rebecca Burgess, Courtney White (With) Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781603586634
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - November 19th, 2019

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Pokko and the Drum By Matthew Forsythe, Matthew Forsythe (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481480390
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - October 1st, 2019

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Titus Groan By Mervyn Peake, Anthony Burgess (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Mervyn Peake, Anthony Burgess (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781585679072
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Published: The Overlook Press - June 26th, 2007

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Fingersmith By Sarah Waters Cover Image
$18.00
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ISBN: 9781573229722
Published: Riverhead Books - October 1st, 2002

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The Big Book of Modern Fantasy By Ann Vandermeer (Editor), Jeff VanderMeer (Editor) Cover Image
By Ann Vandermeer (Editor), Jeff VanderMeer (Editor)
$26.00
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ISBN: 9780525563860
Published: Vintage - July 21st, 2020

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Witch Hat Atelier 1 By Kamome Shirahama Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781632367709
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Kodansha Comics - April 9th, 2019

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My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness By Nagata Kabi Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781626926035
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Seven Seas - June 6th, 2017

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Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare Vol. 1 By Yuhki Kamatani Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781642750607
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Published: Seven Seas - May 7th, 2019

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Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana: A Visual History By Michael Witwer, Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson, Sam Witwer, Joe Manganiello (Foreword by), Official Dungeons & Dragons Licensed Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9780399580949
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Ten Speed Press - October 23rd, 2018

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Mordew (Cities of the Weft #1) By Alex Pheby Cover Image
$29.99
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ISBN: 9781250817211
Published: Tor Books - September 14th, 2021

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Murder Maps: Crime Scenes Revisited. Phrenology to Fingerprint. 1811-1911 By Drew Gray Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780500252451
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Thames & Hudson - October 27th, 2020

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The Unspoken Name (The Serpent Gates #1) By A. K. Larkwood Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250238924
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Tor Books - January 26th, 2021