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 Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984894625
Availability: Not in Our Store - Available to Order
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - November 17th, 2020

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Delicious in Dungeon, Vol. 1 Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780316471855
Availability: On Our Shelves
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 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 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 Cover Image
By Mervyn Peake, Anthony Burgess (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781585679072
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Harry N. Abrams - June 26th, 2007

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Fingersmith Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781573229722
Availability: Not in Our Store - Available to Order
Published: Riverhead Books - October 1st, 2002

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The Big Book of Modern Fantasy Cover Image
By Ann Vandermeer (Editor), Jeff VanderMeer (Editor)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780525563860
Availability: Not in Our Store - Available to Order
Published: Vintage - July 21st, 2020

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Witch Hat Atelier 1 Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781632367709
Availability: Backordered
Published: Kodansha Comics - April 9th, 2019

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My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781626926035
Availability: Not in Our Store - Available to Order
Published: Seven Seas - June 6th, 2017

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Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare Vol. 1 Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781642750607
Availability: Not in Our Store - Available to Order
Published: Seven Seas - May 7th, 2019