Chris's Picks

Chris joined the Malaprop's team just in time for the 2017 winter holiday season and is on a mission to spread the joy of finger tentacles and cat heads.








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Trampoline: An Illustrated Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780821421536
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Published: Ohio University Press - November 20th, 2015

In Trampoline, Gipe tells the story of the oftentimes brutal life of Kentucky teenager Dawn Gipe. One of his gifts is the ability to pepper the brutality with moments of magical joy and delight. He can take you from point A to point Q in a matter of seconds and you have no idea how you got there but you sure are glad you did. I tore through this book!


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The Red Wheelbarrow & Other Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780811227889
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - May 29th, 2018

This pocket sized book has most, if not all, of my favorite poems by William  Carlos Williams: Danse Russe, To a Poor Old Woman, Proletarian Portrait, and Poem. Whether you are a seasoned lover of Williams’ work or new to his imagism, this is the perfect little book.

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The Overstory Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393635522
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 3rd, 2018

Awesome AF.

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Whiskey When We're Dry Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735220447
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Published: Viking - August 21st, 2018

Gritty girl gunslinger goes galloping across the great Rockies on a grim journey to find her brother. 
Don't worry, John Larison writes a lot better than I do, and his lyricism starts with the first lines:

"I heard it said God moves on the water. Well, I have looked for him there.
My thirst grows with his flood."

I loved this book.

Fair Warning: Some of the more gruesome scenes are not for the faint of heart.

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The Hate U Give Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

An accessible and heartwrenching novel that reflects the realities of police brutality and racism told through the voice of 16 year old Star.

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Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307742483
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018

I'd never heard of the Osage murders before I picked up this book. And I didn't particularly care about the history of the formation of the FBI. But I loved another of Grann's books, The Lost City of Z, so much, that I craved another. He takes a convoluted and revolting piece of history and presents it in an accessible way, which is something I need when it comes to anything related to events that took place almost 100 years ago.

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Life's Work: A Moral Argument for Choice Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501151132
Availability: Backordered
Published: 37 Ink - March 6th, 2018

Dr. Willie Parker is passionate about providing abortions to poor women, risking his life on a daily basis to do so. As a man raised in southern black churches, he didn't always see  "unapologetic Christian abortion provider" as his calling. This memoir describes how he got to that point and succinctly expresses the moral underpinnings of his decision. He is my hero.

I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer Cover Image
By Michelle McNamara, Gillian Flynn (Introduction by), Patton Oswalt (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780062319784
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Published: Harper - February 27th, 2018

This book totally lives up to the hype. It deserves all the substantial praise heaped upon it since it was published. Get it now.

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The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316259613
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 3rd, 2018

A few years ago, I swore off memoirs, especially ones about recovery. What more could we possibly say about bottoming out and waking up next to strangers and the insatiable craving for more more more? Jamison's sharp writing and discussion of the drunk and tortured artist, however, carried the more obvious recovery tropes, making her memoir a refreshing one. 

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On Cats Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062651433
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Published: Ecco - August 15th, 2017

I’ve read a lot of Bukowski in my time so I knew there was a vulnerable side to the gruff (some would say misogynistic) old drunk. I was surprised, however, that I’d never noticed his frequent musings on cats and his love for them.

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The Pixies' Doolittle (33 1/3 #31) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780826417749
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Published: Continuum - March 8th, 2006

There are 135 pocket sized volumes so far in this 33 1/3 series. From this one on the Pixies' Doolittle to Black Sabbath's Master of Reality, you are sure to find at least one of your forever-albums in the collection!

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Being Dead: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312275426
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Published: Picador - March 21st, 2001

I have an aversion to dying. I imagine most folks do. But Jim Crace’s vivid description of the decomposition of the bodies of Joseph and Celice, a couple murdered on a beach, was so beautifully written I forgot that death was the underscore.

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The Lesbian Sex Haiku Book (with Cats!) Cover Image
By Anna Pulley, Kelsey Beyer (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250072641
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 19th, 2016

Kelsey and I lived under the same roof at one time and what I learned about her from that time was 1) she likes being in the buff, and, 2) she is an amazing artist. Take her talent and pair it with Anna’s hilarious haiku and this little book is a winner.

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804170567
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Published: Anchor - January 12th, 2016

Jon Krakauer received flak for this book, some saying it was one sided, others complaining that plenty of women have written on this subject but no one took notice until a man did. Meh. I'm glad he wrote it and I'm glad I read it.