Christine's Picks

Christine is a buyer and has worn many hats at Malaprop's.  She’s worked in various bookstores and libraries and found her way to Asheville from PA, via Austin, Albuquerque and Italy.  When not reading, she enjoys cooking, petting cats, the NYT crossword, snorkeling and gardening.  Some of her favorite authors are Ursula K. Le Guin, Kelly Link, Kurt Vonnegut, Margaret Atwood, and Octavia Butler.

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Deacon King Kong: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735216723
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - March 3rd, 2020

This book brought me such joy.  It's humane, funny, touching and a boisterous romp of a story to boot.

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This Book Is Literally Just Pictures of Cute Animals That Will Make You Feel Better Cover Image
By Smith Street Books (Editor)
ISBN: 9781925811186
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Smith Street Books - September 3rd, 2019

Everything stinks right now but this book will truly make you feel better.  You deserve it.  Your friends and family probably deserve it, too.

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How Long 'til Black Future Month?: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316491372
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orbit - August 13th, 2019

Jemisin deserves all of the awards that she's racked up, and more.  I loved every single story in this collection!

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One-Hour Dairy-Free Cheese: Make Mozzarella, Cheddar, Feta, and Brie-Style Cheeses—Using Nuts, Seeds, and Vegetables Cover Image
ISBN: 9781523502110
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Workman Publishing Company - February 19th, 2019

If you are stuck at home and want to try some new recipes, why not try some dairy-free cheese?  Bonus - you can order any ingredients that you don't already have in your pantry directly from the author, who has visited the store and is a lovely person.

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The Beautiful Ones Cover Image
By Prince
ISBN: 9780399589652
Availability: Not Currently On Our Shelves. Usually Ships in 1-5 Days.
Published: One World - October 29th, 2019

Prince always used his turn signals.  His childhood nickname was Skipper.  Want more?  Check out this gorgeously designed book.

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Feminasty: The Complicated Woman's Guide to Surviving the Patriarchy Without Drinking Herself to Death Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455571871
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 8th, 2019

Raunchy, loud feminist humor.  Erin Gibson has had it with sexist b*llshit and she wants to tell you all about it.

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Wounds: Six Stories from the Border of Hell Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534449930
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Gallery / Saga Press - April 9th, 2019

This collection is a masterwork.  Ballingrud is such a skilled and underappreciated writer (who also happens to be an Asheville local.)

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Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374156114
Availability: Special Order - Might Not Be Available. Contact Store at 828-254-6734 for Availability.
Published: Sarah Crichton Books - June 18th, 2019

A poetic and honest exploration of menopause through the lens of literature, natural history and biology. 

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Wow, No Thank You.: Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525563488
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Published: Vintage - March 31st, 2020

More butthole jokes from Samantha Irby.  Who doesn't love that?

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Eight Perfect Murders: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062838209
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Published: William Morrow - March 3rd, 2020

A bookseller, literary murders, and even a cat!  This is a great cozy read. 

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Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620974827
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Published: New Press - June 4th, 2019

An extremely important work that begins with the history of dentistry and covers topics like the multi-billion dollar cosmetic procedures industry and the lack of dental insurance that so many Americans face.