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Weight in Shape of Frog
Babylonian
ca. 2000-1600
BCE

  • Enheduana: The Complete Poems of the World's First Author By Sophus Helle
  • Earthlings By Sayaka Murata, Ginny Tapley Takemori (Translator) 
  • Mrs. Caliban By Rachel Ingalls

Surrealist Diatribe
British
1971

  • If On A Winter's Night A Traveler By Italo Calvino 
  • The Hearing Trumpet By Leonora Carrington 
  • End Zone By Don DeLillo 

Hippopotamus (“William”)
Middle Kingdom
ca. 1961-1878
BCE

  • Flush: The Remarkable Science of an Unlikely Treasure By Bryn Nelson, PhD 
  • Bitch: On the Female of the Species By Lucy Cooke 
  • Fen, Bog and Swamp: A Short History of Peatland Destruction and Its Role in the Climate Crisis By Annie Proulx 

Duke Sons & Co. Cigarette Advertisement feat. Actress Kathleen Lynn
American
1880s

  • Liarmouth: A Feel-Bad Romance: A Novel By John Waters 
  • The Fawn By Magda Szabó, Len Rix (Translated by) 
  • Eve’s Hollywood By Eve Babitz 

Bag
Probably American
19th century

  • The Once and Future Sex: Going Medieval on Women's Roles in Society By Eleanor Janega
  • Priestdaddy: A Memoir By Patricia Lockwood
  • Pathogenesis: A History of the World in Eight Plagues By Jonathan Kennedy

[Two Men Embracing, One Seated in the Other’s Lap]
Unknown
1880s-90s

  • Maurice: A Novel By E. M. Forster
  • Giovanni’s Room By James Baldwin
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde

Muriel Draper’s Throne
American
1934

  • Piranesi By Susanna Clarke
  • Ghosts By Edith Wharton
  • The Haunting of Hill House By Shirley Jackson

Ensemble
American
2018

  • Ex-Wife By Ursula Parrott 
  • Tipping the Velvet: A Novel By Sarah Waters
  • Orlando: A Biography By Virginia Woolf

Edward and Sarah Rutter
American
ca. 1805

  • Nestlings By Nat Cassidy
  • How to Sell A Haunted House By Grady Hendrix
  • Ghost Eaters By Clay McLeod Chapman

Coat
French
ca. 1909

  • A Marvellous Light By Freya Marske
  • The Night Circus By Erin Morgenstern
  • Stardust By Neil Gaiman
Enheduana: The Complete Poems of the World's First Author By Sophus Helle Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780300276763
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Published: Yale University Press - April 2nd, 2024

The complete poems of the priestess Enheduana, the world’s first known author, newly translated from the original Sumerian
 
“Helle’s translation feels urgent, incandescent, stripped of academic cladding. . . .


Earthlings By Sayaka Murata, Ginny Tapley Takemori (Translator) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802157010
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Published: Grove Press - September 21st, 2021

From the beloved author of cult sensation Convenience Store Woman, which has now sold more than one million copies worldwide and has been translated into thirty-three languages, comes a spellbinding and otherworldly novel about a woman who believes she is an alien

Sayaka Murata's Convenience Store Woman was one of the most unusual and refreshing bestsellers of recent years


Mrs. Caliban By Rachel Ingalls, Rivka Galchen (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Rachel Ingalls, Rivka Galchen (Introduction by)
$13.95
ISBN: 9780811226691
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Published: New Directions - November 28th, 2017

Now back in print, Mrs. Caliban is “totally unforgettable” (The New York Times Book Review) and “something of a miracle” (The New Yorker)


If On A Winter's Night A Traveler By Italo Calvino Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780156439619
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Published: Mariner Books Classics - October 20th, 1982

"You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino's new novel...Relax. Concentrate. Dispel every other thought. Let the world around you fade." —from If On A Winter's Night a Traveler

Italo Calvino's stunning classic imagines a novel capable of endless possibilities in an intricately crafted, spellbinding story about writing and reading.


The Hearing Trumpet By Leonora Carrington, Olga Tokarczuk (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Leonora Carrington, Olga Tokarczuk (Afterword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781681374642
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Published: NYRB Classics - January 5th, 2021

An old woman enters into a fantastical world of dreams and nightmares in this surrealist classic admired by Björk and Luis Buñuel.


End Zone By Don DeLillo Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780140085686
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Published: Penguin Books - January 7th, 1986

The second novel by Don DeLillo, author of White Noise (winner of the National Book Award) and The Silence


Flush: The Remarkable Science of an Unlikely Treasure By Bryn Nelson, PhD Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781538720011
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 5th, 2023

For readers of Giulia Enders’ Gut and Bill Bryson’s The Body, a surprising, witty and sparkling exploration of the teeming microbiome of possibility in human feces from microbiologist and science journalist Bryn Nelson.

The future is sh*t: the literal kind.


Bitch: On the Female of the Species By Lucy Cooke Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781541674912
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Published: Basic Books - October 17th, 2023

A “playful, enlightening,” and “effervescent exposé” (Scientific American) on the queens of the animal kingdom 
 
Studying zoology made Lucy Cooke feel like a sad freak. Not because she loved spiders or would root around in animal feces: all her friends shared the same curious kinks. The problem was her sex.


Fen, Bog and Swamp: A Short History of Peatland Destruction and Its Role in the Climate Crisis By Annie Proulx Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982173364
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Published: Scribner - June 27th, 2023

*Named a Best Book of the Year by The New Yorker and Literary Hub!* A Finalist for the 2022 NBCC Awards in Nonfiction, the 2023 Phillip D.


Liarmouth: A Feel-Bad Romance: A Novel By John Waters Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250867230
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Published: Picador - May 2nd, 2023

A hilariously filthy tale of sex, crime, and family dysfunction from the brilliantly twisted mind of John Waters, the legendary filmmaker and bestselling author of Mr. Know-It-All.


The Fawn By Magda Szabó, Len Rix (Translated by) Cover Image
By Magda Szabó, Len Rix (Translated by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781681377377
Availability: Backordered
Published: NYRB Classics - March 28th, 2023

From the author of The Door and Abigail and for fans of Elena Ferrante and Clarice Lispector, a newly translated novel about a theater star who is forced to reckon with her painful and tragic past.


Eve's Hollywood By Eve Babitz, Holly Brubach (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Eve Babitz, Holly Brubach (Introduction by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781590178904
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Published: NYRB Classics - October 6th, 2015

A legendary love letter to Los Angeles by the city's most charming daughter, complete with portraits of rock stars at Chateau Marmont, surfers in Santa Monica, prostitutes on sunset, and Eve's own beloved cat, Rosie. 


The Once and Future Sex: Going Medieval on Women's Roles in Society By Eleanor Janega Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781324074465
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 16th, 2024

A “provocative, colloquial and entertaining” (Carolyne Larrington, Times Literary Supplement) exploration of medieval thinking about women’s beauty, sexuality, and behavior.


Priestdaddy: A Memoir By Patricia Lockwood Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399573262
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 1st, 2018

ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW'S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

NAMED ONE OF THE 50 BEST MEMOIRS OF THE PAST 50 YEARS BY THE NEW YORK TIMES

SELECTED AS A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY:  


Pathogenesis: A History of the World in Eight Plagues By Jonathan Kennedy Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593240472
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Published: Crown - April 18th, 2023

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A “gripping” (The Washington Post) account of how the major transformations in history—from the rise of Homo sapiens to the birth of capitalism—have been shaped not by humans but by germs


Maurice: A Novel By E. M. Forster Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393310320
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - December 17th, 2005

"The work of an exceptional artist working close to the peak of his powers." —Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times


Giovanni's Room (Vintage International) By James Baldwin Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780345806567
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Published: Vintage - September 12th, 2013

From one of the most brilliant and provocative literary figures of the past century comes a groundbreaking novel set among the bohemian bars and nightclubs of 1950s Paris, about love and the fear of love—“a book that belongs in the top rank of fiction” (The Atlantic).

One of The Atlantic’s Great American Novels of the Past 100 Years


The Picture of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde, Robert Mighall (Editor), Robert Mighall (Introduction by), Robert Mighall (Notes by) Cover Image
By Oscar Wilde, Robert Mighall (Editor), Robert Mighall (Introduction by), Robert Mighall (Notes by)
$9.00
ISBN: 9780141439570
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Published: Penguin Classics - February 4th, 2003

An astounding novel of decadence, debauchery, and secrecy from one of Ireland's greatest writers. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read


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Piranesi By Susanna Clarke Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781635577808
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 28th, 2021

New York Times Bestseller
Winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction
World Fantasy Awards Finalist


The instant New York Times bestselling novel from the author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, an intoxicating, hypnotic book set in a dreamlike alternative reality.


Ghosts By Edith Wharton Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781681375724
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Published: NYRB Classics - October 26th, 2021

An elegantly hair-raising collection of Edith Wharton's ghost stories, selected and with a preface written by the author herself.


The Haunting of Hill House By Shirley Jackson, Laura Miller (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Shirley Jackson, Laura Miller (Introduction by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143039983
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Published: Penguin Classics - November 28th, 2006

The greatest haunted house story ever written—the inspiration for the hit Netflix horror series!

One of The Atlantic’s Great American Novels of the Past 100 Years


Ex-Wife By Ursula Parrott, Alissa Bennett (Foreword by), Marc Parrott (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Ursula Parrott, Alissa Bennett (Foreword by), Marc Parrott (Afterword by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781946022561
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Published: McNally Editions - May 2nd, 2023

An instant bestseller when it was published anonymously in 1929, Ex-Wife is the story of a divorce and its aftermath that scandalized the Jazz Age—and still resonates today.

It's 1924, and Peter and Patricia have what looks to be a very modern marriage. Both drink. Both smoke. Both work, Patricia as a head copywriter at a major department store.


Tipping the Velvet: A Novel By Sarah Waters Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781573227889
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 1st, 2000

“Erotic and absorbing…Written with startling power.”—The New York Times Book Review
 


Orlando, A Biography: The Virginia Woolf Library Authorized Edition By Virginia Woolf Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780156701600
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Published: Mariner Books Classics - October 24th, 1973

“Come, come! I’m sick to death of this particular self. I want another.”

As his tale begins, Orlando is a passionate sixteen-year-old nobleman whose days are spent in rowdy revelry, filled with the colorful delights of Queen Elizabeth I’s court.


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Nestlings By Nat Cassidy Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250265258
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Published: Tor Nightfire - October 31st, 2023

Nat Cassidy is at his razor-sharp best again with his horror novel Nestlings, which harnesses the creeping paranoia of Rosemary's Baby and the urban horror of Salem's Lot, set in an exclusive New York City residential building.

Best Adult Books 2023—New York Public Libary
NPR Books We Love 2023


How to Sell a Haunted House By Grady Hendrix Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593201275
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Published: Berkley - January 2nd, 2024

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"Wildly entertaining."-The New York Times

"Ingenious."-The Washington Post

New York Times bestselling author Grady Hendrix takes on the haunted house in a thrilling new novel that explores the way your past—and your family—can haunt you like nothing else.
 


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Ghost Eaters: A Novel By Clay Chapman Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781683693789
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Published: Quirk Books - June 6th, 2023

“A Gothic-punk graveyard tale about what haunts history and what haunts the human soul. An addicting read that draws you into its descent from the first page.”—Chuck Wendig, New York Times best-selling author of The Book of Accidents


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A Marvellous Light (The Last Binding #1) By Freya Marske Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250831798
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Published: Tordotcom - October 18th, 2022

An International Bestseller!
Winner of the 2022 Romantic Novel Award in Fantasy!
Locus Award Finalist!

An Indie Next pick and LibraryReads pick—with four starred reviews!
A Best of 2021 Pick for NPR | Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Book Riot


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The Night Circus: A Novel By Erin Morgenstern Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780307744432
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Published: Vintage - July 3rd, 2012

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Two starcrossed magicians engage in a deadly game of cunning in the spellbinding novel that captured the world's imagination. "Part love story, part fable ... defies both genres and expectations." —The Boston Globe


Stardust: A Novel By Neil Gaiman Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063070714
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 16th, 2021

New York Times Bestseller

“A twisting, wondrous tale full of magic that only Neil Gaiman could have written.” Chicago Tribune