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February 2022: Sarah W

Sarah W. was born and raised in Raleigh. She is a lover of the arts, an advocate for mental health, and has a passion for vinyl, social justice, mashed potatoes, and cats… in no particular order.

Bluets by Maggie Nelson

This is the perfect break-up read if you’re ready to wallow in your feelings for a bit. Nelson’s prose poetry beautifully describes love, loss, and suffering through the color blue.

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

In Priestdaddy, Lockwood recounts her wildly entertaining experiences growing up with and subsequently moving back in with her eccentric Catholic priest father. This memoir is quirky, hilarious, and at times deeply serious.

Quiet by Susan Cain

This book is a fantastic validation for the introverts in our lives who are often swallowed up by the extroverted culture of the world. Cain does an amazing job of valuing the strengths of introverts, particularly in the workplace.

One Hundred Years Of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Some say this book defined the genre of “magical realism.” The story follows a multi-generational family living in the utopian town of Macondo. This is a beautiful story, but not an easy read.

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I have read The Perks Of Being A Wallflowerevery year since I was a teenager, and my love for it has never dwindled. This story follows Charlie as he navigates life, high school, and mental illness.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

This classic has one of the most realistic depictions of depression I have ever read. As someone who has struggled with depression, I found it to be both comforting and confronting.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

My Year of Rest and Relaxation is like no book I have ever read, but it was certainly worth the read! It follows the life of a woman whose personal project is to abuse prescription medications and sleep for an entire year.

Atlas of the Heart by Brené Brown

This is the newest book from the famous social worker who gave the groundbreaking Ted Talk about vulnerability. Bonus? The stunning cover!

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues is a hilarious novel that follows Sissy Hankshaw, who hitchhikes across America with her abnormally large thumbs.

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

This is an incredible graphic novel, a memoir of Marjane Satrapi’s life growing up as a young girl during the Islamic Revolution. It is important, eye-opening, and very real.

Bluets By Maggie Nelson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781933517407
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Published: Wave Books - October 1st, 2009

Suppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a color . . .

A lyrical, philosophical, and often explicit exploration of personal suffering and the limitations of vision and love, as refracted through the color blue. With Bluets, Maggie Nelson has entered the pantheon of brilliant lyric essayists.

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




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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking By Susan Cain Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307352156
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Published: Crown - January 29th, 2013

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Experience the book that started the Quiet Movement and revolutionized how the world sees introverts—and how introverts see themselves—by offering validation, inclusion, and inspiration

One Hundred Years of Solitude By Gabriel Garcia Marquez Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060883287
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - February 21st, 2006

"One Hundred Years of Solitude is the first piece of literature since the Book of Genesis that should be required reading for the entire human race. . . . Mr.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower By Stephen Chbosky Cover Image
ISBN: 9780671027346
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Published: MTV Books - February 1st, 1999

Read the cult-favorite coming-of-age story that takes a sometimes heartbreaking, often hysterical, and always honest look at high school in all its glory.

The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060837020
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - August 2nd, 2005

A realistic and emotional novel about a woman battling mental illness and societal pressures written by the iconic American writer Sylvia Plath.

“It is this perfectly wrought prose and the freshness of Plath’s voice in The Bell Jar that make this book enduring in its appeal.” — USA Today

My Year of Rest and Relaxation: A Novel By Ottessa Moshfegh Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525522133
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Penguin Books - June 25th, 2019

Named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, Time, NPR, Amazon,Vice, BustleThe New York TimesThe GuardianKirkus Reviews, Entertainment Weekly, The AV Club, & Audible

A New York Times Bestseller

Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience By Brené Brown Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399592553
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Published: Random House - November 30th, 2021

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In her latest book, Brené Brown writes, “If we want to find the way back to ourselves and one another, we need language and the grounded confidence to both tell our stories and be stewards of the stories that we hear. This is the framework for meaningful connection.”

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues: A Novel By Tom Robbins Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553349498
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Bantam - April 1st, 1990

“This is one of those special novels—a piece of working magic, warm, funny, and sane.”—Thomas Pynchon

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Pantheon Graphic Library) By Marjane Satrapi Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375714573
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Published: Pantheon - June 1st, 2004

BEST SELLER • A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK • Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s acclaimed graphic memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.

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