Staff Picks

Picks reviewed by the staff at the Last Bookstore.

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Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250178954
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Published: Forge Books - May 28th, 2019

Hi sweet baby angles. Karen and Georgia's joint memoir is finally here and it does not disappoint. The book is a mixture of laugh out loud anecdotes and heart breaking stories. SSDGM tells the full stories that we've only heard the start of on the podcast. It's full of great advice from two badass women who feel like your best friends.

Chosen by Kate

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Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles Cover Image
By Mark Russell, Mike Feehan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781401275211
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Published: DC Comics - August 28th, 2018

The classic Hanna-Barbera character is brilliantly re-imagined as a Tennessee Williams-esque playwright in this funny and surprisingly moving comic. Snagglepuss navigates life as a gay pink cougar during the 1950's McCarthy hearings, staying one step ahead of a government that's determined to squash anyone they consider a deviant. If you watched "Carol" and wished it had more anthropomorphic hippos, then read this!

Chosen by Mark

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Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780981484600
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Published: Imperfect Publishing - November 1st, 2008

The beauty you seek is already here. Imperfections are perfection. Everything is in a state and change, our acceptance of the impermanence of things. Of these statements resonate with you then this books will help free your creative blocks and change your life. Accept yourself as you are, a perfect being, slow down and enjoy the beauty all around us.

Chosen by James

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Only Killers and Thieves: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062690982
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Published: Harper Perennial - December 4th, 2018

The first scene is a gripper. The climax is riveting. This is very much an exploration of morality as two brothers grow up in violent, harsh 1880's Australia. Tommy struggles mightily with right and wrong, Billy is untroubled and pushes through because of a distinct lack of introspection. Noone is the spectacular anti-hero, absolutely wise and completely amoral.

Chosen by John

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Walk Through Walls: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101905067
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Published: Three Rivers Press - March 6th, 2018

Much of Marina's performance art attacks a person's emotional intelligence and challenges their limits on every aspect. Whether you've never heard of this incredible woman before or have always been a fan, this alluring memoir will surely make you fall in love with her. This book is a deeper look into the artist's life and what it truly means for art to imitate life to imitate art.

Chosen by Nicole

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ISBN: 9781501146060
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 15th, 2019

Really great dark comedy about a self-help movement called 'mental archery', bone marrow smugglers, and the absurdity of contemporary rhetoric. Great sad-sack protagonist that is uncomfortably relatable. I think it was Charlie Chaplin who once said 'comedy isn't slipping on a banana peel, it's walking around the banana and falling in a manhole'. Sam Lipsyte never misses an opportunity to push his characters in the manhole. Great stuff, if you like Stanley Elkin or Philip Roth you'll love this.

Chosen by Devon

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ISBN: 9780679722618
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - July 17th, 1989

Lovers of tough crime flicks will gobble up this hard-boiled detective story from the author of "The Maltese Falcon." Hammett's gripping tale of a no-name detective hired to bring down two warring gangs in a corrupt town set a template followed by filmmakers as diverse as Akira Kurosawa, the Coen brothers, and Rian Johnson.

Chosen by Justin

A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies Cover Image
By Bartolome de Las Casas, Nigel Griffin (Translated by), Anthony Pagden (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780140445626
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Published: Penguin Classics - November 3rd, 1992

The justifications for the conquest of the New World were varied. The Iberian crown had said their primary concern were the imperiled souls of the indigenous American, but the conquistadors' motivations lay almost exclusively with the acquisition of wealth. During his time in the Americas, Dominican friar Bartolome de las Casas oft-witnessed the Indians' violent mistreatment. In an effort to eliminate this abuse (and again prioritize the supposed salvation of the Indians' souls), de las Casas wrote this document for King Charles I which horrifically described, in words and etchings, the crimes enacted upon America's original inhabitants by Spanish conquerors.

Chosen by Chon

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By Brad Phillips (Based on a Book by)
ISBN: 9780999218648
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Published: Tyrant Books - January 29th, 2019

Instagram crank and artworld mimic Brad Phillips has gifted us a borderless collection of cries and whispers. Shame, addiction, and desire convolute thru fragments pulled directly from his roughneck life and permanently addressed to the twisted among us. Concerned greatly with suffering and its alleviation, Phillips saves and closes multiple forms of self-awareness, finally calculating that it's better to be sinister than humorless.

Chosen by Anthony S.

Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation Cover Image
By Jeff Chang, D.J. Kool Herc (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780312425791
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Published: Picador - December 27th, 2005

For an award-winning work of cultural history, this book feels more like an exciting bootleg than the glossy platinum its gets hyped to be. Chang deep dives into hip hop's enormous legacy in a way that reads easy and pays respect where it's due. Unpretentious, vivid, and richly detailed. Required reading for music lovers.

Chosen by Tina

Captain America by Ta-Nehisi Coates Vol. 1: Winter in America Cover Image
By Ta-Nehisi Coates (Text by), Leinil Francis Yu (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781302911942
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Published: Marvel - March 5th, 2019

Look, I'm writing this before seeing Avengers: Endgame, but I've got a bad feeling about Cap! Anyways, Coates has taken one of the most noble characters in comic book lore and focused on what his symbol represents in the current political climate. With Leinil Francis Yu's stunning artwork, this book goes from relevant to necessary.

Chosen by Quinn

A Secret History of Witches: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316508582
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Published: Redhook - May 1st, 2018

I admit, I have a real fondness for supernaturally tinged historical fiction. This novel follows a line of witches throughout several generations, many of whom use their powers for good and some of whom who don't. It's a sweeping, female-focused family saga that just happens to include the occasional spell and magic work to protect their family, and in one important instance, the world.

Chosen by Katie