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Staff Pick: The Beauty of the Husband by Anne Carson

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Incredibly accessible poetry with a classical pedigree. If you’ve ever loved a jerk, you’ll relate.

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This clear-eyed, brutal, moving, darkly funny book tells a single story in an immediate, accessible voice-29 "tangos" of narrative verse that take us vividly through erotic, painful, and heartbreaking scenes from a long-time marriage that falls apart. Only award-winning poet Anne Carson could create a work that takes on the oldest of lyrical subjects-love-and make it this powerful, this fresh, this devastating.Vintage, $15.00

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Staff Pick: Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey

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A tremendously detailed fantasy novel set in a reimagined France, this first in a series also happens to be fabulously sexy. Phèdre nó Delaunay is a believable and sympathetic courtesan, spy, and divinely-ordained masochist who puts her many talents to all possible use. Join the many fans who have cosplayed in "that dress" (you'll know the one), fantasized about the virginal male bodyguard Joscelin and the intensely dangerous villain Melisande, or even gotten a replica of Phèdre's iconic tattoo.

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