About Rachel

Rachel is the operations and events director at Avid Bookshop. She also manages the widely popular Avid Snail Mail subscriptions program featured in the New York Times Wirecutter's Gifts We Want to Give for 2020 and 2022! She's a fig farmer who listens to audiobooks via Libro.fm while tending to her chicken flock. Reading in the hammock with her dog, Dolly Parton, is pretty great too.

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The Skunks By Fiona Warnick Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781959030614
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Published: Tin House Books - May 7th, 2024

Newly graduated from college, Isabel is home for the summer house-sitting and working reception at a yoga studio. Feeling the need to move on from obsessing about boys and friendships, she becomes more than enamored with three baby skunks in the yard. As much as Isabel feels stuck, there's a calmness to her time outdoors exploring while babysitting Cecelia. Fiona Warnick's peek into the dreams of the baby skunks, the fairy tales the oriole shares with the eldest skunk, and how squirrels talk about the color green lends a dreamy dual-worlds quality to this funny, quirky, and sweet book about beginning to figure out how to adult.


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Beautyland: A Novel By Marie-Helene Bertino Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374109288
Availability: May be on our shelves (or available in 5-10 business days)
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 16th, 2024

Being a human and experiencing firsts (first skinned knee, first disappointment in a trusted adult) can be lonely and confusing. Bertino's Beautyland tells the story of Adina, an alien born in human form at the exact moment that the Voyager 1 is launched into space on September 5, 1977 carrying the famous golden record. Through Adina we experience a child trying to making sense of the messes humankind has made on planet Earth and her candid unbiased reports of life are delightful. As in her previous books, Bertino's lyrical prose and beautiful interpretations of what might be mundane are stunning. Whether explaining all the subtle indicators of class or exploring the institutions responsible for blaming Yoko for breaking up the Beatles, reading Adina's fax missives to her supervisors on her planet make you feel as though you are discovering earthling secrets. Human beings are messy and take themselves so seriously. Beautyland will remind you of what is important in life.


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Real Americans: A novel By Rachel Khong Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593537251
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Published: Knopf - April 30th, 2024

There are moments in life when choices must be made and most make decisions to the best of their ability. Rachel Khong's highly anticipated Real Americans tells the story of three generations whose crucial choices, made out of love and best intentions chart courses that are life-changing and at times hurtful. At once a cautionary tale on potential genetic editing as well as a grand family story contemplating what it means to truly be American, Real Americans is filled with characters who are almost too brave who deny their truth to protect others.


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All Fours: A Novel By Miranda July Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593190265
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 14th, 2024

It is a chance encounter, a mere locking of the eyes, that causes the protagonist, a slightly-famous artist, to hire a decorator and set up a mini-residency in a motel in Sierra Madre less than an hour away from her husband and child in L.A. Instead of driving to NYC and back, the three weeks are spent creating a womb-like sanctuary modeled after Le Bristol in Paris and not having sex with a married man. What one might see as a mid-life crisis becomes her touchstone. If life is such an inevitable struggle, why not seek what you desire, no matter the consequence? Miranda July’s All Fours asks the questions we don’t even allow ourselves to think on the edges of our dreams. Is the need to truly be seen by others incongruous with being partnered? Can we redefine the social ecosystems of a marriage? Why doesn’t anyone talk about the hormonal shifts of menopause? The artist’s pilgrimage in All Fours splits open the traditional yearning to create, makes the mundane lustful, and might rewire your brain.


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North Woods: A Novel By Daniel Mason Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593597033
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Published: Random House - September 19th, 2023

Daniel Mason's North Woods is a masterful literary art form exploring the four-hundred-year history of the woods surrounding a particular house in western Massachusetts. Mason uses songs, journals, letters, medical notes, and other techniques to share the lives of those who live, love, suffer, create, and die there. The manner in which this book reveals the life cycles of flora and fauna is lyrical, respectful, and full of wonder and awe. Throughout North Woods humanity shapes and changes the environment, but the natural world very much reveals itself to be omnipotent.


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The Crane Wife: A Memoir in Essays By CJ Hauser Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593312889
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Published: Anchor - June 27th, 2023

CJ Hauser's The Crane Wife: A Memoir in Essays is unlike anything I've read and it blew my mind. At its core, the interconnected essays are about love. Hauser uses both personal and family history to dissect parts of her life that give her pause. Hauser's technique for performing autopsies on her previous loves include deep introspection of the impact of specific works on her analysis such as du Maurier's Rebecca and Baum's Oz. Deep inquiry into Mulder and Scully's relationship or the gender dynamics in the 1940 film adaptation of The Philadelphia Story provides a very relatable setting for a reader to also scrutinize romantic choices. Hauser's writing is smart and razor-honest as she peels back layers. What a brilliant process to witness. Nineteen different passages sung so clearly to me, they are underlined, highlighted, dog-eared.


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Motherthing By Ainslie Hogarth Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593467022
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Published: Vintage - September 27th, 2022

Motherthing is a feminist horror story featuring a motherless daughter haunted by her mother-in-law. Ainslie Hogarth has written a love story that is funny, bizarre, and bloody featuring guidance from a couch, cookbook, and soothsayer.


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A Little Devil in America: In Praise of Black Performance By Hanif Abdurraqib Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781984801203
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 8th, 2022

Hanif Abdurraqib's exploration of Black performance in America is a cultural keystone that is chillingly relevant. Whether discussing the fact that a knowing look or advice on a route from a cashier is a form of a living Green Book that still exists because there are places Black people are not safe, to the origin of the card game spades or the difference between showing out or showing off, at the heart A Little Devil in America circles back to the fact that Black Americans have been forced to survive in places they were not welcome. The section on Black funerals pierced my heart. This book needs to be read, taught, underlined and discussed.


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Fresh Water for Flowers By Valérie Perrin, Hildegarde Serle (Translator) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781609456764
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Published: Europa Editions - May 4th, 2021

Fresh Water for Flowers encompasses so much in each lovely short chapter. Valérie Perrin has written what could be called the perfect novel. At first glance, Violette Toussaint lives an uncomplicated life as the caretaker of a cemetery in a small town in Burgundy. Just as you relax into the luscious descriptions of the gardens, of the tombstone inscriptions, of the fascinating visitors, several love stories hidden in a mystery or two reveal that there are more than funerals at the heart of this book. Perfection!