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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Jeanette Winterson
Death of a Red Heroine
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Dreams of a Robot Dancing Bee
James Tate
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The Ghost Soldiers
James Tate
Emma Tupper's Diary
Peter Dickinson
Mothers and Others: The Evolutionary Origins of Mutual Understanding
Sarah Blaffer Hrdy
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No Voice Unheard, Davida Gypsy Breier, Diane Leigh, Marilee Geyer
Twin Spica: Volume 12
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Beauty Queens

Beauty Queens - Libba Bray Ha! I'd love it if some city or college picked this book for one of those "the whole town reads a book" programs. It would be excellent to see what kind of events the book would inspire. A beauty pageant would be well down the list. This book is nuts in the best way. Bray uses the furniture of postmodernism* (footnotes, addressing the reader, different modes of text, and, fun, baby, fun—actually more like so sharp you're eyes will bleed satire, irony, humor, and anger) to keep her basic plot (pretty girls stranded on a desert island!) kicking along all the while sandblasting contemporary pop culture. Read this book! * Also known as LaurenceSterniumania