Gretchen's Picks

Gretchen joined the Snowbound crew in the summer of 2020, and has a very handsome dog named Rosie Cotton.

Do you judge a book by its cover?
ALWAYS! I only read books with good covers. I might be missing out on some good reads... but I doubt it.
Dogear or bookmark?
Now I am become death, the destroyer of books--dogear all the way.

Monogamist or polygamist reader?
I consider myself a read-onist (reading hedonist)--the more the merrier!

Any classics you refuse to read?
Camus.

What's your most terrifying book experience?
When I'm reading in bed and drop my book on my face.

Do you eat while reading? If so, what's your favorite reading drink or snack?
I love a good reading beverage. Currently, red wine.

Your mission as a bookseller?
To find and share great new reads with our community.

It Came from the Closet: Queer Reflections on Horror By Joe Vallese (Editor), Carmen Maria Machado (Contribution by), Bruce Owens Grimm (Contribution by) Cover Image
By Joe Vallese (Editor), Carmen Maria Machado (Contribution by), Bruce Owens Grimm (Contribution by)
$25.95
ISBN: 9781952177798
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Published: Feminist Press - October 4th, 2022

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Lapvona: A Novel By Ottessa Moshfegh Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593300268
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Published: Penguin Press - June 21st, 2022

Are you a fan of filth & depravity? Please, please, please read this sadistic and fevered black comedy. Best Moshfegh yet. Holy shit!!!


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The Houseguest: And Other Stories By Amparo Dávila, Matthew Gleeson (Translated by), Audrey Harris (Translated by) Cover Image
By Amparo Dávila, Matthew Gleeson (Translated by), Audrey Harris (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811228213
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Published: New Directions - November 27th, 2018

This book is a must for fans of classic darkness à la Poe, Kafka, & the like. Dávila is a master of fear, obsession, paranoia, & terror. Deeply unsettling. Five stars.


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The Blacktongue Thief By Christopher Buehlman Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250799975
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Published: Tor Books - May 10th, 2022

This is a perfect fantasy read. It checks all the boxes without being cliche. Great adventure, characters, and a surprising amount of humor. 10/10.


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Sorrowland: A Novel By Rivers Solomon Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250849267
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Published: Picador - May 3rd, 2022

Woah. This book takes the horrors of American history & white supremacy, and creates an unputdownable tale of vengeance, motherhood, and queer love. Raw, gothic, and dark--this one will stick with you.


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Velvet Was the Night By Silvia Moreno-Garcia Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593356845
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Published: Del Rey - May 3rd, 2022

A smoky noir set in 1970's Mexico City--romantic, dangerous and dark; it has all the right ingredients to take you on a twisty-turny & exciting adventure. Very fun!


Sedating Elaine: A novel By Dawn Winter Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593320549
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Published: Knopf - April 12th, 2022

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My Heart Is a Chainsaw (The Indian Lake Trilogy #1) By Stephen Graham Jones Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982137649
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - March 29th, 2022

Not just any slasher--this is a meta-slasher! This book twists & transcends the "final girl" trope in awesome, brutal, and ultimately hopeful ways. A perfect read for fans of the genre, or a great intro for horror beginners. Delicious & evil!


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Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head: Poems By Warsan Shire Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593134351
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 1st, 2022

Vivid, luscious, and heartbreaking--Shire takes us on an exploration of, and journey to womanhood. Totally gorgeous!


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Outlawed By Anna North Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781635578249
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - February 15th, 2022

Outlawed is a total blast. I've always loved a good western, and this book checks all the boxes--plus some extra!
This book nicely defies the macho tendencies of its genre--with a sparkling cast of queer & nonconforming characters, and a story revolving around women's reproductive rights. Check it out!


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What Is Otherwise Infinite: Poems By Bianca Stone Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781951142971
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Published: Tin House Books - January 18th, 2022

This collection of poems is beautiful and devastating. Every line--even the most sparse--feels striking and weighty. Definitely worth a read.


Shit Cassandra Saw: Stories By Gwen E. Kirby Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143136620
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Published: Penguin Books - January 11th, 2022

Slug and Other Stories By Megan Milks Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781952177842
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Published: Feminist Press - November 9th, 2021

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This Thing Between Us: A Novel By Gus Moreno Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780374539238
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Published: MCD x FSG Originals - October 12th, 2021

This book--woah. Beautiful. Awful.
A man processes the sudden loss of his wife... darkness & cosmic horror slowly unspool. I've never read anything quite like this. A truly stunning read. Transcendent.


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The Trees: A Novel By Percival Everett Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450642
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 21st, 2021

Damn. Not sure I've ever read anything quite like this. So heavy, so sharp; an incredible revenge fantasy full of blood-soaked humor. A totally unforgettable read.


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I Hold a Wolf by the Ears: Stories By Laura van den Berg Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250798664
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Published: Picador - July 27th, 2021

Wow!! I loved this one. What a beautiful collection of short stories. All tinted with dreamy, bizarre, and unsettling hues. Good read for fans of Her Body and Other Parties.


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The Ghost Variations: One Hundred Stories By Kevin Brockmeier Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781524748838
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Published: Pantheon - March 9th, 2021

Not necessarily scary, but haunting. Ghost Variations traverses the many ways one can be haunted, with ease--leaping from chilling to sweet, and devastating to beautiful.


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Mexican Gothic By Silvia Moreno-Garcia Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525620808
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Published: Del Rey - June 15th, 2021

I was expecting a purely gothic read from this title, but was thrilled and surprised by the amount of horror. Mexican Gothic would be a great read for fans of Bronte, but also Lovecraft.


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Ring Shout By P. Djèlí Clark Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250767028
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Published: Tordotcom - October 13th, 2020

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The Last Taxi Driver By Lee Durkee Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781951142681
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Published: Tin House Books - April 6th, 2021

This book is INSANE!! In the best possible way. Lee Durkee has written a book that is both hilarious and heart-wrenching. You need to read this book, and then tell your friends to read this book. It's that good.


The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, Special Edition By V. E. Schwab Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250830746
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Published: Tor Books - October 5th, 2021

If you're any kind of romantic, you NEED to read this book. This book will totally sweep you off your feet, and take you to unexpected--and beautiful--places.