The Author’s Bookshelf: Sarah Kay

Sarah Kay is a writer, performer, and educator from New York City. She is best known for her talk at the 2011 TED conference, which garnered two standing ovations and has been seen over ten million times online. She has also been a featured performer at the United Nations, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Royal Danish Theater, and hundreds of other venues around the world. She is the author of four books of poetry including B, The Type, No Matter the Wreckage, and All Our Wild Wonder. A passionate educator, Sarah is the founder and co-director of Project VOICE, an organization that uses spoken word poetry to entertain, educate, and inspire students and teachers worldwide. Through Project VOICE, Sarah works to promote empowerment through self-expression, challenge traditional notions of literacy, and expand access to arts education. You can find out more about Sarah Kay at www.kaysarahsera.com or find her on twitter or facebook.


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All Our Wild Wonder

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The Type

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B

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No Matter the Wreckage

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Sarah Kay’s Bookshelf:

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  • 1Q84

    By Haruki Murakami

    Our Price: $16.20
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780307476463
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: January 2013
    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo. A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 —“Q is for ‘question mark.’ A world that bears a question.” Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled. As Aomame’s and Tengo’s narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector. 1184p.
  • A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears

    By Jules Feiffer

    Our Price: $7.50 - $13.49
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780062059260
    • Publisher: HarperCollins
    • Published: April 1998
  • Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

    By Ross Gay

    Our Price: $8.00 - $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780822963318
    • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
    • Published: January 2015
    Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude is a sustained meditation on that which goes away—loved ones, the seasons, the earth as we know it—that tries to find solace in the processes of the garden and the orchard. That is, this is a book that studies the wisdom of the garden and orchard, those places where all—death, sorrow, loss—is converted into what might, with patience, nourish us.
  • City of Glass

    By Paul Auster

    Our Price: $7.00 - $7.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780312423605
    • Publisher: Picador
    • Published: August 2004
    First published in 1985, 'City of Glass' stands as the first installment of Paul Auster's New York Trilogy. Here, it has been brilliantly transformed into a graphic novel that loses none of the nuance of the original. It even gains in effect, due to the collaborative imaginative effort that brings it successfully to this format: 'Machine-like, fitful, alternating between slow and rapid gestures, rigid and yet expressive, as if the operation were out of control, strict, not quite corresponding to the will that lay behind it.' Black-and-white illustration throughout. 144p.
  • Counting Descent

    By Clint Smith

    Our Price: $13.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781938912658
    • Publisher: Write Bloody Publishing
    • Published: September 2016
  • Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

    By Alison Bechdel

    Our Price: $8.50 - $16.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780618871711
    • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
    • Published: June 2007
    A memoir done in the form of a graphic novel by a cult favorite comic artist offers a darkly funny family portrait that details her relationship with her father--a funeral home director, high school English teacher, and closeted homosexual.
  • Holes

    By Louis Sachar

    Our Price: $4.50 - $8.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780440414803
    • Publisher: Yearling
    • Published: May 2000
    As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself. As further evidence of his family's bad fortune, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself
  • Kindred

    By Octavia E. Butler

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780807083697
    • Publisher: Beacon Press
    • Published: February 2004
    25th Anniversary Edition. Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white sonof a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned across the years to save him. After this first summons, Dana is drawn back, again and again, to the plantation to protect Rufus and ensure that he will grow to manhood and father the daughter who will become Dana's ancestor. Yet each time Dana's sojourns become longer and and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not her life will end, long before it has even begun.
  • Life of Pi

    By Yann Martel

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780547848419
    • Publisher: Mariner Books
    • Published: October 2012
    A movie tie-in edition of the classic novel about a boy and a tiger adrift on the ocean in a lifeboat, now includes cover art from the December 2012 film. Reissue. 150,000 first printing.
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude

    By Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Our Price: $15.29
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780060883287
    • Publisher: Harper Perennial
    • Published: February 2006
    An Oprah's Book Club selection. (Harper Perennial Modern Classics). The brilliant, surreal story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendia family...and, the invention of ice. One of the most influential novels written in the past half-century. From the Nobel Prize winner. 417p.
  • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America

    By Erik Larson

    Our Price: $8.50 - $15.25
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780375725609
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: February 2004
    Chicago circa 1893 surges to vivid life in this spellbinding bestseller of the intertwining tale of two men - the brilliant architect behind the legendary 1893 World's Fair; and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. 9 B&W illus. Index. 447p.
  • The January Children (African Poetry Book Series)

    By Safia Elhillo

    Our Price: $14.35
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780803295988
    • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
    • Published: March 2017
  • The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart

    By Gabrielle Calvocoressi

    Our Price: $14.35
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780892553150
    • Publisher: Persea Books
    • Published: April 2005
    "Gabrielle Calvocoressi is a wonderfully talented poet."—Eavan Boland
  • The Principles of Uncertainty

    By Maira Kalman

    Our Price: $25.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143116462
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: October 2009
    A narrative travelogue told in handwritten text and illustrations presents the creator's idiosyncratic worldview on a broad range of topics, from personal identity and happiness to the reasons for war and the delights of candy. 100,000 first printing.
  • The Sense of an Ending

    By Julian Barnes

    Our Price: $7.50 - $13.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780307947727
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: May 2012
    This intense novel follows Tony Webster, a middle-aged man, as he contends with a past he never thought much about—until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance: one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. Tony thought he left this all behind as he built a life for himself, and his career has provided him with a secure retirement and an amicable relationship with his ex-wife and daughter, who now has a family of her own. But when he is presented with a mysterious legacy, he is forced to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world. 163p.

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