Geek Love

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4 of 5
Geek Love
368 pages; Vintage
This book is hard to explain to people. It's about a circus family. The heroine is a bald albino dwarf, and she's in love with her brother, who has no arms and performs in a fish tank. It's one of the most remarkably written, memorable, weird, disturbing books. I tell people that ultimately it's about a mother's love for her daughter.
— As told to Sara Nelson