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Praying Drunk: Stories, Questions Cover Image
ISBN: 9781936747634
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Published: Sarabande Books - February 4th, 2014

This collection begins, "DON'T SKIP AROUND," and with good reason. While great on their own, these stories, when connected by the characters, events, and locales they share in common, are a significantly greater whole. With intelligence, wit, and emotion Minor navigates tragedy in search of meaning.

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Guadalajara Cover Image
By Quim Monzo, Peter Bush (Translator)
ISBN: 9781934824191
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Published: Open Letter Books - July 12th, 2011

These stories are about fun for both the author and the reader. Many of them seem to have come from a single moment of inspiration; a "what if" scenario examined in a whimsical (sometimes gruesome) flurry of writing. A great summer read. Or any other season.

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The Art of Asking Your Boss for a Raise Cover Image
By Georges Perec, David Bellos (Translator)
ISBN: 9781844674190
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Published: Verso - March 14th, 2011

Perec is an author who found inspiration in constraint. His novel "A Void" was written entirely without the letter E. This novella resulted from a dare to write a book that uses a computer algorithm as it's structural model. The result is a hilarious trip through the maze of considerations one might navigate in a quest for "pecuniary emoluments."

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South of the Border, West of the Sun Cover Image
By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translator)
ISBN: 9780679767398
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Published: Vintage - March 14th, 2000

Murakami writes about the mundane with reverence. He raises the preparation of meals and the ironing and folding of clothes to the status of ritual. This compact book is a great introduction to these rituals and to his traditional themes of mystery, love and regret in the lives of the most ordinary men.

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The Unknown Masterpiece Cover Image
By Honore De Balzac, Arthur C. Danto (Introduction by), Richard Howard (Translator)
ISBN: 9780940322745
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Published: New York Review of Books - August 31st, 2000

This short work is a great introduction to the casual ease with which Balzac paints the world in prose. It has inspired generations of artists and is the starting point for "La Belle Noiseuse", one of my very favorite films, by director Jacques Rivette.