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"Prudish in genre flexibility." Matthew Stearns, author of Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation (33 1/3)

"Could be the Don Rickles of [his] generation." Logan Fox, Shakespeare & Company

"[He is] just enough of too much." Marya Sea Kaminski, Director, Playwright and 2010 Stranger Theater Genius

"It just feels so good to be near [him]," Chelsea Mills, Publisher Returns, TPB Lake Forest Park

"I don't know what [he] is capable of." Christine Calvo, Digital Asset Management Associate, TIME Magazine

"Wow, [he is] REALLY good at putting things in perspective." Anje Monte Calvo, Bookseller, TPB Seward Park

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A Separation Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399576102
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 7th, 2017

A hypnotic, witchy tale of a woman's desultory search for her estranged husband who has gone missing in Greece, A Separation is an enigmatically seductive narrative whose gauzy embrace draws easy comparisons to DeLillo (or his innumerable acolytes).

It is a powerfully engrossing quagmire and its misty atmosphere of isolation and emotional riddles are truly haunting.


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Homesick for Another World: Stories Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Press - January 17th, 2017

With just three books, Moshfegh has established herself as the beating heart of contemporary American literature. But be warned – it is a dark heart. Tonally eccentric, morally dubious and emotionally swampy each story exists inside its own filmy, insidious macro cosmos. Ottessa Moshfegh is derseving of her own cult and, once her day of ascension arrives, I will be the first to don a robe and begin chanting.


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Transit Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374278625
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 17th, 2017

The follow-up to Outline is an even more satisfying exposition of a woman’s rich interior life; it is a fascinating, subdued illumination of the mundane’s transformation into profundity when examined in the right light.

The main pleasure in Cusk’s cycle of novels is their meditative effect. Like a mindfulness exercise disguised as fiction, their palliative energy make them necessary reading.


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The Idiot Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594205613
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Published: Penguin Press - March 14th, 2017

Moving at such a deliberate, languid pace and voiced by a character easily accused of insouciance, it is all too easy to overlook the book and protagonist's incisive wit and keen social perception.
Like Don Quixote translated by Joy Williams, Batuman's debut novel is a distinct reading pleasure, startling and soothing in equal measure.


Hospice Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781573660518
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Published: F2c - April 2015

Abstruse humor and atmospheric capriciousness are the name of the game in Howard's first novel. What the book may lack in traditional narrative is mollified by the protagonist's amiable relationship with the story's almost ceaseless peculiarity (a compliment, to be sure).

It had me in its misty, aimless thrall for its duration and won't be forgotten any time soon.


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Nobody Is Ever Missing Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374534493
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - July 8th, 2014

Those vague, errant anxieties which plague and paralyze us, strengthened by subjectivity's inability to aptly describe them, are painted in precise, vivid colors in Lacey's debut novel. Our heroine, floundering (literally and figuratively) through New Zealand with mostly just her perturbation to keep her company, is as mysterious and fascinating as the landscape.

 


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Ongoingness: The End of a Diary Cover Image
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Published: Graywolf Press - December 6th, 2016

While there is a story arc at play here (Sarah the girl becomes Sarah the wife and Sarah the mother), Ongoingness is a meditation on one writer's propensity for excess that gives way to a profound restraint.

Manguso has built a career out of cool-edged precision and it is readily apparent here she is well on her way to fully realizing her talent and has taught her pen to sing.


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Innocents and Others Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501122736
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Published: Scribner Book Company - November 15th, 2016

Spiotta's fourth novel fits seamlessly alongside her other work. It is a tale that magnificently ghosts a moment in American history, her research and fabrication masterfully woven into a contextually rich yarn. Innocents and Others (inspired by the fascinating Exploding the Telephone) introduces readers to Jelly, the author's most enigmatic and intriguing character to date. Her presence on the page and in the relationship between the book's alternating protagonists is so acutely observed and emotionally sonorous, she haunts the reader long after the page is turned.

The LA Times succinctly says it all: "[Spiotta] writes with a breezy precision and genuine wit that put her on a short-list of brilliant North American novelists who deserve a much wider audience.”


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The Red Car Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781631492334
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - October 11th, 2016

Disillusionment is a risky theme to tackle; a character adrift can easily come across as too thorny or unsympathetic, making even a masterfully written story insufferable. Luckily, we have Marcy Dermansky.

In the sea of earnest, self-conscious, cloyingly "witty" (and ultimately forgettable) modern fiction, she and The Red Car are acerbic salvation.


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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - July 8th, 2008

Michaels was, in his best moments, a conversational writer drawing scenes with the wry, confessional tone of pillow talk. He is responsible for a body of work that regularly flirts with perfection and is, in a horrendous testament to how unfair life can be, no more than a footnote in contemporary literature. His stories easily rival that of [insert reknowned short story writer here] but The Men's Club is a quintessential work, a sardonic masterpiece skewering politically correct notions of masculinity, self-improvement platforms and the cult of oneness.


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Published: Vintage - August 9th, 2016

It is a very particular, nebulous America illuminated by Williams's pen. Rather arch and  often addled, her characters langorously circle the existential drain as they search for an ever-elusive stability and calm. Shrewd and astute, her observations often castigate but never sermonize. The Visting Privilege is a momentous collection gathering together a staggering number of older stories and the desperately-needed new.


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The Collective Cover Image
By Don Lee
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ISBN: 9780393345421
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 8th, 2013

Addressing identity and the role we play in one another's lives, The Collective is the haunting, moving and wryly drawn novel I wanted The Interestings to be. Don Lee is writing at the height of his powers in this novel, the acuity common to all of his work tempered here with the perfectly rendered melancholy of growing pains. 


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Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget Cover Image
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 7th, 2016

For my money, there hasn't been a work about alcohol abuse that feels this humble and forthright since Caroline Knapp's Drinking. It isn't surprising how compulsively readable and relatable this is, given Hepola is the personal essays editor at Salon, but it is her ability to steer clear of navel-gazing and address past transgressions frankly without sensationalizing them that makes Blackout so inspiring.


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All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost Cover Image
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 12th, 2011

Director of Iowa Writers Workshop and former student of Marilynne Robinson, Lan Samantha Chang is as incredible and well-groomed a storyteller as that pedigree suggests.

This novel, set largely in a writing program quite similar to Iowa, is intimate territory for Chang and a familiarity that pays off in spades for the reader. The novel's characters inhabit a wonderfully and immediately authentic atmosphere; the story's subtlety making for a pastoral and elegant work opf fiction.


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Arcade Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781939419729
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Published: Unnamed Press - June 14th, 2016

Arcade manages to succeed where most contemporary American fiction fails, boldly testing the reader's sympathy and patience without the reader questioning the writer's talent or character's emotional worth.
It had my heart and stomach competing for a place in my throat while my hands struggled to keep both book and moral compass aloft.
Redemption is secondary to an admirably frank confrontation of "right" and "wrong" with a concupiscence that is startlingly edifying.


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Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty Cover Image
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 14th, 2016

With her trademark wit and a sensitivity that has intensified since her last novel, Ausubel perfectly captures the unintentional irony and unavoidable hypocrisy that peppers (and, in the worst cases, defines) a marriage. Illuminating the story of a union's mounting tensions with those inherited from the blue-blooded bride's even bluer-blooded parents, the novel posits an engaging domestic drama against a sophisticated moral, nature vs. nurture argument.


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Partial List of People to Bleach Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781892061447
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Published: Future Tense Books - August 6th, 2013

An English professor and grammarian by trade, Lutz slaps both day jobs in the face with short stories teeming with inventive usage, intricate sentences and story structure that redefines elliptical. Referenced and respected by contemporary household names but never staying in print for long, Lutz is deserving of a much larger readership.


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The Odd Woman and the City: A Memoir Cover Image
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 17th, 2016

Solitude and loneliness, two of our greatest social anxieties, are inevitable (and at times barely discernible) states of being – both often carrying a stigma that generates silence rather than celebration. Gornick’s ruminations, however, extol the virtues of these ineluctable conditions with an elegance that ennobles us misfits and autonomy junkies.


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A Fast Life: The Collected Poems of Tim Dlugos Cover Image
By Tim Dlugos, David Trinidad (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780984459834
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Published: Nightboat Books - May 10th, 2011

A contemporary of Joe Brainard and Eileen Myles, Dlugos was a defining voice in queer and AIDS literature in the 80s at the height of the AIDS crisis, the disease ultimately claiming him far too soon. His ability to stare down his own mortality and his country’s failure to take the reins of the growing epidemic while never losing his signature irreverance defines his legacy but each poem is a marvel of its own.


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Maestra Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399184260
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 19th, 2016

Listen. It's flashy. It's a little trashy. It's so gratuitous (and occasionally heartless) you might get a little rashy. As someone who grew up obsessed with the silly lavishness of Dynasty and Lace, though, these are all selling points. It's getting hot outside and a little decadence never killed anyone (summer isn't exactly the right time for The Decalogue, you know?). The character's slow, tawdry, expensive descent into psychopathy had me blushing, balking and laughing out loud. Maybe not Hilton's intention, but the low-throttle maniac she has created here wouldn't hold it against me.


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True Crimes: A Family Album Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400063482
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Published: Random House - April 5th, 2016

It has been over a decade since Harrison's last work of personal nonfiction or memoir, a genre she helped define, and True Crimes is a magnificent return to the genre that gave Harrison her well-deserved reputation. It is a collection as versatile and varied in curiosity as its creator, running the gamut of an adult's emotional life with refinement and grace.


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Happy All the Time Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307474407
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Published: Vintage Contemporaries - March 23rd, 2010

A marriage plot with no infidelity or emotional strife (of the humorless variety, at least) is certainly an odd duck in most domestic fiction but Colwin’s novel flies in the face of convention. Illuminating the everyday humor and anxieties of married life with penetrative wit, it is a work interested in celebrating love’s less pronounced colors. The characters’ endless bemusement and befuddlement is an immense pleasure, revealing the innumerable ways in which we are capable of love.


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I Met Someone Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399159367
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Published: Blue Rider Press - March 1st, 2016

The eloquently written but nauseatingly discomfiting kind of tale Wagner has built a career on has finally met an accessibility his previous novels lack. Absolutely no one can touch him and humiliation awaits anyone who tries to emulate the high-wire act only he can perform: his Joycean flourish; a manic, satirical irony that would decimate any smug millennial; a sense of ghoulish humor that could embarrass the most hardened dark web dweller.
Though his signature verbosity and stunning cadence is noticeably absent here and there, there is a certain festivity in watching him tone down the linguistic pyrotechnics in service to a plot-driven, black-hearted calliope of a story.


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13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl: Fiction Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143128489
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Published: Penguin Books - February 23rd, 2016

There are few things I enjoy more than a novel full of sharp edges and people with unpredictable characters. 13 Ways is right up my alley - a self-assured debut, it is at times melancholy while an occasional sauciness flirts with the emotionally monstrous. Obsessively readable and viscerally  satisfying.


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Hall of Small Mammals: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594634055
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 12th, 2016

What’s not to love about something described as an “enchanting primordial soup”? Who wouldn’t trust a short story collection recommended by Ann Beattie? Why would you even try to resist a book that turns the tired convention of magical realism on its ear, introducing you to a whole new level of sublimity? What do I have to say to convince you to take it home already?


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What Belongs to You Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374288228
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 19th, 2016

Greenwell's first novel is rhapsodic - a sophisticated tale that peers into the contiguous relationship between our desires and our loneliness. Like James Baldwin or Edmund White's best, the novel's tone is astoundingly elegant, its urbanity and quietude brought into sharp focus when considering how gratuitous the narrative could seem if written by a less refined writer.


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Confessions Cover Image
By Kanae Minato, Stephen Snyder (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780316200929
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Published: Mulholland Books - August 19th, 2014

For better or worse, I am a self-declared book snob and rarely dabble in contemporary genre fiction. Finishing a Tana French or Gillian French nove lhas inspired little more than a drowsy "egh," but Confessions might be a watershed read. Its delightfully macabre plot, contemptible characters and artfully placed twists had me practically ripping out each page to get to the next. 


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The Longest Night Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812987423
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Published: Random House Trade - October 4th, 2016

Absorbing, engrossingly pure storytelling. Deftly paced with handsomely drawn characters and moments of sharp humor, it is an elegant calling card for Williams with admirable narrative backbone and full of promise.


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After the Parade Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476790114
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Published: Scribner Book Company - July 26th, 2016

It is all too rare that a book lives up to the promise of its blurbs but Ostlund's novel is a welcome exception, far exceeding the cover's lavish praise. A bravura performance, it is a deeply moving novel full of rich emotion and humanity.


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All My Puny Sorrows Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781940450711
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Published: McSweeney's - July 28th, 2015

Suicide and depression, those oft-choked nuggets of contemporary literature, are a tricky terrain — but one Toews handles deftly. The ache and anger of the people left to witness and endure are not wrought darkly but with honesty and precision, tempered with the shocks of humor and relief we experience when confronted by life's inevitable finality, self-inflicted or not. 


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Refund: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619026230
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - November 10th, 2015

In each of these wonderfully offbeat stories, a mundane life is turned on its ear by a jarring, left-field occurrence. A series of increasingly aggressive (and annoying) requests for the titular refund from a subletter, a marriage's flaws brought into focus after the family cat's vocal proclamation of love for only one of its owners, and a kitchen kept kosher by floor to ceiling aluminum foil are only a few of the imaginative spoils found in this collection.


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Eileen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143128755
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Published: Penguin Books - August 16th, 2016

A pretty wild departure from her debut (but equally excellent) novella McGlue, Eileen is a gut-wrenching journey with one of the most intriguing antiheroes I've ever encountered. Darker, complex interior lives of seedy characters are Moshfegh's stock-in-trade but that murkiness shouldn't dissuade potential readers. It is a fearless, compulsively readable novel that reads as if it's on fire.


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It's a Slippery Slope Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374525231
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 24th, 2003

His performances are the stuff of legend, his tireless effort to get to the root of the self a thing of unparalleled beauty. Here, a late-onset, inexplicable obsession with skiing is used as a jumping-off point to shake out the pockets of a mid-life crisis. Gray was genuinely a national treasure and his trademark precision and sophistication are sublimely realized here.


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Eve's Hollywood Cover Image
By Eve Babitz, Holly Brubach (Introduction by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781590178904
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Published: New York Review of Books - October 6th, 2015

Eve's Hollywood, cruelly out of print for four decades or some equally ridiculous length of time, is categorized as fiction but could just as easily be used as a travel guide to a bygone L.A. or possibly a user's guide to life. Effortlessly witty and armed to the teeth with an inimitable style, Babitz is in a class by herself.


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Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555975180
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 3rd, 2009

Exploring prejudice and its impact on identity, both personally and on a larger anthropological scale, Biss's essay collection towers over its contemporaries. Her focus seamlessly shifts between the subjective experience and historical actuality with powerful insights that cut to the quick with jaw-dropping grace. Such command and lyrical force are an undulterated pleasure - a pleasure to be read slowly, then passed on to every reader you know.


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Truck: On Rebuilding a Worn-Out Pickup and Other Post-Technological Adventures Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780874517552
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Published: University Press of New England - April 1996

Finding myself inexplicably drawn to an old hardcover edition of this when it crossed the used counter, I have been in its thrall completely, reading as slowly and carefully as possible. Maybe it's nostalgia for my father's 1971 Chevy (which still runs beautifully), maybe it's Jerome's plaintive simplicity. At the end of the day, though, whatever it is I found so beguiling from the outset has paid off richly. An unfussy but ambiguously complex meditation.


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A Little Life Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780804172707
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Published: Anchor Books - January 26th, 2016

A remarkable work of fiction, Yanagihara's novel demands full attention--not an easy undertaking with such brutal, emotionally abrasive subject matter. The characters are so human, so fully realized, that I wept openly in parts. It may not be what everyone would consider praise but to employ mind and body, to react viscerally, is not something I experience often. And it is the only book I've read that left me feeling I am a better person having done so. 


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The Quick and the Dead Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375727641
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Published: Vintage - January 8th, 2002

Long before George Saunders and Karen Russell introduced literary weirdness to the reading public at large, Williams was writing satisfyingly elliptical and witchy stories and novels.


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In the Country of Last Things Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780140097054
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Published: Penguin Books - May 2nd, 1988

Auster's second novel is the most ill-fitting in his body of work but also one of his more enjoyable. In an unnamed city, Auster's protagonist struggles to overcome increasinlgy difficult (possibly dystopian?) hurdles. It is a fully realized feat of imagination that takes hold of the reader from page one and absolutely refuses to let go.


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The Folded Clock: A Diary Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804171441
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Published: Anchor Books - March 8th, 2016

The first book-length work of nonfiction by Julavits, an accomplished novelist and editor, is an absolute triumph. A two year diary, pieced together here out of chronological order, The Folded Clock is an elegant and wry exercise is self-reflection, occasional accusation, and compassion. Julavits perfectly captures the ongoing process of becoming one's self, the impossibility of fully doing so, and the nascent pleasures of the undertaking. 


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What Comes Next and How to Like It: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476785059
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Published: Scribner Book Company - March 24th, 2015

Safekeeping, Abigail Thomas's first memoir, has been my foolproof back pocket recommendation for the fussiest of readers for over a decade, and a follow-up that is as deeply felt and elegant is very much a publication to celebrate. 

Her work's subtlety is arresting; her wisdom truly astonishing. 


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Man V. Nature: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062333117
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 6th, 2015

Situationally fantastic but emotionally familiar, every story in  Man v. Nature is top-drawer. Dystopian landscapes, sexual anarchy, and vividly real antagonists (especially in "It's Coming" and the title story) all create a rambunctious energy, making the collection utterly unique and an inimitable joy to read. 


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The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250074928
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Published: Picador USA - November 3rd, 2015

It's been well over ten years since Daum's last collection of essays, and while the long wait was painful at times, all is forgiven now that she's back. A little Fran Lebowitz, a little Nora Ephron, she is a writer of great warmth with a caustic optimism I deeply admire. 


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The Essential Ellen Willis Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780816681211
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Published: University of Minnesota Press - May 2014

"I find I can't keep myself from playing roles. The emotionless decadent, looking for diversion from boredom, is a favorite. Corny, but it works by my criteria: maximum pleasure, minimum anxiety." An overwhelming, ebullient genius.


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Outline Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250081544
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Published: Picador USA - February 9th, 2016

The thin line between fact and fabrication in an individual's memory is a rich territory to mine and one custom-made for Cusk's adroit prose. 

January is probably too early to call it one of the year's best novels, but it's just that good.


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& Sons Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812984354
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Published: Random House Trade - May 27th, 2014

Gilbert draws upon the biographical mythologies of Vonnegut, Pynchon, and Salinger to create an intricate and moving tale about the familial bonds between. Atmospheric and engrossing, it is not to be missed.


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A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781416596400
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Published: Free Press - November 13th, 2012

Scheeres's account of the Jonestown Massacre breathes humanity into a ghastly piece of American history that, sadly, is little more than a punchline today. Meticulously researched and written with a sympathy that doesn't betray its journalistic intentions.


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Fools Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393348897
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 14th, 2014

For years, Joan Silber has been quietly building a body of work far warmer and more generous than her contemporaries. Criminally overlooked, she deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Ann Patchett or Colum McCann.


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The Complete Patrick Melrose Novels: Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, Mother's Milk, and at Last Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250069603
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Published: Picador USA - May 5th, 2015

The stunning lyrical precision of these five short novels is what garnered enormous critical praise upon publication but it is the emotional profundity that has stayed with me over the years. Examining the darkest corners of family and interior life with humor and grace, St. Aubyn is a modern master.


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The Last Animal Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619024373
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 14th, 2014

The first few stories made such a strong impression that I could not shut up about them, really bugling the hell out of one in particular. Geni's correlative thread is fascinating and subtle--a truly unique debut.


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Love Me Back Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345807137
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Published: Anchor Books - June 9th, 2015

Solid, assured prose elevates this novel to a level you don't expect. Quite dark at times, it is not for the faint of heart but the author deftly reveals the interior life of a woman adrift that is surprisingly rewarding.


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Mary Coin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142180785
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Published: Plume Books - February 25th, 2014

With Dorothea Lange's "Migrant Mother" as inspiration, Silver has created an affecting novel that examines the lasting impressions a work of art can have on all involved: artist, subject, and observer.


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There Must Be Some Mistake Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316231244
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 7th, 2014

Barthelme's unique blend of unassuming prose and flip, wise-cracking dialogue never gets old for me. His work fits seamlessly alongside Carver, Beattie, and the other usual suspects who are (reluctantly) described as minimalists.


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I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-By Essays on American Dread, American Dreams Cover Image
By Mark Dery, Bruce Sterling (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780816677740
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Published: University of Minnesota Press - March 2014

A former editor for Wired, culture and media critic Mark Dery is a fitting successor to Mailer's throne and worthy of any Didion devotee. It's hard to say if it is his rapid-fire humor or often mind-blowing lyricism and insight that makes this collection so enjoyable.


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The Woman Upstairs Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307743763
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Published: Vintage Books - February 4th, 2014

The realization that we have already become the person we are going to be is a difficult one and a personal reckoning Messud captures with admirable restraint and elegance.


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Mermaids in Paradise Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393351729
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 13th, 2015

Impossible to pigeonhole, Millet has been amassing an impressive body of work that employs satire and heartbreak in equal measure. While always sharp and inventive, she really goes for broke here. A fantastic blend of modern snark and old-fashioned broad comedy.


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Snapper Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345803368
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Published: Vintage Books - March 11th, 2014

Admirable in its ease and subtlety, I'm hard-pressed to name another debut in recent memory as poignant as this. The charm is evident from page one and only gathers strength throughout.


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ISBN: 9781594632686
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 6th, 2014

Ausubel's stories are the drunk uncle at Thanksgiving: attention-grabbing, amusing, casually insightful. The suspension of disbelief is a tough undertaking for me but plausibility never even factored in given the author's storytelling sophistication. No matter how fantastic the conceit, the stories are full of such emotional authenticity and their underlying points dressed so beautifully, the collection is an undeniable pleasure.