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By Manuel Vilas, Andrea Rosenberg (Translated by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593084045
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Published: Riverhead Books - December 1st, 2020

I hope your floor is clean because if you're brave enough for Ordesa, you'll hit the tile with a hard thud more than once. 
Grief, memory, family, patriotism. Vilas evaluates every last thing that gives a life weight - or maybe frees a life of its weight - with a melancholy ballasted with a warmth that will recalibrate the reader's very sense of self. 
The find of the year.



Neotenica Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781643620206
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Published: Nightboat Books - June 23rd, 2020

Whoa.



Solstice Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062795779
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Published: Ecco - March 19th, 2019

How easily altruism gives way to solipsism is the main focus of this novel, written in 1985 and the sixteenth published fiction by the machine that is Joyce Carol Oates. That alone sounds exhausting but, say what you will about the wildly polarizing JCO, when she's good, she is heavy metal: cold, brutal, mean as a snake and wildly cathartic.



City at the Edge of Forever: Los Angeles Reimagined Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525561934
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Published: Viking - August 11th, 2020

 From Chester Himes to Donald Duck, Didion to Durant, Lunenfeld's survey of modern LA is electric. Anecdotally rich, this is a book for anyone interested in contemporary American history, pop culture, art or architecture.



Brown Album: Essays on Exile and Identity Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525564713
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Published: Vintage - May 19th, 2020

Page 209:

"Maybe this was the America it had been all along when I wasn't looking."

 



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W-3 Cover Image
By Bette Howland, Yiyun Li (Introduction by)
$26.00
ISBN: 9780998267531
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Published: Public Space Books - January 12th, 2021

Sophisticated and sharp, Bette Howland's memoir is a revelation. 
Her observations of fellow patients are clever and unflinching but pulse with understanding and compassion. Scores of worthwhile autobiographies chronicling life on a psychiatric ward have been published since this originally appeared in 1974 but few have done so with Howland's magnanimity and intellectual verve.



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Box Hill: A Story of Low Self-Esteem Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811230056
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Published: New Directions - September 1st, 2020

Box Hill's sleek and measured tone has a confession's magnetic intensity. 

Splendid.



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Life Events: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250798565
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Published: Picador - July 27th, 2021

A novel full of real, practical widsom around suffering and grief, Life Events transcends notions of literature and is nothing short of catharsis. 

"It was strange to watch someone go deep into their memory to try and piece together the story of their lives. Watching them hunt around for some best answer, decide what was too painful to hide, and even more painful to allow to the surface."



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dem Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781984899330
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Published: Anchor - June 30th, 2020

A top drawer satire of marriage, race relations and misogyny, Kelley's plainspoken sense of humor is refreshingly candid and exactly what the world needs right now, though it was originally published in 1967. A novel in which high comedy and menace jockey for the limelight, dem is likely to be one of the most original sendups of American life you'll read this year. Or next. Maybe ever.



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Miss Aluminum: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374279714
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 14th, 2020

Since her first book in 1982, Susanna Moore has been building an altar to sly elegance built out of black opal. In both fiction and memoir (as well as a spectacular history of Hawaii), sumptuous prose seduces the reader into tales of stark truths.

Miss Aluminum is a book that shimmers, humming with life. Anecdotes of Moore's Hawaiian adolescence and eventual place in the absolute center of Hollywood's intellectual heyday are intoxicating - the classiest account of LA cool one could imagine.

An irresistible book that steals the reader away with its beguiling effervescence - an absolute enchantment.



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Whiteout Conditions Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781937512910
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - March 17th, 2020

This impish debut is brief and dizzying, the literary equivalent of a whippit. Modern malaise has never felt so sly and despite the book's lack of physical heft (clocking in at 115 pages), it is heavy on charm. 

 



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The Dominant Animal: Stories Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374538293
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Published: MCD x FSG Originals - April 7th, 2020

Bananas.
These tightly-compressed stories feel tied to some even more mysterious, elliptical tale that's been lying dormant in the reader's imagination for eons. Like some kind of ancient truth. 
I don't know that a book has ever left me feeling so vulnerable, like it knew me deeply. In my bones or some other new age nonsense. 
I'd wager this is what DMT feels like.



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Broken Glass: Mies van der Rohe, Edith Farnsworth, and the Fight Over a Modernist Masterpiece Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399592713
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Published: Random House - March 17th, 2020

A fantastic book about the fantastically contentious creative process that birthed an architectural touchstone. Thankfully Broken Glass, priced at $28, destroyed my desire for a Barcelona chair. That's a savings of upwards of $1672.

Farnsworth for the win. 



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The Longing for Less: Living with Minimalism Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781635572100
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - January 21st, 2020

A meditative and insightful look at one of the most grossly misunderstood creative movements. Chayka's writing is thoughtful and conveys an engaging curiosity about what exactly "less is more" means. For Kondo addicts and John Cage acolytes alike.



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Sweet Days of Discipline Cover Image
By Fleur Jaeggy, Tim Parks (Translated by)
$13.95
ISBN: 9780811229036
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Published: New Directions - October 29th, 2019

A novella packed to the gills with tenderness and cruelty - just like life.

 



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Heathcliff Redux: A Novella and Stories Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780802147592
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - February 4th, 2020

Tuck is a master of minimalist refinement. Her prose is pared down and looks almost skeletal on the page but the mood and keen observations that swims in the blank spaces are shrewd and seductive.

Pure grace.



Machine: A Novel Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781555978471
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Published: Graywolf Press - August 20th, 2019

I could barely breathe.

The most fascinating, exciting piece of fiction I've found in years. 

 



The Polyglot Lovers Cover Image
By Lina Wolff, Saskia Vogel (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781911508441
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Published: And Other Stories - April 30th, 2019

This book almost ruined a vacation. I could not, nor did I want to, think about or do anything else until I finished. 

Gender politics and the role art plays in our lives are the matters at the heart of the thing and the three singular voices with which the story is told perfectly illuminate the impossibility of absolute definition. Brilliant.



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Fight No More: Stories Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393357042
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 18th, 2019

Another Lydia Millet book, another staff rec for a Lydia Millet book. This is going to keep happening until you give in and read a Lydia Millet book. Or, better yet, just accept your fate and read every Lydia Millet book. If I keep saying "Lydia Millet book" maybe the idea will lodge itself in your mind and you'll have no choice but to pick up a Lydia Millet book. Maybe this Lydia Millet book.

Lydia Millet book.



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Into?: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250147462
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 21st, 2019

Eileen for gym queens.

Morgan's debut with a major publisher is a bang-on satire of gay culture in the age of Grindr. What could easily be dismissed as a scandalous confection is a complex and unflinching look at modern vanities and loneliness. I wanted to shield the protagonist from himself - the book is not without its sympathies - while also wanting him to go just a little darker, a little deeper into the miasmic debauchery because the insights found therein are so eye-opening.

Musclestentialism is easily my new favorite genre.



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Hollow Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781640091610
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - December 11th, 2018

I picked this up based solely on an intuitive response to the cover and the publisher’s stellar track record, cracking it without the faintest idea of plot, tone or character. It was a hunch that paid off terrifically – Hollow is engaging from the first page and its sardonic humor and emotional resonance create a vice grip that enthralls to its conclusion.

All you need to know about Egerton’s novel is that it purrs and hums like a kitten and will not disappoint.



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Why Did I Ever Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781619029644
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - January 9th, 2018

Pithy. Prickly. Perfect.

Hands down my favorite book. 



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All Days Are Night: A Novel Cover Image
By Peter Stamm, Michael Hoffman (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781590518908
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Published: Other Press - September 5th, 2017

Prolific but mostly ignored in the states, Stamm is a master storyteller, translated with a cunning and precision that always leaves me breathless. Of course, that could also be the Mary Gaitskill-like emotional agony and asphyxiating atmospherics. (This is an enormous compliment.) 

All Days Are Night is the perfect gateway drug for this Swiss doyen - readable and, whether you like it or not, relatable.



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Eat Only When You're Hungry: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250183613
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Published: Picador - August 14th, 2018

Lindsay Hunter's sophomore novel is a compulsively readable anti-hero's journey, populated with haunted characters who move through the book's landscape with aches and desires I found contagious.

It is a gift to make the reader not only sympathize with an unsavory protagonist but feel as though they have befriended him as well.



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American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781631494512
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Published: Liveright - May 22nd, 2018

While disparate at first glance, American Fire turned out to be the book I wanted Hillbilly Elegy to be. Without sacrificing objectivity or sympathy, Hesse has created a gripping, polished account of working class America's resentments and struggles without flirting with condescension or neglecting its strengths. It is a timely, intriguing and poignant book deserving of a wide audience.



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So Much Blue: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977825
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Published: Graywolf Press - June 13th, 2017

What makes a masterpiece? In a career as prolific, eclectic and adventurous as Percival Everett's, his body of work the very definition of singularity, it may even be foolish to hint one book is superior to another. And while it might be brazen to assert So Much Blue may be that magnum opus, it is an accusation i gleefully declare. A blissfully precise pen firmly draws the reader into the life of Kevin Pace in his quest for absolution and closure and the novel's three timelines kept deftly aloft by Everett's signature humor and nuanced storytelling.


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Heartbreaker: Stories Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780374536060
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Published: FSG Originals - July 12th, 2016

Each story here feels like it is dressed in a color that doesn't exist in nature. They feel familiar, somehow, but with an effect of feeling slightly left of center, rattling your expectations.

As the stories progress, they feel increasingly tighter with a strengthening emotional punch that will leave the reader breathless.


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A Separation: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399576119
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 6th, 2018

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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The Red Car: A Novel Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781631493393
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Published: Liveright - September 12th, 2017

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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All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost: A Novel Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780393340563
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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 of fiction.



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Arcade Cover Image
$16.00
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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The Odd Woman and the City: A Memoir Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374536152
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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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Maestra Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399184277
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 4th, 2017

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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After the Parade: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781476790114
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Published: Scribner - 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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Truck: On Rebuilding a Worn-Out Pickup and Other Post-Technological Adventures Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780874517552
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Published: University Press of New England - April 1st, 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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Love Me Back Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780345807137
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Published: Anchor - 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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I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-by Essays on American Dread, American Dreams Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780816677740
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - March 1st, 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.