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Luster: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374194321
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 4th, 2020

A captivating novel of sophisticated, wry sexiness, Luster is a sonic boom of a debut.

Everyone you know will be talking about it. If they're not, everyone you know is wrong.



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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 Knockout Queen: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525656784
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Published: Knopf - April 28th, 2020

An entrancing coming-of-age tale that effortlessly balances the wide-eyed wonder of first love (both romantic and platonic) with the grim, inherent trepidation that defines late adolescence. 
I haven't been this moved by a book in centuries.  



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A Children's Bible: A Novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781324005032
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 12th, 2020

How will the next generation feel about the world they inherit and, equally fascinating, how will they feel about those that brought them into that world? With The Children's Bible, Millet's work has progressed from prescient to flat-out mantic.

Place and extinction are thematic staples in her work and they have come home to roost in this sharp indictment of humankind's place in its own extinction. 



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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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The Power Notebooks Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982128012
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Published: Free Press - March 3rd, 2020

Roiphe is one my favorite cultural agitators and The Power Notebooks, her most personal book to date, may be her strongest.

Whether or not Roiphe's points of view rankle, the clarity of her vision and obvious backbone in her work is always worth the price of admission

 



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Case Study Houses Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9783836535601
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Published: Taschen - March 19th, 2016

One of the greatest legacies in American architecture, the Case Study House Program was a series of thirty-six prototype homes designed to marry modern design and affordability. Illustrated heavily with Julius Shulman's iconic photos of these innovative structures, Taschen's insanely affordable edition of Case Study Houses is an indispensable resource. 



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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.

The main character, Eve, is the embodiment of adolescence itself: gawky and disagreeable but also sensitive and idealistic. The wistful nostalgia is nothing short of hypnotizing.



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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.



Sing to It: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781982109127
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Published: Scribner - November 12th, 2019

There's a good reason every writer you love loves Hempel.

 



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. 

 



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The Body in Question: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780525565376
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Published: Vintage - May 19th, 2020

I am a sucker for anything set in Florida - not quite a paradise, not quite the South but always peculiar. It is the perfect setting for Ciment, a writer whose clear prose creates a stark contrast to the muddy waters in which her characters swim. The Body in Question is chock full of weirdos and moral quandaries - a winning combination.



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.



Players (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780679722939
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Published: Vintage - July 17th, 1989

Players turns 30 this year and while the copyright date has gathered a little dust, its labyrinthine charms are sharp as ever. An eerily prescient novel of ideas masquerading as a loose, absurdist marriage (and terror) plot, it is full of sly and steely prose that conveys the grace of architecture.



Rag: Stories Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374246235
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Published: FSG Originals - February 12th, 2019

She's at it again. Hide your children.



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Certain American States: Stories Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250214973
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Published: Picador - August 13th, 2019

"A little vitriol could make you feel human, give you the sense that you may be the kind of person who could break something on purpose, throw a plate at a wall just like that, just to prove a little human point."

Paralyzingly good stories ripe with perfect sentences.



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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.



Alien vs. Predator (Penguin Poets) Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780143120353
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Published: Penguin Books - March 27th, 2012

Robbins ain't Coleridge. He ain't Sexton. He ain't even Bukowski. Robbins is that 4AM Dexatrim-fueled rampage of youthful ideas. He is the unnerving moment we all have when Dianetics begins to make just a little bit of sense.

He is the poet who will completely reconfigure what you want out of poetry and maybe even what you need out of life.



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Bluff Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802129659
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Published: Mysterious Press - April 16th, 2019

Though not the sort of thing typically found in my reading diet, this phenomenally gripping yarn floored me. It’s immensely enjoyable to witness the characters’ motivations and all the intricate workings of their multiple cons unravel and Kardos’s obvious  delight in the telling is infectious and absolutely thrilling.

The best pop novel I’ve read in centuries.



Come West and See: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393357011
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 6th, 2019

A mother explains to her daughter — a little sociopath who will stalk my slumber for years — the facts of her burgeoning body. A western settler experiences VERY squirmy feelings towards an advancing and hungry bear. New parents find a much-needed joyful afternoon suddenly threaded with a malice which forces them to confront their mutual infidelity and individual dark histories. The connecting thread of extremism is a mirror of our times that leaves the skin feeling silty and coarse but the stories do not entirely abandon joy, giving the book a scope that makes it feel like a real gift.



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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. 



Straying: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501172472
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Published: Scribner - February 19th, 2019

Delicate and finely distilled storytelling that is as soothing as it is eloquent and insightful. A ruminative exploration of love’s ability to survive its own weaknesses, Straying is a quietly powerful novel whose whispered human truths will stay with readers for years.



Tangerine: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062686695
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Published: Ecco - January 8th, 2019

Lush and twisty, Mangan's debut is one of the most thrilling first novels I have encountered in twenty years of book selling. A tautly drawn plot, decadent prose and spectacularly drawn characters make for easy Highsmith comparisons. and even easier reading. 
This book does what we want every book to do: it captivates us so deeply we can think of nothing else until we see it through while also dreading its end. Tangerine is a novel full of astute observations and keen insights wrapped in a psychological thriller so deft, so smart, it will ring any reader's bells.



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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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Transit: A Novel (Outline Trilogy #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250151797
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Published: Picador - December 19th, 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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Nobody Is Ever Missing: A Novel Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374534493
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Published: FSG Originals - 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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The Red Car: A Novel Cover Image
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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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The Men's Club: A Novel (FSG Classics) Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780374208196
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Published: Farrar, Straus and 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.



The Visiting Privilege: New and Collected Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101873717
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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: A Novel Cover Image
By Don Lee
$15.95
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
$15.99
ISBN: 9781455554584
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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: A Novel Cover Image
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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 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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Partial List of People to Bleach Cover Image
$12.00
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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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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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
$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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Happy All the Time (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307474407
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Published: Vintage - 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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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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Confessions Cover Image
By Stephen Snyder (Translated by), Kanae Minato
$15.00
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: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812987423
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - 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: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
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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It's a Slippery Slope Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374525231
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 30th, 1997

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: NYRB Classics - 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 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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The Folded Clock: A Diary Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804171441
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Published: Anchor - 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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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 Essential Ellen Willis Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780816681211
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - May 1st, 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: A Novel (Outline Trilogy #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250081544
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Published: Picador - 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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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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Love Me Back Cover Image
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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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There Must Be Some Mistake Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316231367
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 16th, 2017

On paper, Barthelme's novel seem awfully synonymous - marriage plots tackling middle age and matrimonial ennui somewhere along the gulf coast - his blend of unassuming prose and flip, wise-cracking dialogue never gets old for me. 

Each book is a timeless, soothing pleasure, like an evening idled away catching up with an old pal on a porch swing.



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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.



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A Guide to Being Born: Stories Cover Image
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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.