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The Wind That Lays Waste: A Novel By Selva Almada Cover Image
$15.00
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ISBN: 9781555978457
Published: Graywolf Press - July 9th, 2019

Selva Almada's novel lasts only a moment but echoes across deserts. She treats the subject of God with an honesty both skeptical and earnest. In this sharp translation by Chris Andrews, Almado is one of those mysterious debuts who has eschewed naivety, achieving perfect mood.


Review by Spencer R.

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The Divers' Game: A Novel By Jesse Ball Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062676122
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Ecco - October 13th, 2020

Jesse Ball: a jester of sorts, and his novels are cosmic dramas. Reading The Divers' Game is a lesson in ingenuity, gameplaying, worldbuilding, and moral empathy. No spoilers, but the final pages are a novel in themselves, as a woman writes a letter during her last moments on earth. Some would call this 'classic Jesse Ball,' but I've come to learn there's no such thing.


Review by Spencer R.

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The New Me By Halle Butler Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143133605
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Penguin Books - March 5th, 2019

"If you thought workplace fiction couldn't feel more defeated, you were wrong. The New Me is somehow both hyper-contemporary and universal, representative of the malaise of the millennial condition and modern workplace. It's for smart people! It's for dour people! It's for the young and the bewildered! Halle Butler is nothing less than stunning."


Review by Spencer R.

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The Man Who Saw Everything By Deborah Levy Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781632869852
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 1st, 2020

A beautifully disjointed novel that communicates knowledge truer than fact, with a careless, flawed protagonist (often vain, often marred by his own intellect) who survives beyond corporeal form or linear time. I was gobsmacked by Levy’s brilliance and all the dark movement beneath her prose. The Man Who Saw Everything is somehow before our time and after; of the political moment and reaching in all directions.


Review by Spencer R.

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Astrid Sees All: A Novel By Natalie Standiford Cover Image
$27.00
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ISBN: 9781982153656
Published: Atria Books - April 6th, 2021

I can feel my gums tingling and grit on my face just from reading this story of Phoebe and Carmen’s escapades through 1980’s New York. Standiford’s adult debut novel brings us as close to time travel as possible, the dazzling nightclubs and downtown squats feel so real. A magnificent coming-of-age story full of dark twists and a quiet grief.



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A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life By George Saunders Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781984856036
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 12th, 2022

Tolstoy + Chekhov + Gogol + Turgenev + Saunders = a crash course in good writing! My favorite chapter was on "The Nose" by Nikolai Gogol for the pure absurdity of the story and the great clarity Saunders brought to understanding it.


Review by Emily

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Red at the Bone: A Novel By Jacqueline Woodson Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525535287
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Riverhead Books - September 1st, 2020

Told in sparse paragraphs but with full language, like only the best bits you underline in a book. Woodson weaves together the many stories of a multi-generational black family as, across time, everyone navigates their own relationship with identity, gentrification, parenthood, class, and that red-to-the-bone feeling that comes with love.


Review by Emily

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To Keep the Sun Alive: A Novel By Rabeah Ghaffari Cover Image
$16.95
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ISBN: 9781948226769
Published: Catapult - January 21st, 2020

It is 1979, and the Islamic Revolution is at the doorstep of one family's fruit orchard in Northeastern Iran. The simplicity of family life becomes more difficult to maintain as each character's path becomes more complex by the risk of losing love, duty, traditions, and their safety. Not necessarily a light read, but a rich, lyrical story. 

 



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Pretend I'm Dead: A Novel By Jen Beagin Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501194429
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Published: Scribner - January 8th, 2019

This book spoke to me like it had a bullhorn. Weird and, at times, disturbing but not just for the sake of being weird and, at times, disturbing. Mona has her heart broken by Mr. Disgusting then moves to New Mexico to become a maid and...dun dun dun...looks through her clients' stuff while also cleaning out some of her own skeletons. Goodreads touts her as a combination of Mary Karr and Miranda July which I wholeheartedly agree. It feels like hearing from a friend but one of those friends you're not totally sure you like but want to hear more from, you know? Read the sequel, Vacuum in the Dark, to see what happens next!

 


Review by Emily

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Fiebre Tropical By Julián Delgado Lopera Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781936932757
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Amethyst Editions - March 4th, 2020

One of the best queer stories I've read in a long time. A young Colombian girl is uprooted from her home and moves to Miami with her family. Her mom becomes a member of a local Evangelical church and pushes her reluctant daughter to join her. Things begin to really unfold when our main character begins to fall for the pastor's daughter. I can't recommend this novel enough! 


Review by Rosa

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