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A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause

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ISBN: 9781941411483
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Published: Sarabande Books - July 11th, 2017

I’m going to say something and you’ll think I’m making this up by I assure you I’m not. Ready? If you read this book you will be moved by descriptions of Marcel Marceau’s acts. Part meditation, part lyrical interpretation, part biography, Wan’s extended consideration of the world’s greatest mime is beautiful weird, like a photograph of a really leggy insect on a sharply outlined twig against a crisp woodland backdrop.


Priestdaddy

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781594633737
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 2nd, 2017

Poet Patricia Lockwood’s memoir is hilarious and brilliantly weird as Lockwood tells the story of her unique family through her unique perspective. Her prose is like tripping as you walk into the room, grabbing onto a potted plant for balance, but, for once in your life, instead of falling on your face, you’re able to spin around until you’ve reset yourself like a tango dancer dipping nonplussed ficus. After spending time with Lockwood, you feel like you see a different world. This book gives you a new set of eyes.

Josh


Calamities

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ISBN: 9781940696270
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Published: Wave Books - September 6th, 2016

Gladman is one of our most exciting and innovative writers, stretching the boundaries of every genre and style she attempts. Calamities is a collection of short essays about everything from navigating the trivialities of daily life to the very nature of narrative and writing.  

Josh


Tell Me How it Ends

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ISBN: 9781566894951
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Published: Coffee House Press - April 4th, 2017

Luiselli introduces us to one of the forgotten figures and tragic heroes of contemporary America: the child who risked everything to come here. Through stories about specific children and consideration of our immigration system, Luiselli sheds light on what most of us would choose to ignore and gives new meaning to the question: Why are we here?

Josh


Tell Me How it Ends

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ISBN: 9781566894951
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Published: Coffee House Press - April 4th, 2017

Luiselli introduces us to one of the forgotten figures and tragic heroes of contemporary America: the child who risked everything to come here. Through stories about specific children and consideration of our immigration system, Luiselli sheds light on what most of us would choose to ignore and gives new meaning to the question: Why are we here? Books like this are like dew on a spider web, revealing the often forgotten and sometimes ignored threads of humanity that connect us all.

Josh


In Praise of Defeat

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ISBN: 9780914671596
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Published: Archipelago Books - January 17th, 2017

This a powerful career spanning collection by a poet who was tortured and jailed for eight years for his political activism in Morocco. The poetry is dark and unsettling but also beautiful and uplifting. Laabi’s voice is one of proud, even exuberant defiance. This collection is a punch to jaw, but the kind of punch that lets you know you’re ready to fight.

Josh


How to Set a Fire and Why

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ISBN: 9781101870570
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Published: Pantheon Books - July 5th, 2016

Lucia is your new favorite character. Her father is dead, her mother is catatonic, her aunt is just barely scraping by, and she is far too smart for her own damn good. A sharp wit, an aversion to bullshit, and completely confident in herself, she is the person we wish we were as teenagers. I agonized over my choice this year, but, in the end, Jesse Ball is a genius and Lucia is a fighter and it seems like a good idea to start 2017 with a genius and a fighter.  

Josh


Bottom’s Dream

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By Arno Schmidt, John E. Woods (Translator)
$70.00
ISBN: 9781628971590
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Published: Dalkey Archive Press - September 23rd, 2016

What do you get for the reader who’s already read everything? Arnot’s Schmidt’s massive, ambitious novel is finally in English in this beautiful edition. For lovers of language, literature, and the infinite possibilities created by putting one word after another on a piece of paper. 

Josh


Seven New Generation African Poets

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By Kwame Dawes (Editor), Chris Abani (Editor), Tj Dema
$29.95
ISBN: 9781940646589
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Published: Slapering Hol Press - April 15th, 2014

Introduce yourself to seven young, African poets you’re unlikely to encounter anywhere else. This collection of chapbooks, selected by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani is a fantastic introduction to the poetry being written today in Africa. A must for poetry fans and readers of world literature.

Josh


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