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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


The Year 200

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ISBN: 9781632060518
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Published: Restless Books - July 12th, 2016

Body-switching, cyborgs, political intrigue, the nature of humanity, the meaning of love, this classic of Cuban Sci-Fi, explores the nature of identity and society, while building a convincing and entertaining future world. A must for fans of Asimov and Heinlein.

Josh


Blackacre

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ISBN: 9781555977504
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 6th, 2016

Blackacre bristles with ambition as the Monica Youn (a lawyer by trade) digs into the soil of American identity. Using different forms, repeating titles, and borrowing terms from jurisprudence, Youn’s third book is a brilliant poetic object.

Josh


Eve Out of Her Ruins

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By Ananda Devi, Jeffrey Zuckerman (Translator), J. M. G. Le Clezio (Introduction by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941920404
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Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - September 13th, 2016

Set in a poor section of Port-Louis, Mauritius, this prize-winning novel is a poetic and intense exploration of young lives thrown away by society. Told in four different voices and haunted by the specter of Rimbaud, Devi explores, the violence, identity, and dreams of young people living discarded lives. For fans of A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing and Jean Genet.

Josh


The Last Samurai

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ISBN: 9780811225502
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - May 31st, 2016

A brilliant exploration of intelligence, art, identity, parenthood, and Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai, DeWitt’s debut tells the story of Ludo, the young genius and Sibylla, his almost as smart mother is a carnival of styles and ideas. The perfect book everyone accused of being too smart for their own good.

Josh


How to Set a Fire and Why

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$24.95
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. Though Lucia is a teenager, she sometimes breaks through the adolescent doldrums to reach profoundly human insights and images. Perfect for the weird kids.  

Josh


The Cowboy Bible & Other Stories

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By Carlos Velazquez, Achy Obejas (Translator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781632060228
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Published: Restless Books - January 26th, 2016

You have not read anything like The Cowboy Bible and if you’ve read anything like The Cowboy Bible it was likely the "Cowboy Bible." Something like a short-story collection, something like a novel, something like a hybrid, this burrito and lucha fueled bonkers work of fiction heralds an important new voice in world literature.

Josh

 


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