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Broken Monsters

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780316216821
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Published: Mulholland Books - September 16th, 2014

In Broken Monsters, Beukes is both brutal and delicate, grotesques and subtle, fantastical and realistic, stretching, twisting, and distorting expected genres into something new and thrilling. It’s no wonder she has been praised by the likes of Stephen King and James Ellroy. Broken Monsters has raised the bar for contemporary horror.

Josh


Big Machine

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780385527996
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - March 9th, 2010

I recommend this book constantly. Despite how strange it is, I think it fits into the tastes of many different readers. I love how it starts out just a little strange with a mysterious message and a bus ticket and accumulates weirdness as the book progresses. But Lavallee has done more than just write a weird, quirky novel. He’s told a powerful story of redemption and recovery that should be thought of as a modern classic.

Josh


Insel

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By Mina Loy, Elizabeth Arnold (Editor), Sarah Hayden (Introduction by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781612193533
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Published: Melville House Publishing - May 13th, 2014

An unjustly lost masterpiece of art, ideals, and philosophy by one of the important American writers you might not have heard of. Mina Loy was an influential modernist poet and surrealist artist, who is due for a major revival. Insel brings together her poetic talents and her artistic vision into one blistering, intellectual novel and will hopefully re-introduce America to one of its forgotten masters.

Josh


Song of the Shank

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ISBN: 9781555976804
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Published: Graywolf Press - June 17th, 2014

This is a monumental work, less a story of a particular person living in a particular time, and more a field of experience that flows around and through our baffling, corrupt, dangerous, and racist world. But for all the sorrow and death, all the war and poverty, all the crime and injustice, Allen reminds us our world is also a world of music, where, maybe every century or so, fate and genetics align to give us a someone like Blind Tom,  who can channel all the potential power, passion, and joy of music, into a song on his piano. Song of the Shank is a masterpiece.

Josh


The Most Dangerous Book

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$29.95
ISBN: 9781594203367
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Published: Penguin Press - June 12th, 2014

The story of the transformation of Ulysses by James Joyce from contraband to classic is absolutely fascinating. Vice squads. Book piracy. Smuggling. Courtroom drama. Heroes of art and expression. Villains of prudishness and fear. More than just a book about a book, Birmingham’s work explores all aspects of culture and highlights just how close we were to a world in which literature was controlled by the fearful instead of driven by the brave.   

Josh


Faces in the Crowd

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ISBN: 9781566893541
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Published: Coffee House Press - May 13th, 2014

Faces in the Crowd is a subtle, sophisticated examination of identity, authenticity and poetry. The narrator, a young married writer and mother of two, shares her struggles to write a novel about an obscure Mexican poet and the novel in progress, while remembering the time her life when she became obsessed with him. Luiselli braids the three narrative currents into a brilliant meditation on the nature of creation. Translation hoax. Ghosts on the subway. The demonstrative vocabulary of a clever toddler. The mix of fact and fiction on the page and in the mind. With her first novel, Luiselli has established herself as a brilliant explorer of voice, self, and art.   


Josh


The Static Herd

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$12.00
ISBN: 9781940853031
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Published: Calamari Press - May 1st, 2014

This debut book of poetry and art is a beautiful miasma; an atmosphere, an idea, and a lexicon that envelopes you. Dark without being morbid, its words and images creep into your consciousness and settle into a pensive, persistent, and brilliant whisper. A fantastic debut from a wonderfully talented poet and artist.

Josh


Red or Dead

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$30.00
ISBN: 9781612193687
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Published: Melville House Publishing - May 27th, 2014

A towering novel about a towering figure, the legendary Liverpool soccer coach Bill Shankly. The rhythm and relentlessness of the prose captures as closely as I’ve ever read the feel and intensity of soccer, making this one of the greatest works sports fiction I’ve ever read. A city. A soccer team. A coach. A hero. A major achievement.


Josh


The Empathy Exams

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781555976712
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Published: Graywolf Press - April 1st, 2014

Jamison asks one question over and over in The Empathy Exams. She asks it of young doctors, ultrarunners, John Agee, Joan Didion, a man who punched her, a man in jail, a woman who believes fibers grow out of her skin. She asks them all, herself, and you: how can we be people with each other? Through her brilliant essays, equal parts head and heart, she leads us closer to answering her own impossible question.

Josh


Twisted Myths

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By Maura McHugh, Jane Laurie (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780764166204
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Published: Barron's Educational Series - October 1st, 2013

This collection highlights the darker side of mythology and has absolutely amazing illustrations. And by “amazing” I mean BRUTAL IN THE MOST AWESOME WAY POSSIBLE! Entertaining and informative for mythology buff and, surprisingly, a fantastic coffee table book for the heavy metal fan in your life.

Josh


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