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Mild Vertigo (Staff Pick)

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Mild Vertigo By Mieko Kanai, Polly Barton (Translated by), Kate Zambreno (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Mieko Kanai, Polly Barton (Translated by), Kate Zambreno (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780811232289
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Published: New Directions - May 2nd, 2023

Mild Vertigo is not a book of dramatic plot. Instead, Kanai focuses on the ordinary details of the narrator's middle class life through hypnotizing, stream-of-consciousness prose that mirrors the narrator's spinning grasp on selfhood.

- Katie


No Edges (Staff Pick)

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No Edges: Swahili Stories By Sarah Coolidge (Editor), Lusajo Mwaikenda Israel, Euphrase Kezilahabi Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781949641455
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Published: Two Lines Press - April 11th, 2023

If the cover doesn't capture you enough, I assure you the translated-for-the-first-time voices of these contemporary Swahili story tellers will. One of the most original works on our shelves for the start of your new year? I think YES.

- kai


The Bell Jar (Staff Pick)

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The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780060837020
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - August 2nd, 2005

Olive's first staff pick! It's a good one. Set in New York and our very own Boston suburbs (Jamaica Plains-ish, if I'm not mistaken). You know you're going to read this one eventually, so why not now? -James

- Olive


Music Theory Made Simple (Staff Pick)

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Music Theory Made Simple: Essential Concepts for Budding Composers, Musicians and Music Lovers By Adrian Valia Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781645675907
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Published: Page Street Publishing - March 21st, 2023

If you've struggled to learn music theory before, this book is for you. With visual explanations, short exercises, and links to audio & video examples, Music Theory Made Simple has something for every learning style.

- Murphy


Notes from a Dead House (Staff Pick)

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Notes from a Dead House (Everyman's Library Classics Series) By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by) Cover Image
By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by)
$24.00
ISBN: 9780307959614
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Published: Everyman's Library - February 2nd, 2021

Memoir loosely disguised as fiction. A lesser read text, but one that is nevertheless central to understanding Dostoevsky. Highly praised by Tolstoy. Pair with Notes from Underground and Crime and Punishment.

- James


Forgotten Manuscript (Staff Pick)

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Forgotten Manuscript By Sergio Chejfec, Jeffrey Lawrence (Translator) Cover Image
By Sergio Chejfec, Jeffrey Lawrence (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781913867713
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Published: Charco Press - November 14th, 2023

Every book is a physical act. As media & tech companies search for for more ways to not pay creators and to never allow consumers to truly own any products, the physicality of books becomes more important. Chefjec is a brilliant, esoteric writer and this book is a thrilling intellectual experience.

- Josh


Monkey Boy (Staff Pick)

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Monkey Boy By Francisco Goldman Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802157683
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Published: Grove Press - May 10th, 2022

In this erudite autofiction, Latino-Jewish writer “Frankie” uses a trip home to Boston to reflect on a lifetime of trauma, from childhood bullies to his abusive father to the military thugs he exposed as a journalist in Guatemala. He also seeks shelter in strong women — girlfriends, nannies, and most of all, his mother. Despite all the turmoil, Goldman’s writing, full of funny anecdotes and surprising metaphors, will lead you happily through the meanderings of memory.

- Rachael


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