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Elegance of the Hedgehog (Staff Pick)

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog By Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translator) Cover Image
By Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781933372600
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Published: Europa Editions - September 2nd, 2008

If you ask me about a book that reverberates in my mind unprompted, I will mention this one. It's a masterful portrait of human fragility and our need for companionship. Beware though, this story is as beautiful in its emotional devastation as it is in the precision of its plot.

- Stacey


Autoportrait (Staff Pick)

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Autoportrait By Edouard Leve Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781564787071
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Published: Dalkey Archive Press - March 15th, 2012

I’ve genuinely never read anything like this book. Written in a stream of consciousness, Autoportrait contains autobiographical facts about the life of French artist Édouard Levé. At first the sentences seem entirely random, but by the end you’re left with a beautifully detailed portrait of Levé in your mind. Such a unique short little read!!

- Alyssa


In Search of Lost Time: Swann's Way: A Graphic Novel (Staff Pick)

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In Search of Lost Time: Swann's Way: A Graphic Novel By Marcel Proust, Stéphane Heuet (Adapted by), Arthur Goldhammer (Translated by) Cover Image
By Marcel Proust, Stéphane Heuet (Adapted by), Arthur Goldhammer (Translated by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781631496479
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Published: Liveright - December 3rd, 2019

Something like an orchestra reduced to a piano sonata, Heuet’s adaptation of the first volume of In Search of Lost Time combines the beauty and intent of Proust’s words (often quoted verbatim) with dreamlike graphics that capture the reverie of the original. Follow it up with Vol. 2, translated into English in 2019.

- James


Phalaina

Phalaina By Alice Brie`re-Haquet, Emma Ramadan (Translated by) Cover Image
By Alice Brie`re-Haquet, Emma Ramadan (Translated by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781646141821
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Published: Levine Querido - September 20th, 2022

Elegantly unfolding, with a fun twist of alternative history, and a full cast of colorful characters. Maybe could be considered ecopunk, but I definitely consider it excellent.

Stacey


Septology

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Septology By Jon Fosse, Damion Searls (Translator) Cover Image
By Jon Fosse, Damion Searls (Translator)
$40.00
ISBN: 9781945492679
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Published: Transit Books - November 22nd, 2022

A true masterpiece. Through the story of two eerily similiar artists, Fosse explores the permeable border between you & me. Lyrical, spiritual, contemplative and a perfect winter read filled with Scandinavian snowscapes. You'll see why Fosse is a perennial Nobel hopeful. 

Josh


The Golden Age

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The  Golden Age: Ovid's Metamorphoses By Ovid, Ana Sender (Illustrator), Heinz Janisch (Adapted by) Cover Image
By Ovid, Ana Sender (Illustrator), Heinz Janisch (Adapted by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9780735844711
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Published: NorthSouth Books - October 4th, 2022

D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths for a new generation, this beautifully illustrated selection from Ovid's Metamorphoses will introduce kids to some of the well trodden myths alongside the less while known stories of transformation.

Katherine


Metamorphoses

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Metamorphoses (A Penguin Classics Hardcover) By Ovid, Stephanie McCarter (Translated by) Cover Image
By Ovid, Stephanie McCarter (Translated by)
$38.00
ISBN: 9780525505990
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Published: Penguin Classics - November 8th, 2022

The perfect excuse to revisit Ovid's Metamorphoses. Stephanie McCarter's translation is lush and gorgeous, keeping the poetic bones of Ovid's epic without falling into the clunky pitfalls that comes from translating a classic poem to English. McCarter takes a frank look at the power dynamics of of the Metamorphoses, making this the perfect companion to Emily Wilson's Odyssey and Caroline Alexander's Iliad.

Katherine


Shoko's Smile

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Shoko's Smile: Stories By Choi Eunyoung, Sung Ryu (Translated by) Cover Image
By Choi Eunyoung, Sung Ryu (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143135265
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Published: Penguin Books - June 1st, 2021

Reading this made me remember how dearly I love a good short story collection! Eun-young Choi, with absolute control and clarity of language, follows various young women in South Korea as they navigate adulthood, fraught relationships with family and friends, and the fine line between the personal and the political. "Shoko's Smile", "The Secret", and "Xin Chào, Xin Chào” are particularly outstanding, but every story in the collection packs a punch.

Catherine


Carnality

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Carnality: A Novel By Lina Wolff, Frank Perry (Translated by) Cover Image
By Lina Wolff, Frank Perry (Translated by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781635420746
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Published: Other Press - July 19th, 2022

A Swedish journalist on a travel grant in Spain meets a stranger in a bar who believes a black market body organ harvesting firm is after his heart because they were hired by a nun on an underground reality show. Dark, absurd, occasionally malicious, and always brilliant, Carnality gives a new structure to understanding the burden of carrying your own body through life.

Josh


Gold

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Gold By Rumi, Haleh Liza Gafori (Translated by), Haleh Liza Gafori (Editor) Cover Image
By Rumi, Haleh Liza Gafori (Translated by), Haleh Liza Gafori (Editor)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781681375335
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Published: NYRB Classics - March 8th, 2022

 

For folks unfamiliar with Rumi, Haleh Liza's translation is the perfect introduction. Rumi was a Muslim poet in 13th cen. Persia, and his work has often been translated by westerners who struggled with the original language. Haleh's translation is vibrant and accessible, and through her skill with both languages, she offers readers a glimpse at the love Rumi held for his friend and teacher, Shams, which echoes through the centuries. Even as someone who doesn't usually enjoy poetry, this collection has served as a source of joy. I can't recommend it enough. 

Murphy


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