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Grieving

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Grieving: Dispatches from a Wounded Country Cover Image
$13.56
ISBN: 9781936932931
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Published: Feminist Press - October 6th, 2020

 

Grieving is a hard read, but the central idea is so beautiful, the heart-punches you take along the way are worth it. To be human is to be vulnerable but we can envelop that vulnerability in community so that no one is helpless. Though directly about the tragedies surrounding the drug war in Mexico, Grieving illuminates more general human experiences of trauma, national myth, and politics. And I might read the last chapter, "Keep Writing," once a month to help me keep going.

Josh


Silent Fury

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A Silent Fury: The El Bordo Mine Fire Cover Image
By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781911508786
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Published: And Other Stories - June 16th, 2020

 

A plaque. A press release. A mislabeled photograph. Like a paleontologist drawing a beast from a jaw bone, Herrera tells a story greed, imperialism, and complicity from a few fragments of information. The El Bordo Mine Fire is just one almost forgotten tragedy but, like Rukeyser's Book of the Dead, the bright, poetic light Herrera shines on it with A Silent Fury, casts a shadow on our biggest questions.

Josh


The Dreamed Part

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By Rodrigo Fresan, Will Vanderhyden (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781948830058
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Published: Open Letter - November 12th, 2019

 

At times baffling, at times exuberant, at times your curmudgeonly profession uncle who doesn’t like smart phones, at times breathtaking, The Dreamed Part is less a book and more a mind-altering substance. Fresan writes about and towards that pliable mental state between waking & dreaming. A tremendous literary accomplishment with some of the most amazing prose about books & reading I’ve ever seen in a novel. 

Josh


The Emissary

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By Yoko Tawada, Margaret Mitsutani (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780811227629
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Published: New Directions - April 24th, 2018

 

The Emissary, one of the strangest and most inventive stories that I’ve read, follows a day in the lives of a Japanese grandfather and grandson after an unnamed environmental catastrophe. In this dystopian world, children are born frail and sickly while the elderly remain healthy and strong. Due to the pollution, most animals and plants have gone extinct, everyone changes sex at least once in their lives, and old holidays have been replaced with new ones like “Being Alive is Enough Day”. Translated from its original Japanese, this short novel pushes the boundary of both language and visions of the future.

Justin, Writer in Residence for Adults


Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

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By Olga Tokarczuk, Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780525541332
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 13th, 2019

 

What is the best way to live in a cruel and barbaric world? How should we value the lives of animals compared to those of humans? Who is worthy of a voice? These are the questions confronting Janina—an elderly astrologist living in a rural Polish village. Translated from its original Polish in 2018, Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead is a dark fable with a complicated morality and eccentric humor fit for our contemporary predicaments. 

 

Justin, Writer in Residence for Adults 


Parade

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ISBN: 9781593765804
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Published: Soft Skull Press - November 5th, 2019

 

A slim, surprising story, Kawakami weaves folklore with a classic school story, bringing back the unsettling feeling of pre-pubescent reality, in which the surreal mix of the imaginary and the tortures of other children are normal. Spooky and strange, this book will leave you wanting more. 

Marika


I Will Never See the World Again

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By Ahmet Altan, Yasemin Congar (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781590519929
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Published: Other Press - October 1st, 2019

 

Altan, one of contemporary Turkey’s most important writers, currently serving a life sentence on trumped up charges by Erdogan’s  brutish authoritarian regime, has written this profoundly moving prison memoir that ultimately is an expression of the triumph of the human spirit and imagination.

Dale


Strange Weather in Tokyo

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ISBN: 9781640090163
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - November 14th, 2017

 

This book is seriously entertaining without anything ever happening. The story moves forward but you’re unsure of how or why. Tsukiko shuffles through life awkwardly, whilst Sensei lives with intention. Their paths cross in a bar one night and somehow they end up picking mushrooms in a mountain later. 

Sinny


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