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Hurricane Season

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By Fernanda Melchor, Sophie Hughes (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780811230735
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Published: New Directions - October 6th, 2020

This story of crime and witchcraft, of desperation and oppressive social mores, of poverty and hustling for beer money reads like a storm system. Shifting currents, pressures, heats, a sense of violence in the atmosphere, the feeling that everything around is out of your control. Hurricane Season is a powerful story told in dynamic, scintillating prose.

Josh


Two Stories

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ISBN: 9781734976632
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Published: Sublunary Editions - January 12th, 2021

Less “stories” and more “linguistic landscapes” or “ambient textualities” or “en-languaged fogs,” Two Stories is one of those books that questions how books and sentences are supposed to work. Lamborghini is an utterly unique, tantalizingly difficult, and occasionally dirty writer. 

Josh


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Mrs Murakami's Garden

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By Mario Bellatin, Heather Cleary (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781646050291
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Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - December 22nd, 2020

Bellatin has a way of saying the loud part quietly so his stories light a long fuse in your brain that can crackle and spark for months before exploding. One never knows quite where to look or what to pay attention to as this slow story of art, identity, patriarchy, and cultural mores winds through the fall out of a critical essay a young woman writes about an art collector. Baffling, beautiful, & unique.

Josh


A Girl is a Body of Water

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ISBN: 9781951142049
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Published: Tin House Books - September 1st, 2020

Makumbi writes small stories that somehow encompass the entire world, turning the story of one one woman into an x-ray revealing the bones of society. Broken bones. Healed bones. Brittle bones. Strong bones. Powerful and wise, A Girl is a Body of Water is like a long conversation with an elder; the struggle of life is no less difficult at the end, but you feel you understand it more and can struggle better tomorrow.

Josh


At the Lucky Hand

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By Goran Petrovic, Peter Agnone (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781646050147
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Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - November 10th, 2020

Pushing the idea of a "community of readers" to fantastical and fascinating extremes and bending it around a classic story of separated lovers and hopeless romantics, At the Lucky hand is like Shadow of the Wind told through the lens of playful deconstruction. It is a book lover's book that celebrates what we share in books, while wondering at all the ways we can love through them.

Josh


Negotiations

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ISBN: 9781951142131
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Published: Tin House Books - October 13th, 2020

Reading Negotiations is like grabbing a piece of metal so cold it feels like fire in your palm. Birdsong leverages both the eye-contact of direct confessional poetry and the ambiguity and complexity of more fluid poetic forms and expressions to create a collection that is equal parts pain and power. A challenging, exciting, even startling debut.

 Josh


Grieving

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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


A Girl is a Body of Water

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ISBN: 9781951142049
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Published: Tin House Books - September 1st, 2020

Makumbi writes small stories that somehow encompass the entire world, turning the story of one one woman into an x-ray revealing the bones of society. Broken bones. Healed bones. Brittle bones. Strong bones. Powerful and wise, A Girl is a Body of Water is like a long conversation with an elder; the struggle of life is no less difficult at the end, but you feel you understand it more and can struggle better tomorrow.

Josh


Two Trees Make a Forest

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ISBN: 9781646220007
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Published: Catapult - August 4th, 2020

 

The best nonfiction doesn't just illuminate unfamiliar places and ideas in beautiful prose, doesn't just pose questions to the reader about family, identity, & culture while leading them towards possible answers. It also presents the reader with a path towards their own discovery. Lee's new book does all of the above as she tries to understand her place in the world by understanding her relationship to Taiwan, while also guiding the reader towards the question: What if I explored my home as if it were a foreign country?

Josh 


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