Josh

Confessions of the Fox

Staff Pick Logo
Confessions of the Fox: A Novel Cover Image
$21.60
ISBN: 9780399592270
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: One World - June 26th, 2018

 

One part sexy rogue’s tale, one part intellectual exploration of the nature of history, one part examination of how people are marginalized by the powerful, all wrapped up in a tale of frustrated love and surveillance, this wild novel wriggles through genres, tones, and themes like a Dickensian pickpocket disappearing into a crowded London street. You won’t read anything like it this year. One of my favorite books of 2018.

Josh


Bottom of the Sky

Staff Pick Logo
Bottom of the Sky Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781940953786
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Open Letter - May 29th, 2018

 

One part meditation on the early days of science fiction and one part meditation on the course of life into death, Fresan’s novel is utterly unique. For the first 100 pages you’ll think “This isn’t sci fi,” then something will happen to make you say, “Oh, yeah it is,” and then you’ll settle into understanding this beautiful book is in a genre all its own.

Josh


The Marginalized Majority

Staff Pick Logo
The Marginalized Majority: Claiming Our Power in a Post-Truth America Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781612196992
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Melville House - July 10th, 2018

 

I want to give this book to every journalist, every leader in the Democratic Party, & every voter who sat out the last election. One part personal exploration of the relationship between society, identity, and truth, and one part examination of the engines of social change, this book is a powerful call to both recognize the power we have and use it.

Josh


This Little Art

Staff Pick Logo
This Little Art Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781910695456
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Fitzcarraldo Editions - April 4th, 2018

 

Far more than a book about translation, This Little Art, is a beautiful treatise on the reading life and the creative life. Through examining her own struggles translating Roland Barthes’s lecture notes, Briggs wanders through the all the questions you typically encounter in translation to get to something more fundamental about the power of words and what happens when we try to communicate with each other.  

Josh


Red, Yellow, Green

Staff Pick Logo
Red, Yellow, Green (Biblioasis International Translation #20) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781771961417
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Biblioasis - October 24th, 2017

 

Traumatized by crimes he participated in as a soldier in Bolivia, Alfredo hears voices. He tries to write letters. He tries to write his story. He tries to fall in love again. His memories mix with nightmares. Not only is this a striking exploration of what a trauma survivor's thoughts might look like, Sarvaria, uses a shattered narrative style to interrogate the idea of nationality and identity. Red, Yellow, Green is a powerful mess of a novel.

Josh


Men and Apparitions

Staff Pick Logo
Men and Apparitions Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781593766795
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Soft Skull Press - March 13th, 2018

 

Men & Apparitions is about photography, “New Men,” ethnography, family history, interpreting images, growing up, falling apart, and just about everything else in its own wonky way, featuring Clover Adams, a praying mantis named Mr. Petey and a kindly elderly painter in Amsterdam, but ultimately it a brilliant novel about, funny, charming, intelligent, sensitive man trying to understand what it means to be alive. A new classic in the “figuring shit out” genre.

Josh


Houses of Ravicka

Staff Pick Logo
Houses of Ravicka Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780997366662
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dorothy a Publishing Project - November 1st, 2017

 

What do you hear when you hear a house settle? Why do you dream when you move to a new apartment? What is your sense of direction? Houses of Ravicka is something like Escher noir written by Charlie Chaplin and edited by Gertrude Stein. Gladman is a genius, one of our greatest contemporary experimental writers & Houses is a breathtaking exploration of what it means to live in and with cities.

Josh


Belladonna

Staff Pick Logo
Belladonna Cover Image
By Dasa Drndic, Celia Hawkesworth (Translator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780811227216
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - October 31st, 2017

What will books written about this time in history be like? If they are brilliantly erudite about complicity and politics, growing old and mortality, how we remember and forget history, and the quiet moments that stretch into our lives like cracks in glass, they’ll be like Belladonna. Drndic’s novel is thoughtful, funny, and profound. A must-read for fans of translation and anyone looking for a different perspective on our troubling times.

Josh


In the Distance

Staff Pick Logo
In the Distance Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566894883
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - October 10th, 2017

Through the story of Hakan, a Swedish immigrant to the United States in the mid 1800s, Diaz meditates on the nature of impersonal landscape, explores a life of isolation, and tours through some of characters that carved the identity of the American West. This is a strange and brilliant version of historical fiction, twisting the genre into something unique. For fans of Cormac McCarthy and  Eleanor Catton's Booker Prize winning novel The Luminaries.

Josh


Translation as Transhumance

Staff Pick Logo
Translation as Transhumance Cover Image
By Mireille Gansel, Ros Schwartz (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781558614444
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Feminist Press - November 14th, 2017

Truly brilliant and beautiful work on the nature of translation and how powerful the ability to reach across languages can be. One of those rare books you wish you’d read years earlier. Highly recommended to writers (it changed how I think about American English), readers of works in translation, and readers in general looking to extend their horizons.

Josh


Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Josh