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How to Set a Fire and Why

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ISBN: 9781101870570
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Published: Pantheon - July 5th, 2016

Lucia is your new favorite character. Her father is dead, her mother is catatonic, her aunt is just barely scraping by, and she is far too smart for her own damn good. A sharp wit, an aversion to bullshit, and completely confident in herself, she is the person we wish we were as teenagers. Though Lucia is a teenager, she sometimes breaks through the adolescent doldrums to reach profoundly human insights and images. Perfect for the weird kids.  

Josh


The Cowboy Bible & Other Stories

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By Carlos Velázquez, Achy Obejas (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781632060228
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Published: Restless Books - January 26th, 2016

You have not read anything like The Cowboy Bible and if you’ve read anything like The Cowboy Bible it was likely the "Cowboy Bible." Something like a short-story collection, something like a novel, something like a hybrid, this burrito and lucha fueled bonkers work of fiction heralds an important new voice in world literature.

Josh

 


Pretentiousness: Why It Matters

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By Dan Fox
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ISBN: 9781566894289
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Published: Coffee House Press - April 5th, 2016

This is a smart and elegantly argued essay about the necessity of failure, experimentation, and pretending in art and life. Reading Fox is like watching a gymnast perform a floor routine. He lofts ideas and arguments through the air, seamlessly incorporating art criticism, pop culture, and personal narrative into the somersaults, and sticks landing after landing. A celebration of the weird, the challenging, the ambitious, and everything that makes art, music, pop culture, and life interesting.

 

Josh

 


Blackass

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ISBN: 9781555977337
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 1st, 2016

With vivacious prose, a sense of humor sharp like a shard of glass, and a wicked command of the ironies of life, Blackass is a revelation.A. Igoni Barrett's debut novel takes Kafka's Metamorphosis on a tour of contemporary race, gender, and identity politics, and then hurls it through the meat grinder of post-colonial Nigeria and post-modern storytelling. Smart, funny, daring, perceptive, Blackass is one of the breakout books of the year.  

Josh

 


Bret Easton Ellis and the Other Dogs

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By Lina Wolff, Frank Perry (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781908276643
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Published: And Other Stories - January 14th, 2016

With rich images and a wicked sense of humor, Bret Easton Ellis and the Other Dogs is a crooked grin of a book that embodies those strange fleeting thoughts that occasionally course through an insomniac's mind late at night. A sharp, dark, feminist exploration of identity, place, and art with the atmosphere, pace, and impact of a hot summer afternoon stroll through a minefield.

Josh

 


Story of My Teeth

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ISBN: 9781566894098
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Published: Coffee House Press - September 15th, 2015

Written in collaboration with the workers at a Mexican juice factory, featuring a delightfully delusional auctioneer, bending styles, playing with references, and challenging the idea of translation, The Story of My Teeth is unlike anything you’ve ever read. With this brilliant, weird, zany second novel, Luiselli has solidified her place as one of the most interesting and imaginative minds putting words on paper today.

 

Josh


Map: Exploring the World

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ISBN: 9780714869445
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Published: Phaidon Press - September 28th, 2015

More than just a collection of beautiful maps from around the world and throughout history, this book uses critical juxtaposition to create new perspectives on history, politics, and geography. Easily the most interesting coffee table book this year.

Josh

 


What We See When We Read

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ISBN: 9780804171632
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Published: Vintage - August 5th, 2014

An entertaining and fascinating look under the hood of the experience of reading. What, exactly, happens when we look at words on a page? How do words become images in our minds? Do we all see the same images when we read the same words? With images, quotes from other sources, and brilliant insights, Mendelsund reveals everything about reading we normally take for granted.

Josh

 


THE LITTLE TOWN WHERE TIME STOOD STILL

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By Bohumil Hrabal, James Naughton (Translated by), Joshua Cohen (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781590178409
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Published: NYRB Classics - June 30th, 2015

Hrabal’s two linked novels feature two of the most exuberant and captivating characters I’ve encountered in recent memory. One, the wife of a brewery manager, has the vigor of a Austro­Hungarian Whitman (if you can imagine that) and the other, the brewery manager’s brother, is a strutting and boasting locals-only Don Quixote. An absolute joy to read.

JOSH

 


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