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The Static Herd

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ISBN: 9781940853031
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Published: Calamari Press - May 1st, 2014

This debut book of poetry and art is a beautiful miasma; an atmosphere, an idea, and a lexicon that envelopes you. Dark without being morbid, its words and images creep into your consciousness and settle into a pensive, persistent, and brilliant whisper. A fantastic debut from a wonderfully talented poet and artist.

Josh


Red or Dead

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ISBN: 9781612193687
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Published: Melville House - May 27th, 2014

A towering novel about a towering figure, the legendary Liverpool soccer coach Bill Shankly. The rhythm and relentlessness of the prose captures as closely as I’ve ever read the feel and intensity of soccer, making this one of the greatest works sports fiction I’ve ever read. A city. A soccer team. A coach. A hero. A major achievement.


Josh


The Empathy Exams

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ISBN: 9781555976712
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Published: Graywolf Press - April 1st, 2014

Jamison asks one question over and over in The Empathy Exams. She asks it of young doctors, ultrarunners, John Agee, Joan Didion, a man who punched her, a man in jail, a woman who believes fibers grow out of her skin. She asks them all, herself, and you: how can we be people with each other? Through her brilliant essays, equal parts head and heart, she leads us closer to answering her own impossible question.

Josh


Twisted Myths

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By Maura McHugh, Jane Laurie (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780764166204
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Published: Barron's Educational Series - October 1st, 2013

This collection highlights the darker side of mythology and has absolutely amazing illustrations. And by “amazing” I mean BRUTAL IN THE MOST AWESOME WAY POSSIBLE! Entertaining and informative for mythology buff and, surprisingly, a fantastic coffee table book for the heavy metal fan in your life.

Josh


Painted Cities

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ISBN: 9781938073809
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Published: McSweeney's - March 11th, 2014

Childlike imagination and gritty gang-filled reality follow and pass each other like speeding cars on a highway in this debut collection of short stories. With a voice that replicate both the deluded machismo of gangsters and the quiet sensitivity of despairing poets considering the desperation of urban poverty, Galaviz-Budzisewski’s stories explore friendship, family, hope, and desperation in vibrant and intoxicating prose. Chicago now has its own Junot Diaz.

Josh


Silence Once Begun

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ISBN: 9780307908483
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Published: Pantheon Books - January 28th, 2014

A young man loses a bet and signs a confession for a sensational crime he did not commit and then falls silent through his trial, incarceration, and eventual execution. This is a haunting, beautiful, and baffling novel from one of our great living writers about justice, family, love, and voice.

Josh


Luminous Chaos

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ISBN: 9781612191416
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Published: Melville House - October 15th, 2013

The second volume in the best sci fi series around sees the heros of New Venice transported back in time to an occultist-filled, snow bound, mystical fin de siecle Paris. Psychomotive travel, metaphrodisiacs, anaglyphs, a steam-powered Guillotine, and, of course, an army of ravens. And Mallarme, of course.  Valtat’s beautiful prose is second only  to his wonderful imagination and if he keeps this up , The Mysteries of New Venice will be one of the great works in the genre.

Josh


White Girls

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ISBN: 9781936365814
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Published: McSweeney's - November 12th, 2013

Intrigued by the description, I borrowed this from the library. Als’ essays tear right through you. Intelligent, honest, and unflinching explorations of love, race, music, culture, and literature. I thought immediately of James Baldwin, Joan Didion, and Hunter S. Thompson. (Imagine that dinner party.) It’s the first essay collection I’ve ever been compelled to charge through cover to cover. I returned the library copy  and bought my own.  

Josh


The Haunted Bookshop

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ISBN: 9781612192246
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Published: Melville House - August 13th, 2013

If the first things you look at when you go to someone’s house are their bookshelves. If you buy and give away the same book over and over because everyone you know needs to read it. If you unpack the extra pair of shoes to make more room in the suitcase for books. If you just feel good walking into a bookstore. The Haunted Bookshop is a cover-to-cover smile.

Josh


Duplex

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ISBN: 9781555976538
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 3rd, 2013

Beautiful, mysterious, and philosophical, with a voice for landscape as lush as any Romantic, Davis has written one of my favorite books of the year. A novel that bends physics, warps time, and stretches myths, Duplex is a wise exploration of the passage of life into death. And there are robots. And a sorcerer. And at least one apocalypse. Maybe four.   Josh


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