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Animal Wife By Lara Ehrlich Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781597098847
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Published: Red Hen Press - September 8th, 2020

What kinds of hunger are acceptable? In what ways are domesticity, motherhood, or even femininity itself damning? Also, wouldn’t it be cool to transform into a deer? These short stories are AMAZING.


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The Great Offshore Grounds: A novel By Vanessa Veselka Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781984899576
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Published: Vintage - June 29th, 2021

A sublime, sweeping, cross-country (and bi-coastal) American epic about two sisters and their stitched together family. Alternating immense and intimate and ultimutley unforgettable. Easily one of the best books of 2020, which sure needed it.


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Swallowing Mercury By Wioletta Greg, Eliza Marciniak (Translator) Cover Image
By Wioletta Greg, Eliza Marciniak (Translator)
$15.95
Currently Unavailable
ISBN: 9781945492044
Published: Transit Books - September 12th, 2017

Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize

"Achieves a form of literary alchemy that mesmerizes."--The New York Times


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On Hell By Johanna Hedva Cover Image
$15.00
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ISBN: 9780983243786
Published: Sator Press - February 14th, 2018

On Hell transcribes a body broken by American empire, that of ex-con Rafael Luis Estrada Requena, hacking itself away from contemporary society. Johanna Hedva, author of "Sick Woman Theory," takes the ferocious compulsion to escape (from capitalism, from the limits of the body-machine, from Earth) and channels it into an evisceration of oppression and authority.


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Signs Preceding the End of the World By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator) Cover Image
By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781908276421
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Published: And Other Stories (P408) - March 1st, 2015

A young woman crosses over from one world to another in search of her brother. Poetic and sparse and unforgettable. Makins is a protagonist you will take with you wherever you go. Like, say, the underworld.


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Animals Eat Each Other By Elle Nash Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781938604430
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Published: Dzanc Books - April 3rd, 2018

Nash writes with psychological precision, capturing Lilith's volatile shifts between directionless frustration, self-destructiveness, ambivalence, and vulnerable need. A complex, impressive exploration of obsession and desire. -Publishers Weekly (starred review)


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They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us By Hanif Abdurraqib, Eve L. Ewing (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Hanif Abdurraqib, Eve L. Ewing (Foreword by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781937512651
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - November 7th, 2017

Writing about music is always so deeply personal but Abdurraqib makes us all feel like we’re right there with him, piling into some junker to drive 6 hours and see the hometown band that somehow made it big. Essays as insightful as they are full of heart. 


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Wild Milk By Sabrina Orah Mark Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780997366686
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Published: Dorothy, a publishing project - October 1st, 2018

A genre-expanding collection of stories that Publishers Weekly calls “perplexingly captivating” and “astonishing.”


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The Barnabus Project By Terry Fan, Eric Fan, Devin Fan Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780735263260
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Published: Tundra Books - September 1st, 2020

Barnabus, part mouse-part elephant, knows he isn’t perfect. What he longs for isn’t perfection… it’s freedom. Our friend fearlessly escapes with the help of other “failed projects”, each wonderously conceived and drawn.


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Bluets By Maggie Nelson Cover Image
$20.00
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ISBN: 9781940696904
Published: Wave Books - September 3rd, 2019

A rumination on the color blue that is at once way, way more than that… and exactly that. Scraps of philosophy, literary criticism, anecdotes, confessions and sex. All woven together into something like a narrative. Visceral and profound. 


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Complete Stories By Clarice Lispector, Katrina Dodson (Translated by), Benjamin Moser (Editor) Cover Image
By Clarice Lispector, Katrina Dodson (Translated by), Benjamin Moser (Editor)
$21.95
ISBN: 9780811227933
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Published: New Directions - June 26th, 2018

You can find Lispector’s larger than life persona in even her humblest protagonists. Brazil’s “rockstar” author’s stories range from teen infatuation to ‘what has become of me?’ end of life reflection. There’s nothing else out there like Lispector.


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Third Policeman (John F. Byrne Irish Literature) By Flann O'Brien, Denis Donoghue (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Flann O'Brien, Denis Donoghue (Introduction by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781564782144
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Published: Dalkey Archive Press - March 1st, 1999

A supremely funny, dark, dreadful, deeply Irish novel unlike anything you’ve ever read. There are spoilers in the introduction, fair warning. As good as Beckett or Joyce if not better, this is my favorite novel of all-time. Go on and properly disarrange your senses.
 


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Prosper's Demon By K. J. Parker Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781250260512
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(This book cannot be returned)
Published: Tordotcom - January 28th, 2020

Pitch black socio-philosophical fable that is at times hilarious and disturbing with more heft than any 100 page novella has any right to possess.
Gorgeous cover, too, right?


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Darkness at Noon: A Novel By Arthur Koestler Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501161315
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Published: Scribner - September 17th, 2019

Guy is silenced (and coerced) by a political apparatus that will do anything to enforce its beliefs. First written in 1940 and not at all applicable to this day and age (all sarcasm).
A great, thrilling read.


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The Bear Who Wasn't There: And the Fabulous Forest By Oren Lavie, Wolf Erlbruch (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Oren Lavie, Wolf Erlbruch (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781617754906
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Published: Black Sheep - October 4th, 2016

Q: Do you know if this is a nice bear?
A: The nicest bear you will ever meet.


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The Age of Skin By Dubravka Ugresic, Ellen Elias-Bursac (Translator) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781948830225
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Published: Open Letter - November 17th, 2020

Essential reading for an age of rising facism. Ugresic’s acid-laced essays bait their hooks with pop culture references only to frag the reader down into thornier polemics.


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Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag #1) By China Miéville Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780345443021
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Published: Del Rey - February 27th, 2001

The entire Baslas/new crobuzon ‘trilogy’ is well worth your time but start here. Dramy, weird as f**k, dark and bitingly funny. There are cactus people and a moth that shits nightmares. 

 


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The Netanyahus: An Account of a Minor and Ultimately Even Negligible Episode in the History of a  Very Famous Family By Joshua Cohen Cover Image
$16.95
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ISBN: 9781681376073
Published: New York Review Books - June 22nd, 2021

One of the best and funniest writers today mixes fiction and non-fiction to satirize academia and examine Jewish identity and politics especially as cast to the rural wastes of “Corbindale” a fictional college in western NY.


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The Pushcart Prize XLV: Best of the Small Presses 2021 Edition (The Pushcart Prize Anthologies #45) By Bill Henderson (Editor) Cover Image
By Bill Henderson (Editor)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780960097715
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Published: Pushcart Press - December 8th, 2020

The greatest collection of essays, poems, and short fiction gathered and curated each year.  The best place to sample writers you always wanted to read in bite-sized portions.


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Ring Shout By P. Djèlí Clark Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250767028
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Published: Tordotcom - October 13th, 2020

A gripping, horrifying read full of spirituality, song and historical anti-racist weaponry.  Full of apocalyptic American imagery (take one look at that cover) and heroic resistance fighters.

 


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Gutshot: Stories By Amelia Gray Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374175443
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Published: FSG Originals - April 14th, 2015

Flip to a random story and read a few of these sentences (I personally suggest Fifty Ways to Eat Your Lover, pg. 69) If the prose doesn’t sing for you, well, I’m awfully sorry.  And if you dig this try Museum of the Weird.

 


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The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) By Viet Thanh Nguyen Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780802123459
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Published: Grove Press - April 7th, 2015

A propulsive thriller that deftly deconstructs the end of the Vietnam War, a war like all modern wars never truly ended.  At its core this is a story about friendship and love.  Bleak but beautiful.

 


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Geek Love: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) By Katherine Dunn Cover Image
$17.95
Currently Unavailable
ISBN: 9780375713347
Published: Vintage - June 11th, 2002

Imagine writing a book so perfect you essentially drop the mic and walk away from fiction forever.  The book everyone wishes they’d written and SO FREAKING WEIRD.  Read a few pages and be entranced.

 


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Don Quixote By Miguel de Cervantes, Edith Grossman Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780060934347
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Published: Ecco - April 26th, 2005

The greatest novel ever written.  (Grossman’s translation is amazing.  Check out her book on translation in our reference section!)

 


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Duplex: A Novel By Kathryn Davis Cover Image
$16.00
Currently Unavailable
ISBN: 9781555976910
Published: Graywolf Press - October 7th, 2014

Blessedly strange and unsettlingly pretty.  Think Katherine Dunn if her geeks were suburban girls growing up alongside exasperated robots and lecherous wizards.  On my desert island list of books for sure.

 


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The Long Walk By Stephen King Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501144264
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Published: Gallery Books - February 16th, 2016

Do you wish Squid Game was a book? King’s best novel finds 100 teens raffled into the highest possible stakes reality competition where only one person can win and everyone else dies. Written forty years ago and fresh as a daisy.


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Leave the World Behind: A Novel By Rumaan Alam Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062667649
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Published: Ecco - November 23rd, 2021

When you are small and building the world, it’s the hypothetical thing in a dark closet that frightens you. When you get a little older and begin to grasp what looks like the world’s limitless potential, mythologies take hold. It’s then that the vampires and witches and ghosts occupy the overactive parts of your brain. Then you get older still–put down the foundations of a career, start a family–and the world’s seemingly irreconcilable complexities darken your mind. And what scares you then? What keeps you up at night? This book. This book right here. Leave the World Behind is terrifying and I can’t stop thinking about it. I almost want to go back to before I read this family’s summer vacation gone spectacularly awry. Or at the very least to a time when all there was to be frightened of were simple bogeymen.