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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
A Novel
Olga Tokarczuk
"Extraordinary. Tokarczuk's novel is funny, vivid, dangerous, and disturbing, and it raises some fierce questions about human behavior. My sincere admiration for her brilliant work." —Annie Proulx ––Recommended by Christopher P.
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The Grave on the Wall
Brandon Shimoda
A memoir and book of mourning, a grandson's attempt to reconcile his own uncontested citizenship with his grandfather's lifelong struggle.
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Exhalation
Stories
Ted Chiang
Ted Chiang produces a short story so rarely, each tale is a celebration of exactitude. With an architect's eye for structure, the patience and temperament of a chemist, and a physicist's understanding of the order and chaos that underlines our world and our lives, these stories are each a carefully wrapped creation. -Daven & Christopher P
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The Parisian
A Novel
Isabella Hammad
A sublime debut novel by Plimpton Prize winner Isabella Hammad, The Parisian illuminates a pivotal period of Palestinian history through the journey and romances of one young man, from his studies in France during World War I to his return home to Palestine at the dawn of its battle for independence. - Recommended by Paul and Christopher P.
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Lost Children Archive
A novel
Valeria Luiselli
Lost Children Archive is a novel about archiving all that we don't want to lose. Luiselli looks into the American present as well as its history: into Native American history, and the many intersections between American and Mexican history that are and have always been there. This is the perfect American road trip novel for right now. —Tommy Orange
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Killing Commendatore
Haruki Murakami
The epic new novel from the internationally acclaimed and best-selling author of 1Q84, a tour de force of love and loneliness, war and art, as well as a loving homage to The Great Gatsby. Killing Commendatore is a stunning work of imagination from one of our greatest writers.
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The Third Hotel
A Novel
Laura van den Berg
Laura Van Den Berg's haunting exploration of the dislocating loneliness of grief is focused and intensified by the twin lenses of horror and feminist philosophy. The result manages the delicate feat of being both unsettling and deeply moving. - Recommended by Christopher P.
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When Einstein Walked with Godel
Excursions to the Edge of Thought
Jim Holt
From Jim Holt, the New York Times bestselling author of Why Does the World Exist?, comes an entertaining and accessible guide to the most profound scientific and mathematical ideas of recent centuries in When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought.
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Underneath
Melanie Finn
The new novel from Melanie Finn, author of The Gloaming, a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2016, a Vermont Book Award Finalist, and Finalist for The Guardian's "Not the Booker" Prize.
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Imaginary Lives
Marcel Schwob
"The art of the biographer consists specifically in choice. He is not meant to worry about speaking truth; he must create human characteristics amidst the chaos."—Marcel Schwob - Recommended by Christopher P.
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Compass
Mathias Enard
Every decade or so, a book comes along that demonstrates the true gift that is 'Literature'. Compass is just such a book, one that through one man's single sleepless night plumbs no less than mortality, love, music, and the historical intermingling of two great cultures seemingly at odds. -- Recommended by Christopher P.
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In the Distance
Hernan Diaz
The Western as American myth has rarely been done so well, or been so well subverted. Hernan Diaz's story of Hakan, a young Swedish immigrant forced to fend for himself in the Gold Rush-era American West, is a coming-of-age tale, a picaresque, and a survival story filled with evocative beauty. -- Recommended by Christopher P.
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After James
Michael Helm
For fans of Joshua Cohen and Ben Lerner, After James captures the dystopian strangeness of our current world. - Recommended by Christopher P.