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Staff Picks

Amy and Isabelle
STAFF PICK | May

Elizabeth Strout

“ The story of a single mother and her teenage daughter in a small New England town. Strout writes penetratingly about small-town New England, a bit like Alice Munro but her metaphors are more feverish -- appropriate for a story about a torridly hot summer, a teen's romance with her high school teacher, and the claustrophobic presence of a tightly knit community. ”
Kristy
Cunt Norton
STAFF PICK | May

Dodie Bellamy

“ 'My cock, it groweth beanshoot harde against thy softe side that I may on thee ride til sonne rise morning harde. It is exciting, allas—I am so ful of joye and of solas, hot for thee in thy rental car.' ”
Bonnie
My Love Is a Dead Arctic Explorer
STAFF PICK | May

Paige Ackerson-Kiely

“ 'And never in the river the same water over a rock. / To be lonely like your own hand. To be so / goddamn lonely with just a little information. / I spied a telephone ringing the distance / between one stalk of corn and another. / At certain times of day a field can blind you. / So I walked, uncharacteristically slow. / You couldn't know how slow I walked.​' ”
Bonnie
The Dog of the Marriage
STAFF PICK | April

Amy Hempel

“ The divine Amy Hempel does not disappoint with this collection of stories about sex, longing, and betrayal. My personal favorite is "Offertory," a perfect example of Hempel's immense empathy and insight into the human condition. ”
Catherine
Please Excuse This Poem
STAFF PICK | April

Ed. Brett Fletcher Lauer and Lynn Melnick

“ Where has this book been all my life?! Though this anthology is geared towards young adults, it features some of the most fearless and talented poets writing today, and is thus a compelling read for all ages. With poems by Dorothea Lasky, Matthea Harvey, Terrance Hayes, Tarfia Faizullah, Timothy Donnelly, & many many more. ”
Catherine
The Woman in the Dunes
STAFF PICK | April

Kobo Abe

“ This book is extremely surreal and claustrophobic, and guaranteed to drive you a little mad. But in a good way. ”
Marissa
The Number Devil
STAFF PICK | April

Hans Enzensberger

“ Recent Pi Day festivities made me think of this unusual book that will appeal to math-minded kids. ”
Mary
Several Short Sentences About Writing
STAFF PICK | April

Verlyn Klinkenborg

“ This is one of the best, if not in many ways the best book on writing I've encountered. And it's plenty of fun to read. It's hard to imagine any writer or aspiring writer not benefiting from this book--a lot. ”
Christien
Prizes
STAFF PICK | April

Janet Frame

“ A selection of the prolific Janet Frame's best stories, from her first collection (written while she was in a mental hospital) up to her last published works. Melancholy, dreamlike meditations, often just a few pages long, on New Zealand, childhood, loneliness, romance and more. At once deeply unsettling and also comforting. ”
Sophie
Khirbet Khizeh
STAFF PICK | April

S. Yizhar

“ A brilliant, challenging novella that is incredibly affecting for its length, Khirbet Khizeh is a first-person, fictionalized account of an Israeli soldier serving in the 1948 war. A classic in Europe and required reading in some Israeli schools, it is an intimate portrait of an important historical moment that has had lasting significance. ”
Sophie

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