Collecting vintage covers for a book-lovers’ valentine.
Peruvian journalist Faverón Patriau’s debut novel confirms what we’ve long suspected: booksellers are secretly trafficking human organs in an underground marketplace. This dark fable recalls the works of Jorge Luis Borges and Roberto Bolano in its pairing of macabre mystery with ardor for literature and its creators.
Few essayists have the courage and talent to go head-to-head with George Orwell. Deborah Levy’s response to Orwell’s iconic piece “Why I Write” is at once a feminist call to arms, a touching memoir of small moments, and a guide to writing fiction from one of literature’s bravest rulebreakers.
Francis and Oleg covet each other’s homes on the Riviera, but who called in the local mafioso as their cavalry? Peter Mayle’s prose sparkles with champagne and vigor, in this charming gambol of clever twists through la bonne vie.
Megan Abbott took her genius for modern noir to the cheerleading squad with Dare Me, but her latest novel ventures into even more psychologically compelling territory, as a mysterious wave of seizures among teenage girls sweeps through an unsuspecting town.
This posthumous novel from award-winning journalist Michael Hastings is poignant evidence of a great fiction career cut off by his untimely death. A scathing, funny, rollicking look at the end of an era for print reporters, drawing on the author’s own improbable adventures in the field.
When U.S.S.R forces arrive to build monuments on Angola’s beaches, the locals (including Dr. KnockKnock, a ghost, and a pet alligator) rush to save their grandmothers’ waterfront homes. Mononymous author Ondjaki delivers playful magical realism with delightful defiance.
A novel narrated by Laura Bridgman, the first documented blind and deaf person to learn language, contains exceptionally lyrical prose from author Kimberly Elkins, and winning cameos from Bridgman’s true-life cohorts Charles Dickens and Helen Keller.
Discover why Anthony Burgess called Olivia Manning’s expansive novel of a young ex-pat couple evading the Nazi Party “The finest fictional record of the war produced by a British writer.” A surprising – often poignantly joyful – look at Europe’s last pre-WWII hurrahs.
Hemingway meets Le Carre as an eclectic array of freedom fighters try to outwit Fascists in the heat of the Spanish Civil War. Espionage virtuoso Alan Furst winds up the suspense in his taut, intercontinental spy story.
An ailing war historian seeking companionship buys a tawny owl named Mumble. So begins Martin Windrow’s soaring memoir of fifteen years with his gentle, shoelace-chewing, touchingly loyal pet. Think “My Dog Tulip” or “Ring of Bright Water” (with feathers).
When a shy high schooler crashes with his Brooklynite sister over one summer, he finds the unexpected love of his life: a red-headed, transgendered beauty named Gillian. Comic artist Ariel Schrag’s debut novel triumphs in coupling evergreen youthful amour with a unique and compassionate perspective.
A foolish-but-fiercely competitive Portuguese publisher seeks fame and fortune during the breakout of a wild (downright absurdist) war in Goncalo Alvares’ offbeat character study, a pastiche recalling the heights of Roberto Bolano and Pier Paolo Pasolini.
A pioneer woman in the field of rock and roll journalism (and late 20th century cultural criticism at large), Ellen Willis receives deserved compendium treatment, collecting her wry musings on Janis Joplin, Lou Reed, child-rearing, daytime talk shows, and defining “radical feminism.”