Long List

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The Antiquarian

The Antiquarian

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.

Posted by × June 23, 2014 ×

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Things I Don’t Want to Know

Things I Don’t Want to Know

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. 

Posted by × June 23, 2014 ×

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The Corsican Caper

The Corsican Caper

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.

Posted by × June 23, 2014 ×

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The Fever

The Fever

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.

Posted by × June 19, 2014 ×

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The Last Magazine

The Last Magazine

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.

Posted by × June 18, 2014 ×

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Granma Nineteen and the Soviet’s Secret

Granma Nineteen and the Soviet’s Secret

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.

Posted by × June 16, 2014 ×

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What is Visible

What is Visible

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.

Posted by × June 16, 2014 ×

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Fortunes of War: The Levant Trilogy

Fortunes of War: The Levant Trilogy

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.

Posted by × June 16, 2014 ×

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Midnight in Europe

Midnight in Europe

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.

Posted by × June 11, 2014 ×

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The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar

The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar

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).

Posted by × June 11, 2014 ×

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A Replacement Life

A Replacement Life

A journalist takes up a dangerous assignment: forging the coveted documents which secure Holocaust reparations for Jewish-Americans. Debuting novelist Boris Fishman places caustic humor on South Brooklyn tongues in this fearlessly sharp Discover Great New Writers selection.

Posted by × June 11, 2014 ×

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Adam

Adam

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.

Posted by × June 10, 2014 ×

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Klaus Klump: A Man

Klaus Klump: A Man

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. 

Posted by × June 10, 2014 ×

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The Essential Ellen Willis

The Essential Ellen Willis

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.”  

Posted by × June 10, 2014 ×

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Stealth

Stealth

Already a legend in his native Egypt, Sonallah Ibrahim has quietly emerged as one of our most riveting authors in translation. His latest – from the perspective of an 11-year old boy living with his widowed dad – finds poignancy in tragedy and vivid details of 1950s Cairo on the verge of revolution.

Posted by × June 9, 2014 ×