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Carmen Maria Machado writes terrifying horror stories. She writes gorgeous meditations on nature, love, and art. She writes feminist allegory that would make Margaret Atwood proud and folktale adaptations that wouldn’t be out of place in the Brothers Grimm. And here’s the thing – she does it all at once. Every story in Her Body and Other Parties (Graywolf, $16) is a mind-bending mix of ideas and influences, and every one of them feels brand new. The magic of fiction is to take what we know and make it new, and Machado works that magic repeatedly and seamlessly. Her stories are a pleasure to read, even when they make the hair stand on the back of your neck. It’s always the good kind of fear.

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977887
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 3rd, 2017

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I love Laurent Binet. His first novel, HhhH, is on my top-ten list. It might even be top five.  So I was scared to read The Seventh Function of Language. What if I didn’t love it as much? What if it wasn’t as mind-bending and snarky and brilliant as HhhH? What if this one didn’t pull off the high-low fiction-research intellectual mix that I love so much about the first one? But I had no reason to worry. The Seventh Function of Language is wonderful. It’s what would happen if Ian Fleming got really into Foucault. There are enough car chases to keep your heart rate up and enough semiology to keep your head spinning. I couldn’t have asked for more. 

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By Laurent Binet, Sam Taylor (Translator)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374261566
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 1st, 2017

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Rabbi David Cohen has some problems. His face is caving in due to bad jaw surgery. He hasn’t spoken to his wife or son in years. Also, he killed someone he shouldn’t have. I should really mention that he’s not a normal rabbi. He’s a hit man in disguise. Still, he’s good at what he does. He knows how to guide preteens to Bar Mitzvah manhood, counsel troubled members of his congregation, and shut down Kabbalah frauds—and maybe shake them down while he’s at it. Sound like the best premise for a novel you’ve ever heard? Well, it is. Gangster Nation is a delight. A mitzvah, even. The plot’s got every twist and turn you could want, the jokes are Woody Allen good, and the writing (if you can slow yourself down to admire it) is beautiful. I couldn’t recommend this book more. 
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781619027237
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - September 12th, 2017

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