Staff Pick

Guy Davenport spent his life immersed in books while keeping correspondence with hundreds of notable artists and writers. The Geography of the Imagination distills Davenport’s fascination with the reappearance of symbols over time. The titular essay charts Edgar Allan Poe’s interest in interior design and tussles out details of the American Gothic—a painting we assume to know until Davenport reveals how its domestic familiarities extend back to archaic myth. These essays extend appreciation (and bookshelves) for the familiar—Joyce, Whitman, Marianne Moore—and those lost to time. The fun of reading Davenport comes from being with him through his unexpected discoveries. 



The Geography of the Imagination: Forty Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9781567920802
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Published: David R. Godine Publisher - June 15th, 1997

Staff Pick

Places where, while reading this book, my belly laugh drew attention from strangers: the E4 to Friendship Heights, Panera, the back of an Uber, the front of an Uber, the waiting room at my endocrinologist’s office. Let me tell you, dear reader, this book is funny as heck.  In this collection of essays Philpott discusses her life as a genuinely funny person; from getting married, to raising children, to analyzing the clothing choices of celebrities. This delightful and entertaining memoir also prominently features a lobsterman, a snake wedding, and an exploding dog butt. Just trust me and read this book, OK?


I Miss You When I Blink: Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982102807
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Published: Atria Books - April 2nd, 2019

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This was my perfect queer book, part memoir, part essay about the art of Felix Gonzalez-Torres, part queer theory, plus thoughts on ice and how it shatters. It is a wandering book, often tender and funny, a book you will love if you list Maggie Nelson as one of your favorite authors. It is powerful and beautiful and deserves a careful read. 

Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through Cover Image
ISBN: 9781566895477
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Published: Coffee House Press - June 4th, 2019