Tell Me How It Ends - Valeria Luiselli

Staff Pick
By all rights, this should be 2017’s Between the World and Me, a book of slim appearance and world-shaking power, from one of today’s best Mexican expat authors. It’s a bracing snapshot of the thoughts and feelings aroused in her while working as a translator for legal services in New York, aiding undocumented children from Central America. There’s anger at the lack of understanding that surrounds this situation, heartrending compassion for the children she has met, and conflicted emotions about her past and present home countries. Most profoundly, it conveys the urgent need for the U.S. to account for its political role in what is really a refugee crisis and not mere immigration.
Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions By Valeria Luiselli, Jon Lee Anderson (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Valeria Luiselli, Jon Lee Anderson (Introduction by)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781566894951
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Published: Coffee House Press - April 4th, 2017

Imperium: A Fiction of the South Seas - Christian Kracht

Staff Pick

A book about a German radical in the early twentieth century who started a nudist coconut cult in the South Pacific? Sign me up! It’s not as if the story isn’t true. It’s all too true, in fact, down to the most macabre details. Call it Heart of Darkness: The Island Years if you want—so many of this book’s delights come from emulating adventure tales of yore—but the perspective isn’t an exact match. Underneath the homage is a part-cheeky, part-grave reflection on the historical forces that underlay and came to follow its source texts. After Conrad, the Nazis. After Kracht, we’ll see. Sound like fun? It really is!

Imperium: A Fiction of the South Seas By Christian Kracht, Daniel Bowles (Translated by) Cover Image
By Christian Kracht, Daniel Bowles (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250097477
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Published: Picador - November 8th, 2016

Nicotine - Gregor Hens

Staff Pick

Let me state upfront that this is not a guide for tackling nicotine addiction. Or maybe it is, but if so, it’s more about suggesting processes of coping. For Gregor Hens, that process is putting pen to paper: to acknowledge all the sensual pleasures that smoking and the experiences that surround it have afforded him over the years and, in a sense, to relive those pleasures from writing's safe distance. It’s subtle and majestic at once, a beautiful little book that should appeal to current smokers, former smokers, and non-smokers alike.

Nicotine: A Love Story Up in Smoke By Gregor Hens, Jen Calleja (Translated by), Will Self (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Gregor Hens, Jen Calleja (Translated by), Will Self (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590517932
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Other Press - January 10th, 2017

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