Staff Pick

What is it about unfinished projects that makes them so alluring? I could give you all the usual pop-philosophical theories, or I could just hand you this Ivan Vladislavic miracle-book: a collection of some of his favorite ideas that didn't make it past the idea phase, revisited and expanded with musings on their genesis and all variety of mental tangents their concepts have called up for him over the years. Vladislavic might not be as well known here as in his native South Africa, but it's pieces like these, composed under the stars of Calvino and Borges, that make the case for him as a worldwide treasure.

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ISBN: 9780857425881
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Published: Seagull Books - September 15th, 2018

Staff Pick

The Milk Bowl of Feathers is “Essential Surrealist Writings”, all the more so for being made of so many underrecognized creators and works. It’s poetry; it’s stories and their excerpts; it’s manifestos and niggling obsessions. It’s an excellent primer: short and diverse, with every piece adding something that could only be added by that piece in particular. It’s a great reminder that the most radical writers and thinkers were responsible for the most beautiful love notes (see: Breton’s “Dear Hazel of Squirrelnut, see: Robert Desnos’s “I Have Dreamed of You So Much”, see: everything by Paul Eluard). And it’s a refreshing and perfectly unconventional gift book.

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By Mary Ann Caws (Editor)
ISBN: 9780811227070
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 25th, 2018

Staff Pick

Even for anyone who’s read Luiselli’s work in the past, this new novel will be a revelation. A wife, a husband, a son, and a daughter go on a road trip from New York City to the Southwest desert to find and document existences stolen from the surrounding landscape, Apaches and child migrants alike. (It shares some similarities to her This Is How It Ends, which chronicled her time as a translator for Central American refugees.) What makes this the heartbreaking yet consoling story it is, amidst its understandable unease and anger, is the family portrait providing the book’s bones: a family that might never be whole in spite of all the experiences and in-joke legends that should bind them together. Describing this book simply is as impossible as describing what our loved ones mean to us.

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ISBN: 9780525520610
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Published: Knopf - February 12th, 2019