Staff Pick

The Ninth Street Show is the exhibition that truly brought abstract expressionism to prominence, and men dominated the attention and the future earnings. But also featured were many women, five of whom—Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler—are the subject of Ninth Street Women (Little, Brown, $35). If it were simply a corrective to the prevailing male-focused canon, this book would be worth a look, but with biographer Mary Gabriel, you get much more. Through research pulled from diaries, letters, memoirs, and more, she brings you so close to her subjects and their coterie, every triumph feels as hard-won and bittersweet, every loss as devastating, as it must have been for them in the moment. The book is incomparable at capturing what it can mean to shoot for something that separates you from the straight and narrow, with all the joyous and upsetting complexities that brings.

Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316226189
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 25th, 2018

Staff Pick

It’s nearly impossible to read the Icelandic author Sjón without quickly falling in love with his unique, slim tales (The Blue Fox, Moonstone) that weave history, legend, fable, and fantasy with a born storyteller’s gifts. CoDex 1962 (MCD, $30) looks like a behemoth in comparison, but don’t worry, nothing has changed. In fact, this collected trilogy that began in 1991 might be his best writing to date. Our narrator Josef Loewe begins his waking life in 1962, but he first came to be many years earlier, as a little clay golem his Jewish father smuggled from a concentration camp. But this is just a springboard for countless page-turning vignettes: romances, origin myths, conspiracy thrillers, and more. Anyone who loves that soaring feeling when an author shapes a book into unpredictable forms—anyone who loves Borges or Calvino—will love Sjón, and especially here.

CoDex 1962: A Trilogy Cover Image
By Sjón, Victoria Cribb (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780374125639
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: MCD - September 11th, 2018

Staff Pick

Mystery, sci-fi, Socratic dialogue, retelling of “Hansel and Gretel”: The Taiga Syndrome is a delightful shape-shifter of a novel. A detective turned creator of detective fiction finds herself called back into being a detective, voyaging into the wilds of Russia to track down a runaway woman. What we know: she seems to have found another man. What we learn: she may have found the very edges of the universe. The dispatches our detective writes, alongside her mysterious companion-translator, are philosophical and playful in equal measure, with each chapter its own provocative question.

The Taiga Syndrome Cover Image
ISBN: 9780997366679
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Dorothy a Publishing Project - October 1st, 2018