Staff Pick
The 19th century might have seemed far away in the late-20th century, but now that we’re in the 21st century, how does it feel? When you read books like Joachim Kalka’s Gaslight, the answer is “surprisingly close”, and history feels significantly larger after reading it. It’s a book made from a melange of styles—literary criticism, military history, true crime—but they're all of a piece, because they’re all recognizably facets of the same world. We know how the modern world, as it exists now, can find its way into literature, so it's fun and enlightening to see how canonical artists like Marcel Proust and Emile Zola, Karl Kraus and Alban Berg dealt with their own contemporary bugaboos, from Jack the Ripper to the Dreyfus Affair, from anarchists to submarines.
Gaslight: Lantern Slides from the Nineteenth Century Cover Image
By Joachim Kalka, Isabel Fargo Cole (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781681371184
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: New York Review Books - June 6th, 2017

Staff Pick

Encircling has a classic set-up—a man has lost his memory, and people who’ve known him well are helping patch the holes in his identity—but the real attraction is the execution. The book comes in three parts, each divided between the letters David’s erstwhile loved ones use to tell him of his past and the fraught days in their own lives that precede their discovery of his condition. They inevitably wrap their present-day troubles around their reminiscences, giving portraits that reveal themselves as much as David. Tiller’s the kind of writer whose overflow of moment-to-moment details feels abnormally vivid, quickening instead of halting the pace. Just as enticing: there’s more to come—this begins a trilogy, each entry promising even more shades to David’s life.

Encircling: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555977627
Availability: Backordered
Published: Graywolf Press - February 21st, 2017

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Five Brazilian men, each a unique reflection of machismo, have grown up together and are now dying separately, reflecting on their lives of friendship, fallouts, and hedonism. Oh, and the people they’ve screwed over along the way. And you get to hear from everyone: half the book grants each man a final monologue, while the other half follows the survivors picking up the pieces they've left behind. Debut novelist Fernanda Torres has no desire to absolve these men, but she does achieve a wider generosity of spirit. Their exploits are told with just enough humor to give them tangible appeal and just enough pathos to make their side effects equally memorable.

The End Cover Image
By Fernanda Torres, Alison Entrekin (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781632061218
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Restless Books - July 11th, 2017