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In the Eye of the Wild By Nastassja Martin, Sophie R. Lewis (Translated by) Cover Image
By Nastassja Martin, Sophie R. Lewis (Translated by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781681375854
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Published: New York Review Books - November 16th, 2021

This book kicks off with French anthropologist Nastassja Martin being attacked by a bear in the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia. It's fantastic, but my mom said it was too violent for her, so, you know, do with that information what you will. Truly, this book is fantastic. I found myself thinking a lot about trauma, and the use of myth to put trauma into context. Which helps trauma become bearable. But maybe that's just me.


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Foster By Claire Keegan Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780802160140
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Published: Grove Press - November 1st, 2022

My favorite book of the year so far.

HOLIDAY 2023 UPDATE: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: one of the best books I’ve read this year. In all honesty, and not to be cheesy, although this is very cheesy, reading Foster reminded me of the power of good writing/storytelling. Do you think it’s every day that I ruin a book with my own teardrops?! It is not.


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Flower Color Guide By Taylor Putnam, Michael Putnam Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9780714877556
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Published: Phaidon Press - October 1st, 2018

Oh my god, just look at this book! Have you ever been more interested in flowers because I haven’t. Sometimes if I am having a rough day I will just stand in a corner and flip through this book, looking at the delicacy of these flowers and remember that we grew up next to each other.


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Dispatches (Vintage International) By Michael Herr Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780679735250
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Published: Vintage - August 6th, 1991

One tradition I have, maybe the only one I have, and certainly the only one I stick to, is reading Dispatches every year. Herr is a master stylist—he could write about a banana rotting and I’d gladly incorporate that piece into my tradition.

2023 UPDATE: I have to recommend this book because I do it every year. Every year I tell you all that I am obsessed with Herr, that he is one of the best writers not only of his generation but, maybe, of all time. A perfect book for those interested in war, history, good writing, nuance, beauty, terror, life, death…!


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Snacking Cakes: Simple Treats for Anytime Cravings: A Baking Book By Yossy Arefi Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780593139660
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 27th, 2020

All the time I am recommending fiction—fiction, fiction, fiction (or Dispatches, I am also always recommending that). And I love fiction, don’t get me wrong. But I also love snacking cakes. Sometimes I will just stand in my kitchen, staring listlessly out the window, eating a snack cake in my pajamas. But it’s always the same cake—until now.


Footnotes in Gaza By Joe Sacco Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780805092776
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Published: Metropolitan Books - October 12th, 2010

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Kubrick By Michael Herr Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780802138187
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Published: Grove Press - June 5th, 2001

Another banger by Herr. Fan of Kubrick? That's great, good for you, but it's certainly not a pre-req for enjoying the bejesus out of this book. Like, I still haven't seen 2001, but guess what, I've read this book multiple times and I never stop loving it. Herr is just a stylist, a linguist, a master of the form-- as I said in my rec for "Dispatches" he could write about a banana rotting, paint drying, whatever, and I'd probably read it over and over and over again.


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Fashion: A Manifesto By Anouchka Grose Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781912559497
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Published: Notting Hill Editions - April 18th, 2023

Man, this book is really really good. It doesn't really matter if you *think* you're interested in fashion-- you are, even if you're "not" you're in the mix, you know what I mean? No? Well, read the book, then. Anywho, as I was saying, this book is really good-- for fans of fashion, non-fashion, good writing, psychology, history, Lacan, culture, etc, etc, etc


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Senselessness By Horacio Castellanos Moya, Katherine Silver (Translated by) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811217071
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Published: New Directions - May 17th, 2008

Moya is so *fecking* good-- I haven't read this book since I was in college, but it was a favorite then and, while I re-read it this month, it's becoming a favorite again.


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The Trojan Women: A Comic By Euripides, Rosanna Bruno (Illustrator), Anne Carson Cover Image
By Euripides, Rosanna Bruno (Illustrator), Anne Carson
$19.95
ISBN: 9780811230797
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Published: New Directions - May 25th, 2021

A graphic novel interpretation of Euripedes' Trojan Women.


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Women Talking By Miriam Toews Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781635574340
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 3rd, 2020

A deeply engrossing read, exploring the nature and limits of forgiveness, the limits of faith.


Shame By Annie Ernaux, Tanya Leslie (Translated by) Cover Image
By Annie Ernaux, Tanya Leslie (Translated by)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781583220184
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Published: Seven Stories Press - June 9th, 1998

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A Grief Observed By C. S. Lewis Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780060652388
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Published: HarperOne - April 21st, 2015

A really beautiful, honest reflection on what it means to have lost, to have loved.


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The Dry Heart By Natalia Ginzburg, Frances Frenaye (Translated by) Cover Image
By Natalia Ginzburg, Frances Frenaye (Translated by)
$12.95
ISBN: 9780811228787
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Published: New Directions - June 25th, 2019

Honestly, I think this is the best book I’ve read all year. Heartbreaking and poignant, Ginzburg explores all the greatest hits—loneliness, desperation, betrayal. It’s the kind of book that explores universal experiences with such precision that you might feel like it’s written specifically for you.


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Civilizations: A Novel By Laurent Binet, Sam Taylor (Translated by) Cover Image
By Laurent Binet, Sam Taylor (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250858870
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Published: Picador - September 13th, 2022

What a fun, dark, playful-dark, funny, strange page-turner. I’m always in awe of an author brave enough to take on a counterfactual history project, and Binet pulls it off and hits all the right notes.


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Salad Freak: Recipes to Feed a Healthy Obsession By Jess Damuck, Martha Stewart (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Jess Damuck, Martha Stewart (Foreword by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781419758393
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Published: Abrams Books - March 29th, 2022

  I’m adding this to the catalog because I want it. Does anyone want to buy it for me? All I want for Christmas is you… to buy me Salad Freak. Maybe we can make a salad together. Anyway, if you know anyone like me, they’d probably love this book.


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I Used to Be Charming: The Rest of Eve Babitz By Eve Babitz, Molly Lambert (Introduction by), Sara Kramer (Editor) Cover Image
By Eve Babitz, Molly Lambert (Introduction by), Sara Kramer (Editor)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781681373799
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Published: NYRB Classics - October 8th, 2019

Eve Babitz is known primarily for her fiction, but if you haven’t tried her nonfiction you're missing out. These essays, written from 1975 to 1997, will stun you with their wit, charm, and insight.


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I Who Have Never Known Men By Jacqueline Harpman, Ros Schwartz (Translator), Sophie Mackintosh (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Jacqueline Harpman, Ros Schwartz (Translator), Sophie Mackintosh (Afterword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781945492600
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Published: Transit Books - May 10th, 2022

An exploration of what it means to be a human, to be a woman, without history, without culture, and without future. Certainly not a plot driven book by any means, the beautiful prose and deep relationships within the novel kept me hooked.


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The Gulag Archipelago [Volume 1]: An Experiment in Literary Investigation By Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780061253713
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - August 7th, 2007

Yes, yes, this is a very long book, and it's just the first of three. However, if you can wrap your head around the length and the subject matter, Solzhenitsyn will blow your mind with his wit, care, and introspection. This book might change you, and if it doesn't you can at least brag about reading it at parties.


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The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them By Elif Batuman Cover Image
$18.00
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9780374532185
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 16th, 2010

A very funny book that dives deep into the lives of celebrated Russian authors.


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Day of the Oprichnik: A Novel By Vladimir Sorokin, Jamey Gambrell (Translated by) Cover Image
By Vladimir Sorokin, Jamey Gambrell (Translated by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374533106
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 28th, 2012

A super wild, violent, funny, weird, oh so weird, book.


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Thoughts In Solitude By Thomas Merton Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374513252
Availability: Backordered
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 29th, 1999

Thomas Merton was one of the great spiritual and political thinkers not only of his time but, I think, of all time. I was not raised in Christianity, but Merton's explanation of God, faith, and contemplation lines up seamlessly with the Buddhist ideals I was raised with-- he just uses different words to describe the same phenomenon.


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The Sisters Brothers By Patrick deWitt Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062041289
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Published: Ecco - February 14th, 2012

This book is sweet and dark and funny and moving- everything I want in a novel.


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We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda By Philip Gourevitch Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780312243357
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Published: Picador - September 4th, 1999

A piece of reportage that shook me when I first read it, and every time since.


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Heart of a Dog By Mikhail Bulgakov, Mirra Ginsburg (Translator) Cover Image
By Mikhail Bulgakov, Mirra Ginsburg (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780802150592
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Published: Grove Press - January 21st, 1994

Bulgakov starts us out from the perspective of a stray dog near death. A scientist finds him, heals him, cares for him ...  and then transplants the pituitary gland and testicles of a petty criminal into the pup. The dog, Sharik, then becomes human, or, human-ish, and hilarity ensues. This book is weird, instantly engaging, funny, biting, and a wild satire of Bolshevism.


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We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.: Essays By Samantha Irby Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101912195
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Published: Vintage - May 30th, 2017

Samantha Irby is funny. So funny that it makes my neighbors a bit nervous, I’m sure, to hear me through our thin shared walls, laughing out loud in an otherwise silent room. But it’s not the humor that keeps me reading. It’s the idea that any kind of situation, no matter how difficult, has moments of lightness, if you can just find them.


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The Healing Power of Mind: Simple Meditation Exercises for Health, Well-Being, and Enlightenment By Tulku Thondup Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781570623301
Availability: Backordered
Published: Shambhala - February 3rd, 1998

A practical guide to alleviating negative emotional stress and physical pain through different Buddhist meditations and visualizations. I’ve found these meditations to be very helpful in navigating this curious life, but, of course, they’re not a replacement for healthcare (get vaccinated).