facebook

arlo

Skylight is a great place. I love it here: all my coworkers and all the customers and the neighborhood and the books.

I work mostly in the backroom (in the Arts Annex) but also help out front recommending books. When I'm not here, or reading, I'm probably playing music. Or hanging with smüddles, the cat. 

Come check out the store and say hello! 

http://fragilegang.bandcamp.com/

------------------------------------------------------------

Book Recommendations: 
We've Got to Try: How the Fight for Voting Rights Makes Everything Else Possible By Beto O'Rourke Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250852458
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Flatiron Books - August 23rd, 2022

Staff Pick Badge
Lady Joker, Volume 1 By Kaoru Takamura, Allison Markin Powell (Translated by), Marie Iida (Translated by) Cover Image
By Kaoru Takamura, Allison Markin Powell (Translated by), Marie Iida (Translated by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781641293945
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Soho Crime - July 12th, 2022

A group of déclassé and disaffected “average schmucks” comes up with the outré idea to exact class revenge on one of Japan’s biggest corporations. A kaleidoscopic, encyclopedic, and intimate crime novel (over 1,000 pages, split over two volumes) that takes on issues of class, caste and capitalism and leaves you gasping with a slow moving—but deadly—suspense and waiting for volume two (coming out in October!!!)


Staff Pick Badge
The High Desert: Black. Punk. Nowhere. By James Spooner Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780358659112
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper - May 17th, 2022

Spooner's stirring and captivating graphic novel memoir of growing up Black in the mostly white suburban Apple Valley and discovering the promise (things like grassroots activism, community-building, DIY culture, self-emporwerment and expression) and also the pitfalls (racism, sexism, homophobia) of punk rock during a formative time in his life.


Staff Pick Badge
Time Zone J By Julie Doucet Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781770464988
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - April 19th, 2022

New comic from Julie Doucet (Dirty Plotte, My New York Diary, etc)! And it's so good!


Grey Bees By Andrey Kurkov, Boris Dralyuk (Translator) Cover Image
By Andrey Kurkov, Boris Dralyuk (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781646051663
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - March 29th, 2022

Staff Pick Badge
Lucky Breaks By Yevgenia Belorusets, Eugene Ostashevsky (Translated by) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811229845
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions - March 1st, 2022

A series of often tragic and absurdist semi-fictional vignettes from the author's time in the east of Ukraine and the 2014 war in the Donbas. Also, you should pick up her pocket-sized book, Modern Animal, from ISOLARII press (we carry it here up by the register). It's narrated by different animals and 100% of the publisher's profits go to Ukrainian charities and causes. Finally, she has a daily letter called Letters from Kyiv: A Wartime Diary in ART FORUM . It's now almost at day 30 as the war continues right outside her windows and on the streets where she sometimes gets coffee and sometimes takes photos.


Staff Pick Badge
Territory of Light: A Novel By Yuko Tsushima, Geraldine Harcourt (Translated by) Cover Image
By Yuko Tsushima, Geraldine Harcourt (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250251053
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Picador - March 31st, 2020

Vomit, blood, shit, fighting, drinking, crying; the various shades and temperatures and smells of skin upon close contact...those are all here in this intimate life of a young mother and her two-year old daughter as they make their way through a year, month-by-month, in a new apartment that's full of light.


Staff Pick Badge
Endless Endless: A Lo-Fi History of the Elephant 6 Mystery By Adam Clair Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780306923944
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hachette Books - January 18th, 2022

A good story of a whole interconnected group of some truly talented and creative artists.


Staff Pick Badge
What I Am By Divya Srinivasan Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593204016
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 3rd, 2021

A person, probably an adult, asks the main character in this gorgeous picture book the not-so-innocent question, “What are you?” The young girl proceeds to show—in heartwarming and emboldening color—the wonderfully complicated person that she is, despite the reductive, binary, and oft-times hurtful and harmful ways of the world.


Staff Pick Badge
Lady Joker, Volume 1 By Kaoru Takamura, Allison Markin Powell (Translated by), Marie Iida (Translated by) Cover Image
By Kaoru Takamura, Allison Markin Powell (Translated by), Marie Iida (Translated by)
$28.95
ISBN: 9781616957018
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Soho Crime - April 13th, 2021

A group of déclassé and disaffected “average schmucks” comes up with the outré idea to exact class revenge on one of Japan’s biggest corporations. A kaleidoscopic, encyclopedic, and intimate crime novel (over 1,000 pages, split over two volumes) that takes on issues of class, caste, and capitalism and leaves you gasping with a slow moving—but deadly—suspense. Volume two out summer 2022!


Staff Pick Badge
Elpaso: A Punk Story By Benjamin Villegas, Jay Noden (Translator), Beto O'Rourke (Prologue by) Cover Image
By Benjamin Villegas, Jay Noden (Translator), Beto O'Rourke (Prologue by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781646050611
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - August 17th, 2021

This Latinx local-legend proto-grunge band may or may not have existed, but Benja Villegas, the author of this book, traveled to El Paso (from Spain) to document their history and he uncovers a lot: demos, flyers, and their hardscrabble stories that paved the way for the likes of Nirvana, even though they themselves barely made it out of El Paso.


Staff Pick Badge
Three Novels: Kingdom Cons, Signs Preceding the End of the World, the Transmigration of Bodies By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator) Cover Image
By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
$25.95
ISBN: 9781913505240
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: And Other Stories - September 14th, 2021

The years 2015 to 2018 signaled a highwater mark in contemporary literature as one after another of Yuri Herrera’s fabulistic novels of struggling noirish heroes negotiating the haze of transnational drug war violence and migration appeared in English. If you missed these the first time, here’s your chance to get (or give) them all in this beautiful volume.


Staff Pick Badge
His Name was Death By Rafael Bernal, Kit Schluter (Translated by) Cover Image
By Rafael Bernal, Kit Schluter (Translated by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811230834
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions - November 16th, 2021

A reprobate of a man learns to talk with mosquitoes out in the jungles of Chiapas? Yes. He may screw over his native hosts. He may save the world from the mosquitoes’ plot to enslave humankind as blood servants … or he may get involved in something altogether more diabolical. Amazing.


Staff Pick Badge
Reign of Terror: How the 9/11 Era Destabilized America and Produced Trump By Spencer Ackerman Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781984879776
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Viking - August 10th, 2021

Like a greatest hits of the worst of the United States during the last twenty years. But it's very clear and concise and digs deeply enough that if you've lived through these two decades here, you can really see in retrospect, through this book, how we became the country we are today. Starts with the Oklahoma City bombing, ends with the January 6th Capitol attacks and very depressing in between and all around.


Staff Pick Badge
Acts of Desperation By Megan Nolan Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316429856
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Little, Brown and Company - March 9th, 2021

Visceral, raw, real. Like a bruise, a slab of meat, a hangover. Debuting like a prizefighter and a sage master of the art and science of sentence and storytelling.


Staff Pick Badge
The Final Revival of Opal & Nev By Dawnie Walton Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982140168
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: 37 Ink - March 30th, 2021

It's the end of the 60s. A young misifit artist/musician from Detroit (think Nina Simone/Grace Jones) meets a sensitive working class lad from Birmingham, England (think David Bowie/Elton John). The two of them hit it off, both of them looking for something new and better. They tour America with their band, facing all the racism and bigotry that the country has to offer, but also turning on a searching underground community to the sounds of an afro-punk-folk futurism. One of them may or may not sell out the other, one of them may or may not go on to sell millions of albums, leaving the other one behind. Chronicling it all is the editor of a major music magazine, who happens to be the daughter of the drummer in the early Opal and Nev band. Slowly, the lives of all three main characters and those around the periphery become enmeshed as the enthralling plot unfolds. This books tells the story that never gets told, the unsung injustices that plague this country at every turn, and it's full of surprises as you root for the underdog/s.


Staff Pick Badge
The Night Watchman: A Novel By Louise Erdrich Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780062671196
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - March 23rd, 2021

This is what I’ve been mainly reading to help get me through these times. A story of resilience. Partially based on Erdrich’s grandfather’s real-life struggle to fight against a 1950s congressional bill that was aimed at dispossessing certain Native American tribes of their lands and rights (including her own Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians). 464 pages, but it goes easily. But the subject matter isn’t easy: It goes into the legacies of sexual trauma and alcoholism and dispossesion. It's a masterwork, in that it has everything (more than everything) in it: humor, violence, tragedy, low-life, high-life, politics, struggle, family, relationships, ghosts, visions, food, weather, history, characters that you won't forget. It’s gritty. And good. Good-spirited, and good gritty, down to earth and soaring to the height of literary mastery.


This is the book I’ve been reading at night before I go to bed. With my pandemic-limited attention span (not alone recently in having this complaint) it has seemed inadvertently fitting to read about something that can “open” the mind. All in all, a solid and enthralling history of psychedelics in the 20th century, a snapshot of where we are now (complete with author trips), and a hopeful look forward toward the many different frontiers of research.


Staff Pick Badge
The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays By Esmé Weijun Wang Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978273
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - February 5th, 2019

Takes you right into the author’s life and opens new ways of looking at mental illness. Brilliant, sensitive, erudite, enthralling, and revelatory.


Staff Pick Badge
Book of Mutter (Semiotext(e) / Native Agents) By Kate Zambreno Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781584351962
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Semiotext(e) - March 17th, 2017

This is a brilliant and dark book of mourning and memory. It took 13 years for Zambreno to sculpt it all together and you can feel it: It’s as sharp as a razor, taking in everyone and everything from wounded outsider artist Henry Darger and widowed and institutionalized Mary Todd Lincoln, to Virginia Woolf, Louise Bourgeois, Roland Barthes and his own Mourning Diary and many others. This is the type of book that has created its own beauty and its own form and leaves you feeling like you’ve come to literature for the first time! Wow…                                                                         


Staff Pick Badge
Hurricane Season By Fernanda Melchor, Sophie Hughes (Translated by) Cover Image
By Fernanda Melchor, Sophie Hughes (Translated by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780811230735
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions - October 6th, 2020

This book is so good, so surprising and intense.


Staff Pick Badge
Celestial Bodies By Jokha Alharthi, Marilyn Booth (Translated by) Cover Image
By Jokha Alharthi, Marilyn Booth (Translated by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781948226943
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Catapult - October 8th, 2019

I was captured by the power and clarity of Alharthi’s book, which won the 2019 Man Booker International Prize and is the first book written in Arabic to win it (and Alharthi is the first Omani woman to have a novel translated into English). Don’t miss the opportunity to let this important new book sweep you away!    


Staff Pick Badge
Girl, Woman, Other: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner) By Bernardine Evaristo Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802156983
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - November 5th, 2019

All twelve characters seem so real to me, and different from each other, how does she do that? And the writing feels like it moves, naturally, from one scene, one drama, one person, to the other, unencumbered, sometimes even in the space of a paragraph, so the whole story gets told. And on top of all this, this is just a really, really...enjoyable book. Check it out!


Staff Pick Badge
Lion Cross Point By Masatsugu Ono, Angus Turvill (Translator) Cover Image
By Masatsugu Ono, Angus Turvill (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781931883887
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Two Lines Press - November 5th, 2019

An amazingly gentle depiction of the life of a young boy in a sleepy coastal town in Japan. Page by lovely page the book sifts through the inchoate and shifting memories of the boy and the brutality he suffered (along with his mother and older brother) when they lived in the city, and it takes in his impressions of the new family—the community—that is forming around him and coming to his aid now that he is separated from them. With the help of a supernatural dolphin, maybe, and maybe these people, he’ll be able to get through and go on. Ono’s voice is so steady, so soft, so attuned, that he brings out barely registrable frequencies and rarely registered voices. A quiet stunner.


Staff Pick Badge
Blue Self-Portrait By Noémi Lefebvre, Sophie Lewis (Translator) Cover Image
By Noémi Lefebvre, Sophie Lewis (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781945492105
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Transit Books - April 3rd, 2018

An amazing book, one that I loved and can’t get over. A woman on a 90 minute flight from Berlin to Paris obsesses over a maybe failed relationship with a German-American pianist and bathes in shame. In the process we get a book composed in the manner of a Schoenberg 12-tone piece, moments of absurdity, moments of soaring brilliance, and above all a fierce guiding intelligence.


Staff Pick Badge
Axiomatic By Maria Tumarkin Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781945492297
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Transit Books - September 3rd, 2019

The hybrid pieces—journalistic, essayistic, and autobiographical—in Tumarkin’s Axiomatic feel daring, unsettling, revelatory. Her writing—with intense empathy, disciplined cultural history, and up-to-the-moment analysis—brings us all closer to truth.”


Staff Pick Badge
Little Owl's Snow By Divya Srinivasan Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780670016518
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - December 4th, 2018

Brrr...it’s getting colder. But the air is full of excitement and the cozy holidays are here. This is the most gorgeous, full of awe and beauty and excitement for the winter time, and warmest, holiday-est bedtime read for the kiddoes. They’ll want to look at the illustrations and hear the fluttering, flurrying poetry of the words over and over again.   

 


Staff Pick Badge
A Girl is A Body of Water By Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi Cover Image
$27.95
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9781951142049
Published: Tin House Books - September 1st, 2020

This year has been an assault on our lungs—an airborne virus, tear gas in the streets, apocalyptic fires, smoke-filled skies, hot blathered air billowing from the corridors of power—but here is a brief antidote to these noxious times: a novel that breathes and speaks freely, moves and flows freely, is full of beauty and truth and takes its time.


Staff Pick Badge
When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry By Joy Harjo (Editor), LeAnne Howe (With), Jennifer Elise Foerster (With) Cover Image
By Joy Harjo (Editor), LeAnne Howe (With), Jennifer Elise Foerster (With)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780393356809
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 25th, 2020

United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo helped usher two brilliant poetry collections into the world this year: this epochal anthology representing the diversity, history, and power of Native poetry and her own book, An American Sunrise. I highly recommend them both.


Staff Pick Badge
The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present By David Treuer Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780399573194
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - November 5th, 2019

Treuer’s aim in this book is to show that the story of the native peoples of this continent—despite what many of us are taught to believe—is a story of resilience, “resourcefulness and reinvention,” and survival. It’s a brilliant history, but he also shines a light on recent and current times, on people and tribes who are looking ahead and engaged in the “radical act of living.”                                    


Staff Pick Badge
The Hour of the Star: 100th Anniversary Edition By Clarice Lispector, Benjamin Moser (Translated by), Paulo Gurgel Valente (Afterword by), Colm Tóibín (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Clarice Lispector, Benjamin Moser (Translated by), Paulo Gurgel Valente (Afterword by), Colm Tóibín (Introduction by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780811230049
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions - October 6th, 2020

As former Skylighter Karl (shout out!) would say, this book is utterly f**king devastating. And now it’s here in this beautiful (and affordable) hardcover edition to mark the centenary of the author’s birth. Essential for Lispector fans and new readers alike.


An American Sunrise: Poems By Joy Harjo Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393358483
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 18th, 2020

Staff Pick Badge
Last Night in Nuuk By Niviaq Korneliussen Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802128775
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - January 15th, 2019

Emotional, jagged, poppy, optimistic and ultimately cathartic. A portrait of young queer life in a small place and the truest, most joyous Greenlandic book you might buy this year.

 


Staff Pick Badge
New People By Danzy Senna Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399573149
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - July 31st, 2018

A complicated and provoking book in short, breathless, and graceful pages. Perfect for an excruciating and delirious summer read. Feelings of disorientation abound: people hiding, passing, being mistaken, mistaking themselves. Moments pushed almost to the edge of absurdity and the surreal. No easy answers (that’s maybe what we need now) but nuance, sensitivity, empathy, shame, pride, people behaving badly.

 


Staff Pick Badge
Snacky Tunes: Music is the Main Ingredient, Chefs and Their Music By Darin Bresnitz, Greg Bresnitz, Khuong Phan (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Darin Bresnitz, Greg Bresnitz, Khuong Phan (Contributions by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781838661366
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Phaidon Press - October 14th, 2020

What’s that sweet aroma and mellifluous melody coming from the back kitchen? If you cherish that warm simpatico connection between cooking and music, or if you just want to know the playlists of your favorite chefs and what songs have influenced their signature dishes, this joyous, offbeat cookbook from the makers of the Snacky Tunes podcast could be the perfect pick for you.