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arlo klahr

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/

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Books: 
The Night Watchman Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062671189
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper - March 3rd, 2020

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.


Hurricane Season Cover Image
By Fernanda Melchor, Sophie Hughes (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780811228039
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: New Directions - March 31st, 2020

This book is so good, so surprising and intense.


Lion Cross Point Cover Image
By Masatsugu Ono, Angus Turvill (Translator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781931883702
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Published: Two Lines Press - April 10th, 2018

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.


Little Owl's Snow Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780670016518
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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.   

 


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Book of Mutter (Semiotext(e) / Native Agents) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781584351962
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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…                                                                         


When the Whales Leave Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781571311313
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Published: Milkweed Editions - March 10th, 2020

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Blue Self-Portrait 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.


Such a Fun Age Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525541905
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - December 31st, 2019

Disappearing Earth: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525520412
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Published: Knopf - May 14th, 2019

Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer's Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781948226400
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Published: Catapult - January 7th, 2020

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead: A Novel Cover Image
By Olga Tokarczuk, Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Translated by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525541332
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Riverhead Books - August 13th, 2019

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The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399573194
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 5th, 2019

Girl, Woman, Other: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802156983
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - November 5th, 2019

Coventry: Essays Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374126773
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 17th, 2019

Celestial Bodies Cover Image
By Jokha Alharthi, Marilyn Booth (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781948226943
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Published: Catapult - October 8th, 2019

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Who Killed My Father Cover Image
By Edouard Louis, Lorin Stein (Translated by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811228503
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Published: New Directions - March 26th, 2019

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Normal People: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781984822178
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Published: Hogarth - April 16th, 2019

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978273
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 5th, 2019

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Beyond Babylon Cover Image
By Igiaba Scego, Aaron Robertson (Translator), Jhumpa Lahiri (Introduction by)
$22.95
ISBN: 9781931883832
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Published: Two Lines Press - May 14th, 2019

Girl Gone Missing Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781947627116
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Published: Cinco Puntos Press - June 18th, 2019

The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101875209
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Knopf - May 21st, 2019

 


Last Witnesses: An Oral History of the Children of World War II Cover Image
By Svetlana Alexievich, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780399588754
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Random House - July 2nd, 2019

An American Sunrise: Poems Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781324003861
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 13th, 2019

Axiomatic Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781945492297
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Published: Transit Books - September 3rd, 2019

Coventry: Essays Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374126773
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 17th, 2019

When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry Cover Image
By Joy Harjo (Editor), LeAnne Howe (With), Jennifer Elise Foerster (With)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780393356809
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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.


A Girl is A Body of Water Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781951142049
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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.


Snacky Tunes: Music is the Main Ingredient, Chefs and Their Music Cover Image
By Darin Bresnitz, Greg Bresnitz, Khuong Phan (Contributions by), Jeff Gordinier (Contributions by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781838661366
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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.


The Hour of the Star: 100th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Clarice Lispector, Benjamin Moser (Translated by), Paulo Gurgel Valente (Afterword by), Colm Tóibín (Introduction by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780811230049
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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.