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The Lonesome Bodybuilder: Stories Cover Image
By Yukiko Motoya, Asa Yoneda (Translator)
ISBN: 9781593766788
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Published: Soft Skull Press - November 6th, 2018

Finally getting around to this collection of short stories that was Kelsey's Staff Pick when I first started here & enjoyed it very much! Yukiko Motoya seamslessly constructs her own waterslide of fiction and laughs while riding down with her inflatable doughnut. These stories are just the right amount of absurdity to provide temporary respite while on the Gold Line.

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In Memory of Memory Cover Image
By Maria Stepanova, Sasha Dugdale (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780811228831
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: New Directions - February 9th, 2021

An layered exploration of the many margins of familial history. 

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Grenade in Mouth: Some Poems of Miyo Vestrini Cover Image
By Miyo Vestrini, Anne Boyer (Translator), Cassandra Gillig (Translator)
ISBN: 9780999719831
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Published: Kenning Editions - March 15th, 2019

This collection, translated by Anne Boyer and Cassandra Gillig, is a moving introductin to Vestrini's militant resistance. Her poetry is honest and vulnerable, but pointed enough to spark a blaze. 

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So Many Olympic Exertions Cover Image
ISBN: 9781885030351
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Published: Kaya Press - June 27th, 2017

Navigating being a grad student is already so taxing, but with the suicide of a friend, it becomes unimaginable. Anelise Chen's book is a beautifully moving combination of memoir and sports theory. I've never gasped so much while reading a book. I've never been so intrigued by sports. 

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The Dominant Animal: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374538293
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Published: MCD x FSG Originals - April 7th, 2020

Kathryn Scanlan's The Dominant Animal is a hushed and beautifully refined collection of short stories. These vignettes, often only two pages long, are simultaneously camling and unsettling.