Morgan

I enjoy fiction and nonfiction with clear and engaging language, but with a sense of strangeness beneath the surface. In fact, the more unsettling the story, the better! I enjoy tales of obsession and anxiety, and I prefer characters that feel flawed and honest over those that are admirable or inspiring. It's hard to sum up my taste in a couple of sentences, so please take a look at my staff picks below!


White Ivy: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982100599
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 3rd, 2020

White Ivy is a very modern novel -- that reads like the meatiest, yummiest 19th-century social striving EPIC. Like many a resourceful heroine before her, Ivy Lin uses her self-reliance and cunning to not only survive, but to set her sights on the very tippy-top of the social ladder. The top for Ivy is wealth, class, white America ... and something elusive she cannot quite pinpoint but that she senses in generic golden boy Gideon Speyer. This novel is ugly, brilliant, and assured, and it moves at an INSANELY entertaining clip.


Truth & Beauty: A Friendship Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060572150
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 5th, 2005

You will glide through this beautifully written memoir about two aspiring young writers and their intense and complex friendship.


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The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555977368
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Published: Graywolf Press - April 5th, 2016

The Red Parts is both a contribution to and critique of the true crime genre. Maggie Nelson's prose is sharp and clean; her ability to interweave her aunt's murder, her father's death, her mother's grief, and her own turbulent romantic past into a narrative that is clear, intuitvely logical, and downright entertaining is a wonder. Nelson is honest. She is relentless with her questions, but would rather leave these questions unanswered than jump to shallow conclusions. The Red Parts is a contribution to what might be the most popular genre in America -- and yet it will be unlike anything you've ever read.


If I Had Your Face: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593129463
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 21st, 2020

If I Had Your Face is a stunning portrait of four friends in modern day Seoul struggling to make ends meet in a society with an increasingly impossible standard of living. Its marriage of old world customs with K-pop surreality give it a speculative, otherworldly feel. And the advanced facial surgeries undertaken by some of the characters seem like something out of a sci-fi universe (they aren’t — these surgeries are real). I loved this strange, beautiful novel -- its characters; its straightforward, engaging prose; its (at times brutal) honesty -- and I hope Frances Cha finds the wide readership she deserves.


Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374538392
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 21st, 2019

Well, I feel a bit Filthy now, because I've just engaged in some pretty petty celebrity gossip. And I feel Inspired, because I've just read one of the most creative approaches to biography likely in existence. And I feel Charmed: by Craig Brown's humor, self-effacement, and imagination. This book is just All The Things, and whether you care about Princess Margaret, or even know who she is, might be irrelevant. Though, I have to say, I do care NOW, because I've just seen 99 glimpses of her. [Glimpse being the key word. Says Brown: "Biography is at the mercy of information, and information about the Royal Family is seldom there when you want it. Or rather, there is a wealth of information, but most of it is window-dressing: the shop itself is shut, visible only through the front window, its private offices firmly under lock and key."]


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Edith's Diary Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802128027
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Published: Grove Press - August 21st, 2018

Of all the Patricia Highsmith thrillers I've read, this one has the lowest body count. And yet, it is the most terrifying. Highsmith turns Edith's workaday, domestic reality into the stuff of nightmares. Her home is a horror-scape, her mind a twisted kind of refuge, but can this even be called a thriller? On the surface, little is happening. It is the slowest, slowest of burns. Each time you close the book, you'll turn away from Edith with feelings of pity and intense unease, and a strong desire to close your eyes to your own life's failings and regrets. These characters will be a long time leaving me. Actually, I think it's a masterpiece — if a bit of a nasty one — and for those who like to be unsettled it is a true pleasure to read.


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Uncanny Valley: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374278014
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Published: MCD - January 14th, 2020

I approached this book as someone with zero interest in the tech world, but no matter. It is a classic outsider-looking-in tale, and that will get me every time. Anna Wiener leaves the publishing world in New York to navigate— with dark humor, winning self-awareness, and seemingly incongruous sensitivity— Silicon Valley and Big Data. It is a memoir that strikes the perfect balance. There is enough of the narrator to give the book a stakes, and soul, but really her role is to guide us, the laymen, through a world we engage with every day, that collects data on us every day, but that we may barely understand, and may not have thought we cared to... Truly, Uncanny Valley is fascinating and alarming, and you should take the tour.


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Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807039830
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Published: Beacon Press - September 17th, 2019

Read this, and you will learn so much — about American politics, Black activism, literary criticism, and one woman at the helm of it all in the 1950s and 60s. If you are like I was, anything you think you know about Lorraine Hansberry's play A Raisin in the Sun is a flattened and incomplete portrait, stripped of the radical spirit that defined its author. Hansberry was an incredible person — the inspiration for Nina Simone's "To Be Young, Gifted, and Black" and close confidante of James Baldwin — and Imani Perry captures her here with an elegant balance of a biographer's reserve and distance, and love.


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Seasonal Associate (Semiotext(e) / Native Agents) Cover Image
By Heike Geissler, Kevin Vennemann (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9781635900361
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Published: Semiotext(e) - December 4th, 2018

Normally, I'm turned off by the use of second-person narration, but Heike Geissler uses it to entertaining and engaging effect! In Seasonal Associate she guides you — yes, you! — through a seasonal position at an Amazon warehouse, where, for a creative and sensitive soul like yourself, things are as bleak and existentially wretched as you might have guessed. The novel is set partly in Germany, partly in the homogenized setting of Capitalism, partly in Geissler's philosophical & sharp-witted mind. Truly, hers is a unique approach with great emotional depth and many musings on the nature of work, dignity, and mortality worth underlining. Experimental, yes, but not alienating. Quite the opposite!


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After the Winter Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781566895255
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Published: Coffee House Press - September 4th, 2018

A quiet novel, with a precision— towards language; towards the movements, habits, and emotional nuances of its characters— that I found utterly addicting. And, actually, it's very funny. The pages glide by.


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Inheritance From Mother: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781590519851
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Published: Other Press - April 9th, 2019

Mitsuki Katsura is the self-proclaimed "offspring of a serial novel," and quite the fairy tale heroine for our day -- when money is more desired than Prince Charming. Inheritance from Mother is a measured and meditative study of the relationship between Mitsuki and her "outrageous" mother, Mitsuki and her "pampered" sister, Mitsuki and her "philandering" husband ... oh yes, and the relationship between Romance & Reality, East and West, the Old World and the New....

Well, gee. Who knew one woman's life could contain such incredible depth?

With its intricate plot, patient storytelling, and clever admixture of literary allusion, Inheritance from Mother, originally serialized in a Japanese newspaper in 2010, is a friggin masterpiece, and certainly up there with my favorite books of all time.


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Bailey's Cafe (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679748212
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Published: Vintage - August 31st, 1993

Basically, a masterpiece. One of those books that make you think "what's wrong with them? Why didn't they make us read THIS in school?" The saddest, strangest, most transcendent characters you'll ever meet, in the saddest, strangest, most transcendent setting. (And, bonus, the freshest take on baseball, especially the Negro Leagues, you'll ever read).


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At Home in the World: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250046444
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Published: Picador - September 3rd, 2013

An invaluable portrait of a young woman's coming-of-age. Equally fascinating for what we now know of its critical reception 20 years ago. Joyce Maynard's 1998 memoir tells the story of how a teen girl with ambition and talent in the 1970s evolved as a writer over the course of decades— how her voice was shaped early on by the voice of her mother, then, later, by the voice of J.D. Salinger, with whom she had an intense emotional and sexual relationship. This memoir is clutch-to-your-chest Intimate. People and places come to absolute life on the page. It is relevant to the discussions we are having right now about gender and power. I also simply loved reading the story of a writer: from her first assignment, to her first book deal; through it all, seeing how her perspective shifts, her voice matures. Fortunately for us all, Maynard comes to the understanding that the story of her relationship with Salinger (a man 35 years her senior, and a powerful, cult-like figure in the literary world she hopes to occupy) is her story, too. In this memoir, she tells it.


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State: A Team, a Triumph, a Transformation Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781572842663
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Published: Agate Midway - August 13th, 2019

State is an excellent work of women's history, sports journalism, and personal memoir. By its end, you will be convinced that basketball is everything. For Melissa Isaacson and her fellow high school teammates in the 1970s, basketball means the difference between living as a hapless "tomboy" and someone strong: an Athlete. Isaacson will make you feel the power of this distinction. A love-letter to team sports, while about so much more than "just" sports, I cried about seventeen times.


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

Such a Fun Age is a bright, fresh take on modern-day race and class relations in an American city, a take both deliciously entertaining and mercilessly cynical. The characters are at once so archetypal and so alive— their dialogue rings as true as if they were standing in the room with you— that this would make an excellent movie. It is already a movie in my mind (an Adam Driver/Justin Long mash-up plays Kelley). Such a Fun Age is that marvelous balance of fun and smart that makes you wonder why you'd ever bother reading a dull book in your life.


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Rebecca Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780380730407
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 5th, 2006

Mannered and fussy. Spooky and savage. Rebecca— a decadent, slow-burn Gothic from the 1930s— is not an eat-your-vegetables Classic. More like an eat-your-crimson-cherries-by-guttering-candlelight Classic. Eat it! I mean, Read it! It's delicious.


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Three Women Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451642292
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - July 9th, 2019

This intensely intimate work of nonfiction is comprised of three entertaining— yet often painful— portraits of three American women, who generously invited journalist Lisa Taddeo into the privacy of their romantic and sexual lives. Taddeo miraculously captures what is unique in each woman's voice, and yet it is her own voice— direct, engaging, nonjudgmental— that unifies this collection into something undeniably whole.


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Strange Weather in Tokyo Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781640090163
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - November 14th, 2017

“Certainly, it’s good to have a premise of love.”

Strange Weather is a novel about two unlikely drinking buddies and the singular relationship that develops between them, both within and beyond Satoru’s Tokyo bar. This is a book that will engage all of your five senses - especially your palette - and make you wonder at how silliness and absurdity can squeeze your heart with such delicacy. In other words, read it to laugh, and to feel, and have some delicious cuisine — preferably Japanese — near at hand!


The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781368046459
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Published: Hyperion Books for Children - July 2nd, 2019

A hilarious (& sweet) emotional rollercoaster for Pigeon, who has to go to school— Relatable for any of us, at any age, who stress out when confronted with the unknown. You will love Pigeon & definitely laugh out loud!


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Prince Bertram the Bad Cover Image
By Arnold Lobel, Arnold Lobel (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781250143662
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - June 11th, 2019

Prince Bertram is BAD. He throws spiders in the soup! He breaks all his toys!
Don't worry. He gets in trouble.
You'll love this moral tale featuring a dragon, a witch, charming illustrations, and a sweet, but not cloying, message.


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Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812980349
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 18th, 2017

Pure fun. A total "beach read" of a novel, and I'd venture to say a pretty clever reimagining of Austen, too. I love Sittenfeld's writing, which propels me forward with delicious ease. Gossipy, frothy, and funny. Read this when you feel like relaxing.


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An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616208684
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 5th, 2019

I had tears standing in my eyes for practically the duration of this novel. Not because it's "sad" or "depressing," nothing as simple as that. (There is nothing simple about the infinitely complicated dilemmas these characters face). Just because it made me FEEL, constantly. Magnificent book, just beautiful.


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Conversations with Friends: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451499066
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Published: Hogarth - August 7th, 2018

This novel is Hip. Sally Rooney has written a fascinating and hugely entertaining social drama based in today's anti-establishment attitudes & advanced understanding of human sexuality. That's what makes her novel fun, and current. What makes this novel, I think, very, very brilliant is how it feels like a natural step in a timeless literary conversation about women's physical bodies and emotions ... I thought of lonesome and alienating Jean Rhys novels, I thought of the physical wretchedness of The Bell Jar, I thought of the claustrophobically intimate, "spinster-ish" Anita Brookner novels I so adore... I was reminded of all of this while reading something undeniably Now, undeniably fresh and unique and entertaining as hell. Very, very excellent. I finished it on 1st of March, but I already know it will be the best book I read this year.


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We Are Okay Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142422939
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Published: Penguin Books - February 26th, 2019

Unique and meditative, full of sadness and love. For readers of all ages.


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The Far Field Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802147967
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Published: Grove Press - October 15th, 2019

Gripping beginning, astounding ending. Compelling narrative voice throughout. I thought it was quite masterful, with a satisfying, moral gut-punch of a conclusion.


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On the Come Up Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062498564
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 5th, 2019

On the Come Up is a fantastic novel with entertaining, endearing and beautifully-drawn characters living in Garden Heights, the fictional neighborhood first introduced in Thomas's debut The Hate U Give. This novel explores similar themes of power, race, and self-expression, this time through Bri, an aspiring rapper and all-around cool teen. I loved Bri. Witnessing how she puts together rhymes, constructs music, and handles the misinterpretation of her words was compelling stuff -- and should especially appeal to aspiring writers and lovers of language. I cannot praise this novel enough. Better than The Hate U Give!


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Circe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316556323
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 14th, 2020

This was a beautiful, moving, stirring epic, about an immortal goddess who, in the thousands of years of her existence, faces many heartbreaks, triumphs, and very dull days, too. Reading the adventures of gods, monsters, and mortals— and learning the who’s-who of the heavenly realm— was a blast. But what I truly loved about this novel was Circe’s development from naive river nymph to self-possessed witch of Aiaia.

It might take an eternity of living to realize the loveliness of human mortality— Circe, in her eternal wisdom, had me convinced by the end of 400 pages.


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The Dakota Winters: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062258212
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Published: Ecco - September 24th, 2019

I have zero interest in The Beatles, even less in tales of male bonding at sea. It’s a testament to this novel’s narration that I 100% loved this book. I’ll follow a compelling voice anywhere, and I followed Anton Winter, fictional son of a 1970s talk show host, to the Dakota Apartments in NYC, to Ted Kennedy’s campaign, John Lennon’s assassination, and broader explorations of fame, wealth, ambition, obsession, celebrity, and privacy. With warmth and casualness, Winter invited me into a glamorous and entertaining world, one I eagerly dived into every morning when I woke up. A treat to read!


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Anne of Green Gables (Puffin Classics) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780141321592
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Published: Puffin Books - September 11th, 2008

I re-read Anne of Green Gables last winter and was struck all over again by Anne's magnificent imagination, intelligence, and bravery. Recent adaptations of the book have brought into starker focus the violence and trauma of Anne's past, but something else -- something fun -- that struck me as an adult reader is how hilarious this book is. The banter between Anne and her adoptive mother, Marilla, is comic gold.


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Based on a True Story Cover Image
By Delphine de Vigan, George Miller (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781632868152
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - May 9th, 2017

An intelligent, elegant page-turner laced with a central mystery throughout – what happened between the narrator and her once-friend L.? French author de Vigan masterfully balances insights on writing, reading, and identity with a truly thrilling plot. I loved every line and would venture to call this a perfect novel.


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Eileen: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143128755
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Published: Penguin Books - August 16th, 2016

Eileen immerses you completely in the perspective of its title character Eileen Dunlop, a prissy, perverse, socially-strange, and desperately lonely prison worker, who seems at once seventeen and sixty-five, but is, in fact, twenty-four. Loving Eileen the novel means loving Eileen the character, and I did. I found her both frightening and endearing. And Moshfegh’s incredible structure is such that interlaced within the bleak comedy of Eileen’s life is a sense of hope, and of mystery.


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The Burning Girl: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393356052
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 5th, 2018

This is a story about the stories we write for women and girls -- stories of violence, abuse, victimhood, sex, and misconduct -- and how all stories, no matter how close they hope to get to the truth, are made up. When I started The Burning Girl, I was struck by how different it was from Messud's last book, The Woman Upstairs. Where that book is cynical and chic, this one is earnest and suburban, almost YA in its affect. But like Nora in that other book, Julia is an analytical, voyeuristic narrator, who desires to be seen, understood, and loved -- even while failing to fully see or understand the one she's fixed her own gaze on, her beloved Cassie.


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Another Country (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679744719
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Published: Vintage - December 1st, 1992

This was my first novel by Baldwin, the book that introduced me to his incredible sensitivity and ability to take on multiple human perspectives. A gorgeous, moving soap opera of a novel set in New York City in the 1950s.


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We Have Always Lived in the Castle: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Shirley Jackson, Jonathan Lethem (Afterword by), Thomas Ott (Illustrator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143039976
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 31st, 2006

Shirley Jackson has a knack for turning domestic spaces into bizarre and wondrous realms. In We Have Always Lived in the Castle she creates an entire universe from the most domestic of spaces -- the kitchen. Literally an entire universe for the Blackwood sisters, whose dark past, fear of the outside, and simple self-sufficiency drive them to a smaller and smaller existence not only in their community, but in their own home.

I think it has a happy ending, but not everyone agrees. Judge for yourself.


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Isadora: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250183095
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Published: Picador - May 8th, 2018

This is a novel to be read with all of the attention and appreciation you might give to a particularly rich and expensive bonbon, placed whole on your tongue. It is a portrait of Isadora Duncan at a moment of specific loss -- a moment Amelia Gray has rendered with humor and tragedy, silliness and beautiful sentences.


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Something Wicked This Way Comes: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501167713
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 24th, 2017

A deliciously creepy novel – perfect for Halloween, or any time you’re looking for a spook – that dramatizes the ghastly consequences of eternal youth. Read this, be transported by a story like you haven’t been since you were a kid, and be glad the journey back to childhood goes no further than that…


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Cake Time Cover Image
By Siel Ju
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ISBN: 9781597090315
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Published: Red Hen Press - April 6th, 2017

Cake Time follows a young woman through her relationship history, from her teen years through her mid-30s, in an era of “hookups,” when no one is “settling down”. The main character serves as both participant in and witness to a bizarre – at times brutal –sexual landscape A risqué, honest book that manages to portray graphic sex in a way that never feels crass or indulgent – in part thanks to the book’s sensitive and insightful narrator, whom I loved.


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The Door (NYRB Classics) Cover Image
By Magda Szabo, Len Rix (Translated by), Ali Smith (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781590177716
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Published: NYRB Classics - January 27th, 2015

The Door begins with a shocking confession of murder. Magda, a writer - and the narrator of this story - claims responsibility for the death of her housekeeper Emerence. The novel that follows isn't a traditionally plotted murder mystery, but instead a quiet and existential tale of mortality, guilt, and personal privacy. Fans of Ferrante's Neapolitan series will be drawn to the volatile yet deeply loving bond between Magda and Emerence.


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Pond Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399575907
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 11th, 2017

Atmospheric and cerebral musings make up this melancholy and often humorous exploration of solitude. Pond's narrator is a woman with very specific ideas on how to arrange flaked almonds in a bowl of porridge, who throws a dinner party because she has "so many glasses after all." Set against the changing seasons of a small village in rural Ireland, Pond is a pleasurable meditation on the self at home.


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Two Serious Ladies: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062283122
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Published: Ecco - February 25th, 2014

I adore everything about this book, from the pretty cover and prim prose to the bizarre— yet infinitely reasonable— actions of Frieda and Christina. There is nothing precious about this portrait of two 20th century American women who follow their own self-created codes of living. These ladies are strange, hilarious, and— above all— dead serious.


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The Visiting Privilege: New and Collected Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101873717
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Published: Vintage - August 9th, 2016

In Williams's stories, young girls spout worldly wisdom while grown women languish in gin-soaked passivity. Everyone is distinctively dressed, and there is always food, but no one is ever eating. I can't quite sum up forty-six stories spanning an entire, brilliant career - I highly recommend reading them.


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The Beautiful Bureaucrat: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250103758
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Published: Picador - May 10th, 2016

A warm, humane little book about the brutal coldness of bureaucracy. The Beautiful Bureaucrat is a stylish and witty celebration of love and family . . . and a frightening portrait of what happens to our skin and eyeballs when we are stranded in tiny rooms, in hateful jobs.


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After Birth Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544582910
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Published: Mariner Books - February 2nd, 2016

After Birth is at once an intimate and original tale of new motherhood, and a larger, highly vitriolic critique of the birth industry. It is an exploration, too, of the sometimes tragic failure of female friendship. Ari is a narrator full of rage - at times difficult to love, but always very, very funny and insightful.


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A Little Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804172707
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Published: Anchor - January 26th, 2016

Intense, and very moving. A Little Life is a fascinating contribution to the great epics of friendship, romance, and family. Very very dark, yes -- but also compassionate, earnest, and stylistically original.


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The Story of a New Name: Neapolitan Novels, Book Two Cover Image
By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781609451349
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Published: Europa Editions - September 3rd, 2013

Excellent, excellent, excellent. In The Story of A New Name, the stakes are raised on themes introduced in the first novel -- friendship, female agency, the acquisition of weath & power, creative endeavor -- yet the ever-forward momentum that made My Brilliant Friend so addicting never ceases. The relationships between characters old and new are, as ever, ever in flux, and increasinly complicated. Elena & Lila's worlds expand, yet their core concerns -- of friendship, romance, and personal striving -- remain.


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Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings Cover Image
By Shirley Jackson, Laurence Hyman (Editor), Sarah Hyman DeWitt (Editor), Ruth Franklin (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780812987324
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 7th, 2016

Wow. People kept recommending Shirley Jackson to me, and I can see why. Here, the fantastical becomes the everyday, the everyday fantastical. Hilarious, often unsettling. A wonderful introduction to this important and prolific writer.


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Can't and Won't: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250062437
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Published: Picador - March 31st, 2015

Lydia Davis is a master stylist.  In Can't & Won't she has written strange, irreverent little tales honoring our everyday fears & anxieties.


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Please Talk to Me: Selected Stories (The Margellos World Republic of Letters) Cover Image
By Liliana Heker, Alberto Manguel (Translated by), Miranda France (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780300198041
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Published: Yale University Press - May 26th, 2015

What I love about working at Antigone is coming across an author like Liliana Heker, whom I never may have discovered otherwise. Please Talk to Me is a sampling of Heker's work published in her native Argentina between 1966 & 2011. This collection is rife with twists, existential insight, and some delightfully creepy -- yet sympathetic -- narrators. Each story is unlike the last. Highly recommended.
 


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Duplex: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555976910
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 7th, 2014

A series of vivid & terrifying images make up this tale of suburbia— Duplex is unlike anything I’ve ever read. Allow yourself to be swept up— lost, even— in the strangeness, and you will adore this novel as much as I did.


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Too Much Happiness (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307390349
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Published: Vintage - November 2nd, 2010

What can you say about a woman who won the Nobel  Prize for her fiction? Just that, yes, you really should get around to reading her, because her stories are stranger and more unsettling that you might have imagined… And, of course, beautifully crafted. Fiction at its most empathetic and original.


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By Dorthe Nors, Martin Aitken (Translated by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781555976651
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 4th, 2014

I'll read almost anything with a pink cover. Usually it pays off, certainly in the case of this slim volume of stories by Danish writer Dorothe Nors. This collection contains psychological portraits of great depth and humor, with acts of violence and desperation so stealthily rendered you'll hardly realize they've crept upon you.


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By César Aira, Katherine Silver (Translated by)
$13.95
ISBN: 9780811221085
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Published: New Directions - October 6th, 2015

This compact novel features a dinner party hosted by an eccentric, a zombie apocalypse, and a complicated mother/son relationship. Sophisticated and ridiculous. Erudite and very funny. Cesar Aira is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors!