A perfect gift for every reader…
Y/N by Esther Yi: Surreal, hilarious, and shrewdly poignant.
A provocative literary debut about the universal longing for
transcendence and the tragic struggle to assert one’s singular story amidst the amnesiac effects of globalization.
“My definition of an unputdownable book . . . witty, astute, and self-aware.”
—Melissa Broder, author of Milk Fed
The Bathysphere Book by Brad Fox: A wide ranging, philosophical, and sensual account of early deep sea exploration in 1930 and its afterlives. Filled with hypnotic assemblage of brief chapters along with over fifty full-color images, records from the original bathysphere logbooks, and the moving story of surreptitious romance between William Beebe and Gloria Hollister.
“Hypnotic . . . Beautifully written and beautifully made.”
—W. M. Akers, The New York Times Book Review
A New York Times Best Crime Novel of 2023
A Wall Street Journal Best Mystery Book of 2023
“An eerily lyrical tour de force . . . [A] horrific, sustained portrait of a traumatized human soul.” —Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal
We Are a Haunting by Tyriek White: A poignant debut for readers of Jesmyn Ward and Jamel Brinkley, We Are a Haunting follows three generations of a working class Brooklyn family and their inherited ghosts: a story of hope and transformation.
“This is a stunningly original and beautiful novel of devotion, a book that gives and gives as it asks us what it means to be part of a family, of a community. Early novels like this don’t come around very often; this one brings to mind titles like Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon and Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine. It’s an absolute triumph.”
—Michael Schaub, NPR
Forbidden Notebook by Alba de Céspedes, translated by Ann Goldstein: With a foreword by Jhumpa Lahiri, a modern translation by acclaimed Elena Ferrante translator Ann Goldstein, a classic domestic novel that centers the inner life of a dissatisfied housewife living in postwar Rome.
Her Side of The Story by Alba de Céspedes, translated by Jill Foulston: As she looks back on her life, Alessandra Corteggiani recalls the lives of the women in her family and her working-class neighborhood, rigorously committed to telling “her side of the story,” with an afterword by Elena Ferrante.
⭐ “De Céspedes’s melancholy testament to a hidden life feels timeless and vital.” —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
Wild Dances by William Lee Adams: A memoir of glitz, glamour, geopolitics, and the power of pop music, following a misunderstood queer biracial kid from small-town Georgia who became the world’s foremost Eurovision Song Contest blogger.
“A page-turning, tragicomic memoir . . . Adams affirms a resilient idea of home that yearns to transcend space and time.” —Thúy Đinh, NPR
Jonathan Abernathy You Are Kind by Molly McGhee: A workplace novel that touches on themes most people know all too well—the relentlessly crushing weight of debt, the recognition that work won’t love you back and the awkwardness of finding love when you are
“McGhee’s novel feels like a dream that cannot be forgotten.”
—Haley Mlotek, The New York Time Book Review
The People Who Report More Stress by Alejandro Varela:
A collection of humorous, sexy, and highly neurotic tales about parenting, long-term relationships, systemic and interpersonal racism, and class conflict from the author of the National Book Award finalist The Town of Babylon.
“Alejandro Varela’s The People Who Report More Stress: Stories is a master class in analyzing the unspoken.” —The New York Times
Candelaria by Melissa Lozada-Oliva: Author of Dreaming of You Melissa Lozada-Oliva delivers an unsettling, raucous debut novel written with tongue-in-cheek humor and sharp cultural criticism that unearths one troubled family’s legacy, feasting on diasporic identity politics and examining the limits of bodily autonomy and the dangers of wanting to belong at any cost.
“It’s fun and wild and unexpected and one of the most original books I’ve read in ages.”—Xochitl Gonzalez, The TODAY Show
Do You Remember Being Born? by Sean Michaels: A moving, innovative and deeply felt novel about an aging poet who agrees to collaborate with a Big Tech company’s poetry AI, named Charlotte.
“No matter your stance on A.I., Do You Remember Being Born? is a tender and moving character portrait full of sharp scenes and memorable observations.”
—Lincoln Michel, The New York Times Book Review
Happy by Celina Baljeet Basra: An ambitious, fragmentary novel following a charming young gourmand who leaves his rural village in Punjab with big dreams, only to toil in restaurant kitchens and farms across Southern Europe, using his verdant fantasy life to survive the reality of ever-worsening conditions faced by all migrant workers.
“Leaping, chattering, dancing atop this conundrum comes the hero of Celina Baljeet Basra’s debut novel, Happy Singh Soni, his head bursting with ideas, his heart set on gargantuan dreams.—Kathryn Ma, The New York Times Book Review
The Parenthood Dilemma by Gina Rushton: A bold feminist
investigation into the mother of all questions; whether or not
to become a parent in these turbulent times.
⭐ “Rushton’s work is generous, thoughtful, and honest, taking care neither to romanticize nor to disparage the choice to become a parent.” —Jenny Hamilton, Booklist (starred review)
Rivermouth by Alejandra Oliva: In this powerful and deeply felt memoir of translation, storytelling, and borders, Alejandra Oliva, a Mexican-American translator and immigrant justice activist, offers a powerful chronical of her experience interpreting at the US-Mexico border.
“One of the most thoughtful meditations on our nation’s immigration policy in recent memory.” —The Boston Globe
Sunrise by Erika Kobayashi: Contemplative, lyrical, and unsettling, Sunrise is a collection of interconnected stories examining the visible and invisible consequences of atomic power.
⭐ “Fascinating . . . starkly lyrical . . . It’s a knockout.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Fire in the Canyon by Daniel Gumbiner: A new novel from National Book Award nominee Daniel Gumbiner about a California grape-grower, his family, and the climate disaster that upends their quiet lives.
“A kind of Steinbeck saga with more modern catastrophes in mind.” —Lorraine Berry, Los Angeles Times