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This Week's Recommendations

The Interrogative Mood: A Novel?

Padgett Powell

The Interrogative Mood: A Novel? By Padgett Powell

Looking for a good read?  How about Padgett Powell’s new book, which consists entirely of questions?  Does that sound too strange or perhaps gimmicky?  What if I told you it was humane, funny and wise?  Would you at least pick it up and page through it?  Could you perhaps take it home with you?  Might you enjoy it?  (MI)


Marilynne Robison

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

This beautiful novel is reminiscent of Keats in atmosphere and poetic lyricism, Slow down and pay attention to the breathtakingly beautiful language in Marilynne Robinson’s extraordinary novel of loss and survival. (MMF)

The Glover's Mistake

Nick Laird

Glover’s Mistake by Nick Laird

Across the Endless River

Thad Carhart

Across the Endless River by Thad Carhart

A brilliantly imagined and gracefully written life of Sacagawea’s son—born on the Lewis & Clark Expedition, raised in St. Louis, presented at the courts of Europe—by the bestselling author of The Piano Shop on the Left Bank.  Don’t miss this quintessential American story!  (MA)

The Swan

Jim Cohee

Swan by Jim Cohee

A perfect jewel of a novella centering on a sensitive, imaginative ten-year-old who has gone mute following the death of his sister, set in the '50s Indiana.


Ana Maria Shua

Microfictions by Ana Maria Shua

The literary equivalent of Tapas – an assortment of small servings that are just as satisfying (if not more so) than a single big thing. Whether you read it straight through, follow the thematic groupings (“monsters,” “magic,” “men & women,” etc…), or explore at random, this is a wonderful book. (MI).

Nobody Move

Denis Johnson

Nobody Move by Denis Johnson

Want to know what the low life are up to in Bakersfield? Read Denis Johnson’s Nobody Move, which sets a new gritty bar for noir novels a la Raymond Chandler. Hard-boiled characters caught up in a tangle of money, betrayal, alienation, sex, and revenge. (MMF)


Wislawa Szymborska

Here by Wislawa Szymborska


Brian Selznick

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Another amazing book from the author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Wonderstruck has the same daring use of form, and delightful illistrations, and a story that will knock your socks of. I've been waiting eagerly for Mr. Selznicks newest book: now that it's here, it's been worth the wait. You need to read this marvelous book.

Anatomy of a Disappearance

Hisham Mater

Anatomy of a Disappearance by Hisham Matar

A tenderly written novel about fathers and sons. It has the literary quality of Greek myth. [fs]