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This Week's Recommendations

As A Friend

Forest Gander

As a Friend by Forest Gander

Fierce and profound, this elegiac novelan unsettling love story told in four parts is a stunner.  From the very first page, you know that you’re in the hands of a remarkable, intense, insightful writer who works magic with language.  Not surprising that he is an award-winning American poet. 

“A restlessly experimental writer.”—Robert Hass

~Mary

Case Histories

Kate Atkinson

Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

Is it a mystery?  Is it a literary novel?  Is it a terrific read?  All of the above!  Highly recommended.  This is a can’t put down page turner.  (FS)

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)

Housekeeping

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.

Microfictions

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)

Here

Wislawa Szymborska

Here by Wislawa Szymborska