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This Week's Recommendations

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

Wells Tower

*Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower

Monsieur Pain

Roberto Bolano

Monsieur Pain by Roberto Bolano

The Lonely Polygamist

The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall

The Size of the World

Joan Silber

The Size of the World by Joan Silber

The Shadow of Sirius

W. S. Merwin

The Shadow of Sirius by W.S. Merwin

Nobodies Album

Carolyn Parkhurst

 

The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst
 

End Games

Michael Dibdin

End Games by Michael Dibdin

Alas, this is Michael Dibdin’s last hurrah.  Our hero Auerlio Zen finds himself in Calabria, Sicily instead of his beloved Venice.  It is a complex and mysterious community with centuries old vendettas.  A complex story—of course well told and Zen wins a crime puzzle, yet again for the last time.  Sigh…

~Freyda

Channeling Mark Twain

Carol Muske-Dukes

Channeling Mark Twain by Carol Muske-Dukes

Set in the seventies, this powerful story follows Holly, an idealistic, young woman newly arrived in New York City from Minnesota, as she teaches poetry to a group of remarkable and unforgettable studentsprisoners at the Women’s House of Detention on Rikers Island. Carol Muske-Dukes is the Poet Laureate of California. Her writing is vibrant and elegant, the narrative magical and transformative.

~Mary

Night Work

Christine Schutt

Nightwor by Christine Schutt

Christine Schutt writes stories in sentences so potent and perect that reading them almost literally gets me high.  These are both slim little books, but they hit harder and stick with you longer than most novels on the market.  Fans of Mary Gaitskill or Lydia Davis, give Schutt a shot.

~Michael

The Irresistible Henry House

Lisa Grunwald

The Irresistible Henry House by Lisa Grunwald

Can too many mothers spoil the child?  They do in the case of Henry House, an orphan raised in a college home economics “practice house” in the 1950s.  Henry becomes adept at pleasing all of his “practice mothers,” but at a price.  He’ll spend his young adulthood figuring out not only how to attract love, but how to give it.  An insightful and bittersweet read.

~Molly