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This Week's Recommendations

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]

The Art of Fielding

Chad Harbach

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

Here is the finest debut of the year, and the best fictional depiction of sports since the tennis sections of Infinite Jest. Written in beautiful, fluid prose, with characters so astutely observed I swore they were based on my college classmates and a plot way more page-turning than a baseball story has any right to be. The novelistic equivalent of a grand slam, read it. (MI)

Woman Lawyer

Barbara Babcock

Woman Lawyer is back in stock.

The Name of the Wind

Patrick Rothfuss

Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

If JRR Tolkien and JK Rowling had a son, his name would be Patrick Rothfuss!  (Anita)

Field Work

Mischa Berlinski

Fieldwork: A Novel by Mischa Berlinski

This is an engrossing novel with a Berkeley twist.  Martiya is a Berkeley-trained anthropologist who gives up a bright future in academia for a paradisiacal life in the field.  You too will be mesmerized by the people she studied then joined permanently in the lush back hills of a untouched part of Thailand.  Delightful! Intelligent! A page-turner! (SP)