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This World

He is a little like a Chinese poet who deconstructs being a Chinese poet; who shows us backstage so we see the preconditions of deep attention.


Eileen: A Novel

At their best, Moshfegh’s sentences are able to probe topics of death with a certain liveliness, as when Eileen describes her fascination with books and darkness


The Last Two Seconds

Bang doesn’t offer a solution. There may not be one. But she asks the questions, again and again, in different shapes and orders, never losing sight of the ways in which reality slips and fiction – however we define it – tucks itself in beside truth.


The Hope of Floating Has Carried Us This Far

Ultimately, Wikswo’s collection sits astride speculative nonfiction, magic realism, science fiction, and prose poetry, proudly genre queer, wholly itself.


A Manual for Cleaning Women

In reading Berlin, you will forget where you are sitting, who else is in the house, what you have to do later this afternoon. You will be entranced. With Berlin, the story, above all else, is the thing.


Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy: Advice and Confessions on Writing, Love, and Cannibals

You can read Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy to learn about writing, to laugh about writing, to read Moore’s writing, or for all of those reasons.


I Was a Revolutionary

I Was A Revolutionary offers so much thematic meat to chew on that the patchiness of the writing can be forgiven, which is—as is common with collections—hit or miss from piece to piece.


Secondhand Souls

This isn’t the place to start with Moore, but for those who read and loved A Dirty Job, Secondhand Souls is a worthy sequel. Moore has created a world all his own, tackling dark subjects with a light-hearted irreverence.


You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine

Kleeman owns all of it. Her voice is brutal and fragile at the same time. Her eye for the absurdity of normalness is so sharp that the book puts you into a bubble of weird you won't be able to shake off for hours.


Bad Sex

I think you will like, dare I say love this book, but it is a lot like watching your skydiving partner step out at twenty thousand feet sans parachute.


X

Because of my fondness for this series and all of the characters, I do recommend starting from the very beginning. I have to admit, though, that X wouldn't make a bad diving in point if you you absolutely must go with the latest.


Andersonville

It makes Andersonville a more layered read than one might expect. And honestly, it was a welcome experience.


Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings

It is wit that makes this volume so valuable as a sort of road map leading one to the very spot where so many of Jackson’s imaginings originated.


George

Like much of the best children's literature, he says, George is about being true to who you are, being kind and learning about people both different — and maybe, similar to you.


Billion-Dollar Ball: A Journey Through the Big-Money Culture of College Football

Although he does give a good feel for the extensive effort involved in keeping academically challenged athletes eligible, we are left only to speculate if the players are much more than pawns to be used and discarded.