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A Highly Unlikely Scenario, or a Neetsa Pizza Employee's Guide to Saving the World: A Novel

by Rachel Cantor

"Cosmic and comic, full of philosophy, mysticism and celestial whimsy. Both profoundly wild and wildly profound." 

—Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

In the not-too-distant...


Lamberto, Lamberto, Lamberto

by Gianni Rodari & Antony Shugaar

A fable for children and adults: a story of life, death, and terrorism—in the grand tradition of Exupéry’s The Little Prince

When we first meet 93-year-old millionaire Baron Lamberto, he has been diagnosed...


After Midnight

by Irmgard Keun & Anthea Bell

Sanna and her ravishing friend Gerti would rather speak of love than politics, but in 1930s Frankfurt, politics cannot be escaped--even in the lady's bathroom. Crossing town one evening to meet up with Gerti's...


Eeeee Eee Eeee: A Novel

by Tao Lin

“Tao Lin writes from moods that less radical writers would let pass—from laziness, from vacancy, from boredom. And it turns out that his report from these places is moving and necessary, not to mention frequently...


Bed: Stories

by Tao Lin

College students, recent graduates, and their parents work at Denny’s, volunteer at a public library in suburban Florida, attend satanic ska/punk concerts, eat Chinese food with the homeless of New York City,...


Shoplifting From American Apparel

by Tao Lin

Set mostly in Manhattan—although also featuring Atlantic City, Brooklyn, GMail Chat, and Gainsville, Florida—this autobiographical novella, spanning two years in the life of a young writer with a cultish...


Thirty-Eight Witnesses: The Kitty Genovese Case

by A.M. Rosenthal, Samuel G. Freedman & Arthur Ochs Sulzberger

"[Rosenthal] told a stunning, tragic story and called each one of us to account for averting our eyes—and hearts—and voices."

—Mike Wallace, 60 Minutes

It remains one of the most notorious deaths in New...


My Autobiography

by Charlie Chaplin

“The best autobiography ever written by an actor. An astonishing work.” Chicago Tribune

Chaplin’s heartfelt and hilarious autobiography tells the story of his childhood, the challenge of identifying...


The Colonel: A Novel

by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi & Tom Patterdale

Winner of the 2013 Jan Michalski Prize

Longlististed for the Man Asian Literary Prize

A new novel by the master of Iranian letters that directly engages politics in Iran today

 

Ten years in the writing, this...


The Flight of the Intellectuals

by Paul Berman

Twenty years ago, Ayatollah Khomeini called for the assassination of Salman Rushdie—and writers around the world instinctively rallied to Rushdie’s defense. Today, according to writer Paul Berman, “Rushdie...


Aurorarama: A Novel

The Mysteries of New Venice #1

by Jean-Christophe Valtat

A seductive and shockingly inventive literary thriller that entwines suspense, history, the supernatural, adventure, steampunk, and a wicked sense of adventure into an intoxicating new genre.

EPISODE ONE IN AN...


Debt: The First 5,000 Years

by David Graeber

Now in paperback: David Graeber’s “fresh . . . fascinating . . . thought-provoking . . . and exceedingly timely” (Financial Times) history of debt

 

Here anthropologist David Graeber presents...


Havana Real: One Woman Fights to Tell the Truth about Cuba Today

by Yoani Sanchez

She's been kidnapped and beaten, lives under surveillance, and can only get online—in disguise—at tourist hotspots. She's a blogger, she's a Cuban, and she's a worldwide sensation.

Yoani Sánchez is an unusual...


Group Portrait with Lady

by Heinrich Boll & Leila Vennewitz

Cited by the Nobel Prize committee as the “crown” of Heinrich Böll’s work, the gripping story of Group Portrait With Lady unspools like a suspenseful documentary. Via a series of tense interviews, an...


Dead Funny: Telling Jokes in Hitler's Germany

by Rudolph Herzog

In Nazi Germany, telling jokes about Hitler could get you killed

 

Hitler and Göring are standing on top of the Berlin radio tower. Hitler says he wants to do something to put a smile on the Berliners’ faces....


Is Journalism Worth Dying For?: Final Dispatches

by Anna Politkovskaya & Arch Tait

A collection of final dispatches by the famed journalist, including the first translation of the work that may have led to her murder

Anna Politkovskaya won international fame for her courageous reporting. Is...


The Lake

by Banana Yoshimoto & Michael Emmerich

A major literary sensation is back with a quietly stunning tour de force about the redemptive power of love.

While The Lake shows off many of the features that have made Banana Yoshimoto famous—a cast of vivid...


The Drinker

by Hans Fallada, Charlotte Lloyd & A.L. Lloyd

Written in an encrypted notebook while incarcerated in a Nazi insane asylum and discovered after his death, The Drinker may be Hans Fallada’s most breathtaking piece of craftsmanship. It is an intense yet...


Little Man, What Now?

by Hans Fallada & Susan Bennett

This is the book that led to Hans Fallada’s downfall with the Nazis. The story of a young couple struggling to survive the German economic collapse was a worldwide sensation and was made into an acclaimed...


Ada's Algorithm: How Lord Byron's Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age

by James Essinger

“Readers are treated to an intimate portrait of Lovelace’s short but significant life along with an abbreviated history of 19th-century high-society London."

New Criterion

Over 150 years after her death,...