New Books

The books featured below represent a sample of our vast range—visit the store to see our entire inventory, and if you’d like more information on the titles we carry, check out our Staff Picks!

June 2017

On The Camino
Graphic novel by Jason
Hardcover; $24.99

The Camino de Santiago is a 500-mile pilgrimage route in northwestern Spain. It is walked by thousands every year, and to mark his 50th birthday, the Norwegian cartoonist Jason decided that walking the length of the Camino was what he needed to do. This is Jason’s memoir of that trek—32 days and 500 miles from St. Jean Pied de Port to Finisterre, observing with the eye of an artist, chronicling both the good (people, conversations) and the bad (blisters, bedbugs).

Rabbit Cake
Novel by Annie Hartnett
Paperback; $15.95

Twelve-year-old Elvis Babbitt has a head for the facts: she knows science proves yellow is the happiest color, she knows a giraffe weighs about 3,000 pounds, and she knows that the naked mole rat is the longest living rodent. She also knows she should plan to grieve her mother, who has recently drowned while sleepwalking, for exactly eighteen months. As hilarious a storyteller as she is heartbreakingly honest, Elvis is a truly original voice in this exploration of grief, family, and the endurance of humor after loss.

The Hall of the Singing Caryatids
Fiction by Victor Pelevin
Paperback; $9.95

After auditioning for the part as a singing geisha at a dubious bar, Lena and eleven other girls are sent to work at an underground nightclub reserved exclusively for Russia’s upper-crust elite. They are to be a sideshow attraction billed as the “famous singing caryatids”—and things only get weirder from there. The Russian literary master Victor Pelevin holds nothing back, and The Hall of the Singing Caryatids is far-out, far-fetched, and fiendishly funny.

The Glacier
Novel by Jeff Wood
Paperback; $15.95

A spellbinding work in the spirit of Tarkovsky or Jodorowsky that reimagines the American frontier at the turn of the millennium, a time when suburban development was metastasizing and the Social was about to implode. Following a caterer at a convention center, a surveyor residing in a storage unit, and the masses lining up for an Event on the horizon, The Glacier is a poetic rendering of the pre-apocalypse and a requiem for the passing of one world into another.

The Others
Poetry by Matthew Rohrer
Paperback; $18

A gripping, eerie, and hilarious novel-in-verse from poet Matthew Rohrer. In a Russian-doll of fictional episodes, we follow an entry-level publishing assistant over the course of a day as he encounters ghost stories, science fiction adventures, Victorian hashish eating, and robot bigfoots. Rohrer mesmerizes with wildly imaginative tales and resonant verse in this compelling love letter to storytelling.

Nature Poem
Poetry by Tommy Pico
Paperback; $14.95

Nature Poem follows Teebs―a young, queer, American Indian (or NDN) poet―who can’t bring himself to write a nature poem. For the reservation-born, urban-dwelling hipster, the exercise feels stereotypical, reductive, and boring. He hates nature. He prefers city lights to the night sky. He’d slap a tree across the face. Over the course of the book we see him confronting the assimilationist, historical, colonial-white ideas that collude NDN people with nature.

Other June arrivals: A Dark Dreambox of Another Kind, The Poems of Alfred Starr Hamilton; Essay Stanzas by Thomas Meyer; Motor Maids across the Continent by Ron Padgett; My Enemies by Jane Gregory; Rude Woods by Nate Klug; Splash State by Todd Colby; The Living Method by Sara Nicholson; Fable of an Inconsolable Man by Javier Etchevarren; Night Badly Written: Poems 2000-2015 by Víctor Rodríguez Núñez; Joy of Missing Out by Ana Božičević; Blue Hallelujahs by Cynthia Manick; I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well by James Allen Hall; Hollywood Forever by Harmony Holiday; One Daughter Is Worth Ten Sons by Jiwon Choi; I Love It Though by Alli Warren; On Walking On by Cole Swensen; Black Peculiar by Khadijah Queen; Low Village by Daniel Riddle Rodriguez; The Portable Man by Armando Jaramillo Garcia; Go Find Your Father/A Famous Blues by Harmony Holiday; The Ingenious Gentleman and Poet Federico García Lorca Ascends to Hell by Carlos Rojas; Blue Yodel by Ansel Elkins; Eruv by Eryn Green; Tales of a Severed Head by Rachida Madani; The Brazen Plagiarist by Kiki Dimoula; Slow Lightning by Eduardo Corral; It Is Daylight by Arda Collins; Crush by Richard Siken; La Vida Doble by Arturo Fontaine; Winter Mythologies and Abbots by Pierre Michon; Swann’s Way: In Search of Lost Time, Volume 1 and Volume 2 by Marcel Proust; The Lair by Norman Manea; Openwork: Poetry and Prose by André du Bouchet; Full Body Pleasure Suit by Elsbeth Pancrazi; Who Whispered Near Me by Killarney Clary; Wintering by Megan Snyder-Camp; Grace Notes: Appogiatures by Jean Cocteau; The Mountains of Parnassus by Czeslaw Milosz; Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions by Maurice Manning; Selected Poems by Geoffrey Hill; Juvenilia by Ken Chen; Field Guide by Robert Hass; Thoreau’s Animals by Henry David Thoreau; Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov; White Guard by Mikhail Bulgakov; Bodies of Summer by Martin Felipe Castagnet; Congratulations on Your Martyrdom! by Zachary Tyler Vickers; The Truth about Marie by Jean-Philippe Toussaint; The Biographical Dictionary of Literary Failure by C. D. Rose; Shakespeare’s Sonnets; Father and Son by E.O. Plauen; Junkspace / Running Room by Rem Koolhaas and Hal Foster; Mawrdew Czgowchwz by James McCourt; My Katherine Mansfield Project by Kirsty Gunn; You and Me: The Neuroscience of Identity by Susan Greenfield; Specimen Days and Collect by Walt Whitman; The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka; Cold Pastoral by Rebecca Dunham; I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On by Khadijah Queen; Black Sun by Geoffrey Wolff

May 2017

Splitting an Order
Poetry by Ted Kooser
Hardcover; $23

  • Top Ten Pick for poetry in Publishers Weekly

Ted Kooser calls attention to the intimacies of life through commonplace objects and occurrences: an elderly couple sharing a sandwich is a study in transcendent love, while a tattered packet of spinach seeds calls forth innate human potential. This long-awaited collection from the former U.S. Poet Laureate—ten years in the making—is rich with quiet and profound magnificence.

Hymn for the Black Terrific
Poetry by Kiki Petrosino
Paperback; $14.95

Petrosino offers us wildly inventive lyrics that take as launch pad allergenesis, the contents and significance of swamps, a revised notion of marriage, and ancestors—both actual and dreamed. The eponymous second section storms through Chinese delicacies, doubts, and confident proclamations from regions of an exploratory self. Hymn for the Black Terrific is a book of pure astonishment.

Dance of the Jakaranda
Novel by Peter Kimani
Paperback; $15.95

Set in the shadow of Kenya’s independence from Great Britain, Dance of the Jakaranda reimagines the special circumstances that brought black, brown, and white men together to lay the railroad that heralded the birth of the nation. The novel traces the lives of three men whose lives intersect when they are implicated in the controversial birth of a child. Dance of the Jakaranda is firmly anchored in the African oral storytelling tradition, its language a dreamy, exalted, and earthy mix that creates new thresholds of identity.

Other May arrivals: Likenesses by Heather Tone; Madwoman by Shara McCallum; Abyss by Ya Hsien; Now and at the Hour of Our Death by Susana Moreira Marques; Hard Child by Natalie Shapero