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!

December 2017

King Goshawk and the Birds
Fiction by Eimar O’Duffy
Paperback; $18

Originally published in 1926, this is the first installment of O’Duffy’s Cuanduine trilogy, which also included The Spacious Adventures of the Man in the Street (1928) and Asses in Clover (1933). Set in a future world devastated by the development of capitalism, King Goshawk concerns the eponymous tyrant’s attempt to buy all of the wildflowers and songbirds in Ireland, and the attempt by a Dublin philosopher as well as a number of mythical heroes of Irish tradition to stop him.

Life of a Bishop’s Assistant
Fiction by Viktor Shklovsky; translated by Valeriya Yermishova
Paperback; $16

Life of a Bishop’s Assistant is a “rewritten” biography of the 18th-century historical figure, Gavriil Dobrinin. The son of a priest, he became an assistant to a bishop before being fortunate to rise all the way to gubernia procurator. Despite the obscurity of Dobrinin, it is Shklovsky’s narration of his story that takes center stage. Like Zoo, or Letters Not About Love, Life of a Bishop’s Assistant is a notable example of experimentation with narrative form in the early twentieth century by one of its leading theorists.

The Gift of Delay: Selected Poems
Poetry by Maja Vidmar; translated by Andrej Pleterski
Paperback; $15

The Gift of Delay: Selected Poems offers a selection of the award-winning Slovene poetess Maja Vidmar, culled from several volumes: Body Distances (1984), Ways of Binding (1988), At the Base (1998) and Presence (2005), which was awarded the Jenko Prize. Vidmar is also the winner of the prestigious Prešeren Foundation Award, and her work has appeared internationally.

A Perfect Disharmony
Fiction by Sébastien Brebel; translated by Jesse Anderson
Paperback; $14

A middle-aged couple takes in a prurient young woman picked up from the side of the road; a single mother struggles against the hostile feelings she harbors towards her precocious son; a man has alternative fantasies of domination and submission involving a fellow commuter. In the fourteen stories that make up A Perfect Disharmony, Brebel explores the experiences of isolated women and sexually obsessed men while weaving together digression and daydreams.

November 2017

Riddles, Etc.
Poetry by Geoffrey Hilsabeck
Paperback; $17.95

In his debut collection, Hilsabeck proves himself adept at paradox, a poet who reaches toward the largeness of the cosmos in order to bring its essence closer to us. Approaching his subjects with the difficult task of describing their spirit without naming it directly, this collection is also a love letter—”Dear citizen stargazer”—to the known and unknown. A singular imagination is at work here, writing toward the unique and peculiar qualities of things and beings.

Contemplation
Poetry by Yanira Marimón; translated by Margaret Randall
Paperback; $18.95

Marimón creates unforgettable images in a voice uniquely her own. Her poems convey a sort of triumphal loneliness characteristic of her generation, a deep reverence for the symbols of her national landscape and culture laced with the personal dreams she is unafraid to express. Winner of Cuba’s prestigious National Literary Critic’s Prize, 2009.

Mother of All Pigs
Fiction by Malu Halasa
Paperback; $16.99

The Sabas family lives in a small Jordanian town that for centuries has been descended upon by all manner of invader, the latest a scourge of disconcerting Evangelical tourists. Enchanting and fearless, Halasa’s prose intertwines the lives of three generations of women as they navigate the often stifling, sometimes absurd realities of everyday life in the Middle East.

Which Once Had Been Meadow
Poetry by Ann Jäderlun; translated by Johannes Göransson
Paperback; $18

Ann Jäderlund is the author of ten books of poetry as well as two children’s books and several plays. Since the late 1980s—she published Som en gång varit äng (Which Once Had Been Meadow) in 1988—she has been one of the most influential poets in Sweden. This collection features dagger-sharp precise language that illustrates the viscera of nature and the body.


October 2017

Pilgrims of the Air: The Passing of the Passenger Pigeons
Non-fiction by John Wilson Foster

This is a story of flocks of birds so vast they made the sky invisible. It is also a story, almost as difficult to credit, of a collapse into extinction so startling to the inhabitants of the New World as to provoke a mystery. In the fate of the North American passenger pigeon we can read much of the story of wild America—the astonishment that accompanied its discovery, the allure of its natural ‘productions’, the ruthless exploitation of its ‘commodities,’ and the ultimate betrayal of its peculiar genius.

Uncertain Glory
Fiction by Joan Sales, translated by Peter Bush
Paperback; $18.95

This is a classic Catalan work about love, family, and class during the Spanish Civil war. Joan Sales, a combatant in the War, distilled his experiences into a timeless story of thwarted love, lost youth, and crushed illusions. A thrilling epic that has drawn comparison with the work of Dostoyevsky and Stendhal, Uncertain Glory is a homegrown counterpart to classics such as Homage to Catalonia and For Whom the Bell Tolls.

Late Empire
Poetry by Lisa Olstein
Paperback; $16

In her fourth book, Lisa Olstein employs her signature wit, wordplay, candor, and absurdity in poems that are her most personal—and political—to date. Like a brilliant dinner conversation that ranges from animated discussions of politics, philosophy, and religion to intimate considerations of motherhood, friendship, and eros, Olstein’s voice is immediately approachable yet uncomfortably at home in the American empire.

Kids of the Black Hole
Poetry by Marty Cain
Paperback; $16

“If Holden Caulfield had acid-tripped on friendship and death in the aughts—if he’d then fallen through a therapy-hole to ride shotgun in a dark-energy jalopy—he might have dreamed this long, wild narrative lit up on uncertainty and sex. To steal a phrase from Cain: this poem has risen from the dead to eat lesser poems. It glows.”—Cathy Wagner

Third-Millennium Heart
Poetry by Ursula Andkjær Olsen
Paperback; $16

The first book of the great contemporary Danish poet’s work to be translated into English, Third-Millennium Heart heavily underlines the fact that Ursula Andkjær Olsen possesses one of the wildest and sharpest intellects in Danish contemporary poetry. This collection meticulously interweaves biological systems with architectural annexes, mythological compositions and linguistic logics, while mercilessly turning the most intimate chambers of the body inside out.

Lighthouse for the Drowning
Poetry by Jawdat Fakhreddine
Paperback; $16

Presented bilingually, this first US publication of Jawdat Fakhreddine—one of the major Lebanese names in modern Arabic poetry—establishes a revolutionary dialogue between international, modernist values and the Arabic tradition. Fakhreddine’s unique voice is a breakthrough for the poetic language of his generation—an approach that presents poetry as a beacon, a lighthouse that both opposes and penetrates all forms of darkness.

White Dialogues
Short stories by Bennett Sims
Paperback; $15.99

In these eleven stories, Sims moves from slow-burn psychological horror to playful comedy, bringing us into the minds of people who are haunted by their environments, obsessions, and doubts. Told in electric, insightful prose, White Dialogues is a profound exploration of the way we uncover meaning in a complex, and sometimes terrifying, world. It showcases Sims’s rare talent and confirms his reputation as one of the most exciting young writers at work today.

Croatian War Nocturnal
Fiction by Spomenka Štimec; translated from the Esperanto by Sebastian Schulman
Paperback; $14

A fictionalized memoir of the wars in former Yugoslavia in the early 1990s, told from the perspective of a Croatian Esperanto activist and teacher. Composed on an early machine-translation computer while the author hid in her bathroom during bomb raids, the book consists of short, interconnected episodes describing the daily traumas of war and genocide and their effect on life and family, memory and language.

Some Say The Lark
Poetry by Jennifer Chang
Paperback; $15.95

Chang’s poems narrate grief and loss, and intertwine them with hope for a fresh start in the midst of new beginnings. With topics such as frustration with our social and natural world, these poems openly question the self and place and how private experiences like motherhood and sorrow necessitate a deeper engagement with public life and history.

Found Audio
Fiction by N.J. Campbell
Paperback; $15.99

“In his debut, Campbell has written a page-turner, an onion peel of a story surrounding nothing less than the central questions of human existence. The reader is led down a rabbit hole and back out again, confused, afraid, but nevertheless also ever so slightly amused. This is a weird little book full of momentum, intrigue, and weighty ideas to mull over.” —Publishers Weekly

September 2017

Waiting For A Spaceship
Poetry by J. Otis Powell
Paperback; $10

In Waiting For A Spaceship, J. Otis Powell pens a deep acknowledgement to both the pain of language and its potential for liberation. In these elegant and absorbing poems, Powell plays soloist to a backdrop of jazz rhythm, capable of moving from the elegiac to the celebratory in one shift of tone, expressing the haunted nature of American life: “Ghosts hitch rides on bodies / move inside souls.” His poems describe how the moment of poetic expression arrives in daily life at soul level. This is a poetry of necessity.

“A”
Poetry by Louis Zukofsky
Paperback; $24.95

At long last, here is the whole of Louis Zukofsky’s epic masterpiece “A,” back in print with misprints corrected and a new, fresh introduction by the noted scholar Barry Ahearn. No other poem in the English language is filled with as much daily love, light, intellect, and music. As William Carlos Williams once wrote of Zukofsky’s poetry, “I hear a new music of verse stretching out into the future.” Also available: Anew, Zukofsky’s complete shorter verse collected in one volume.

Mount Analogue
Fiction by Rene Daumal
Paperback; $14.95

In this novel/allegory the narrator/author sets sail in the yacht Impossible to search for Mount Analogue, the geographically located, albeit hidden, peak that reaches inexorably toward heaven. Daumal’s symbolic mountain represents a way to truth that “cannot not exist,” and his classic allegory of man’s search for himself embraces the certainty that one can know and conquer one’s own reality.

Blood Orange
Poetry by Angela Narciso Torres
Paperback; $17.95

Part memoir, part love letter to the Philippines of Narciso Torres’ youth, Blood Orange has received critical acclaim for its ability to be at once vividly present in the moment and fully attuned to the under-dwelling currents of history. This brilliant collection was the 2013 Willow Books Literature Awards Grand Prize Winner in Poetry.

Forget It
Poetry by Anastacia Reneé
Paperback; $17

Forget It draws the reader into the churning seas of dissolution—marriage, family, identity, livelihood—in language unknotted from the constraints of punctuation, syntax, sense. . . . Phantom births, ghosts, half-grown children, sex, betrayal, violence, anger, female body, the bloody aftermaths of dissolution sprawling, placental and umbilical, in the urgent, haunted language of dreaming and memory. City and speaker dissolve into one another, boundaries vanquished.

August 2017

Orakl
Poetry by Daniele Pantano
Paperback; $16.95

In Orakl, Pantano loosely translates the poems of Georg Trakl, then orders the lines in alphabetical order by their first words. One further aspect of the organization is that while these lines share this overt linguistic kinship—due to the alphabetical ordering, but also due to the frequent repetition of a starting word—the lines do not share any apparent meaning relations. Like the Persian ghazal, where each couplet is meant to stand alone, Pantano’s conceptual poetry forces us to leap from line to line, navigating the voids along the way.” —from the Introduction by Okla Elliott

The Easy Body
Poetry by Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta
Perfect Bound; $30

The Easy Body is a love letter from hell. In these poems, a fiery account of loss combines with a multi-lingual prophecy of stained, stunning beauty. In deep suffering and impure solidarity, the Latinx, matrilineal, colonized body of this text will never be ‘easy.’ Get ready for the birth of a riot and the death of the world.

You Da One
Poetry by Jennif(f)er Tamayo
Paperback; $18

“By turns violent, political, romantic, incestual, cerebral, bodily, and personal, this second full-length from Tamayo bears the formal markings of the hypermodern in its deployment of digital, pop, and intertextual elements. Written after her first trip back to her native Colombia in 25 years, the book is indebted to Rihanna, Barthes, and Aimé Césaire, whose texts she mines voraciously. Those influences, as well as the spectres of Alfred Molina and the author’s father, haunt the page, intermixed with screen captures, cheap internet advertising, deliberate misspellings, and pun-ridden Spanglish.” —Publishers Weekly

(v.)
Poetry by Anastacia-Reneé
Paperback; $16

Using a reimagined alphabet, Anastacia-Reneé offers takes on growing up, growing into our bodies, and the ways in which even our bodies are not our own. Her words define and redefine, explore hidden truths and expose the lies we are raised with. These poems are stories of blackness, of queerness, of womanhood and the combination of all the identities we hold externally and internally that create the tapestry of who we are and who we want to be.

CUNTRY
Poetry by Kristin Sanders
Paperback; $16

“An elegant excavation of Sanders’s twinned obsession with pornography and country music. Effortlessly slipping between poetry, memoir, and music criticism, Sanders disrobes the country song of the 90s and uses it as a lens to expose our culture’s sanitized images of femininity, skewering the objectifying nature of pop culture but also exploring the pleasures of objectification, of ‘lingering in the gaze.’ It is a story about how the very desires that make us also undo us.”—Elizabeth Hall

July 2017

Fen
Stories by Daisy Johnson
Paperback; $16

Fen transmutes the flat, uncanny fenlands of England into a rich, brooding atmosphere. From that territory grow stories that blend folklore and restless invention to turn out something entirely new. Amid the marshy paths of the fens, a teenager might starve herself into the shape of an eel. A house might fall in love with a girl and grow jealous of her friend. A boy might return from the dead in the guise of a fox. Out beyond the confines of realism, the familiar instincts of sex and hunger blend with the unpredictable wild as the line between human and animal is effaced by myth and metamorphosis.

Before Lyricism
Poetry by Eleni Vakalo
Paperback; $18

Eleni Vakalo (1921-2001) was a Greek poet, art critic, and art historian. She published fourteen books of poetry, and was intimately involved with the design and production of her early books. Indeed, Vakalo’s training as an art historian pushed her to initiate new poetic uses of the page. She received the State Poetry Prize in 1991 and the prestigious Academy of Athens Prize in 1997. Featuring six book-length poems, Before Lyricism will enrich not only our knowledge of a key period in Vakalo’s career, but English-language readers’ understanding of modern Greek poetry as a whole.

The Arthritic Grasshopper: Collected Stories
Fiction by Gisèle Prassinos
Paperback; $16.95

First discovered and published at the age of fourteen by the Surrealists, Prassinos quickly established herself in the literary world as a fount of automatic tales woven through with humor, coy menace, and a pervading sense of threatened feminine identity within a hostile world. This collection gathers together an assortment of anxious dream tales drawn from literary journals and plaquettes, introduced and illustrated by such admirers as Paul Éluard and Man Ray.

Where Now: New and Selected Poems
Poetry by Laura Kasischke
Paperback; $30

Laura Kasischke’s long-awaited selected poems, Where Now, presents the breadth of her probing vision that notices then subverts the so-called “normal.” A lover of fairy tales, Kasischke showcases her command of the symbolic, with a keen attention to sound in her exploration of the everyday—whether reflections on loss or the complicated realities of childhood and family.

Slabs
Poetry by Brittany Billmeyer-Finn
Paperback; $15

Slabs alternately satisfies and provokes, as it constructs a bridge between the sacred and the sexual, the mortal and the transcendent; the constantly vanishing figure and its lingering traces.” —Francesca Lisette

Slabs is a meditation on self care, sexuality, and identity through a dis/embodied subject in the water, the home, and in the streets. It is a collection of tender sincerities and queer awakening.

The Lice
Poetry by W.S. Merwin
Paperback; $15

This Fiftieth Anniversary edition celebrates one of the most ground-breaking books in American poetry. When first published in 1967, W.S. Merwin’s The Lice was revolutionary. Its visionary urgency directly engaged the nexus of aesthetics and morality, exerting an immediate and lasting effect on the writing and reading of poetry. Like all great art, this monumental work continues to inspire.

Other July arrivalsTogether and By Ourselves by Alex Dimitrov; Likenesses by Heather Tone; The Table by Francis Ponge; Kzradock the Onion Man and the Spring-Fresh Methuselah by Louis Levy; The King in the Golden Mask by Marcel Schwob; Give My Regards to Eighth Street: Collected Writings by Morton Feldman; I Remember Nightfall by Marosa di Giorgio; A Piece of Work by Annie Dorsen; Kholin 66 by Igor Kholin; Broken River by J. Robert Lennon; Afterland by Mai Der Vang; Duende by Tracy K. Smith

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