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As a boutique press, Two Dollar Radio publishes bold works of literary merit, each book, individually and collectively, providing a sonic progression that we believe to be too loud to ignore.
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    • Dispatches From Puerto Nowhere (FORTHCOMING) QUICK VIEW Dispatches From Puerto Nowhere (FORTHCOMING) a memoir by
      Robert Lopez

      March 2023!

      "A masterpiece clear and honest and alive to the world and its contradictions. Dispatches from Puerto Nowhere will hit you where live."
      —Justin Torres, author of We the Animals


      Through family recollection, the constant banter volleyed across nets within Brooklyn’s diverse tennis community, as well as an imagined fabulist history drawn from his grandfather’s remembered traits, Robert Lopez paints a compassionate portrait of family that attempts to bridge the past to the present, and re-claim a heritage threatened by assimilation and erasure.

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      Dispatches From Puerto Nowhere (FORTHCOMING)

      a memoir by
      Robert Lopez


      $ 24.99
      Format:  Hardback (FORTHCOMING)
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      "A masterpiece clear and honest and alive to the world and its contradictions. Dispatches from Puerto Nowhere will hit you where live."
      —Justin Torres, author of We the Animals

      Robert Lopez’s grandfather Sixto was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, in 1904, immigrating to the United States in the 1920s, where he lived in a racially proportioned apartment complex in East New York, Brooklyn, until his death in 1987. The family’s efforts to assimilate within their new homeland led to the near complete erasure of their heritage, culture, and language within two generations.

    • The Red-Headed Pilgrim (FORTHCOMING) QUICK VIEW The Red-Headed Pilgrim (FORTHCOMING) a novel by
      Kevin Maloney

      January 2023!

      "The Red-Headed Pilgrim is a revelation that achieves starry dynamo-level energy from the jump. Maloney's prose is sharp and vivid, full of trippy precision, and his story is funny, wild, painful and wise."
      —Sam Lipsyte, author of Hark and The Ask


      Provocative, poignant, and resoundingly hilarious, The Red-Headed Pilgrim is the tragicomic tale of an anxious red-head and his sordid pursuit of enlightenment and pleasure (not necessarily in that order).

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      The Red-Headed Pilgrim (FORTHCOMING)

      a novel by
      Kevin Maloney


      $ 9.99 $ 10.99
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      "The Red-Headed Pilgrim is a revelation that achieves starry dynamo-level energy from the jump. Maloney's prose is sharp and vivid, full of trippy precision, and his story is funny, wild, painful and wise."
      ——Sam Lipsyte, author of Hark and The Ask

      The Red-Headed Pilgrim is an irresistible novel of misadventure and new beginnings, of wanderlust and maybe bad decisions, of parenthood and divorce, and of the heartfelt truths we unearth when we least expect it.

    • They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us QUICK VIEW They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us a collection of essays by
      Hanif Abdurraqib

      A Best Book of 2017
      "Funny, painful, precise, desperate, and loving throughout. Not a day has sounded the same since I read him."
      —Greil Marcus, Village Voice

      In this collection of essays, Hanif Abdurraqib, acclaimed poet and cultural critic, grapples with a storm cloud of confounding emotions with prose that is immediate, personal, poetic, sometimes funny and always deeply touching. Coming Soon!

      They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us

      a collection of essays by
      Hanif Abdurraqib


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      *Best Books of 2017 —NPR, BuzzfeedPaste MagazineEsquireChicago Tribune, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, CBC, Stereogum, National Post, Entropy, Heavy, Book Riot, Chicago Review of BooksThe Los Angeles ReviewMichigan Daily
      *American Booksellers Association (ABA) 'December 2017 Indie Next List Great Reads'
      *Midwest Indie Bestseller

      In an age of confusion, fear, and loss, Hanif Abdurraqib's is a voice that matters. Whether he's attending a Bruce Springsteen concert the day after visiting Michael Brown's grave, or discussing public displays of affection at a Carly Rae Jepsen show, he writes with a poignancy and magnetism that resonates profoundly. In the wake of the nightclub attacks in Paris, he recalls how he sought refuge as a teenager in music, at shows, and wonders whether the next generation of young Muslims will not be afforded that opportunity now. While discussing the everyday threat to the lives of black Americans, Abdurraqib recounts the first time he was ordered to the ground by police officers: for attempting to enter his own car. In essays that have been published by the New York Times, MTV, and Pitchfork, among others—along with original, previously unreleased essays—Abdurraqib uses music and culture as a lens through which to view our world, so that we might better understand ourselves, and in so doing proves himself a bellwether for our times.

    • Two Dollar Radio Guide to Vegan Cooking: The Pink Edition QUICK VIEW Two Dollar Radio Guide to Vegan Cooking: The Pink Edition a cookbook & stories by
      Jean-Claude van Randy and Speed Dog (w/ Eric Obenauf)

      July 2022!

      "This cookbook is imaginative and creative while also featuring accessible vegan recipes that are both healthy (mostly) and just super delicious all around. Two thumbs way up, and all of my other fingers as well, for this creative little cookbook."
      —Audrey Farnsworth, Fodor's Travel (on The Yellow Edition)


      Imagine 'Parts Unknown' with Anthony Bourdain. But focused on hyping vegan food. Crossed with 'Scooby Doo.' Two Dollar Radio Guide to Vegan Cooking: The Pink Edition is two things at once: a practical guide to vegan cheffing, and a playful epic of the stories behind the recipes. Join them in this guide as they craft delectable recipes, solve mysteries, and slay Vegan Hunger Demons.

      Two Dollar Radio Guide to Vegan Cooking: The Pink Edition

      a cookbook & stories by
      Jean-Claude van Randy and Speed Dog (w/ Eric Obenauf)


      $ 8.99 $ 9.99
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      We are all explorers, vegan food explorers — join us on this culinary journey as we slay Vegan Hunger Demons.

      Two Dollar Radio Guide to Vegan Cooking: The Pink Edition is two things at once: a practical guide to vegan cheffing, and a playful epic of the stories behind the recipes.

      Toy Story 2 proved to skeptics that sequels can best the original, and with this second volume of their legendary cookbook saga, executive vegan chefs Jean-Claude van Randy and Speed Dog out-chef their celebrated younger selves (if that’s even possible).

      Contained in this Guide to Vegan Cooking are comfort food recipes with an international flourish, such as Pastelón – Puerto Rican “lasagna” layered with plantains; Bunny Chow – a curry bread bowl favored by South African surfers; and Chilaquiles – a popular Mexican breakfast dish, finally something the rockeros and the metaleros can agree on.

      Rest assured, Randy’s Sheboygan roots run deep, as there is a dedicated section on vegan “cheezes,” as well as debaucherous Midwestern staples like pimento cheeze, French toast sandwiches, and pizza.

      Vegan Hunger Demons do not sleep. Thankfully Randy and Speed Dog are laced up and ready for battle.

    • She Is Haunted QUICK VIEW She Is Haunted a collection of stories by
      Paige Clark

      Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, Shortlist
      2022 Stella Prize, Longlist

      "In turns devastating and hilarious, Clark’s exceptional debut collection cuts right to the emotional core of its characters and their conflicts in stories that examine Asian identity, familial relationships, climate anxiety, and gender with an astonishing sense of nuance and clarity."
      Publishers Weekly, starred


      With an unforgettable voice and exuberant wit, She Is Haunted is a masterful debut exploring issues of identity, connection, and loss, told with remarkable grace and assurance by Chinese/American/Australian author, Paige Clark.

      She Is Haunted

      a collection of stories by
      Paige Clark


      $ 8.99 $ 9.99
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      "She Is Haunted is electrically original in both prose style and energy. Fans of inventive fiction such as Elizabeth Tan’s recent Readings Prize-winning Smart Ovens for Lonely People or Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties will find much to admire about She Is Haunted, but this collection will also resonate with anyone drawn to stories of identity and connection, especially female friendships and mother-daughter relationships. An absolute pleasure to read."
      —Stella Charls, bookseller at Readings Carlton

      A ballerina nurses an injured leg and struggles to learn Cantonese while her husband dances on an international tour of Don Quixote with a new female lead; a mother cuts her daughter’s hair because her own hair begins falling out; a woman undergoes brain surgery in order to live more comfortably in extreme temperatures; a woman attempts to physically transform into her dead husband so that she does not have to grieve.

    • My Volcano QUICK VIEW My Volcano a novel by
      John Elizabeth Stintzi

      Winner: Sator New Works Award

      "Climate change, time travel, startup culture, and volcanic eruptions intertwine in this sui generis outing from [Stintzi]...
      It’s a brilliant achievement."
      Publishers Weekly, starred review


      With its riveting and audacious vision, My Volcano is a tapestry on fire, a distorted and cinematic new work from the fiercely talented John Elizabeth Stintzi.

      My Volcano

      a novel by
      John Elizabeth Stintzi


      $ 9.99 $ 10.99
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      "Climate change, time travel, startup culture, and volcanic eruptions intertwine in this sui generis outing from [Stintzi]... Told in a series of buzzing numbered fragments, the narrative whirls around a volcano rising in Central Park that looks like Mount Fuji. As the volcano grows, Stintzi builds out the wide-ranging narrative with jump cuts... That Stintzi keeps all these plates spinning is a wonder; that they transform the chaotic present into a fiery, transcendent vision of the future is even more impressive. It’s a brilliant achievement."
      Publishers Weekly, starred review

      On June 2, 2016, a protrusion of rock growing from the Central Park Reservoir is spotted by a jogger. Three weeks later, when it finally stops growing, it’s nearly two-and-a-half miles tall, and has been determined to be an active volcano.

      As the volcano grows and then looms over New York, an eight-year-old boy in Mexico City finds himself transported 500 years into the past, where he witnesses the fall of the Aztec Empire; a Nigerian scholar in Tokyo studies a folktale about a woman of fire who descends a mountain and destroys an entire village; a white trans writer in Jersey City struggles to write a sci-fi novel about a thriving civilization on an impossible planet; a nurse tends to Syrian refugees in Greece while grappling with the trauma of living through the bombing of a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan; a nomadic farmer in Mongolia is stung by a bee, magically transforming him into a green, thorned, flowering creature that aspires to connect every living thing into its consciousness.

      With its riveting and audacious vision, My Volcano is a tapestry on fire, a distorted and cinematic new work from the fiercely talented John Elizabeth Stintzi.

    • New Animal QUICK VIEW New Animal a novel by
      Ella Baxter

      Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, Shortlist

      "For fans of Sally Rooney’s brand of millennial malaise and Six Feet Under’s tragicomic take on the mortuary business, New Animal is at turns graphic, raw and tender—a wholly human exploration of the Venn diagram of emotion."
      —Sarah Stiefvater, PureWow


      New Animal is a poignant, darkly comedic look at human connection from a biting and original new voice in Ella Baxter.

      New Animal

      a novel by
      Ella Baxter


      $ 9.99 $ 10.99
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      "A story about sex, connection and, comically, the Tasmanian BDSM scene, that is by turns profound and funny."
      —Kylie Northover, The Age

      New Animal is a poignant, darkly comedic look at human connection from a biting and original new voice in Ella Baxter.

      Amelia Aurelia is approaching thirty and her closest relationships — other than her mother — are through her dating apps. She works at the family mortuary business as a cosmetic mortician with her eccentric step-father and older brother, whose throuple’s current preoccupation is with what type of snake to adopt. When Amelia’s affectionate mother passes away without warning, she is left without anchor. Fleeing the funeral, she seeks solace with her birth-father in Tasmania and stumbles into the local BDSM community, where her riotous attempts to belong are met with confusion, shock, and empathy.

      Hilarious and heartfelt, New Animal reveals hard-won truths as Amelia struggles to find her place in the world without her mother, with the help of her two well-intentioned fathers and adventures at the kink club.

    • The Underneath QUICK VIEW The Underneath a novel by
      Melanie Finn

      "Finn is a remarkably confident and supple storyteller."
      New York Times


      With the assurance and grace of her acclaimed novel The Gloaming—which earned her comparisons to Patricia Highsmith—Melanie Finn returns with a precisely layered and tense new literary thriller that travels from the Northeast Kingdom to remote Africa.

      The Underneath

      a novel by
      Melanie Finn


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      With the assurance and grace of her acclaimed novel The Gloaming—which earned her comparisons to Patricia Highsmith—Melanie Finn returns with a precisely layered and tense new literary thriller.

      The Underneath follows Kay Ward, a former journalist struggling with the constraints of motherhood. Along with her husband and two children, she rents a quaint Vermont farmhouse for the summer. The idea is to disconnect from their work-based lifestyle—that had her doggedly pursuing a genocidal leader of child soldiers known as General Christmas, even through Kay's pregnancy and the birth of their second child—in an effort to repair their shaky marriage.

      It isn't long before Kay's husband is called away and she discovers a mysterious crawlspace in the rental with unsettling writing etched into the wall. Alongside some of the house's other curiosities and local sleuthing, Kay is led to believe that something terrible may have happened to the home's owners.

      Kay's investigation leads her to a local logger, Ben Comeau, a man beset with his own complicated and violent past. A product of the foster system and life-long resident of the Northeast Kingdom, Ben struggles to overcome his situation, and to help an abused child whose addict mother is too incapacitated to care about the boy's plight.

      The Underneath is an intelligent and considerate exploration of violence—both personal and social—and whether violence may ever be justified.

    • I Will Die in a Foreign Land QUICK VIEW I Will Die in a Foreign Land a novel by
      Kalani Pickhart

      A Best Book of 2021
      Winner: 2022 Young Lions Fiction Award

      "Since 1991, Ukraine has experienced three revolutions, and Pickhart elegantly captures how these events build up inside a person, giving many Ukrainians an acute awareness of the self as both agent and consequence of history."
      —Sonya Bilocerkowycz, The Los Angeles Review of Books


      An especially moving story of quiet beauty and love in a time of terror, I Will Die in a Foreign Land is an ambitious and intimate portrait of human perseverance and empathy following four individuals over the course of a volatile Ukrainian winter, as their lives are forever changed by the Euromaidan protests.

      I Will Die in a Foreign Land

      a novel by
      Kalani Pickhart


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      "Kalani Pickhart's I Will Die in a Foreign Land is of the best kind of protest novels: one that makes you cry, and then makes you mad as hell. It is so far the best artistic treatment of the Euromaidan and Crimean situation, at turns tense, melancholy, and over-abundantly compassionate. This book is both the napalm and the bandages in one."
      —Conor Hultman, Square Books (Oxford, MS)

      In 1913, Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring premiered at the new Théâtre de Champs-Elysées in Paris. The work so perplexed audiences that a riot broke out. “Only a Russian could do that,” says Aleksandr Ivanovich. “Only a Russian could make the whole world go mad.”

      A century later, in November 2013, thousands of Ukrainian citizens gathered at Independence Square in Kyiv to protest then-President Yanukovych’s failure to sign a referendum with the European Union, opting instead to forge a closer alliance with President Vladimir Putin and Russia. The peaceful protests turned violent when military police shot live ammunition into the crowd, killing over a hundred civilians.

      I Will Die in a Foreign Land follows four individuals over the course of a volatile Ukrainian winter, as their lives are forever changed by the Euromaidan protests. Katya is a Ukrainian-American doctor stationed at a makeshift medical clinic in St. Michael’s Monastery; Misha is an engineer originally from Pripyat, who has lived in Kyiv since his wife’s death from radiation sickness; Slava is a fiery young activist whose past hardships steel her determination in the face of persecution; and Aleksandr Ivanovich, a former KGB agent, climbs atop a burned-out police bus at Independence Square and plays the piano.

      As Katya, Misha, Slava, and Aleksandr’s lives become intertwined, they each seek their own solace during an especially tumultuous and violent period. The story is also told by a chorus of voices that incorporates folklore and narrates a turbulent Slavic history.

      While unfolding an especially moving story of quiet beauty and love in a time of terror, I Will Die in a Foreign Land is an ambitious, intimate, and haunting portrait of human perseverance and empathy.

    • 808s & Otherworlds QUICK VIEW 808s & Otherworlds a collection of essays and poetry by
      Sean Avery Medlin

      "Most Anticipated"
      Lambda Literary, Paperback Paris

      "Don’t sleep on the unpredictable 808s & Otherworlds… an elegant mash of memoir, poetry, tales of appropriation, thoughts on Black masculinity, Hulk, Kanye.
      —Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune


      From the gut-wrenchingly real stories of young lovers unmythed by segregation or former classmates appropriating Black culture, to the fantastic settings of Hip-Hop songs and comic characters, Medlin weaves a tapestry of worlds and otherworlds while composing a love letter to family and self, told to an undeniably energetic beat.

      808s & Otherworlds

      a collection of essays and poetry by
      Sean Avery Medlin


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      * "September’s Most Anticipated LGBTQIA+ Literature" —Lambda Literary
      * "Most-Anticipated New LGBTQIA+ Books of 2021" —Paperback Paris

      “Like the light of an event horizon, this work races toward and struggles against the gravity of Blackness. Lovechild of Sun Ra and Sailor Moon, Sean Avery Medlin sings into the narrow space between hope and rage, bridging political and pop culture galaxies. If our suburbs have become burnt-out satellites circling a world long lost to racism, this book is our S.O.S., transmitting radio waves for searchers and survivors. What an expansive and timely poetic voice!”
      —Amaud Jamaul Johnson, author of Imperial Liquor, Red Summer, and Darktown Follies

      808s & Otherworlds: Memories, Remixes, & Mythologies announces a bold and incendiary new voice in Sean Avery Medlin. Against the backdrop of the Phoenix suburbs where they were raised, Medlin interrogates the effects of media misrepresentation on the performance of Black masculinity. Through storytelling rhymes and vulnerable narratives in conversation with both contemporary Hip-Hop culture and systemic anti-Blackness, 808s & Otherworlds pieces together a speculative reality where Blackfolk are simultaneously superhuman and dehumanized.

      From the gut-wrenchingly real stories of young lovers unmythed by segregation or former classmates appropriating Black culture, to the fantastic settings of Hip-Hop songs and comic characters, Medlin weaves a tapestry of worlds and otherworlds while composing a love letter to family and self, told to an undeniably energetic beat.