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    • The Word for Woman is Wilderness (PREORDER) QUICK VIEW The Word for Woman is Wilderness (PREORDER) a novel by
      Abi Andrews

      "Beguiling, audacious....displays wide reading, clever writing and amusing dialogue."
      The Guardian

      This is a new kind of nature writing—one that crosses fiction with science writing and puts gender politics at the center of the landscape. Erin, a nineteen-year-old girl from the suburbs of London, is travelling to Alaska on a journey that takes her through Iceland, Greenland and across Canada. She is making a documentary about how men are allowed to express this kind of individualism and personal freedom more than women are, based on masculinist ideas of survivalism and the shunning of society: the "Mountain Man." Coming Soon!

      The Word for Woman is Wilderness (PREORDER)

      a novel by
      Abi Andrews


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      "Beguiling, audacious... rises to its own challenges in engaging intellectually as well as wholeheartedly with its questions about gender, genre and the concept of wilderness. The novel displays wide reading, clever writing and amusing dialogue."
      The Guardian

      This is a new kind of nature writing — one that crosses fiction with science writing and puts gender politics at the center of the landscape.

      Erin, a 19-year-old girl from middle England, is travelling to Alaska on a journey that takes her through Iceland, Greenland, and across Canada. She is making a documentary about how men are allowed to express this kind of individualism and personal freedom more than women are, based on masculinist ideas of survivalism and the shunning of society: the “Mountain Man.” She plans to culminate her journey with an experiment: living in a cabin in the Alaskan wilderness, a la Thoreau, to explore it from a feminist perspective.

      The book is a fictional time-capsule curated by Erin from this time comprising of personal narrative, fact, anecdote, images and maps, on subjects as diverse as The Golden Records, Voyager 1, the moon landings, the appropriation of native land and culture, Rachel Carson, The Order of The Dolphin, The Doomsday Clock, Ted Kaczynski, Valentina Tereshkova, Jack London, Thoreau, Darwin, Nuclear war, The Letters of Last Resort and the pill, amongst many other topics.

    • Triangulum (PREORDER) QUICK VIEW Triangulum (PREORDER) a novel by
      Masande Ntshanga

      "Masande Ntshanga is a wildly talented writer. Get in on his brilliance now so you can claim you always knew he'd be great."
      —Victor LaValle

      An ambitious, often philosophical and genre-bending novel that covers a period of over 40 years in South Africa’s recent past and near future — starting from the collapse of the apartheid homeland system in the early 1990s, to the economic corrosion of the 2010s, and on to the looming, large-scale ecological disasters of the 2040s. Coming Soon!

      Triangulum (PREORDER)

      a novel by
      Masande Ntshanga


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      Triangulum is an ambitious, often philosophical and genre-bending novel that covers a period of over 40 years in South Africa’s recent past and near future — starting from the collapse of the apartheid homeland system in the early 1990s, to the economic corrosion of the 2010s, and on to the looming, large-scale ecological disasters of the 2040s.

      In 2040, the South African National Space Agency receives a mysterious package containing a memoir and a set of digital recordings from an unnamed woman who claims the world will end in ten years. Assigned to the case, Dr. Naomi Buthelezi, a retired professor and science-fiction writer, is hired to investigate the veracity of the materials, and whether or not the woman's claim to have heard from a “force more powerful than humankind” is genuine.

      Thus begins TRIANGULUM, a found manuscript composed of the mysterious woman’s memoir and her recordings. Haunted by visions of a mysterious machine, the narrator is a seemingly adrift 17-year-old girl, whose sick father never recovered from the shock of losing his wife. She struggles to navigate school, sexual experimentation, and friendship across racial barriers in post-Apartheid South Africa.

      When three girls go missing from their town, on her mother's birthday, the narrator is convinced that it has something to do with "the machine" and how her mother also went missing in the '90s. Along with her friends, Litha and Part, she discovers a puzzling book on UFOs at the library, the references and similarities in which lead the friends to believe that the text holds clues to the narrators’s mother's abduction. Drawing upon suggestions in the text, she and her friends set out on an epic journey that takes them from their small town to an underground lab, a criminal network, and finally, a mysterious, dense forest, in search of clues as to what happened to the narrator's mother.

      With extraordinary aplomb and breathtaking prose, Ntshanga has crafted an inventive and marvelous artistic accomplishment.

    • The Book of X (PREORDER) QUICK VIEW The Book of X (PREORDER) a novel by
      Sarah Rose Etter

      "[Etter is a] literary sniper."
      PANK

      A surreal exploration of one woman’s life and death against a landscape of meat, office desks, and bad men. Coming Soon!

      The Book of X (PREORDER)

      a novel by
      Sarah Rose Etter


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      A surreal exploration of one woman’s life and death against a landscape of meat, office desks, and bad men.

    • The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish QUICK VIEW The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish a novel by
      Katya Apekina

      "It's a stunningly accomplished book, and Apekina isn't afraid to grab her readers by the hand and take them to some very dark and very beautiful places."
      —NPR

      Moving through a selection of first-person accounts and written with a sinister sense of humor, The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish powerfully captures the quiet torment of two sisters craving the attention of a parent they can’t, and shouldn’t, have to themselves.

      The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish

      a novel by
      Katya Apekina


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      *One of the Most Anticipated Books of the Fall
      —Vulture, Harper's BAZAAR, BuzzFeed News, Publishers Weekly, The Millions, Bustle, Fast Company

      It’s 16-year-old Edie who finds their mother Marianne dangling in the living room from an old jump rope, puddle of urine on the floor, barely alive. Upstairs, 14-year-old Mae had fallen into one of her trances, often a result of feeling too closely attuned to her mother’s dark moods. After Marianne is unwillingly admitted to a mental hospital, Edie and Mae are forced to move from their childhood home in Louisiana to New York to live with their estranged father, Dennis, a former civil rights activist and literary figure on the other side of success.

      The girls, grieving and homesick, are at first wary of their father’s affection, but soon Mae and Edie’s close relationship begins to fall apart—Edie remains fiercely loyal to Marianne, convinced that Dennis is responsible for her mother’s downfall, while Mae, suffocated by her striking resemblances to her mother, feels pulled toward their father. The girls move in increasingly opposing and destructive directions as they struggle to cope with outsized pain, and as the history of Dennis and Marianne’s romantic past clicks into focus, the family fractures further.

      Moving through a selection of first-person accounts and written with a sinister sense of humor, The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish powerfully captures the quiet torment of two sisters craving the attention of a parent they can’t, and shouldn’t, have to themselves. In this captivating debut, Katya Apekina disquietingly crooks the lines between fact and fantasy, between escape and freedom, and between love and obsession.

    • The Blurry Years QUICK VIEW The Blurry Years a novel by
      Eleanor Kriseman

      "Assured and affecting... Kriseman’s is a new voice to celebrate."
      —Publishers Weekly

      A powerful and unorthodox coming-of-age story from an assured new literary voice, featuring a stirringly twisted mother-daughter relationship, set against the sleazy, vividly-drawn backdrop of late-seventies and early-eighties Florida.

      The Blurry Years

      a novel by
      Eleanor Kriseman


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      The Blurry Years is a powerful and unorthodox coming-of-age story from an assured new literary voice, featuring a stirringly twisted mother-daughter relationship, set against the sleazy, vividly-drawn backdrop of late-seventies and early-eighties Florida.
      Callie—who ages from six to eighteen over the course of the book—leads a scattered childhood, moving from cars to strangers’ houses to the sand-dusted apartments of the tourist towns that litter the Florida coastline.
      Callie’s is a story about what it’s like to grow up too fast and absorb too much, to watch adults behaving badly; what it’s like to be simultaneously in thrall to and terrified of the mother who is the only family you've ever known, who moves you from town to town to leave her own mistakes behind.
      With precision and poetry, Kriseman's moving tale of a young girl struggling to find her way in the world is potent, and, ultimately, triumphant.

    • 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

      "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.

      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.

    • The Vine That Ate the South QUICK VIEW The Vine That Ate the South a novel by
      J.D. Wilkes

      "It's a relentlessly fun novel, the literary equivalent of a country-punk album that grabs you and refuses to let go... undeniably one of the smartest, most original Southern Gothic novels to come along in years."
      —NPR

      The Vine That Ate the South announces J.D. Wilkes as an accomplished storyteller on a surreal, Homeric voyage that strikes at the very heart of American mythology.

      The Vine That Ate the South

      a novel by
      J.D. Wilkes


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    • Sirens QUICK VIEW Sirens a memoir by
      Joshua Mohr

      "Raw-edged and whippet-thin... Mohr’s prose is lean and scrappy—a featherweight boxer that packs a punch."
      Los Angeles Times

      With the vulnerability and grit for which he's praised, Mohr returns with a harrowing chronicle of substance abuse and relapse.

      Sirens

      a memoir by
      Joshua Mohr


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      *Best of 2017 —San Francisco Chronicle

      "Raw-edged and whippet-thin, Sirens swings from tales of bawdy addiction to charged moments of a father struggling to stay clean. Mohr’s prose is lean and scrappy—a featherweight boxer that packs a punch.”
      Los Angeles Times

      With vulnerability, grit, and hard-won humor, acclaimed novelist Joshua Mohr returns with his first book-length work of non-fiction, a raw and big-hearted chronicle of substance abuse, relapse, and family compassion.

      Sirens provides a harrowing and complicated account of Mohr's years of substance abuse and culpability. Employing the characterization and chimerical prose for which he has been lauded, Mohr leaves no rock from his sordid past un-turned, from his childhood swilling fuzzy navels as a latch-key kid, through the black-outs and fist-fights, his first failed marriage to his path to sobriety, through the birth of his daughter and the three strokes he suffers in his thirties that reveal he has a literal hole in his heart.

      Sirens is a spectacularly moving tome of honesty and emotion from one of our most gifted contemporary writers.

    • The Incantations of Daniel Johnston QUICK VIEW The Incantations of Daniel Johnston a graphic novel by
      Ricardo Cavolo & Scott McClanahan

      "Something wholly unexpected, grotesque, and poignant."
      The FADER

      Renowned artist Ricardo Cavolo and Scott McClanahan combine talents in a dazzling, eye-popping biography of musician and artist Daniel Johnston.

      The Incantations of Daniel Johnston

      a graphic novel by
      Ricardo Cavolo & Scott McClanahan


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      "[The Incantations of Daniel Johnston] captures Johnston's visions—both artistic and hallucinatory—in an intensely colorful cartoonish style and vivid recurring images: frogs, cascades of pills, volcanoes, eyeballs of many varieties."
      —John Williams, New York Times Book Review

      The Incantations of Daniel Johnston is a spirited, eye-popping collaborationg between New York Times-bestselling Spanish artist Ricardo Cavolo and award-winning author Scott McClanahan.

      Long a fan of Daniel Johnston, the man and his music, Cavolo illustrates Johnston's colorful life, from his humble beginnings as a carnival employee to folk musician in Austin, to his rise to MTV popularity and persistent struggle with personal demons.

      In addition to being visually very striking, with astoundingly economical prose McClanahan manages to deal with powerful and complex issues, such as how we as a society mythologize troubled artists, while continuing his ongoing exploration of human relationships, and the pliable interaction between reader and writer.

    • The Reactive QUICK VIEW The Reactive a novel by
      Masande Ntshanga

      "A searing, gorgeously written account of life, love, illness, and death in South Africa."
      Poets & Writers

      Heralded in the author's native South Africa as "the hottest novel of the year," The Reactive is a clear-eyed and compassionate depiction of a young HIV+ man grappling with the sudden death of his younger brother.

      The Reactive

      a novel by
      Masande Ntshanga


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    • The Only Ones QUICK VIEW The Only Ones a novel by
      Carola Dibbell

      "Breathtaking. [Dibbell has] delivered a debut novel on par with some of the best speculative fiction of the past 30 years." —NPR
      An edgy, intimate portrait of a mother and daughter in a post-pandemic world.

      The Only Ones

      a novel by
      Carola Dibbell


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    • Binary Star QUICK VIEW Binary Star a novel by
      Sarah Gerard

      "Rhythmic, hallucinatory, yet vivid as crystal."
      —NPR

      An intense, elegiac portrait of young lovers as they battle personal afflictions.

      Binary Star

      a novel by
      Sarah Gerard


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      *Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist.
      *Best Books of 2015
      —NPR,Vanity Fair
      *Best Fiction of 2015
      —BuzzFeed
      *Best Independent Press Books 2015
      —Flavorwire
      *Favorite Novels 2015
      —Largehearted Boy

      The language of the stars is the language of the body. Like a star, the anorexic burns fuel that isn't replenished; she is held together by her own gravity.
      With luminous, lyrical prose, Binary Star is an impassioned account of a young woman struggling with anorexia and her long-distance, alcoholic boyfriend. On a road-trip circumnavigating the United States, they stumble into a book on veganarchism, and believe they've found a direction.
      Binary Star is an intense, fast-moving saga of two young lovers and the culture that keeps them sick (or at least inundated with quick-fix solutions); a society that sells diet pills, sleeping pills, magazines that profile celebrities who lose weight or too much weight or put on weight, and books that pimp diet secrets or recipes for success.