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    • They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us (Ebook) QUICK VIEW They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us (Ebook) 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 (Ebook)

      a collection of essays by
      Hanif Abdurraqib


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    • White Dialogues (Ebook) QUICK VIEW White Dialogues (Ebook) a story collection by
      Bennett Sims

      “Anyone who admires such pyrotechnics of language will find 21st-century echoes of Edgar Allan Poe in Sims’s portraits of paranoia and delusion, with their zodiacal narrowing and the maddening tungsten spin of their narratives.”
      New York Times Book Review

      The debut collection of phantasmagorical stories from award-winning novelist, Bennett Sims.

      White Dialogues (Ebook)

      a story collection by
      Bennett Sims


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      *Winner of the Rome Prize for Literature 2018-19

      With all the brilliance, bravado, and wit of his award-winning debut, A Questionable Shape, Bennett Sims returns with an equally ambitious and wide-ranging collection of stories.

      A house-sitter alone in a cabin in the woods comes to suspect that the cabin may need to be “unghosted.” A raconteur watches as his personal story is rewritten on an episode of This American Life. And in the collection’s title story, a Hitchcock scholar sitting in on a Vertigo lecture is gradually driven mad by his own theory of cinema.

      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.

    • The Drop Edge of Yonder (Ebook) QUICK VIEW The Drop Edge of Yonder (Ebook) a novel by
      Rudolph Wurlitzer

      "The most hallucinogenic western you'll ever catch in the movie house of your mind's eye."
      Bookforum

      Rudolph Wurlitzer’s first novel in nearly 25 years is an epic adventure that explores the truth and temptations of the American myth.

      The Drop Edge of Yonder (Ebook)

      a novel by
      Rudolph Wurlitzer


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    • Radio Iris (Ebook) QUICK VIEW Radio Iris (Ebook) a novel by
      Anne-Marie Kinney

      "'The Office' as scripted
      by Kafka."
      Minneapolis Star-Tribune

      Deals with watercooler culture in an artful and existential way, delivering an eerie allegory of our modern recession.

      Radio Iris (Ebook)

      a novel by
      Anne-Marie Kinney


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      Radio Iris has a lovely, eerie, anxious quality to it. Iris's observations are funny, and the story has a dramatic otherworldly payoff that is unexpected and triumphant.
      —Deb Olin Unferth, New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice

      Radio Iris is the story of Iris Finch, a socially awkward daydreamer with a job as the receptionist/personal assistant to an eccentric and increasingly absent businessman. When Iris is not sitting behind her desk waiting for the phone to ring, she makes occasional stabs at connection with the earth and the people around her through careful observation and insomniac daydreams, always more watcher than participant as she shuttles between her one-bedroom apartment and the office she inhabits so completely, yet has never quite understood. 

      Her world cracks open with the discovery of “the man next door.” Over the next few weeks or months (the passage of time is iffy for Iris), she takes it upon herself to learn everything she can about this stranger. But the closer she gets to him, the more troubling questions at the heart of her own life rise to the surface, questions likeWhy does she keep having the same dream? Why is it that she and her brother don’t seem to have a single shared memory of their childhood? What is it her boss actually does? In the end, Iris is faced with a choice she never imagined, and a reality she never knew enough to dread.

    • Not Dark Yet (Ebook) QUICK VIEW Not Dark Yet (Ebook) a novel by
      Berit Ellingsen

      "[Ellingsen] is just starting what promises to be a major career, but already giving readers a unique and fascinating perspective."
      —Jeff VanderMeer

      A rich character-driven drama, addressing questions of personal morals and societal ethics, set on the cusp of a self-inflicted apocalypse.

      Not Dark Yet (Ebook)

      a novel by
      Berit Ellingsen


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      *Favorite books of 2015 —Electric Literature

      "Fascinating, surreal, gorgeously written, and like nothing you’ve ever read before, Not Dark Yet is the book we all need to read right now. It is art about science, climate change, and activism, and it vitally explores how we as people deal with a world that is transforming in terrifying ways."
      BuzzFeed

      Brandon leaves his boyfriend in the city for a quiet life in the mountains after an affair with a professor ends with Brandon being forced to kill a research animal. It is a violent, unfortunate episode that conjures memories from his military background.

      In the mountains, his new neighbors are using the increased temperatures to stage an ambitious agricultural project in an effort to combat globally heightened food prices and shortages. Brandon gets swept along with their optimism, while simultaneously applying to a new astronaut training program. However, he learns that these changes—internal, external—are irreversible.

      A sublime love story coupled with the universal struggle for personal understanding, Not Dark Yet is an informed novel of consequences with an ever-tightening emotional grip on the reader.

    • Crapalachia (Ebook) QUICK VIEW Crapalachia (Ebook) a memoir by
      Scott McClanahan

      "[McClanahan] aims to
      lasso the moon."
      New York Times Book Review

      An endearing and haunting coming-of-age story that announces McClanahan as a resounding talent.

      Crapalachia (Ebook)

      a memoir by
      Scott McClanahan


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    • Sirens (Ebook) QUICK VIEW Sirens (Ebook) 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 (Ebook)

      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.

    • I'm Trying to Reach You (Ebook) QUICK VIEW I'm Trying to Reach You (Ebook) a novel by
      Barbara Browning

      The Believer Book Award Finalist.
      A BuzzFeed Best Book of 2012.

      First Michael Jackson, then Pina Bausch. Is someone killing famous dancers? A witty and seductive mystery.

      I'm Trying to Reach You (Ebook)

      a novel by
      Barbara Browning


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      *The Believer Book Award Finalist
      *One of the Best Books of 2012
      BuzzFeed

      “I was in Zagreb the day that Michael Jackson died. When I heard the news, the first thing I thought was, That’s it. That’s the first line of my novel. ‘I was in Zagreb the day that Michael Jackson died.’” 

      First Michael Jackson, then Pina Bausch. Next is Merce Cunningham. 

      Gray Adams, a former dancer with the Royal Swiss Ballet at work on his dissertation at NYU, has a theory spurred by countless hours of YouTube-based procrastination: Someone is killing these famous dancers! (And he may bear an uncanny resemblance to Jimmy Stewart, circa Vertigo.) 

      I’m Trying to Reach You is a moving and candid contemporary look at how we process grief, as well as how we love and communicate with one another.

    • The Correspondence Artist (Ebook) QUICK VIEW The Correspondence Artist (Ebook) a novel by
      Barbara Browning

      "A deft look at modern life that's both witty and devastating."
      Nylon

      Sure to delight fans of Chris Krause and Charlie Kaufman.

      The Correspondence Artist (Ebook)

      a novel by
      Barbara Browning


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      *Lambda Literary Award Winner

      In The Correspondence Artist, an unremarkable woman has been carrying on with an internationally recognized artist, largely via e-mail. To protect her paramour's identity, she creates a series of correspondent, alternative lovers in a self-destructing roman à clef.