Some of Our Favorite Books


Such Small Hands
by Andrés Barba

A sinister, creepy story about a young girl’s arrival at an orphanage that practically demands to be read in one teeth-gnashing sitting. — Emma


The Largesse of the Sea Maiden
by Denis Johnson

Twenty-five years later, Johnson's characters and stories still hit you right in the gut. It's a good thing we sell whiskey to numb the pain. — Tom


The Argonauts
by Maggie Nelson

Nelson’s unique critical style is put to astounding use here, investigating the nuanced complexities of building a life, relationships, meaning, even solace in the unknowable. — Tom


Suite for Barbara Loden
by Nathalie Léger

This singular book is the result of the author being commissioned to write a short encyclopedia entry about Barbara Loden and the urgent, spiraling obsession with the subject that quickly consumed her. — Emma


by Layli Long Soldier

A Native American poet explores the structures of language the United States has used to justify its various acts of violence. This collection will help you see words in an entirely different light. — Emma


The Physics of Sorrow
by Georgi Gospodinov

If you love allusions to mythology that double as ghost-like manifestations of the ravages of war and troubled family history, then this is just the book for you. — Tom


The Map and the Territory
by Michel Houellebecq

The controversial French author’s undisputed masterpiece is a nimble and intense exploration of the creation of identity in the modern world, seen through the lens of the moneyed art world and tinged with a looming fear of death. — Tom


Prelude to Bruise
by Saeed Jones

One man’s journey as a gay black man in the South. These poems soothe, seethe, and hurt. Filled with sonic word play and stunning language. — Emma


Preliminary Materials For a Theory of the Young Girl
by Tiqqun

This loosely formed but cogent examination of the ways capitalism and materialism create, mold, and influence their own loyal adherents is (sadly) both invaluable and enduring. — Tom


Exit West
by Mohsin Hamid

In an unnamed and unknown time, doors turn into portals to other locations, and everyone is a refugee. As much about emigration as it is about identity, love, and family. — Emma


Fever Dream
by Samantha Schweblin

The title says it all — a woman wakes up in the hospital and tries to piece together what’s happened as the reader does the same. An incredibly creepy and totally addictive eco-horror story. — Emma


The Bayou Trilogy
by Daniel Woodrell

This trilogy — set in the swamps of Louisiana and centering on a family of tough slightly-crooked but ultimately good cops and their shady friends and neighbors — is a must for fans of neo-noir. — Tom


The Last Wolf & Herman
by László Krasznahorkai

Two novellas that wallow in the dark world of hunting and tracking in different and yet hauntingly related ways, the result being a chilling warning about humanity’s slow march towards self-destruction. — Tom


Shelter in Place
by Alexander Maksik

Early in this beautifully written novel, Joe’s mother witnesses an act of bullying and kills the perpetrator with a hammer. What follows traces Joe’s life as he navigates the fallout, falls in the love, and copes with mental illness—all in all an excellent book. — Emma


Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash
by Eka Kurniawan

This gritty Indonesian novel is full of crime and pointless violence, but it’s also endearingly sweet in its portrayal of friendship, love, loyalty, devotion, sacrifice, and the search for reconciliation and inner peace in this cruel world. — Tom