Michael's Staff Favorites

Michael is the store's events coordinator, publicist, and CD buyer. A fan of contemporary fiction and music biographies, he lives here in Multnomah Village with his writer wife, Liz Prato.

Here are some of the latest books I've loved, followed by some of my all-time favorites:

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Red Light Run: Linked Stories Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781501147357
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Published: Scribner Book Company - August 8th, 2017

In this masterfully interwoven collection of linked short stories, Baird Harper writes with great affection, pathos, and some dark humor about the lives of contemporary Midwesterners who are connected by a fatal car crash. These stories dip and dart across the years, as we meet the man who will later be convicted of manslaughter, his estranged parents and his alcoholic wife, the victim's grief-bound sister and husband, and a broken man who wants the driver dead. Harper also captures the blight of small-town America, creating a vivid setting perfectly suited to the inner struggles of his deeply rendered characters. While each of these excellent stories stands on its own, together they form a satisfying and novelistic whole.


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Baby's on Fire: Stories Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941209158
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Published: Press 53 - May 3rd, 2015

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Mischling Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316308090
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Published: Lee Boudreaux / Back Bay Books - May 30th, 2017

In this beautiful and terrifying debut novel, twin twelve-year-old girls Stasha and Pearl are taken to Auschwitz toward the end of World War II, where they become the experimental subjects of Dr. Josef Mengele. Despite this horrifying premise, Affinity Konar imbues her dual narrators with both wondrous innocence and profound inner strength. Also, history tells us that liberation is coming soon ... but soon enough? And what happens then? Gorgeously written and well researched, this novel is among the very best books of 2016.


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Fen: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977740
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Published: Graywolf Press - May 2nd, 2017

The stories in this debut collection are united by their unique setting: the titular marshlands of rural England. Johnson imbues many of these tales with magic, fantasy, and horror, but this is not genre writing. The fuel for her stories are her fully inhabited and deeply felt characters and their struggles with family, identity, love, small town blues, and, occasionally, the need to feed on human blood. This is a sad, weird, sweet, sharp, and finely rendered collection from a very promising young writer.


$14.00
SKU: 9780982770450

In The Horse Latitudes, Portland writer and military veteran Matthew Robinson writes with seering detail this fictionalized account of his time serving during the Iraq War. Organized as a collection of linked short stories, Robinson closely observes every moment, every breath, every twitch, every word uttered while on security detail in the streets of Baghdad, or on a hotel rooftop, or walking through a field outside the city. The writing is beautiful, tense, spare, violent, fragile, and full of humanity. The Horse Latitudes deserves its place alongside Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried and Kevin Powers's The Yellow Birds as some of the best writing about the psychology of the modern soldier.


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The Girls Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812988024
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Published: Random House Trade - May 9th, 2017

With Girls, Emma Cline joins the elite club of accomplished debut authors under the age of 30. Set in Marin County in the late 1960s, this is both a coming-of-age story and a retelling of the Manson Family murders. Fourteen-year-old Evie is mostly ignored by her recently divorced parents and is captivated by the arrival in town of a gang of older girls who flaunt their detachment from society's rules. They espouse freedom, but live in squalor and are bound to a magnetic-yet-voltaile guru, who is both reliant upon and envious of a wealthy benefactor. In thrall to Suzanne, the raven-haired leader of the girls. Evie's enmeshment in the cult deepens over a long summer, even as growing tensions between guru and benefactor point toward a violent end. Cline's fresh prose sizzles with rich details and keen insights. This dazzling debut is a must-read.


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ISBN: 9781101903759
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Published: Broadway Books - January 3rd, 2017

Bill Beverly's beautifully written debut novel, Dodgers, is about a Compton kid named East, who is tasked with piling into a minivan with three other young gang members (including his estranged, violent younger brother) and driving across the Midwest in order to assassinate the man who would testify against their boss. That's the setup, but the real story is concerned with the psychology of displacement. This is a familiar condition for East, who chose to sleep in a cardboard box in an abandoned building, rather than live in his mother's house. Being on the road with virtual strangers, and traveling in unknown places under an assumed name, only exacerbates East's crisis of selfhood. How he manages himself and those around him is the fuel that burns throughout this wonderful, sweet, sad, and deeply sympathetic novel.


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Marrow Island Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781328710345
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Published: Mariner Books - June 6th, 2017

From Portland writer Alexis M. Smith, author of Glaciers, comes her second novel, Marrow Island. The narrator's father died during an environmental disaster on the titular Pacific Northwest island. After years in Seattle working as a journalist, Lucie returns to her childhood home. We know at the outset that her estranged best friend, Kate, is involved in a cult that has tried to kill Lucie, and the novel unravels backward and forward through time from there. This is a beautiful, haunting, and probing story of family, place, friendship, love, sex, faith, ecology, and mushrooms.


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The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780770436452
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Published: Hogarth Press - July 19th, 2016

Spanning nearly eighty years, these tales of Russian and Chechen lives are intricately and inextricably woven into a complex whole. Characters appear as narrators in one story, then return years (and sometimes thousands of miles) later as supporting players in another character's drama. Key objects--a painting, a photograph, a mixtape--are viewed through mutiple lenses. Marra in an exquisite chronicler of hidden beauty, rueful irony, small moments of grace, and tragedies so commonplace that only those most closely affected notice the loss. After reading this wonderful book, Russia remains as baffling to me as ever, but its people (or how Marra portrays its people, anyway) feel utterly knowable and vivid and alive ... even those who don't survive all the way to the final page.


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Fortune Smiles: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812987232
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Published: Random House Trade - October 4th, 2016

From the author of The Orphan Master's Son comes this excellent collection of short stories. Some of these are similarly set in North (and South) Korea, while the majority probe the lives of Americans. Dark, funny, inventive, and unflinching, Adam Johnson's stories are masterfully written and deeply human. Fans of Geogre Saunders, take notice.


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Gold Fame Citrus Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594634246
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 4th, 2016

This terrific debut novel is set in a post-drought Califorina of the near future. A great mass of sand iscrawling like a glacier across the Southwest, and most of the region's human population has been evacuated. Gold Fame Citrus follows former billboard model Luz and her resourceful boyfriend Ray. After rescuing a mysterious toddler from a gang, Luz and Ray decide that they, too, must try to escape the condemned landscape of Southern California. While deeply connected to her characters, Watkins also provides a smart and layered portrayal of climate change, goverment, sociology, and human motivation. A Grapes of Wrath for the 21st century.


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A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250094735
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Published: Picador USA - August 2nd, 2016

Written over the last four decades of the 20th century, the forty-plus stories collected here are both vivid and lived-in. Lucia Berlin moved all over the Western United States, married twice, raised four sons, experienced wealth and poverty, worked a wide variety of jobs, and battled assorted illnesses. All of these pieces of her life play out in her stories, many of which seem intimately autobiographical. Berlin possessed a rare ability to capture scenery, characters, and emotional states with an economy of language that nonetheless feels rich. These are wonderful slices of life from a master writer finally receiving the accolades she deserves.


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The New and Improved Romie Futch Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781941040157
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Published: Tin House Books - October 2015

In her debut novel, South Carolina author Julia Elliott takes us on a freewheeling, Pynchonian adventure through the American South. Recently divorced and mortgaged to the hilt, taxidermist Romie Futch is a real mess. When a shadowy research institute offers to expand his mental capacity--and pay him a stipend for the privilege--Romie skims the paperwork and signs his name. But will cerebral downloads of art and literature help him win back his beloved Helen? Can Romie revive his taxidermy career by slaying the mythical mutant razorback nicknamed Hogzilla? And what about the side effects from all those downloads? With vibrant prose, quirky characters, and pointed commentaries on contemporary American life, Julia Elliott answers all those questions, and many more. Read Romie Futch, and you, too, will find yourself newly improved.


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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage Cover Image
By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780804170123
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Published: Vintage - May 5th, 2015

In high school, Tsukuru was part of a group of five very close friends--three boys and two girls. Even after Tsukuru moved to Tokyo to study engineering, the friends remained close. Then, suddenly and without explanation, the other four cut him off completely. Tsukuru spent the next fifteen years anesthetized to life, working steadily but failing to maintain significant relationships. Then he meets Sara, who convinces him that he must revisit his past before he can have a satisfying present ... or a future with her. In this subtle yet deeply probing novel, Murakami explores depression, dreams, loyalty, sexuality, and the importance of living a full and colorful life.


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All the Light We Cannot See Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501173219
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Published: Scribner Book Company - April 4th, 2017

In this beautiful and bittersweet novel set during World War II, Anthony Doerr tells the parallel tales of  Marie Laure, a blind girl living in occupied France, and Werner, a young German radio enthusiast in the Hitler Youth program. Doerr's portrayal of Marie Laure's relationship with her father, the locksmith at Paris's Museum of Natural History, is tender and true. Werner's journey across Europe, where he helps ferret out resistors, is unflinching and richly detailed. Through these characters, Doerr encapsulates the great horrors of war. Moreover, he weaves a deeply compelling story of lives torn asunder and united.


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People Like You Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780989302364
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Published: Atelier26 Books - November 17th, 2015

Aptly titled, People Like You, the debut story collection from Portland writer Margaret Malone, captures the desires, frustrations, and absurdities of modern life. Set in the Western states, these closely observed tales are told through the eyes of women, but are equally concerned with the men who share their lives. A newly engaged high school graduate takes a road trip to Reno with her fiance and his chain-smoking mom. A secretary follows her boss into the woods on a literal (and hilarious) wild goose chase. And a married couple, recurrent in three of these pieces, struggles with conceiving a child. Malone's stories burn with unfulfilled yearning and spark with the frayed connections between her exquisitely rendered characters. These are people you feel that you know. People who are so like all of us. People like you.


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The Luminaries Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780316074292
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 7th, 2014

This homage to 19th century literature takes place in a small New Zealand gold rush town, where the newly arrived Walter Moody stumbles upon a clandestine meeting between a dozen men, including a priest, a druggist, a hotelier, a Maori warrior, and a pair of Chinamen. In turn, the members of this unlikely assemblage narrate to Moody the recent spate of events that have brought them together: a hermit's death, a prospector's disappearance, a prostitute's near-fatal overdose, a missing fortune in pure gold, and the recent arrivals of an ambitious politician, the dead hermit's mysterious wife, and a scar-faced ship's captain. Eleanor Catton brilliantly unfurls all of these interconnected plotlines via her richly drawn and fully inhabited characters. Though epic in length, I tore through this novel. Catton's Booker Prize was well earned.


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Tenth of December: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812984255
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Published: Random House Trade - January 7th, 2014

One of today's very best story writers returns with Tenth of December, his fourth collection of short fiction. George Saunders builds off the minimalism of Raymond Chandler, but wields far more vibrant and darkly comic tools. The litrtle worlds he creates are vivid, as are the characters who populate them. Whether writing of ordinary suburban pre-teens or convicts in a bizarre psychiatric research facility, Saunders digs into both the pathos and the joy of life.


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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780770436421
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Published: Hogarth Press - February 4th, 2014

This is a sad, funny, beautifully written, and informative novel about the lives of a few ordinary people struggling to survive during the recent wars in Chechnya.


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The Flamethrowers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781439142011
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Published: Scribner Book Company - January 14th, 2014

In Rachel Kushner's second novel, The Flamethrowers, a young filmmaker moves from Reno to New York in 1977. There, she meets and moves in with Sandro Valera, a Minimalist artist and the black sheep son of a wealthy Italian motorcycle and tire manufacturer. "Reno" (as she's nicknamed) narrates her period of self-discovery in a vividly rendered NYC during perhaps its worst period of decrepitude, but also a very free era for artistic expression. Kushner's philiosophical, political, and psychological insights push this novel forward. Though the plot itself tends to meander a bit, Kushner nails everything else: characters, setting, overarching themes, and wonderful language.


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This Is How You Lose Her Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594631771
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 3rd, 2013

Junot Diaz's debut collection of short stories is equally rife with tender beauty and ugly deeds; with gorgeous language and foul-mouthed Spanglish. Mostly, it is full of careless men, women, boys, girls--screwing around, repenting, failing, trying again, and somehow getting by.


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A Hologram for the King Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307947512
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Published: Vintage Books - June 4th, 2013

Day after day, middle-aged American consultant Alan Clay and his young IT team sit in a tent in the Saudi Arabian desert, waiting for King Abdullah to show. Their company has prepared a holographic presentation in hopes of winning the bid to supply technological infrastructure to the King’s un-built city. This is the backdrop for Dave Eggers’s novel about a man undergoing a midlife crisis. Alan is deeply in debt, can’t pay his daughter’s college tuition, and he has discovered a growth perilously near his spine. Alan wants, once again, to be an impressive businessman: to close the deal. But an elusive King, strange customs, and his pent-up emotions all conspire to derail his plans. A Hologram for the King is a meditation on one’s usefulness in life.


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The Color Master Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307744197
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Published: Anchor Books - April 22nd, 2014

Aimee Bender, author of the wonderful novel The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, returns with The Color Master, another quirky, funny, poignant, sometimes magical, and always delightful collection of stories.


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The Yellow Birds Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316219341
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 30th, 2013

In The Yellow Birds, Kevin Powers disproves the old quote: "War is long periods of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror." The stretches of time between acts of violence are most of what occupies this beautifully written novel of the Iraq War. As they await their next mission, the two young privates here may grow restless and weary, but the omnipresent threat of danger is always palpable--while smoking, eating, talking. Powers renders these moments exquisitely, with spare, poetic prose.


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A Brilliant Novel in the Works Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781849821650
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Published: MP Publishing - August 14th, 2012

In his debut novel, Yuvi Zalkow writes about a neurotic Jewish writer, named Yuvi, who is writing his debut novel. Well, he's trying to write his debut novel, anyway. And he's trying to be a good husband. And he's trying to help out his ailing brother-in-law. But his fears, insecurities, and worries usually get the better of him. Zalkow updates the classic neurotic Jew for the twenty-first century, updating the self-obsessed humor of Woody Allen and the familial legacies of shame and guilt found in the works of Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, and their contemporaries. (And, by "updating," I mean he adds in anagrams, runaway pianos, and rhesus monkeys living on Uranus.) If any of this sounds clever or overly cute, be prepared for a very well-written, emotionally honest, and often heartbreaking tale of a man who must battle all of his worst impulses to keep his life from falling apart. Brilliant is the perfect word to describe this inventive novel.


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ISBN: 9780307477477
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Published: Anchor Books - March 22nd, 2011

Told in a series of linked stories, Jennifer Egan's smart new novel follows a web of lives across the span of several decades. From late '70s San Francisco to a safari in Africa and back to a near-future America, Egan explores her characters through a variety of voices and perspectives. Whatever the scene or stance, these people come vividly alive one chapter at a time, and then echo throughout the novel. A study of interconnectedness and an exploration of human nature, A Visit from the Goon Squad is a triumph.


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ISBN: 9780316074223
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 10th, 2012

The Pale King is David Foster Wallace's posthumously published unfinished novel. Taken as such, it's a fairly cohesive and surprisingly compelling work. It's been said that the book's central theme is boredom, but it's really about boredom's true antithesis: attentiveness. Wallace examines the Zen life through a handful of Internal Revenue Service employees, circa 1985. Among them are a fact psychic, an Iranian refugee, a chronic flop-sweater, a woman who can fake death, an examiner who levitates when he concentrates, and a pimply-faced simulacrum of the author himself. Though a bit lacking in plot, The Pale King offers plenty of rewarding characters and wonderfully written passages. It's also a fascinating look into the creative process of a greatly missed genius of craft.


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ISBN: 9780380788620
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 3rd, 2000

Though typically shelved in sci-fi, Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon is actually a mixture of historical fiction, travel lit, and, in its own deliberate way, technological thriller. Most important, it's flat-out amazing. The novel focuses primarily on a morphine addicted World War II marine, an organ-playing cryptanalyst, and, half a century later, his entrepreneurial computer programmer grandson. The life paths of these characters reverberate across the generations and around the world, from America to Manila, Africa to Scandinavia, jungles to submarines, and luxury hotels to prison cells. Stephenson writes brilliantly about all of it. Smart, fun, and incredibly absorbing, Cryptonomicon has instantly become one of my very favorite books of all time.


Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316034418
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 3rd, 2011

Reading Life is like sitting in a pub with Keith Richards and listening to him spin yarns about The Rolling Stones, drugs, women, friends, family, and how to cook bangers and mash. Few others have lived as much -- or as hard -- as Richards. Written in a casual, conversational style, his memoir is a fascinating look inside the mind of one of rock 'n' roll's most outrageous and, it turns out, endearing icons.


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ISBN: 9780375507250
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Published: Random House Trade - August 17th, 2004

David Mitchell might well be my favorite author of the 21st century. His third book, Cloud Atlas, shows off his masterful command of the English language. Comprised of six related stories spanning hundreds of years, each is convincingly told in the style of the era. From the journal of a man aboard a ship somewhere in Oceania in the 19th century to a tale of escape by an artificially intelligent restaurant worker in a future Japan, Mitchell explores his characters with depth and uncovers hidden patterns in the world at large. This novel is a stunning achievement and a great read from one of literature's new masters.


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Zeitoun Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307387943
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Published: Vintage Books USA - June 15th, 2010

In his wonderful portrait of the Lost Boys of Sudan, What Is the What, Dave Eggers bridged the gap between fiction and biography. With Zeitoun, he fully embraces the real, chronicling one man's experience of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Abdulrahman Zeitoun was a middle-aged contractor, loyal husband, loving father, and devout Muslim. When Katrina struck, he stayed in New Orleans to care for his house and business, never anticipating the surreal nightmare that would become of his city. Eggers's keen eye for personal detail amidst a large-scale disaster renders Zeitoun a vivid and mesmerizing portrait of the astonishing conditions in which the residents of New Orleans survived (and perished) in the wake of calamity.


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By Roberto Bolano, Natasha Wimmer (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780312429218
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Published: Picador USA - September 1st, 2009

Completed shortly before his death, Roberto Bolano's 2666 is divided into five parts, all of which are linked by a series of murders of women in the fictional Mexican border town of Santa Teresa. Bolano evokes his settings with a mixture of reportorial spareness and streaks of poetry, as he fully constructs a lived-in city, its inhabitants, and the surrounding desert terrain, all in a style that is both accessible and makes for a rich reading experience. His characters, too, are very knowable. From European professors caught in a love quadrangle, to the Mexican detectives who hunt for the killer (or killers), to the near-fantastical story of the reclusive German author Benno von Archimboldi, Bolano invests each with a deep and flawed humanity. 2666 is astonishing.


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ISBN: 9780316066525
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Published: Back Bay Books - November 13th, 2006

One of my all-time Top 5 favorite books, David Foster Wallace's massive Infinite Jest is a totally original take on family dysfunction, a gut-wrenching treatise on the horrors of addiction, and a dark comedy about the terrifying power of entertainment to possess our lives. And the writing is amazing.


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ISBN: 9780143117568
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Published: Penguin Books - July 27th, 2010

Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice is his lightest (and briefest) romp since Vineland. Perpetually stoned private investigator Doc Sportello bumbles through the haze of circa-1970 Los Angeles in search of his missing ex-girlfriend and her wealthy land developer lover, Mickey Wolfmann. Along the way, Doc attempts to match wits with his nemesis, an anti-hippie cop named Bigfoot Bjornsen, while navigating a world of surfers, addicts, and thugs. This surreal-yet-breezy novel is rife with oddball character names (Sledge Poteet), cool music references (Country Joe & The Fish), and psychedelic asides (pork rind and boysenberry yogurt pizza). Loopy, a little raunchy, and brimming with Pynchon's leftfield insights into humanity, Inherent Vice is a fun ride.


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ISBN: 9781416546061
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 3rd, 2008

Don DeLillo returns to form with Falling Man, his quietly powerful novel on the aftermath of 9-11. The author has always been a master of detachment. Here, this approach perfectly matches the hollowed-out state of his characters. When Keith Neudecker makes an unconscious pilgrimage from Ground Zero to his ex-wife's apartment, the re-coupling that ensues only serves to highlight the emptiness and unknowable yearnings inside them both. In interludes, we also follow Hammad's transformation from a conflicted young man into a devoted extremist. DeLillo's spare writing and lack of judgment allow for a deep emotional resonance, imbuing this incredible portrait of the early 21st century with its own rich life.


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ISBN: 9780307276674
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Published: Vintage Books USA - August 14th, 2007

In her astonishingly good and delightfully clever debut collection of stories, Karen Russell unveils the magic realism of youth through her child and teen narrators, many of whom reside on an unnamed Florida isle (home of the recurring Bowl-a-Bed Hotel). Russell's vivid environs are sun-bleached and time-worn, populated by alligators, baby turtles, and giant conch shells. The adult characters, meanwhile, are absent, misguided, or foolish. Her young heroes, however, fight their fears and plunge headlong into the chimerical coves and sinkholes of their beautifully crafted worlds. These brilliant stories will transport you.


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ISBN: 9780743273008
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Published: Scribner Book Company - November 28th, 2006

Dana Spiotta's second novel, Eat the Document, is a brilliant deconstruction of social politics, corporate America, and pop culture. It's also full of rich and interesting characters who are riddled with conflicting needs and desires. It's a great treat to find a novel so thoroughly compelling and readable and with such a keenly focused eye on the forces, both external and internal, that make us tick.


The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679775430
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Published: Vintage Books USA - September 1998

Nine Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316769501
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Published: Little Brown and Company - May 1991

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The Brothers K Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553378498
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Published: Dial Press - June 1st, 1996

An incredible tale of a family divided by religion, war, insanity, and each member's own fiercely held ideologies. It is also a novel of baseball, of fully realized characters, and of America itself. A masterpiece.


Catch-22 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780684833392
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 4th, 1996

The Stranger Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679720201
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Published: Vintage Books USA - March 13th, 1989

Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780743236010
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Published: Scribner Book Company - July 2nd, 2004

Underworld Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780684848150
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Published: Scribner Book Company - July 9th, 1998

Writteen at the close of the millennium, Don DeLillo's Underworld is a masterful meditation on America, from our great national pasttime, baseball, to our nation's consumptive terminus: trash. A rich and absorbing novel, don't let the length intimidate you.


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ISBN: 9780060850524
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Published: HarperCollins Publishers - October 17th, 2006

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Magic for Beginners Cover Image
By Kelly Link, Shelley Jackson (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780156031875
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Published: Harvest Books - September 5th, 2006

The magical realism (and off-the-wall kookiness) in these short stories is probably not for beginners. But, for the slightly adventurous reader, this collection is full of delights, surprises, oddities, and characters who feel absolutely real, despite the unreality of the worlds Link has invented for them. As a caveat, Magic for Beginners, like most short story collections, is not without a clunker or two. This seems particularly inevitable when the author is so fearless about striking out into uncharted territories. Zombies, for instance. Kelly Link is sharpest when she has zombies on the brain, as is evidenced in the amazing, surreal, funny and sadness-tinged tale "The Hortlak," in which the two guys running a convenience store reinvent retail for their customers (undead or alive). The majority of her excellent stories work because, like our most unsettling dreams, they're grounded in reality. When she tries to create a whole new fairy tale in "Catskin," she loses her footing. But we'll allow her this one slip-up in an otherwise thoroughly compelling, continually surprising and always exuberant collection of short fiction. This is my runner-up for the best of 2005.


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ISBN: 9780316013697
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Published: Little, Brown Young Readers - April 1st, 2009

Lolita Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679723165
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Published: Vintage Books USA - March 13th, 1989

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ISBN: 9781400077939
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Published: Vintage Books USA - April 10th, 2007

These stories are deeply human and so closely observed that they take on an almost magical quality. D'Ambrosio's characters are both fragile and resilient, the daily course of their lives running along a precipice. Five of these eight rich and layered stories were previously published in the New Yorker. Reading them, it's easy to see why.