Highbrow Readers

Article by Jeremy

Forget the basics; the highbrow has read them all, thank you very much! There’s no way around it: if you’re going to thrill a persnickety reader this holiday season, you’re going to have to reach for the stars. Let us help you find something offbeat, experimental, and unexpected that’s sure to impress.


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ISBN: 9780889227781
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Published: Talonbooks - November 19th, 2013

This kaleidoscopic yet approachable experimental novel is based around a museum catalog of ordinary objects that a man named Sebastian Wigrum carefully collected and then left behind in WWII London. Each artifact has its own story to tell, and Canty’s innovative design further brings Wigrum and his world to life in a manner reminiscent of the work of Calvino and Borges.

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ISBN: 9781555976538
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 3rd, 2013

This novel brings magical realism to the suburbs, to strange and memorable effect. Davis’s too-perfect setting feels straight out of a Cheever novel, at least until it becomes apparent that it is populated by robots, centaurs, wizards, and trash-disposal drones. If you enjoy a good fever dream every now and then, this is the novel for you!

The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems Cover Image
By Emily Dickinson, Jen Bervin (Editor), Marta Werner (Editor)
ISBN: 9780811221757
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - October 29th, 2013

Emily DIckinson’s poetic output was relatively slight, but she was a master at giving just a few words incredible weight and power. For the first time, facsimiles of Dickinson’s poems--a majority of which were handwritten on the backs of envelopes--are available to the reading public. No diehard Dickinson fan should be without this book.

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ISBN: 9781594487484
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 1st, 2013

This masterful novel tells the story of the civil war between Columbia’s drug cartels and its government that has been raging on the streets of Bogotà since the mid-sixties. Antonio Yammara, Vasquez’s protagonist, happens upon an article in a newspaper that thrusts him deep into his own earliest memories of the conflict. This is a brilliant character study of a man emblematic of a generation shaped by omnipresent violence and corruption.

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ISBN: 9780399166709
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Published: Blue Rider Press - October 31st, 2013

Ah, the Germans. They’ve got a word for everything. Whether you’re looking for the perfect way to describe the pleasure of a cold pillow, delight in the changing of the seasons, or the particular kind of depression that only hits on Sunday afternoons, this is the book for you. A perfect gift for Germanophiles and general word geeks alike.

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ISBN: 9781938073564
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Published: McSweeney's - October 15th, 2013

This slim volume collects four of Spanish author Torrente’s most exquisite short stories, translated for the first time into English by Katherine Silver. Each story examines the fortunes of ordinary men grappling with the pain of a failing love affair and trying to understand where it all went wrong.

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By Dave Eggers (Editor)
ISBN: 9781938073595
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Published: McSweeney's - December 31st, 2013

This comprehensive anthology collects the best fiction, nonfiction, and visual art from fifteen years of McSweeney’s, the innovative, game-changing San Francisco-based literary magazine founded by author Dave Eggers in 1998.

Personae Cover Image
ISBN: 9780226078991
Availability: Backordered
Published: University of Chicago Press - September 30th, 2013

de la Pava, who burst onto the literary scene last year with the initially self-published tour-de-force A NAKED SINGULARITY, turns the traditional mystery novel on its head in this dizzying, virtuousic meditation on the blessing and curse of artistic ambition.

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ISBN: 9781780231747
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Published: Reaktion Books - October 15th, 2013

This book, perfect for both the coffee table or the kitchen, proves that cuisine can function as yet another kind of artistic masterpiece. Caws collects still life paintings, diary entries, stories, poems, letters, and artists’ personal favorite recipes in this irresistible volume that examines the delicious intersection between modern art and food.

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