December Staff Shelf--Keaton

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War, So Much War Cover Image
By Merce Rodoreda, Martha Tennent (Translator), Maruxa Relano (Translator)
ISBN: 9781940953229
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Open Letter - November 10th, 2015

I have love, SO MUCH love for this amazing, slim novel--the last published during influential Catalan writer Rodereda's lifetime. Charting the adventures of a young runaway boy traversing the wartorn countryside of his homeland, it reads like a Catalonian Canterbury Tales by way of The Road. A thrilling, uncanny and haunting rumination on finding one's place in the world amid the reality of evil. You won't be able to put it down.

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ISBN: 9781616956141
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Published: Soho Crime - September 1st, 2015

A young writer is assigned to interview a notorious murderer named Kiharazaka before his impending execution. However, the once renowned photographer convicted of burning two models to death in order to capture their "essence," is not so keen to divulge his story without learning a few things about his interlocutor first. Thus begins an intense cat-and-mouse game that includes sexual depravity, obsession, sadism, and a subculture of life-like doll enthusiasts. A terrifying book from the author known in Japan as Haruki Murakami's "heir apparent."

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By Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Roland Glasser (Translator), Alain Mabanckou (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781941920046
Availability: Backordered
Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - September 8th, 2015

Some readers will understandably be intimidated by this remarkable debut novel written in an updated form of Old English--a "shadow tongue" conceived by the author. But, for those willing to take the plunge, this is one of the most rewarding and immersive works of historical fiction you'll find. Kingsnorth's linguistic feat makes the 1066 Norman Invasion startlingly immediate and visceral. The tale of Anglo-Saxon resistance fighters is mythic, stark and profoundly moving. Imagine THE ROAD set 1000 years ago, and you'll have some idea of what to expect.

Hold the Dark: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631490422
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Liveright - August 10th, 2015

Homo Homini Lupus. Giraldi's second novel is no less than an Arctic voyage to the very edge of civilization and the darkest corners of humanity. As ravenous wolves descend on a remote Alaskan village and children begin to disappear, a conservationist arrives to help but also to exorcise his own personal demons. However, it soon becomes apparent that the greatest horrors arise from the beast within man. A relentless psychological thriller with strong gothic overtones and a highly symbolic McCarthy-esque sense of place, this novel will have you seeing your breath when you're not holding it.

A Tale for the Time Being: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143124870
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2013

A writer named Ruth living on the West coast of Canada finds a Hello Kitty lunchbox washed up on the beach. Inside is the diary of a teenaged Japanese girl who wants to tell her story and that of her 100-year old Zen Buddhist nun grandmother before taking her own life. A warm, potent and entirely affecting novel with a narrative that's as layered as Russian nesting dolls. Simply unforgettable.

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ISBN: 9781555977351
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - January 26th, 2016

<p>There is no separation between the personal and the political. So, how do we live outside the oppressive strictures of heteronormative society, truly, honestly, openly loving beyond the conventions of gender and cultural conservatism? How do we connect with our deepest selves, when identity itself is an endless process of becoming? The journey of Maggie Nelson’s family—through her troubled pregnancy and her partner’s transsexuality—provides the perfect example. At once a potent blend of bare-it-all memoir, incisive cultural criticism, and a radical call to revolutionize the way we interpret identity and interpersonal relationships, THE ARGONAUTS is above all else a joyous ode to love and family.</p>

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ISBN: 9781594206160
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Penguin Press - February 24th, 2015

Somewhere in the middle of I AM RADAR's 600+ pages everything clicks into place--the seemingly disparate storylines, the multitude of quirky characters, the graphs, illustrations, footnotes, particle physics, puppet theater, ethnic cleansing, and interplay of war and art link together like dots and dashes making up some vital Morse code transmission. This is an epic, quirky masterpiece unlike anything you've ever read. A stunning novel that homes in on the myriad fictions underlying our perceptions of truth.

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