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John Jodzio – Knockout

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The tall tale is elevated to an art form in John Jodzio’s third collection of stories, the deeply weird and satisfying Knockout (Soft Skull Press). Oddly affecting characters abound in Knockout, from Lily and Annabelle, young sisters who report on their parents dysfunctional fights to passing truckers via CB radio, to the girlfriend of a

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September 5, 2016

Tyehimba Jess – Olio

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The scope of Olio, the latest poetry collection from Tyehimba Jess (Wave Books) is sweeping, excavating the stories of Black performers and musicians from the last decades of slavery, through the Civil War, Reconstruction, and up through the First World War and its aftermath. Jess resurrects the voices of these artistic pioneers, creating conversations, stories,

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August 1, 2016

Jerome Charyn – A Loaded Gun

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In his latest book, A Loaded Gun: Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century (Bellevue Literary Press), Jerome Charyn dispenses quickly with the image of a virginal, reclusive “Belle of Amherst” in favor of a more seductive and subversive Emily Dickinson, “fierce–and cruel,” who wielded language as a tool, plaything, and weapon. In the pursuit of

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March 28, 2016

Mona Awad – 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

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Mona Awad’s debut novel, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl (Penguin Books) is a fascinating study of relationships and the interactions of daily life. Told from varying points of view, each chapter traces the shifting power dynamics between mother and daughter, woman and lover, customer and salesperson. Each encounter, even the careless comment

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March 7, 2016

Matthew Griffin – Hide

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Matthew Griffin’s stunning debut novel Hide (Bloomsbury) tells the story of a lifelong relationship between two men, Wendell and Frank, who’ve kept their partnership hidden from family and neighbors in their small North Carolina mill town for over fifty years. When Frank’s mental and physical health rapidly declines following a stroke, Wendell struggles to care

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February 15, 2016

John Wray – The Lost Time Accidents

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John Wray follows his acclaimed 2009 novel Lowboy with The Lost Time Accidents (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), a rollicking comic novel which follows four generations of an eccentric and physics-obsessed family from early twentieth century Europe to present-day NYC, with many historical and geographical points in between. Narrator Waldemar “Waldy” Tolliver guides us through this

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February 8, 2016

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