Adam F. Staff Picks


 

Registers of Illuminated Villages: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555978006
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 6th, 2018

Through her impeccable manipulation of poetic form, Tarfia Faizullah brilliantly makes you feel all the pain, hunger, and anxiety that these poems narrate. This book shows poetry's immense power to rewire our experience of the world in unexpected and touching ways. Navigating between individual bodies in pain to losses felt by entire cities, Faizullah shows us how language can turn violence and loss into reparation, understanding, and dazzling illumination.

-- Adam


Worlds from the Word's End Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781911508106
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Published: And Other Stories - September 12th, 2017

Walsh shows off her brilliance in these brief, witty stories that are as clever as they are touching. Joanna Walsh been one of my favorite writers since her previous book, Vertigo, and Worlds from the Word's End is even better. It's the perfect book for anyone who loves great puns and brilliant explorations of literature's possibilities.

-- Adam


The Seventh Function of Language Cover Image
By Laurent Binet, Sam Taylor (Translator)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374261566
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 1st, 2017

"Bonkers" is not a word typically used to describe literary theory, but it might apply to Binet's hilarious mystery investigating the "death of an author," who also happens to be Roland Barthes. Binet takes his readers through some of the heavyweights of French theory, delving into the seedy underworld of Semiology, debate clubs, and Parisian bathhouses, in a darkly comic tale that will be the most fun you've had since your undergrad theory course.

-- Adam


Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash Cover Image
By Eka Kurniawan, Annie Tucker (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811225649
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - August 1st, 2017

Kurniawan's pithy title should give you some idea of what this book is about. A thrilling, pulp masterpiece, Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash also surprises its readers with a touching narrative of trauma, love, and personal growth. Through Ajo Kawir's unique "problem," Kurniawan tells an amazing story that you will not be able to put down. 

-- Adam


Melville: A Novel Cover Image
By Jean Giono, Paul Eprile (Translator), Edmund White (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781681371375
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Published: New York Review of Books - September 12th, 2017

Even as he completely disregards the "facts" of Melville's life, Giono brilliantly captures some of Melville's energy, in this tale of seafaring, romance, and artistic inspiration. Giono's "introduction" to the first French translation of Moby-Dick gives us insight not into the novel's composition or historical production but rather into the energy that has drawn readers to this American--and now French--masterpiece.

-- Adam


Paper Girls, Volume 1 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781632156747
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Published: Image Comics - April 5th, 2016

From one of the creators of Saga, this is my favorite comic book right now. It's like Netflix's Stranger Things but better, in that it's about newspaper delivery girls in the late 80s, who fight sexism, high school students, and alien invaders. Filled with gorgeous art by Cliff Chiang, Paper Girls is the next new series you need to obsess over.

-- Adam


Priestdaddy: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594633737
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 2nd, 2017

This is the funniest book I've ever read. Poet Patricia Lockwood's memoir is wacky and touching. She intersperses this hilarious tale of the midwest with beautiful images, life learned, and compelling portraits of her close family, most notably her bizarre father, who happens to be a Catholic priest.

-- Adam


White Tears Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451493699
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 14th, 2017

Hari Kunzru understands that history is just noise until we listen to it. White Tears turns that noise into a song that is just as catchy as it is terrifying. Kunzru's latest novel delves into Blues history to provide an urgent tale for our contemporary cultural moment. Exploring issues of class, cultural appropriation, and racial segregation, White Tears brilliantly blends a gripping narrative with some of the most amazing descriptions of music I've ever read. Read this book today.

-- Adam


Vertigo Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780989760751
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Published: Dorothy a Publishing Project - October 1st, 2015

These disorienting stories of travel, motherhood, and lust insightfully explore our everyday relationship to the places and people around us. Walsh's Vertigo is a gripping collection that you can pick up again and again, each time with a renewed appreciation

-- Adam


Exit West Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735212176
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017

Exit West tells a tale that we all need right now. In this fantastic novel, Mohsin Hamid dares to imagine how we might live in a world ungoverned by borders and begins the urgent task of learning to love those around us, regardless of how different or similar, distant or near. Through Nadia and Saeed, Hamid's novel is at once heartbreaking, hilarious, and politically insightful. I look forward to seeing it's impact on the world in which we live now.

-- Adam


Melville's Philosophies Cover Image
By Branka Arsic (Editor), K. L. Evans (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781501321016
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Published: Bloomsbury Academic - May 18th, 2017

This book offers the excellent opportunity to reconsider an author that we all think we know. Arsić and Evans have a brilliant introduction that not only situates how philosophers have discussed Melville in the past but also lays the ground for considering Melville himself as a philosopher. These ideas get worked out in excellent chapters that look at Melville in surprising and revelatory ways, like Rachel Cole's "The Lawyer's Tale," or through different interlocutors like Paul Grimstad's exploration of Leos Carax's film adaptation of Pierre.

-- Adam


Hill Cover Image
By Jean Giono, Paul Eprile (Translator), David Abram (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781590179185
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Published: New York Review of Books - April 5th, 2016

 

Jean Giono's Hill explores human interactions with our environment through the story of a group of peasants fighting to survive in Provence. Giono takes readers into the past to tell a vivid and gripping tale of how humans interact emotionally with non-human forces. This masterful novel will change the way you view the world around you.

-- Adam


The Dead Ladies Project: Exiles, Expats, and Ex-Countries Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780226278452
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Published: University of Chicago Press - September 22nd, 2015

Jessa Crispin's intelligently irreverent travelogue/memoir/essays has changed my life more than any recently published book. Perfect for anyone who loves literary and literary history, Crispin goes places where many have been but asks questions that none have dared to explore. The Dead Ladies Project is a fantastic entry into the exploration of the possibilities provided by biography, creative nonfiction, and the more everyday practice of reading.

-- Adam


Beauty Is a Wound Cover Image
By Eka Kurniawan, Annie Tucker (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780811223638
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 8th, 2015

Eka Kurniawan is one of the most fantastic storytellers writing today. His breathtaking Beauty is a Wound spans Indonesian history from colonial history through recent events. Kurniawan blends a rich narrative with humor, romance, and conflict in this tale that feels both personal and epic at the same time.


Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143126522
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Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2014

I'm amazed by the breadth of Lockwood's poetry. She moves easily between the gleeful and hilarious to the touching and tragic. Running throughout is an astounding intelligence and careful attention to poetic form that continues to amaze me as I reread her amazing work.


Hawthorne's Short Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307741219
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Published: Vintage Books USA - January 11th, 2011

Hawthorne is a master of the weird and wonderful. His stories drop readers into eerie, tense, and fantastic situations that still motivate our love of TV shows like Black Mirror and find their success in novelists like Marilyn Robinson. From the bizarre "Wakefield" and the tragic "Young Goodman Brown" to the odd drama off "The Birthmark," Hawthorne's short stories are a great way to fall back in love with one of the great authors of American Literature. 

-- Adam


The Noise of Time Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101947241
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 10th, 2016

Building upon ideas already explored in his previous novels (like Flaubert's Parrot and The Sense of an Ending), Julian Barnes's brilliant novel explores romantic love, artistic legacy, and political dissidence through the life of Dmitri Shostakovich. Blending history and fiction, The Noise of Time is in turn gripping, humorous, and touching, creating a work of fiction that earns its place among the best of contemporary fiction.

-- Adam


221 Acres of Fun Cover Image
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ISBN: 9789432164696
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Published: Ugly Duckling Presse - December 1st, 2015

Look at how adorable the cover of this book is! Doesn't the smiley face just make you want to read it? Inside, you'll find a great collection of playful and inventive poetry from one of NYC's best small presses. Steve Muhs offers a refreshing and unique voice that may not revolutionize contemporary poetry but certainly makes it 221 acres more fun.

-- Adam


Or, the Ambiguities Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781937027612
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Published: Ugly Duckling Presse - December 1st, 2015

I can't think of a better way to explore unstable conditions like grief than with poetry that gives you no familiar way to approach it. Weiser's formal experiments skillfully weave words and sounds into new and surprisingly expressive combinations, presenting a new way to approach both poetry and life. While a familiarity with Herman Melville's Pierre will certainly deepen your appreciation of this book, I see no reason why Or, the Ambiguities couldn't be a gateway to that other great work.

-- Adam


Mr. Kafka: And Other Tales from the Time of the Cult Cover Image
By Bohumil Hrabal, Paul Wilson (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780811224802
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - October 27th, 2015

This is the best to book to be translated this year. In this collection of short stories, Hrabal conveys an extraordinary range of emotions, depicting life under Soviet rule. Through comedy, tragedy, and technical skill, Hrabal has left us a fantastic body of work, to which this is a perfect addition. Notable stories include "The Angel" and "Beautiful Poldi."

-- Adam


A Sentimental Education Cover Image
By Gustave Flaubert, Douglas Parmee (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780199540310
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - June 1st, 2008

Flaubert's tale of youth and love in Paris is hilarious, beautiful, and above all, gloriously sentimental. This is by far my favorite thing Flaubert ever wrote, and the Oxford edition provides notes to help you follow the history and contextual jokes that Flaubert plays throughout the novel.

-- Adam


Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780822328971
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Published: Duke University Press - April 9th, 2002

This book is so neat! Massumi's project of re-understanding movement and sensation provides one of the most interesting reads I've had in a long time. While incredibly dense, I found the book a very enjoyable read, offering a useful basis for which to think about a wide range of contemporary issues.

-- Adam


The Hotel Years Cover Image
By Joseph Roth, Michael Hofmann (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780811224871
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 29th, 2015

Beware, anytime Roth begins to write about water, something beautiful is about to occur. Roth's travel journalism remarks on his experience in a variety of places, showing a glimpse of Europe in transition between the two world wars. Instead of a merely useful historical document, The Hotel Years conveys Roth's deep empathy and makes for a lovely read.

-- Adam


Campus Sex, Campus Security Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781584351696
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Published: Semiotext(e) - September 18th, 2015

This book will terrify you, but in a very necessary way. Doyle offers an original evaluation of the psychic state of college campuses in the United States, clarifying much of the muddled viewpoints and facts surrounding sexual assaults on college campuses.

-- Adam


The Seamstress and the Wind Cover Image
By Cesar Aira, Rosalie Knecht (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780811219129
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - June 30th, 2011

When I first sat down with this book, I didn't plan to read it in one sitting. But I did. This is Aira at his best. I would recommend all of his novels, but I think this short book condenses everything I love about his work. In this whirlwind of characters, monsters, and a writer (Aira himself?) working on a novel in Paris, Aira produces a beautiful work of art.

-- Adam