Cara M. Staff Picks


 

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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062362599
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Published: Harper - June 13th, 2017

I have no words to describe the beauty and importance of this book. Roxane Gay bravely and honestly writes her story, a story that resonates on the deepest, densest, most human part of our souls. Please, please read this.

-- Cara


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The Teeth of the Comb & Other Stories Cover Image
By Osama Alomar, C. J. Collins (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9780811226073
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - April 25th, 2017

Forget walking a tightrope between wacky yet serious, frivolous yet insightful. This collection of aphorism-like short stories manages to fully embody each pair of opposites simultaneously. Every five seconds a single sentence has me both in throes of laughter and paroxysms of heartbreak.

-- Cara


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Dancing Girls Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780385491099
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Published: Anchor Books - May 15th, 1998

This is early Margaret Atwood at her best. Each short story fiercely probes the nucleus of a woman's psychology. Not a single word is wasted; every mundane detail takes on a sacred significance, accumulating by the end of each story into the entire world encapsulated in a mere twenty pages.

-- Cara


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The Life of Elves Cover Image
By Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781609453152
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Published: Europa Editions - February 9th, 2016

This book is just the most beautiful literary meditation on art and nature that I could imagine. Even in translation, there's a potency to the wonderfully evocative language that really resonates somewhere deep within. I definitely experienced visceral heart-wrenches at multiple passages.

-- Cara


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Cosmos Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780802145628
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Published: Grove Press - November 15th, 2011

Gombrowicz is such a riveting writer. He creates this nebulous, atmospheric prose that alternates between hard-boiled fiction and a metaphysical stream-of-consciousness. Then, every once in a while, he pierces through the cloud with a perfect expression that just shatters your heart. And the translation from the Polish by Danuta Borchardt is so creatively thought through. I really really recommend this one!

-- Cara


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By Herta Muller, Michael Hofmann (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780312429942
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Published: Picador USA - November 23rd, 2010

The daily horrors of living inside Ceausescu's Romania are recorded here in a story that is both blunt and poetic, real and mysterious. The boundary between the outer and inner landscapes has melted away..


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Exit West Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735212176
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017

This is a beautiful study of love and life in a world of crisis. The political vista within which Saeed and Nadia struggle to maintain a day-to-day existence is a timely illustration of the political vista threatening to envelop our country today; a world where borders are created and destroyed, security and stability are upended in an instant, and the value of a human life is weighed in increasingly untenable terms.

-- Cara