Cari K. Staff Picks


 

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Across the China Sea Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977849
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 5th, 2017

It's almost hard to think of this graceful and empathetic book as a novel, since not much happens. That said, it's been a while since I've loved a book in this way, for its poetry and insight about the small moments that make a life. Our narrator's family runs a home for the mentally challenged, and as he goes back to close the house after his mother's death, he takes us through his childhood--his closeness to a mute girl, his sister's tragic death, the struggles of his parents' relationship. It is an ode to memory, to family, to the beauty of patience and love. It is a kind and simple book, and one I hope you will treasure.

-- Cari


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Salt Houses Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780544912588
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - May 2nd, 2017

This is an ambitious debut that delivers. In a multi-generational saga of beauty and heartbreak, Halan Alyan deftly shows us the love and sorrows of one Palestinian family as they attempt to find their place in the world as exiles. As each character searches for a sense of home in an increasingly stressful world, family bonds are forged and broken, relationships developed, and the very idea of nationality questioned. Written with lyricism and sympathy, this side of the conflict is rarely shown but impacts us all.

-- Cari


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Moving the Palace Cover Image
By Charif Majdalani, Edward Gauvin (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781939931467
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Published: New Vessel Press - April 18th, 2017

Every now and again, you find a novel that fills you with wanderlust, that so thoroughly places you in a time and place that you feel the need to stay there for longer, to learn more about the people who inhabited it. This is such a book--a Lebanese adventure novel full of politics and intrigue, outrageous situations, charming characters, and even a brief appearance from T.E. Lawrence. It's a meditation on history and how we write it from a distance, of how the stories we tell others can grow in the passing from mouth to mouth. Let this book be your personal oasis as the summer months get hotter and the travel bug starts to get under your skin.

-- Cari


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The Visitors Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781612194639
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Published: Melville House Publishing - December 29th, 2015

In The Visitors, Simon Sylvester writes about the lure of folktales, of being an outsider, and of growing up, and then weaves it all seamlessly into a classic whodunit murder mystery. Perfect for those who typically shy away from the genre, this is a lyrical and moving mystery about a high school girl on a Scottish island and her reclusive new neighbors who or may not be killing the other islanders. The Visitors is a suspenseful coming of age story with a dash of selkies and plenty to teach you about the mysteries of home and the heart.

-- Cari


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The Incarnations Cover Image
$28.60
ISBN: 9781501106781
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Published: Touchstone Books - August 18th, 2015

When Driver Wang starts receiving mysterious letters about his former lives, he starts doubting everything happening in his current one. Who is sending them, and to what aim? Switching between the current day and the stories the letters tell, this is a book for those who crave the unreliable narrator in a new and fresh way. Susan Barker is a master at twisting history and folktales, creating a China that is at once modern and mythical. Nothing in this novel is quite as it seems and the ending is just as spooky as the beginning.

-- Cari


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The Distant Marvels Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781609452520
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Published: Europa Editions - April 7th, 2015

In the middle of a hurricane, Maria Sirena tells a room full of sheltering women the story of her life. Spanning three revolutions and multiple generations, it is a story full of love and loss set in the beautiful and exotic Cuban landscape. The Distant Marvels is a marvel itself, full of poetry and lyricism, love, and reflections on life and storytelling. This is the best summer read you could imagine for the person who doesn’t actually like summer reads--and who isn’t afraid to finish it in privacy as it breaks the heart three different ways.

-- Cari


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The Martian Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780553418026
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Published: Broadway Books - October 28th, 2014

The Martian is full of wit, humor, survival, and verve. When Mark Watney is left for dead on Mars he must figure out how to survive while cut off from all communication with Earth. Split between Watney’s point of view and the rescue mission back home, Andy Weir uses just the right amount of science to make you feel like you’re there and understand without ever overwhelming you. A classic survival story meets classic sci-fi, both updated for today’s world. Easily the most fresh and enjoyable sci-fi I’ve read in a long, long time.

-- Cari


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The Door Cover Image
By Magda Szabo, Len Rix (Translator), Ali Smith (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590177716
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Published: New York Review of Books - January 27th, 2015

A story of the ultimate love and ultimate betrayal between two Hungarian women. As Magda says of Emerence, there are some books that are “capable of arousing the finest feelings in [you], and also the most base.” This is one you won’t soon forget.

-- Cari


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A True Novel Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781590517062
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Published: Other Press (NY) - October 28th, 2014

Wuthering Heights told through the lens of the traditional Japanese true novel, this story within stories touches the heart of class relations and unrequited love. You get all of the drama of Bronte’s characters without the need to hate them and such restrained poetry that it will haunt you long after you finish--after all, what is true?

-- Cari