Ghosts Of Booksellers Past

While these booksellers themselves aren't necessarily ghosts, their recommendations still stand even after they've left our stores.



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Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals (Penguin Poets) Cover Image
$20.00
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.


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Hawthorne's Short Stories (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307741219
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Published: Vintage - 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


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The Noise of Time: A novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101947241
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Published: Knopf - 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


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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


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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


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Mr. Kafka: And Other Tales from the Time of the Cult Cover Image
By Bohumil Hrabal, Paul Wilson (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811224802
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Published: New Directions - 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


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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


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Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation (Post-Contemporary Interventions) Cover Image
$32.14
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


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The Hotel Years Cover Image
By Joseph Roth, Michael Hofmann (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811224871
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Published: New Directions - 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


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Campus Sex, Campus Security (Semiotext(e) / Intervention #19) 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


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The Seamstress and the Wind Cover Image
By César Aira, Rosalie Knecht (Translated by)
$13.95
ISBN: 9780811219129
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Published: New Directions - 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


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Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking Cover Image
By Samin Nosrat, Wendy MacNaughton (Illustrator)
$37.50
ISBN: 9781476753836
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 25th, 2017

So much more than a book of recipes! This book gets into the *how* and *why* of good cooking-- think Alton Brown's "Good Eats" with the quirkiness dialed down. The only cookbook that has earned a permanent place on my shelf. Bonus-- really cool illustrations throughout!

-- Adam


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The Oracle Year: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062686633
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 3rd, 2018

I always love reading debut novels from authors who generally work in other mediums-- Charles Soule usually writes comic books, having worked on the more recent incarnations of Daredevil, She-Hulk and various Star Wars characters. He brings all of those sensibilities to this novel, it is full of a “show-don’t-tell” style befitting someone who isn’t used to getting the space for exposition, with richly drafted characters all the way through. His protagonist, a twentysomething bassist struggling to make his way in the Manhattan music scene, wakes up one day with 108 predictions for the future in his head. He doesn’t know why or how, but one by one they all come to be, with or without his intervention. Look for this to be a movie within a year or two.

-- Adam


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Stephen Florida Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781566894647
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Published: Coffee House Press - June 6th, 2017

This strange, engrossing novel is the most powerful debut I have ever encountered. Stephen's story is one of singular obsession and futility, of creating his own meaning and constructing a whole reality, a whole self around it. What follows is surreal, affecting, and entirely unique. Be forewarned-- Stephen's voice will remain in your head long after you put this book down.

-- Adam


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ISBN: 9780316273442
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Published: Back Bay Books - February 20th, 2018

I have never come across a novel that manages to be both so fantastical and so deeply human as Kalfar's debut. Having grown up in the Czech Republic, Kalfar channels that complicated history into his astronaut-turned-celebrity protagonist, exploring how the weight of the past enfeebles our push towards a brighter future. At times zany and surreal, but still one of the most affecting novels I have ever read

-- Adam


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The King Is Always Above the People: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594631726
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 31st, 2017

Daniel Alarcon's new collection had me in goosebumps after the first two pages. The premiere story in this collection, 'The Thousands', portrays such limitless hope in the face of constant heartbreak in sparse, economic, and yet somehow still intensely emotional prose. These deeply human stories of migration and uncertainty, of small triumphs in a long history of failures, will resonate as deeply with you as they have with me.

-- Adam


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The Last Samurai Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780811225502
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Published: New Directions - May 31st, 2016

Helen DeWitt can do anything. She can fill a page with a treatise on ancient Greek linguistics without losing a complete layman's attention; she can write convincingly from the perspective of a grappling-with-his-budding-genius eleven year old boy; she can hammer you with erudition while telling a story deeply rooted in family and relationships. I'll read anything she puts on paper

-- Adam


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The Mars Room: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781476756554
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Published: Scribner - May 1st, 2018

I loved this book so much that after I finished it, I couldn’t read anything else for two weeks. It’s that good. Meticulously written, explosively plotted, and exquisitely written, set primarily in a women’s prison this is a novel about people whose lives turned out very differently than they expected. Kushner is a fearless writer, and this is her best book yet.

-- Nicola


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A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories Cover Image
By Lucia Berlin, Stephen Emerson (Editor), Lydia Davis (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780374202392
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 18th, 2015

This book deserves all the hype. Berlin is a master of the short story who deserves  a place alongside Denis Johnson and Grace Paley. If you like Mary Gaitskill, Jennifer Egan, or Lydia Davis, you have to read this book.

-- Nicola


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Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781933517575
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Published: Wave Books - August 7th, 2012

This is a book of lectures, but it feels more like reading letters from your most brilliant friend. This is a book about poetry but it’s also about the moon landing, four, Anne Frank, sentimentality, lying, Versace, secrets, and time. It’s sharp, lucid, and most surprisingly, addicting to read. It’s unlike everything else I’ve ever read.

-- Nicola


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