Cara M. Staff Picks


 

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Trust Exercise: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781250309884
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - April 9th, 2019

I was blindsided by the skill and dexterity with which Susan Choi layers this novel. It's an alluringly complex study of what reality and consent really mean. Pair that with the backdrop of a performing arts high school, and you've got something golden.


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Letters, Dreams, and Other Writings Cover Image
By Remedios Varo (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Margaret Carson (Introduction by), Margaret Carson (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781939663399
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Published: Wakefield Press - November 27th, 2018

Did you ever make a prank call? Remedios Varo did it better. Prank letters to random psychiatrists, prank research papers, prank party invitations… infused with a plethora of surrealist goodies. Plus Margaret Carson!

-- Cara


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Night Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781937658533
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Published: Nightboat Books - August 2nd, 2016

She gets life. And how to parse it into tiny, beautiful, digestable verses. I'm humbled.


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Veronica (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780375727856
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Published: Vintage - July 18th, 2006

This is the perfect book to travel with. It displaces you from space and time, piercing behind the veil of the everyday to suffuse you with the sense of something more. I find myself thinking about it still, months later.


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Ayiti Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802128263
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Published: Grove Press - June 12th, 2018

Here are her earliest stories (plus a few new ones), finally readily available! She was clearly just born with the ability to strike the heart and truth of anything with a pure, simple structure. She’s amazing!


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Fever Dream: A Novel Cover Image
By Samanta Schweblin, Megan McDowell (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780399184604
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 6th, 2018

This novella is a shot of pure adrenaline. Seriously, I naively opened it on the morning of a busy and important day, then spent every spare second of the next ten hours blazing through it. It's weird, it's touching, it's surreal, it's rock n' roll.


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The Overstory Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393356687
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 2nd, 2019

This story already exists deep in everyone's veins, but Richard Powers' acute perception bleeds it straight into the consciousness. I'm head-over-heels in love.


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A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101903438
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Published: Hogarth - June 9th, 2015

This is the deep exploration of a girl's existence. Written in brilliant stream-of-consciousness prose that exfoliates every layer of nature and nurture gone into the making of her.  


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Black Swan Green: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812974010
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 27th, 2007

A haunting coming-of-age story that reinvents the genre with Mitchell's uncanny ability to parse crystalline truths from the larger-than-life world of an adolescent. It's simply so honest. 


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Fen: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555977740
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Published: Graywolf Press - May 2nd, 2017

Short stories reminiscent of Carmen Maria Machado's Her Body and Other Parties! Veins of fen magic, dark and sensuous, twist through each woman's story, entwining in subtle but impactful moments.


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She Would Be King: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555978174
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 11th, 2018

This is a fierce debut! Beautiful, lucid prose, and characters who came to life fully on the page. Their stories converge into the early formation of Liberia with a twist of magical realism.

-- Cara


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Exit West: A Novel Cover Image
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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


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In the Flesh Cover Image
By Christa Wolf, John S. Barrett (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781567923179
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Published: Verba Mundi - February 2007

Wolf herself is such a fascinating subject, so of course her writing is as well. This short but dense novel is a haunting portrayal of the body in crisis and its impact on the self. Philosophical, political, literary--simultaneously the stuff of life and dreams.  


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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body Cover Image
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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. 

-- Cara


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House of Names: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501140228
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Published: Scribner - March 6th, 2018

It's like a 360 degree panoramic view of the classic Clytemnestra story, including x-ray vision into the tale's most morally conflicted souls. As a dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company, I'm obsessed with Graham's powerful retelling from the titular woman's perspective, so I could not be happier to see that trend continued here, with Toibin's first section written from Clytemnestra's point of view.  


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Near to the Wild Heart (Ndp; 1225) Cover Image
By Clarice Lispector, Alison Entrekin (Translator), Benjamin Moser (Preface by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811220026
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - June 13th, 2012

I'm not usually a fan of "list five [insert subject] that changed your life," but this book is my exception. It has become a flower- and thorn-laden vine growing wild near my own heart.


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Dancing Girls Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385491099
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Published: Anchor - May 18th, 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 (Translated by)
$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
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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


The Land of Green Plums: A Novel Cover Image
By Herta Müller, Michael Hofmann (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780312429942
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Published: Picador - 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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The Fox Was Ever the Hunter: A Novel Cover Image
By Herta Müller, Philip Boehm (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781250094612
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Published: Picador - May 2nd, 2017

All of Herta Muller's books have such lucid, haunting prose, and this latest translation is no exception. I could get lost in her beautiful, broken, Post-WW2 Romania forever.