Cara M. Staff Picks


 

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Fever Dream: A Novel Cover Image
By Samanta Schweblin, Megan McDowell (Translated by)
$16.00
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: 9780393635522
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 3rd, 2018

This story already exists deep in everyone's veins, but Richard Powers' acute perception bleeds it straight into the consciousness. I have not been so head-over-heels in love with a book since Near to the Wild Heart.


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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 1st, 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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Exit West: A Novel 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


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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 read this.

-- Cara


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House of Names: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
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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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/serious, frivolous/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
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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
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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)
$17.60
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.