James W. Staff Picks


The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches Cover Image
By Matsuo Basho, Nobuyuki Yuasa (Translated by), Nobuyuki Yuasa (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780140441857
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Published: Penguin Classics - February 28th, 1967

Do you ever feel like we’ve all lost our minds? Let Basho be an antidote. His writing is precise, beautiful, and lonely -- I mean that as a good thing. There is still peace to be found in the world if you know where to look.

-- James

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Lost Empress: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525436218
Availability: Not in Stock - Available for special order
Published: Vintage - April 16th, 2019

This is, without a doubt, the best contemporary fiction I have read in years. Equal parts hilarious and thought provoking. If you have ever read Zadie Smith or David Foster Wallace and thought, “why don’t more people write books like this?” They do. Here is one of them.

-- James