Kyle A. Staff Picks


 

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Not One Day Cover Image
By Anne Garreta, Emma Ramadan (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941920541
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Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - May 16th, 2017

Oulipo member Anne Garreta gives herself a rigid homework assignment and along the way upends the boundaries of autofiction. Her musings on all the people she's desired or those who have desired her are moving, funny, erotic, and magical. Her gem on American "highway music" is worth it in itself.

-- Kyle


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The Diamond Setter: A Novel Cover Image
By Moshe Sakal, Jessica Cohen (Translated by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590518915
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Published: Other Press - March 20th, 2018

An expertly layered ode to story-telling families across generations, this book explores themes of love, family, and life aspirations in a society defined by national and cultural displacement. Subtle but complex, stylised but erotic, this book burns with world-richness but glitters like a fairytale.

-- Kyle


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The Vegetarian: A Novel Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781101906118
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Published: Hogarth - August 23rd, 2016

At one deeply disturbing and quietly quotidian, The Vegetarian tells the story of an ordinary woman's struggle with dreams, sacrifice, and self-perrception. Through a readable and nuanced translation from the Korean, Han Kang broaches themes of ethics, art, family, and humanity, immediately shocking yet ultimately enlightening the reader on how far people will go to be fully themselves... or fully other.

-- Kyle


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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780679751526
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Published: Vintage - June 28th, 1999

John Berendt's nonfiction novel is not just a great addition to the genre of true crime, it is a reimagining of how intimate real-life documentation can be. Readers are not merely witnesses to what happens in the shadows of 1980s Savannah, Georgia - we are friends of jazz musicians, guests of socialites, conjurers of politically inspired hexess, dressers of drag queens, and ultimately a jury with the power to condemn someone we now cosnider a peer. Kooky and spooky doesn't even begin to cover this expertly accounted mystery.

-- Kyle


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The White Book Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780525573067
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Published: Hogarth - February 19th, 2019

Through subtle yet affecting musings on everyday objects, Kang weaves a story of grief together with a love letter to a sister who barely existed. Like she did with The Vegetarian and Human Acts, Kang proves that the mundane is where humanity learns its appreciation for family, art, and aesthetics, but also where it harbors its greatest fears. Han Kang is one of the few writers who has mastered beauty and horror.

-- Kyle


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In Cold Blood (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679745587
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Published: Vintage - February 1st, 1994

It will keep you up at night. It will make you miss your stop and the subway. It invented and still defines a genre. Read it and everything Truman has ever written.

-- Kyle


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Wanderer: A Novel Cover Image
By Sarah Léon, John Cullen (Translated by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590519257
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Published: Other Press - January 8th, 2019

Sarah Leon captures for the reader an almost impossible thing: the experience of music without needing to hear it. Through an intensifying pattern of thawing a forgotten past and shoveling through an uncertain present, we learn not only about two extraordinary musicians and their inspirations but also a human relationship so strong, so flawed, that for them it is impossible to name but to the outsider can only be read (or played, or sung, or shouted) as love. In Wanderer Leon smooths a harsh and bleak world with melodic beauty, weaving in rhythms of fear, tension, doubt, and desire to build a concise but powerful symphony of a novel.

-- Kyle


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Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316316132
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 22nd, 2018

Compassionate in its wit, humorous in its heart, and full-blooded in its dry emotion, this story of the frustrating and charming inconsistencies of life is easy to fall into yet impossible to forget. Also its gay.

-- Kyle


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Calypso Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316392389
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 29th, 2018

I made friends on the subway with this book. I lost nights and gained years laughing over this book. I was compelled to read full essays out loud to my roommates, my family, the cat I live with. David Sedaris has never been kookier, grosser, or more respectable.