Peter P. Staff Picks


 

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Pure Colour: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374603946
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 15th, 2022

In God's first draft of existence, Mira is a fish until she goes inside a leaf and reaches the cosmic beyond. If you get the vibe then you get the vibe.


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Concrete (Vintage International) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781400077571
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Published: Vintage - August 10th, 2010

A 150-page, single-paragraph monologue delivered by a disenfranchised grouch struggling with an intense case of writer's block and an extreme hatred for not only his sister, but pretty much all of Austria. Bernhard's a genius.


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A Sand Book Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781951142162
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Published: Tin House Books - February 11th, 2020

In this epic tome, Reines (my favorite soothsayer), contemplates with luminous, soul-bearing urgency, the desertification of our planet, our consciousness, and our accepted realities. If you're questioning where contemporary poetry's divinity went, the answer's right here; she has it.


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The Woman in the Purple Skirt: A Novel Cover Image
By Natsuko Imamura, Lucy North (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143136033
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Published: Penguin Books - June 14th, 2022

Han Kang meets Ottessa Moshfegh. Are you the voyeur or the viewed?


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Leave Society (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
By Tao Lin
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101974476
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Published: Vintage - August 3rd, 2021

Journeying between NYC and Taiwan, this work of autofiction—quietly hilarious and poignantly mundane—documents four years in the life of a writer as he grapples with his relationship to his art, his family, his health, and, ultimately, the society unraveling before him. 


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Socialist Realism (Emily Books) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566895514
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Published: Coffee House Press - August 13th, 2019

A powerful commingling of memoir, criticism, and philosophy that confronts late stage capitalism's encroachment on the role of identity, art, and the artist. What does the future hold for us and "what good can art really do?" Low asks.


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Animal (Bagley Wright Lecture) Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781940696911
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Published: Wave Books - October 8th, 2019

These essays, adapted from a series of the poet's lectures, contain some of the most inventive, imaginative, and magical thinking about poetry you may ever encounter.


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Dictee Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780520261297
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Published: University of California Press - September 14th, 2009

Transcendent; more than a book—a living, breathing art object; an unfathomable achievement of language and self-expression.


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No One Is Talking About This: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593189597
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 15th, 2022

Imagine the novel as quasi-Twitter (or maybe Tumblr?) feed and said feed is run by an oracle--both from the near future but also somehow possessing ancient origins. With an inventive form and glimmering prose, Lockwood has gifted the future with an artifact from the brink of technologically-mandated selfhood we're now fast approaching.


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City Poet: The Life and Times of Frank O'Hara Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062303417
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 13th, 2014

O'Hara/New York School/MoMA/Fire Island/gossip enthusiasts rejoice!  


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Amanda Paradise Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781950268429
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Published: Wave Books - September 7th, 2021

The latest collection from this revered occult poet, these unapologetically queer and radically defiant poems were generated, in part, through the poet's engagement with field recordings of extinct animal species. There's also a chilling sequence of poems chronicling the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a great companion for these end times, but also an action plan.


Giovanni's Room (Vintage International) Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780345806567
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Published: Vintage - September 12th, 2013

"'It's me, Giovanni. Shut up.'"


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Zipper Mouth Cover Image
$14.95
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ISBN: 9781558617483
Published: Feminist Press - October 1st, 2011

Sex, drugs, and Sylvia Plath.


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Fake Accounts: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781646221240
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Published: Catapult - February 8th, 2022

What if you snuck onto your botfriend's phone in the middle of the night to discover he was secretly running a conspiracy theory Instagram account? Disturbingly funny and sharp, the riotously entertaining voice of this debut novel's narrator will propel you through an unpredictable, yet nearly perfect portrait of the internet age.


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My Poets Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374533830
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 14th, 2013

A poet's beautifully intimate reflections on the poetry that shaped her and her relationship to the art form.


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Poet in New York: Bilingual Edition (FSG Classics) Cover Image
By Federico García Lorca, Greg Simon (Translated by), Christopher Maurer (Editor), Steven F. White (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780374533762
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 9th, 2013

Written during his time at Columbia University (1929-1930), this is one of the legendary poet's seminal collections. With a keenly observational eye and his quintessential emotional resonance, Lorca captures the rapidly shifting culture(s) of New York and the U.S. as the Roaring Twenties waned and a pivotal financial crisis struck. 


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How Should a Person Be?: A Novel from Life Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781250032447
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Published: Picador - June 25th, 2013

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