Jeff

When he's not selling books, Jeff is an avid reader, father of an infant daughter, and a writer of minor historical epics.

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Tropic of Cancer (Miller) By Henry Miller Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802131782
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Published: Grove Press - January 6th, 1994

Get word-drunk on poetry, enjoy the squalor of a somewhat miserable existence, and include some potty humor. Result: Henry Miller.


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Metamorphoses: A New Translation By Ovid, Charles Martin (Translated by), Bernard M. W. Knox (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Ovid, Charles Martin (Translated by), Bernard M. W. Knox (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780393326420
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 17th, 2005

Ovid wrote the definitive epic poem about Greek mythology in 8 AD. Two thousand years later, Charles Martin wrote a terrific new translation. Twenty years after that, you found this staff pick and decided to read the poem for yourself.


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Bad Girls: A Novel By Camila Villada, Kit Maude (Translated by) Cover Image
By Camila Villada, Kit Maude (Translated by)
$24.00
ISBN: 9781635422023
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Published: Other Press - May 10th, 2022

Writing justifies everything. Some stories mythologize. Headless men dance with hundred-year-old women, and women transform into birds. Other stories are vivid and confessional. This novel is both, and best of all, it has a wicked sense of humor.


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The Complete Poetry: A Bilingual Edition By César Vallejo, Clayton Eshleman (Translated by), Clayton Eshleman (Editor), Mario Vargas Llosa (Foreword by), Efrain Kristal (Introduction by), Stephen Hart (Contributions by), José R. Barcia (Translated by) Cover Image
By César Vallejo, Clayton Eshleman (Translated by), Clayton Eshleman (Editor), Mario Vargas Llosa (Foreword by), Efrain Kristal (Introduction by), Stephen Hart (Contributions by), José R. Barcia (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780520261730
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Published: University of California Press - December 14th, 2009

There are poems in life, so powerful... I don't know! When you need to laugh, when you need to cry, when you need a reminder that suffering can be transposed into a song, turn to Vallejo. He is simply the best. 


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Cold Candies By Lee Young-Ju, Jae Kim (Translator) Cover Image
By Lee Young-Ju, Jae Kim (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781939568403
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Published: Black Ocean - December 7th, 2021

Lee Young-Ju's poems are brief kaleidoscopic scenes. She reminds me of that wonderful drug-addled pharmacist, Georg Trakl. Her poems, like his, map a lustrous dream space where things are bolder, and truer, than the things of this world.


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Moon Witch, Spider King (The Dark Star Trilogy #2) By Marlon James Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735220201
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 15th, 2022

With this sequel, Marlon James cements his reputation as the greatest fantasy writer of our time. His stories establish new mythologies and worlds while providing an antidote to the toxic whiteness pandered by writers like J.R.R. Tolkien. He's simply the best.

 


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One Hundred Years of Solitude By Gabriel Garcia Marquez Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060883287
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - February 21st, 2006

A modern classic, this book revolutionized what literature could be. Garcia Marquez inaugurated magical realism as its own genre. The writing itself is magic. Seriously. Just read the first sentence.


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The Memory Police: A Novel By Yoko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder (Translated by) Cover Image
By Yoko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101911815
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Published: Vintage - July 28th, 2020

Richly imaginative, tender, and surreal, Memory Police is the best dystopian novel I've ever read.


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I Would Prefer Not To: Essential Stories By Herman Melville Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781782277460
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Published: Pushkin Collection - October 26th, 2021

Herman Melville was more than the madman who wrote Moby Dick. He also wrote spectacular short stories. "Bartleby the Scrivener," filled with dark, almost nihilistic humor, is a personal favorite. I could say more, but I would prefer not to.


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Things I Have Withheld By Kei Miller Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802158956
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Published: Grove Press - September 14th, 2021

This book is tender and magnificent. An expression of the thoughts and feelings we rarely share -- about race, gender, and nationality -- from a poet of incredible skill.


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Red Cavalry (Pushkin Collection) By Isaac Babel, Boris Dralyuk (Translated by) Cover Image
By Isaac Babel, Boris Dralyuk (Translated by)
$18.00
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ISBN: 9781782270935
Published: Pushkin Collection - May 12th, 2015

What happens when a first-rate poet embeds with a corps of hapless soldiers and follows them into battle? Red Cavalry. Poignant, lyrical, and brutal, Babel was executed because of what he wrote in this interconnected series of stories.


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Woes of the True Policeman: A Novel By Roberto Bolaño, Natasha Wimmer (Translated by) Cover Image
By Roberto Bolaño, Natasha Wimmer (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250037824
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Published: Picador - October 22nd, 2013

This short novel, for me, is the best thing Bolaño ever wrote. Filled with dark humor, poetry, vulnerability, and magic, it's an absolute masterpiece.


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Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) By Marlon James Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735220188
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 4th, 2020

Black Leopard, Red Wolf is known for its gripping story and the monstrous creatures plucked from African mythology. But it's also a clever critique of racist American culture. (James has referred to it as a "Black Lord of the Rings.") The commentary never bleeds into the action; it purrs in the background like a hidden jungle cat. For example, keep an eye out for his skewed depictions of Batman and Spider-Man.


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Drug Use for Grown-Ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear By Dr. Carl L. Hart Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101981665
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Published: Penguin Books - January 11th, 2022

Part personal essay, part cultural critique, Drug Use for Grown-Ups shows exactly what's wrong with the way we talk about drugs in America. Mixing anecdotes and hard data, Dr. Carl Hart exposes the racism lurking beneath the prosecution of most so-called drug criminals, while proposing useful real-world solutions.


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Little Bird By Claudia Ulloa Donoso, Lily Meyer (Translator) Cover Image
By Claudia Ulloa Donoso, Lily Meyer (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781646050659
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Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - August 17th, 2021

Mesmerizing. This book will find you at just the right moment. Like right now.


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Proud Beggars By Albert Cossery, Thomas W. Cushing (Translated by), Alyson Waters (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Albert Cossery, Thomas W. Cushing (Translated by), Alyson Waters (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781590174425
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Published: NYRB Classics - December 27th, 2011

Albert Cossery celebrated laziness. Fortunately for us, every once in a while he wrote a novel. His books are revolutionary and hilarious. This is his best.


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People from My Neighborhood: Stories By Hiromi Kawakami, Ted Goossen (Translated by) Cover Image
By Hiromi Kawakami, Ted Goossen (Translated by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781593767112
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Published: Soft Skull - November 30th, 2021

Hilarious! These interconnected short stories are like bite-sized candies -- tiny and delicious. Try one!


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Bibliolepsy By Gina Apostol Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781641292511
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Published: Soho Press - January 4th, 2022

A book lover's dream filled with hilarity, poetry, and rampant bibliophilia -- or, as she calls it, bibliolepsy.


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Soul Mountain By Gao Xingjian Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060936235
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 23rd, 2001

Some stories wouldn't be believable if they hadn't actually happened. This is one of them. Profound, lyrical, spiritual -- this is perhaps the most humane book I've ever read.


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Pedro Páramo (Spanish Edition) / Pedro Páramo By Juan Rulfo Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525566526
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Published: Vintage Espanol - April 23rd, 2019

Pedro Paramo es el mejor libro que he leído. Hermoso y poético, es una obra maestra.


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The Boy Who Stole Attila's Horse (Pushkin Collection) By Ivan Repila, Sophie Hughes (Translated by) Cover Image
By Ivan Repila, Sophie Hughes (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781782271017
Published: Pushkin Collection - November 24th, 2015

Poetic and absurd, The Boy Who Stole Attila's Horse possesses the power of myth. It might be a quick read, but the story resonates for a long time.


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Ema the Captive By César Aira, Chris Andrews (Translated by) Cover Image
By César Aira, Chris Andrews (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811219105
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Published: New Directions - December 6th, 2016

Let Cesar Aira whisk you away to the dreamy forests of Argentina, in the days of the colonies, when money was nothing more than scraps of inked paper. Like life, this book is a miraculous adventure!


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Path of Totality: Poems By Niina Pollari Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781593767037
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Published: Soft Skull - February 8th, 2022

Grief cannot be rendered more richly than this. Pollari's work is vulnerable and raw. A truly masterful work.


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The Shamanic Bones of Zen: Revealing the Ancestral Spirit and Mystical Heart of a Sacred Tradition By Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Paula Arai (Contributions by), Paula Arai (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Paula Arai (Contributions by), Paula Arai (Foreword by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781611809190
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Published: Shambhala - February 8th, 2022

Discover the forgotten ritualistic roots of Zen. Honor the ancestors. Bring enlightenment and peace to yourself and others. Zenju Earthlyn will be your guide.