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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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I Would Prefer Not To: Essential Stories 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 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) Cover Image
By Isaac Babel, Boris Dralyuk (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781782270935
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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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By Roberto Bolaño, Natasha Wimmer (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780374266745
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 13th, 2012

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) 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 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101981641
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Published: Penguin Press - January 12th, 2021

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 Cover Image
By Claudia Ulloa Donoso, Lily Meyer (Translator)
$14.95
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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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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By Hiromi Kawakami, Ted Goossen (Translated by)
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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 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 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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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) Cover Image
By Ivan Repila, Sophie Hughes (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781782271017
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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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By César Aira, Chris Andrews (Translated by)
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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!