Justin's Picks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A longtime native of the region, Justin's been with Malaprop's since 2013, and is currently the Senior Buyer, Bookstore Manager and host of the Works in Translation book club.

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97,196 Words: Essays By John Lambert (Translated by), Emmanuel Carrère Cover Image
By John Lambert (Translated by), Emmanuel Carrère
$28.00
This book is currently on backorder. Please call or email for availability.
ISBN: 9780374178208
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 5th, 2019

With the sly, astute and honest way he mixes memoir, biography and history, Emmanuel Carrere should be the biggest author in the world. This collection of essays is the perfect introduction.


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This Searing Light, the Sun and Everything Else: Joy Division: The Oral History By Jon Savage Cover Image
$28.00
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ISBN: 9780571345373
Published: Faber & Faber Social - April 23rd, 2019

A touching, surprisingly fun and heartbreaking history of one of my favorite bands. One of the year’s essential music books.


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Loudermilk: Or, The Real Poet; Or, The Origin of the World By Lucy Ives Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781593763909
Availability: Not Currently On Our Shelves. Usually Ships in 1-5 Days.
Published: Soft Skull - May 7th, 2019

I absolutely loved this book. A grand comic novel with hints of Charles Portis and Pynchon, a great post-Millenium, pre-Millennial foray into America at the cusp of its decline. Hilarious, touching, ambitious and endlessly playful.


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Optic Nerve By Maria Gainza, Thomas Bunstead (Translated by) Cover Image
By Maria Gainza, Thomas Bunstead (Translated by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9781948226165
Availability: Not Currently On Our Shelves. Usually Ships in 1-5 Days.
Published: Catapult - April 9th, 2019

Warm, open-hearted autofiction focusing on the intersection of art and relationships. Hypnotic, really.


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Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest (American Music Series) By Hanif Abdurraqib Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781477316481
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Texas Press - February 1st, 2019

All of my favorite music writing is about the personal relationship between listener and music. That’s done beautifully and sincerely here, skirting the line between biography and personal memoir, speaking to the true triumph of connection that real art can give us.


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Birthday By César Aira, Chris Andrews (Translated by) Cover Image
By César Aira, Chris Andrews (Translated by)
$13.95
ISBN: 9780811219099
Availability: Backordered at Our Warehouse. ETA Unavailable.
Published: New Directions - February 26th, 2019

Since entering adulthood, no author has challenged my idea of what literature can be (or maybe should be) like Cesar Aira. Birthday is no different, a thoughtful journey through Aira's mind and his worldview (as well as its limitations), and this is the book's greatest strengh: Aira's ability to bring you into his world.


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An Untouched House By Willem Frederik Hermans, David Colmer (Translated by), Cees Nooteboom (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Willem Frederik Hermans, David Colmer (Translated by), Cees Nooteboom (Afterword by)
$16.00
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ISBN: 9781939810069
Published: Archipelago - October 23rd, 2018

A brutally sardonic look at the way humanity crumbles and stumbles into chaos when all sense of decency and order are abandoned during wartime. A short and brooding -- yet oddly entertaining and deadpan -- descent into madness.


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Like a Fading Shadow: A Novel By Antonio Muñoz Molina, Camilo A. Ramirez (Translated by) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250182432
Availability: Not Currently On Our Shelves. Usually Ships in 1-5 Days.
Published: Picador - July 17th, 2018

A mix of historical fiction and memoir that works on numerous levels. Part literary criticism, part true crime, part examination into the nature of infatuation and desire. It's many things, and they all dovetail thanks to Munoz Molina's insightful, intelligent prose.


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The Nocilla Trilogy: Nocilla Dream, Nocilla Experience, Nocilla Lab By Agustín Fernández Mallo, Thomas Bunstead (Translated by) Cover Image
$30.00
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ISBN: 9780374222789
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 19th, 2019

A book of asides, a novel of obsessive detail, an omnibus of modernity, The Nocilla Trilogy is a nearly indescribable trek into what it means to live today. A wild, entertaining mix of genres, as much inspired by Borges and Raymond Carver as it is JG Ballard and pop culture.


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Lost Children Archive: A novel By Valeria Luiselli Cover Image
$27.95
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ISBN: 9780525520610
Published: Knopf - February 12th, 2019

A heady yet accessible exploration of family and America's collective past that reaches into a variety of texts and art forms for inspiration. But It's the ambition of Luiselli's writing and its overall impact that makes this novel such a monument.


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Bald Knobber By Robert Sergel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780999193518
Availability: Not Currently On Our Shelves. Usually Ships in 1-5 Days.
Published: Secret Acres - October 2nd, 2018

I've been a fan of Sergel's for the better part of a decade now, back to the days of his webcomic Idiot Comics. I've always been struck by the way he manages to capture modernity in all its awkward quietness, and Bald Knobber is no different. A short little tale about the confusion of family and growing up that's told with an almost cinematic verve, despite Sergel's pleasingly clean and minimalistic art style. A gem of a graphic novel.


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The Years By Annie Ernaux, Alison L. Strayer (Translated by) Cover Image
By Annie Ernaux, Alison L. Strayer (Translated by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781609807870
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Published: Seven Stories Press - November 21st, 2017

Ernaux's great achievement is her ability to capture the form of memory and the way we process the past. A gorgeously introspective memoir as much about the author's own life and times as it is the unstoppable march of time, and the frightening, humbling pace of aging and modernity.


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Poso Wells By Gabriela Alemán, Dick Cluster (Translator) Cover Image
By Gabriela Alemán, Dick Cluster (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780872867550
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Published: City Lights Books - August 21st, 2018

A bizarre little satire that oscillates between adventure yarn and farce, one that pokes fun at modernity and the gross incompetence of the people in charge. A fun, funny, strange book that hits the gas pedal and never lets up.


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Fever of Animals By Miles Allinson Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781947534162
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Published: Scribe Us - August 28th, 2018

A wonderfully erudite, personal and honest exploration of art and self, held in place with a personable and original voice.


This Young Monster By Charlie Fox Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781910695357
Availability: Not Currently On Our Shelves. Usually Ships in 1-5 Days.
Published: Fitzcarraldo Editions - June 5th, 2018

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The Kingdom: A Novel By Emmanuel Carrère, John Lambert (Translated by) Cover Image
By Emmanuel Carrère, John Lambert (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250159441
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - March 6th, 2018

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In the Distance By Hernan Diaz Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566894883
Availability: Backordered at Our Warehouse. ETA Unavailable.
Published: Coffee House Press - October 10th, 2017

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The Sarah Book By Scott McClanahan Cover Image
$16.95
This book is currently on backorder. Please call or email for availability.
ISBN: 9780988518391
Published: Tyrant Books - July 11th, 2017