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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This Searing Light, the Sun and Everything Else: Joy Division: The Oral History Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780571345373
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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 Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781593763909
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Published: Soft Skull Press - 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 Cover Image
By Maria Gainza, Thomas Bunstead (Translator)
$25.00
ISBN: 9781948226165
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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 Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781477316481
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Published: University of Texas Press - February 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 Cover Image
By Cesar Aira, Chris Andrews (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9780811219099
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - 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 Cover Image
By Willem Frederik Hermans, David Colmer (Translated by), Cees Nooteboom (Afterword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781939810069
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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 Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250182432
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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 Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374222789
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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 Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780525520610
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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 Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780999193518
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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 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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The Impostor: A True Story Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781524732813
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Published: Knopf - August 28th, 2018

A mix of biography and memoir that's fascinating in its obsessive unraveling of human nature, morality and truth. What makes the book so erudite and engaging is its how Cercas ties all of this into a reflective examination of art, literature and the role of the writer, while remaining playful and entertaining. A perfect mix of Javier Marias' compulsive need to unpeel a topic and Emmanuel Carrere's introspective, self-reflective non-fiction.


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Poso Wells Cover Image
By Gabriela Aleman, 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 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.


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The Shape of the Ruins: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735211148
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 25th, 2018

What begins as a story of conspiracy theories and theorists slowly unfolds as a tale of histories: our shared history of violence and the histories that are passed down from our forebears. An entrancing combination of memoir, non-fiction and novel.


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Some Trick: Thirteen Stories Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780811227827
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - May 29th, 2018

This Young Monster Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781910695357
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Published: Fitzcarraldo Editions - June 5th, 2018

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The Kingdom: A Novel Cover Image
By Emmanuel Carrère, John Lambert (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250159441
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Published: Picador - March 6th, 2018

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This Is Memorial Device Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780571340170
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Published: Faber & Faber Social - February 6th, 2018

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The Linden Tree Cover Image
By Cesar Aira, Chris Andrews (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9780811219082
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - April 24th, 2018

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Census Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062676139
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Published: Ecco - March 6th, 2018

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In the Distance Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566894883
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Published: Coffee House Press - October 10th, 2017

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The Sarah Book Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780988518391
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Published: Tyrant Books - July 11th, 2017