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A lifelong Bookseller (with a capital B), Tom is your guy when you need something new but have no idea what - except that you liked that one blue & gold book everyone read last year. Seriously. Give him a challenge, and he'll always rise to the occasion. He also really likes small press books and essay/short story collections. 

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They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us Cover Image
By Hanif Abdurraqib, Eve L. Ewing (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781937512651
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - November 7th, 2017

I have too much to say about this book for one conversation. This isn't just the best essay collection I've read this year or the best music criticism (it is both): It is one of the most beautiful, catch-your-breath, heart-in-throat books I've encountered. It is a gift. Please, enjoy it. We don't get work this great that often. 

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ISBN: 9781555977740
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Published: Graywolf Press - May 2nd, 2017

I'll keep this short: This is one of the most impressive short story collections I've read in years.

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By Andres Barba, Lisa Dillman (Translator), Edmund White (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9781945492006
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Published: Transit Books - April 11th, 2017

A Heart So White (Vintage International) Cover Image
By Javier Marías, Jonathan Coe (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780307950765
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Published: Vintage - March 26th, 2013

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ISBN: 9781938584671
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Published: Alice James Books - September 12th, 2017

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By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
ISBN: 9781908276728
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: And Other Stories - July 7th, 2016

The Transmigration of Bodies reads like a fever dream: an intense, enthralling examination of how people live in a city of the dying and the dead. It takes an extraordinary amount of sill to combine elements of noir, political commentary, hardboiled crime, and allegory (not to mention Shakespeare, with a seasoning of existential ennui) and keep the novel moving, or in this case, racing along. Herrera, clearly, has at least that much talent, and then some.