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Housekeeping (Fortieth Anniversary Edition): A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250769763
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Published: Picador - August 4th, 2020

A window in a lighted house at night becomes a mirror - a barrier that reifies, in its reflection, an alienated self. When Ruth and her sister, Lucille, come under the care of their Aunt Sylvie, a once and future transient, the lights of the house are extinguished, and all the barricades and boundaries of civilized life fall away. Sylvie's way of life, reconciled with and part of, seamlessly, the world around her, is alluring - will the girls follow in their aunt's footsteps?

-Alia


East of Eden: (Penguin Orange Collection) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143129486
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 18th, 2016

This novel has everything: disillusioned frontier, verdant and sinister Americana, sibling rivalry, brothel madams, prose transfixing in its bizarre simplicity... Steinbeck confronts the reader's own deeply American prejudices in a novel as timeless, universal, and dare I say important as the text that inspired it. 

-Alia


The First Bad Man: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781439172575
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Published: Scribner - September 8th, 2015

A strange but ultimately sweet book that runs on the wacky, irresistible logic of a vivid dream. July seems drawn to the uncanny, as if to suggest that everyday life--not just the weird stuff, but office jobs, housework, standing in line--is almost unbelievably bizarre. Imagine that!

-Alia


The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812988659
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - January 8th, 2019

Johnson's work seems aware that language is adornment. Flowery prose conceals. Johnson's hypnotically direct prose reveals what is, in everyday life, usually hidden. Following America's outsiders and down-and-outs on their misadventures, this collection illuminates a weary god winking, a little divine tenderness in a brutal world. 

-Alia


All the Pretty Horses: Border Trilogy (1) (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679744399
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Published: Vintage - June 29th, 1993

In terse cowboy poetics, McCarthy tells the story of sixteen-year-old John Grady Cole, who travels with his best friend across Texas and into Mexico, where they hope to find work as cowboys. McCarthy characterizes much of what the boys encounter as "blood-red"--not just the "reefs" of clouds at sunrise, but the dirt, the horses, the eys of men... A coursing, almost painful life force, the same mysterious vitality which John Grady Cole seeks.

-Alia


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Women Talking Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781635574340
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 3rd, 2020

"I spelled my name with rocks in a large green field so that God would find me quickly and my punishment would be complete."

Toews ("Taves") brings her deepest, sharpest humor and sadness to this story of a group of Mennonite women faced with the discovery that ongoing violent attacks on sleeping women and girls, allegedly caused by demons as punishment for sin, are actually assaults perpetrated by the men of their community. Fans of Lucia Berlin and Denis Johnson will appreciate the enchanting speech mannerisms and quirks of Toews' characters, her recognition of the humor found in times of utter devastation, her ability to find the mystical inside the mundane.

-Alia