Brendan is a steady rollin' man.

Reviews & Recommendations

Staff Pick Badge
Socialist Realism (Emily Books) By Trisha Low Cover Image
ISBN: 9781566895514
Availability: Ships in 2-10 Days
Published: Coffee House Press - August 13th, 2019

A compelling meditation on fractured identity—across nations, time, and stages of life. Through a hyper-specific dissection of her own experiences, Low achieves a sort of spiritual emancipation from societal and intergenerational bondage—a road trip toward salvation that can be universally appreciated.

Staff Pick Badge
Eve's Hollywood By Eve Babitz, Holly Brubach (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Eve Babitz, Holly Brubach (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781590178904
Availability: Ships in 2-10 Days
Published: NYRB Classics - October 6th, 2015

Babitz's brief reflections on her freewheelin' youth in L.A. read like a summer breeze through an open car window. Whether laconically recounting childhood memories under composer Igor Stravinsky's tutelage or revealing where and how exactly to find the best taquitos in the city, Babitz transports the reader into what feels like a prehistoric southern California, existing somewhere between Babylon and Manson.

Staff Pick Badge
Ulysses By James Joyce, Enda Duffy (Introduction by) Cover Image
By James Joyce, Enda Duffy (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780486474700
Availability: Ships in 2-10 Days
(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Dover Publications - November 1st, 2009

A single day in the life of both 38-year-old Leopold Bloom and 22-year-old Stephen Dedalus transforms the city of Dublin into a modern-day labyrinth populated by everyday figures whose actions and words have implications just as great as those in any biblical, Shakespearean, or mythical story. In the literary world, Ulysses's fraught publication was akin to the arrival of the glaring monolith in Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Nothing would ever be the same.

Staff Pick Badge
Last Words from Montmartre By Qiu Miaojin, Ari Larissa Heinrich (Translated by), Ari Larissa Heinrich (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Qiu Miaojin, Ari Larissa Heinrich (Translated by), Ari Larissa Heinrich (Afterword by)
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9781590177259
Published: NYRB Classics - June 3rd, 2014

Last Words from Montmarte is a slow burn, unfolding over a series of letters through which the narrator processes her grief after a traumatic breakup. The fragments of her memory function both as a weapon and a prism of clarity, ultimately allowing her to transcend her suffering. The result is a shockingly cathartic depiction of depression and a timeless portrait of the artist.

Staff Pick Badge
Dictee By Theresa Hak Kyung Cha Cover Image
Email or call for price
ISBN: 9780520261297
Availability: Out of Print
Published: University of California Press - September 14th, 2009

This book feels like it was beamed in from another planet, or unearthed in some ruined abbey like an ancient holy relic. Musing on the interconnected mysteries of faith, love, and memory, Cha uses both words and images to obliterate the oppressive limitations of time and language in order to reach her mother—suggesting that motherhood, rooted inexorably in paternal submission and self-sacrifice, is the ultimate form of martyrdom, worthy of saintly veneration. Full of grace, immaculately constructed—this is writing at its most sublime.

Staff Pick Badge
Notes of a Crocodile (NYRB Classics) By Qiu Miaojin, Bonnie Huie (Translated by) Cover Image
By Qiu Miaojin, Bonnie Huie (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781681370767
Availability: Ships in 2-10 Days
Published: NYRB Classics - May 2nd, 2017

Qiu Miaojin's debut novel crashes conventions like a fist through a locked window. Written shortly after martial law was lifted in Taiwan in 1987, Qiu's depiction of a lesbian college student and her ring of damaged friends offers a glimpse of Taipei's queer community as it emerged from the underground. The fractured narrative, powered by late-night conversations and dream-like vignettes, resembles that of a punky debut art film; think Wong Kar-wai with a campus meal card.

Staff Pick Badge
What about This: Collected Poems of Frank Stanford By Frank Stanford, Dean Young (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Frank Stanford, Dean Young (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781556594687
Availability: Ships in 2-10 Days
Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 14th, 2015

Frank Stanford never looked at the moon the same way twice. His poetry sneaks up on you like a cottonmouth in a muddy river—on each page of this double-barrelled anthology, you can almost hear the locusts humming and feel the moon's furtive glow. Imbuing local color with a sort of Old Testament spirituality, Stanford was immensely gifted at interpreting the language of the bayou and evoking all the love, lust, music, and murder therein.

Staff Pick Badge
Fat City By Leonard Gardner, Denis Johnson (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Leonard Gardner, Denis Johnson (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781590178928
Availability: Ships in 2-10 Days
Published: NYRB Classics - September 8th, 2015

ln a depleted Stockton, California, people fight, both in and out of the ring. Sometimes they tussle with each other, sometimes with a bottle, and sometimes with their own frustrated expectations. But they're never totally down for the count—they always get back up and try again. Gardner's prose is as taut and lean as a featherweight boxer—and Denis Johnson's benedictory introduction to this NYRB edition indicates the extent of Fat City's impact (Johnson's slim novella, Train Dreams, is an even more succinct slice of life in a bygone America). The 1972 film adaptation, directed by John Huston and starring Stacy Keach and a young Jeff Bridges, is an undersung knockout as well.

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel (Vintage International) By Haruki Murakami Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679775430
Availability: Ships in 2-10 Days
Published: Vintage - September 1st, 1998

Murakami's best novel employs just about every quirk in his very idiosyncratic arsenal. Though the surface of his novels often give way to subterranean layers—both real and imagined— The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle most effectively thrusts the reader into a dreamlike labyrinth of Japanese history, the banality of waking life, and the redemptive nature of engaging with one's subconscious. Years later, I'm still chasing the thrill of reading Wind-Up Bird for the first time.

Staff Pick Badge
Guston in Time: Remembering Philip Guston By Ross Feld Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681376615
Availability: Ships in 2-10 Days
Published: NYRB Classics - May 24th, 2022

A lively and absorbing conversation between friends — one, a misunderstood painter in the sublime second act of his career — the other, a novelist and poet and the only critic who really understood his work. The wellspring of affection that bubbles up between the two is both heartwarming and inspirational.

Staff Pick Badge
The Double Life of Bob Dylan: A Restless, Hungry Feeling, 1941-1966 By Clinton Heylin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316535229
Availability: Ships in 2-10 Days
Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 17th, 2022

An absolutely engrossing look at the writing life of a young artist as he mirrors the world around him and revolutionizes the form and function of "pop" music. The addition of supplementary material culled meticulously from the Tulsa archives makes this a must-read for Dylan fans.

Staff Pick Badge
Worse Than Slavery By David M. Oshinsky Cover Image
ISBN: 9780684830957
Availability: Ships in 2-10 Days
Published: Free Press - April 22nd, 1997

I went into this out of interest in bluesmen like Bukka White and Leadbelly and the history of African-American work songs (and of what sounded like mythical institutions, Parchman Farm and Sugarland). I came away enraged at the perpetuation — TO THIS DAY — of racially motivated penal labor in the United States, which trains a particularly cruel focus on Black men.