Staff Pick

Late in The Nocilla Trilogy, a character starts obsessing over a book by an author he's never heard of before, Paul Auster. As fragmented, non-narrative, and indescribable as these might first appear, Auster's not a bad reference to point you on your way; many plot developments recall the surreal peaks of The New York Trilogy. But more than that, just start reading and let the subliminal logic be your guide -- it'll take you from surf spots in the Spanish hinterlands to a blue-collar Brooklyn high-cuisine destination where the chef is literally "cooking the horizon" to the Nevada desert over and over again, especially one tree off "the loneliest road in America" where people have been hanging their shoes for years. It's a mad mix, but there's a method to it too that's endlessly fascinating.

 

 

 

 

 

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

Staff Pick

Malte's prize-winning French epic uses a kind of overwhelming romanticism we sadly don't see that much. Its language is flowery, its characters bursting with emotion, and its scope vast. Disregard the cover for a second. This does become a war story, devastatingly so once World War One strikes, but more so it's a vision of what France looked like in the early twentieth century, as seen from the time-honored viewpoint of the un-socialized and mute "wild child" who must gradually adapt to the civilized world. With each new experience, you feel the book's tone add another register to its considerable repertoire.

The Boy Cover Image
By Marcus Malte, Emma Ramadan (Translated by), Tom Roberge (Translated by)
$22.99
ISBN: 9781632061713
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Published: Restless Books - March 19th, 2019

Staff Pick

Turn off what you're listening to (whether it's an audiobook, the author's music with Galaxie 500 or Damon and Naomi, or even the podcast this book began as), take out your headphones, look around you for a second to really see wherever you are, and read this now. It's a beautifully designed reproduction on the page of what feels like the best conversation you've ever had about sound, mostly musical and environmental, in the age of the smart phone. Krukowski's voice on the page is, dare I say, a very centering voice to read: he understands why we shut out the noise of the world around us, why we like having seemingly all music at our fingertips, and also why we need a second just to breathe and reflect on what we really find valuable.

 

 

 

 

Ways of Hearing Cover Image
By Damon Krukowski, Emily Thompson (Foreword by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780262039642
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Published: Mit Press - April 9th, 2019

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