Kevin's Picks

A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984801197
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Published: Random House - March 30th, 2021

Reading Abdurraqib is a dream-like experience.  He blends poetry, essay, history, and memoir with a mastery of language that is totally unique.  Because of his ability to elevate any topic, I'd honestly read anything Abdurraqib wrote, but this collection of writings about black performance and representation feels especially timely.


They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us Cover Image
By Hanif Abdurraqib, Eve L. Ewing (Foreword by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781937512651
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - November 7th, 2017

If you've read an essay or a poem of Hanif's, then you already know - here is one of the most talented writers around. He has the ability to absolutely blindside you with a sentence and remind you why writing matters. (Like Chuck Klosterman, but better.) 


Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593136270
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Published: Crown - February 9th, 2021

If it helps, just tell yourself you're reading sci-fi. That makes Kolbert your field guide through a chaotic world of looming life-threatening disasters and plucky renegade scientists dreaming up fantastical ways to combat them.  Will our heroes convince the world to take action, or will their efforts lead to further catastrophe?


The Rib King: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062979063
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Published: Amistad - January 19th, 2021

I just keep thinking about this book.  I highly recommend pairing this novel with your mind-altering substance of choice and letting Hubbard's voice, twisting plot, and unforgettable characters stick to you like sauce on a rib.

(If you like this, you'll probably like "Barn8")


Barn 8: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450154
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 3rd, 2020

I absolutely loved this book!  With a breakneck non-linear structure and poetic Melville/Steinbeck-esque musings on mass extinction, hens, fate, and so much more, "Barn8" has something to offer with every sentence.  You'll laugh, cry, and want to grab a drink with the author.

(If you liked this, you'll probably like "The Rib King")


The Liar's Dictionary: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385546775
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Published: Doubleday - January 5th, 2021

"An absolute delight from the jump.  With sharp humor like Vonnegut and lovely characters, Williams had me laughing out loud.  This book is for lovers of words, absurdity, and the absurdity of words."

-Kevin


Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307279286
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Published: Anchor - February 25th, 2020

Keefe's fast-paced narrative style makes this a hard book to put down. A heartbreaking look into moral ambiguity, righteousness, and how one's actions are remembered.  

--Kevin


The Boatman's Daughter: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374538552
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Published: MCD x FSG Originals - February 11th, 2020

One of those supernatural-bayou based-atmospheric-literary chillers.  Dark and raw.  Like "House of Leaves" meets "True Detective" season one.  "Sounds creepy and awful," says Secret Garden owner, Christy.  It is!  And I couldn't put it down.

--Kevin


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