Kevin's Picks

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

I can't think of another writer with so many tools at their disposal.  That's one thing, but to be able to use those tools to cut right to the most crucial questions makes Abdurraqib the best writer of our time.  Using memoir, cultural critique, history, and poetry, this book examines what it means to perform whether on stage or in your own personal space.  This is a wild ride that will break your heart, but if you can hold on long enough, Aburraqib can build it back up.

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

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
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
ISBN: 9780062979063
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Published: Amistad - January 19th, 2021

I just keep thinking about this book.  A book about capitalism, domestic work, race, marketing, and bloody history and revenge.  Hubbard crafts her characters with great care.  

(If you like this, you'll probably like "Barn 8")

The Only Good Indians: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982136468
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - January 26th, 2021

A gruesome, wild ride that gets in your head and twists it around.  Graham Jones combines classic haunted house and slasher tropes then blindsides his unsuspecting characters with a malevolent force bent on revenge.  It's the stuff of nightmares.

Barn 8: A Novel Cover Image
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
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."


Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland Cover Image
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.  


The Boatman's Daughter: A Novel Cover Image
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.


Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250224354
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Published: Celadon Books - March 9th, 2021

Green drops you into 80's/90's New York and lets you feel the horror of a brutal yet forgotten serial killer on the loose.  Safe spaces are quickly disappearing.  The media is mostly disinterested in your plight.  And after decades of violence and antagonistic behavior, the police are here to help.  Good luck.

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