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The Story of My Teeth (Compact Disc)
Recently I read about a bookstore in Japan that sells one book each week. They host talks and readings about that week's book, and the store's concept is predicated on the idea that a single book should foster at least a week's worth of conversations. If we did something similar here, I think I'd make a push for Valeria Luiselli's The Story of My Teeth. It is casually smart and funny in a way that few books manage or dare. I loved Luiselli's deliciously inventive debut novel in English last year, Faces in the Crowd, so the expectations were high for the follow-up. The Story of My Teeth absolutely exceeds these hopes, and is, hands down, one of the best books of 2015. I loved it so much I wrote a blurb for the book -- open it up and see for yourself!— Brad
The story of "Highway" Sanchez--bon vivant, world traveler, auctioneer--and his teeth is like Johnny Cash meets Robert Walser in Mexico."I was born in Pachuca, the Beautiful Windy City, with four premature teeth and my body completely covered in a very fine coat of fuzz. But I'm grateful for that inauspicious start because ugliness, as my other uncle, Euripides Lopez Sanchez, was given to saying, is character forming."Gustavo "Highway" Sanchez Sanchez is a late-in-life world traveler, yarn spinner, collector, and legendary auctioneer. His most precious possessions are the teeth of the "notorious infamous," like Plato, Petrarch, and Virginia Woolf.Written in collaboration with the workers at a Jumex juice factory, The Story of My Teeth is an elegant, witty, exhilarating romp through the industrial suburbs of Mexico City and Luiselli's own literary influences.