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Chris' Favorites of 2017

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Swallowing Mercury Cover Image
By Wioletta Greg, Eliza Marciniak (Translator)
ISBN: 9781945492044
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Published: Transit Books - September 12th, 2017

"Polish poet Wioletta Greg’s Swallowing Mercury is a prime example of how to achieve much in so little. She can swing from idyllic to sinister in the blink of an eye, and the fictional representation of her hometown manages to be both enchanting and depressing. This is an entrancing work that presents snapshots of life under the crumbling Soviet Empire and a portrait of a young woman emerging into adulthood." -- Chris

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ISBN: 9781931883672
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Published: Two Lines Press - November 7th, 2017

"East German writer Wolfgang Hilbig is the master of atmosphere and deep inner delving. His words lead to almost tangible sensations: choking soot and dust in last year’s Sleep of the Righteous, and the slime and film of tallow in Old Rendering Plant. How rare it is to encounter such sensory pleasure in a book that wrestles under the weight of history and memory and guilt and secrets." -- Chris

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In the Distance Cover Image
ISBN: 9781566894883
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Published: Coffee House Press - October 10th, 2017

"The Western as American myth is no new thing, but rarely has it been done so well, or been so well subverted. Hernan Diaz’s story of Hakan, a young Swedish immigrant forced to fend for himself in the American West of the latter 1800s, is a coming-of-age tale, a picaresque, and a tale of survival that is simply epic." -- Chris

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The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802123770
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Published: Grove Press - July 28th, 2015

"The Interior Circuit is a deceptively ambitious book that succeeds oh so incredibly well. Called a chronicle of Mexico City, it is part history part personal memoir, partly an examination of Mexico’s politics and narco-corruption, and ultimately a love letter to Goldman’s deceased wife and to the city she hailed from. It’s fascinating and beautifully told, and with Mexico’s 2018 elections looming, just as timely as when it was published in 2014." -- Chris

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Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555977887
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 3rd, 2017

"Carmen Maria Machado is definitely one of the most exciting new American voices out there, and her first book is a genre-defying collection of pieces that are as urgent as they are innovative. As you can guess from the title, her stories deal with the complicated relationship between gender, sexuality, and what it means to have and be bodies." -- Chris