Staff Picks - Todd

 
Lover of literary fiction and creative nonfiction. Hiker, backpacker, and travel bug-bitten daydreamer. Fearless photographer and daredevil grub-maker in the kitchen. An intrepid experimentalist in the art of making up nonsense songs. The guy who will cross the busiest intersection in town just to pet a cute dog. A great big dork, pretty much.
 

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The Orphan Master's Son Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812982626
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Published: Random House Trade - August 7th, 2012

A hideously beautiful, chilling triumph of imagination-- part thriller, part dystopian nightmare, part love story, rendered with both a mammoth sense of heart and a flair for terrifying detail. Unforgettable storytelling, addictive even in its most somber of moments. --Todd


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The Complete Stories Cover Image
By Flannery O'Connor, Robert Giroux (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780374515362
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Published: Noonday Press - January 1971

No hyperbole here-- O'Connor gave us some of the most potent, penetrating fiction of the past century. Bizarre, bare-knuckled prose that unsettles and provokes, her short stories are simply dazzling in their mastery of tragedy and irony. Darkness never felt so beautiful. --Todd


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Giovanni's Room Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780345806567
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Published: Vintage Books - September 12th, 2013

A moving and exquisitely-tangled tale of death and desire, delivered with immeasurable sensitivity and pitch-perfect detail. How Baldwin was ever able to distill so much passion and warts-and-all authenticity into this slim little volume might always remain one of life's greatest mysteries....A vital, brutally-honest masterwork. --Todd


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The Illusion of Separateness Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062248459
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 29th, 2014

I've always been a sucker for cross-generational tales of intertwined lives and the unexpected glues which hold them together, but sometimes they sadly feel contrived. Not so with Van Booy's dazzling story of random acts of kindness and mercy and their unexpected ramifications; this is a restrained, poetic message brimming with love and wonder. --Todd


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Under the Volcano Cover Image
By Malcolm Lowry, William T. Vollmann (Afterword by), Stephen Spender (Introduction by)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061120152
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 10th, 2007

Simultaneously horrific and blindingly beautiful, Lowry's masterwork of alcoholic annihilation-- set against the backdrop of the Day of the Dead in Mexico-- charges along with frightening intensity and wild-eyed, feverish delivery. Highly challenging, yes, and occasionally uncomfortable, but definitely worth it. --Todd


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The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake Cover Image
By Breece D'J Pancake, James Alan McPherson (Foreword by), John Casey (Afterword by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780316715973
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Published: Back Bay Books - July 2002

Gritty, bloody-knuckled snapshots of broken households and lonely souls in rural Appalachia-- these studies of the long-term effects of grinding poverty were written with keen psychological insight and an occasionally surprising tenderness. Vivid, evocative language, too. --Todd


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Wanderlust: A History of Walking Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780140286014
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Published: Penguin Books - June 2001

 Ah, I do love a good meander, and exquisite essayist Solnit leads us on a great number of lovely ones in this collection of meditations on the best way of keeping the feet busy. Drawing from a wowing range of inspirations and disciplines, this savvy cultural history quite often tickles the noggin in delightfully unexpected ways. --Todd


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Fantastic Night: Tales of Longing and Liberation Cover Image
By Stefan Zweig, Anthea Bell (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781782271482
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Published: Pushkin Press - May 5th, 2015

Tales of Longing and Liberation, by Stefan Zweig. True mastery of the short story form-- Zweig's delicately-nuanced, pitch-perfect explorations into heartbreak and exile wield a quiet but mighty power. Gorgeous writing with an enormous heart and a tremendous amount of psychological insight. Fun fact: Zweig delivered a eulogy at Sigmund Freud's funeral; the two were friends and mutual admirers. --Todd


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Another Country Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780679744719
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Published: Vintage - December 1992

A raw, bloody, teeth-baring powerhouse of a novel-- Baldwin spares us no punches in his desperate vision of post-war New York and the boozing, swinging, quarreling cast of artists and dreamers at the story's core. Bubbling and boiling away with racial, sexual, and socioeconomic tensions, there's a white-hot current of relentlessness that, frankly, makes this pretty much unputdownable. --Todd


The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374533403
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 24th, 2012

The Forgotten Waltz Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393342581
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 2nd, 2012

Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781439190142
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 9th, 2012

The Devil All the Time Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307744869
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Published: Anchor Books - July 10th, 2012

Among the Thugs Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679745358
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Published: Vintage - June 1st, 1993

Amsterdam Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780385494243
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Published: Anchor Books - November 1st, 1999

Yoga for People Who Can't Be Bothered to Do It Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400031672
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Published: Vintage - January 6th, 2004