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.

Favorite Genres: 
Cooking
Literary Fiction
Music
Nature Writing
Sociology
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The Man Who Saw Everything Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781632869845
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - October 15th, 2019

An impeccably-crafted, alluringly enigmatic little puzzler of a novel-- Levy is a true master of playful, disorienting prose. I don't often re-read novels, but this one merits repeated revisits. --Pam


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Erosion: Essays of Undoing Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374280062
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - October 8th, 2019

A vital voice for these frightening times-- Williams channels grief and rage and, remarkably, finds solace and hope in the wreckage. Few writers merge the personal with the political to such electric, rallying effect. --Todd


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Ghosts of Berlin: Stories Cover Image
By Rudolph Herzog, Emma Rault (Translated by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781612197517
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Published: Melville House - October 8th, 2019

I'm a fool for a tale that burrows under the skin; here, Herzog delivers seven of them, offering stinging social commentary and satire amidst the specters. A deliciously suspenseful, thought-provoking read. --Todd


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Outpost Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781786891556
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Published: Canongate Books - July 2nd, 2019

A philosophical, erudite examination of some truly remote, stone-silent little spots in the middle of nowhere, often peppered with generous measures of self-deprecating wit. This is a marvelous antidote to our ever-demanding digital world. --Todd


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Hungry: Eating, Road-Tripping, and Risking It All with the Greatest Chef in the World Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781524759643
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Published: Tim Duggan Books - July 9th, 2019

Part memoir, part travel narrative, part chef profile...and a whole lot of fun. Sure, it's a true foodie's delight, but it's just as much about reinvention and risk and the burning urge to break out of one's comfort zone. I inhaled this book. --Todd


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Kindred Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807083697
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Published: Beacon Press - February 1st, 2004

Technically, this novel gets classified as science fiction, but Butler's tale of a modern black woman transported back in time to a slave plantation in the South is social realism and criticism at its finest. This is a shattering, thought-provoking work of psychological horror, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. --Todd


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The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth: And Other Curiosities from the History of Medicine Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781524743680
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Published: Dutton - November 20th, 2018

What better way to practice your eyebrow-lifts and toe-curls than this delightfully odd, hilariously gruesome survey of bizarre accidents and antiquated medical procedures? Maybe not the best book to read while snacking, though, ha! --Todd


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The Immeasurable World: A Desert Journey Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101873410
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Published: Anchor - June 11th, 2019

An intoxicating travelogue of some of the world's most desolate places, peppered with many philosophical musings and a great deal of historical context. Atkins evokes a sense of place so alluringly. --Todd


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Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays (FSG Classics) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374531386
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 28th, 2008

Ah, the deadpan delivery, the vague tingles of unease, the unblinking gaze! Didion's 1960's reportage offers no judgments but instead presents her subjects as they were, flaws and all. Societal malaise has rarely been made so delicious. --Todd


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Kafka on the Shore (Vintage International) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781400079278
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Published: Vintage - January 3rd, 2006

A master of metaphysical brain-scrambling storytelling trickery, Murakami takes some ingenious liberties with the Oedipal myth and serves up quite a crazy ride in the process. Few authors address the transition from adolescence to adulthood with such sense of wonder and emotional acuity. --Todd


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The Arid Sky Cover Image
By Emiliano Monge, Thomas Bunstead (Translated by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781632061348
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Published: Restless Books - August 28th, 2018

Imagine a cross between Cormac McCarthy's work and "Breaking Bad" (but remove the show's pitch-black humor)-- Monge's stark, brutal tale of violence and regret in the unforgiving Mexican desert manages to be both lyrical and deeply visceral. --Todd


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The Emigrants (New Directions Paperbook #853) Cover Image
By W. G. Sebald, Michael Hulse (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780811226141
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - November 8th, 2016

This is quite a singular read, weaving family memories and fiction with old snapshots to create a haunting meditation on homesickness and loss. Devastatingly beautiful. --Todd


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Acid West: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374535803
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Published: MCD x FSG Originals - April 17th, 2018

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The Stowaway: A Young Man's Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476753867
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 16th, 2018

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Nightmare Alley Cover Image
By William Lindsay Gresham, Nick Tosches (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590173480
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Published: NYRB Classics - April 6th, 2010

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The Mountain: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501154096
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 14th, 2018

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The Blacker the Berry . . . Cover Image
By Wallace Thurman, Allyson Hobbs (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143131878
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Published: Penguin Classics - January 16th, 2018