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An Inventory of Losses

In her quest to find meaning for herself, Schalansky examines life and death in a work that will inspire many hours of talk for book discussion groups. Not to be read quickly but savored and contemplated.
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Hurricane Season

Melchor’s English-language debut made the cut for the Booker International 2020 long list and employs a creative storytelling technique, but readers must be forewarned that its vulgar, raunchy language is not for the linguistically squeamish.
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Meaning a Life: An Autobiography

Oppen’s memoir is a rich history of leftist political thought in America while chronicling a literary companionship and enduring love story; it is highly recommended for all collections.
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Norma Jeane Baker of Troy

Lest this all sound academic or overly meta, one need not be a student of ancient Greek drama or a pop culture historian to admire Carson’s unique artistry. The poet’s wry, pointed diction and radiant precision (e.g., Truman Capote “had a voice like a negligee, always/ slipping off one bare shoulder, just a bit”) bring Helen/Norma Jeane to vivid life as she attempts to “save [tragedy] from sorrow.”
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In Her Feminine Sign

Mikhail’s deeply felt poems read flowingly but only look simple; there’s real depth here for all readers.

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