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The Need for Roots

Perennially debated, puzzled over, critiqued, and lauded, Weil’s impassioned contribution to the philosophy of human flourishing gathers resonance in a polarized world out of balance. Essential.

Explosion in a Cathedral

Juxtaposing engrossing accounts of political and actual tempests raging across the Caribbean with elaborate descriptions of luxuriant decay and the idle trappings of the ancien régime, this lush, erudite period piece by Carpentier (1904–80) brings to visceral life the intellectual ferment and inevitable disillusionment of the Age of Reason, with pungent force. A landmark of Latin American literature.

The Best of Everything

With its moving candor and keen wit, Jaffe’s frank exploration of modern womanhood is an utterly engrossing period piece that still feels painfully timely.

Black Empire

A proto-Afrofuturist potboiler poised between Black Panther and the works of Percival Everett, this fascinating glimpse beyond the Harlem Renaissance canon anticipates Black power and Afrocentrist themes.

A Childhood: The Biography of a Place

In rough-hewn speech fluent as a river and forceful as a hammer blow, Crews captures the warmth, dignity, and brutality of his people and their fierce and awful devotion to home. This is his masterpiece.

Blind Owl

Ranking alongside the masterworks of Poe, Dostoyevsky, Kafka, and Pessoa, this indelible existential nightmare is rendered with startling clarity through Tabatabai’s assured new translation, in an accessible edition certain to expand Hedayat’s renown, and notoriety.

A Nation of Women: An Early Feminist Speaks Out

Alternately universal and deeply personal, this inspiring and idiosyncratic book serves as both a valuable historical document of the women’s movement in Latin America, and fresh inspiration for all those currently engaged in dismantling the patriarchy.

The Hanging on Union Square

Redolent of the creative and political ferment of Depression-era New York, this transgressive mashup of Karl and Groucho Marx resurrects a marginalized Asian American provocateur far fresher and more entertaining than most of his contemporaries. A revelation.

Unsung: Unheralded Narratives of American Slavery & Abolition

As a whole, this collection showcases the vastness of Black thinking and writing, and nicely complements works by Martha S. Jones and Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers. Complete with a list of suggestions for further reading, this winning anthology is a must for all interested in Black history, but unsure where to start.

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