The Death of Francis Bacon, by Max Porter

Staff Pick


Porter's novella--or, like Lanny, and Grief is the Thing with Feathers, what might better be called a haunting book-length prose poem--enters the mind of its eponymous protagonist during the painter's last days in Madrid. This idiosyncratic writer has created a work of intense imagery and poetic delirium that evokes Bacon's deathbed struggle as he comes to terms with the life and legacy he is about to leave.



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ISBN: 9780771096372
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Published: Strange Light - September 14th, 2021

Three Novels, by Yuri Herrera

Staff Pick

Herrera’s trio of novels, collected in a single volume, forms an unofficial trilogy that both reinforces and dismantles the Mexico of popular imagination. Blending new and traditional forms, Herrera perfectly captures the spirit of Mexico in a way unique to him. Each of these novellas is a masterpiece on its own; together, they form a cohesive whole greater than any single story each might tell, one as multifaceted and complex as Mexico--its people and history--itself. 

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By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
ISBN: 9781913505240
Availability: Backordered
Published: And Other Stories - September 14th, 2021

One Friday in April, by Donald Antrim

Staff Pick

Part memoir and part study of what causes someone to try to kill himself, One Friday in April recounts Antrim’s terrifying brush with suicide--an act he reframes as an illness in and of itself, and not just an outcome of a distinct mental disease. Written without chapter breaks, this book-length meditation on taking one's life weaves Antrim's and his family's harrowing experience into the wider cultural and social history of suicide, resulting in a brave testament that should help direct the ongoing conversation and shift attitudes about this difficult subject.






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ISBN: 9781324005568
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 12th, 2021