Bibliolepsy, by Gina Apostol

Staff Pick

Bibliolepsy was first published in 1997 and announced the arrival of a powerful new voice in Philippine literature. Finally available to US readers, this multi-layered novel begins as a coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of Ferdinand Marcos's final years in power before focusing more specifically on a woman's sexual awakening. Yet as Primi, a precocious bibliophile, discovers more about herself and the world around her, the fiction reveals its debt to the erotic films made during the Marcos dictatorship to comment on how a repressed society will always express itself despite stifling mores.

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ISBN: 9781641292511
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Published: Soho Press - January 4th, 2022

Linea Nigra, by Jazmina Barrera

Staff Pick

The Mexican writer follows her acclaimed English-language debut, On Lighthouses, with a long essay on pregnancy. This important work of testimony deftly blends powerful cultural criticism--tracing the roles of pregnancy in the history of humanity--with the even more striking details of Barrera's own experience carrying a child, giving birth, and beginning to raise a son. Told in fragmentary paragraphs, this vivid work of history, imagination, and memoir evokes the full range of joys and anxieties related to motherhood.



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ISBN: 9781949641301
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Published: Two Lines Press - May 3rd, 2022

Family Album: Stories, by Gabriela Alemán

Staff Pick

Alemán's collection of stories gives color and texture to a full tapestry of the Ecuadorian experience. Featuring a wide cast of memorable characters--from murderous spies to treasure hunters (who are literally out of their depth), and luchador movie stars to an American about to learn that the Amazon is not to be trifled with--these brief pieces elicit from the reader not just basic empathy, but emotions ranging from melancholy to laughter, demonstrating Alemán’s talent and confirming her status as an ambassador of Ecuadorian literature. 


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By Gabriela Alemán, Dick Cluster (Translator), Mary Ellen Fieweger (Translator)
ISBN: 9780872868823
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Published: City Lights Books - May 17th, 2022