Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century, by Kim Fu

Staff Pick

Beginning with a vague feeling of unease, then turning up the volume until you feel your ears pop, Fu's deeply unsettling short stories expose the horrific that lurks at the junctures of technology and social interaction. Whether it's a toy that allows you to fast forward and rewind an animal's life in brutal detail for entertainment or a stranger sitting in on a wake for someone she knows only because she followed his social media account, these narratives capture the sincerity with which we reach out to one another and reveal how commodifying these moments turns them cold. For anyone who has felt alarmed by the way social media has transformed personal interactions, this is a powerful, resonant collection.



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By Kim Fu
ISBN: 9781951142995
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Published: Tin House Books - February 1st, 2022

Signs Preceding the End of the World, by Yuri Herrera

Staff Pick

Herrera's stripped, surreal, and intoxicating novel is masterful in its use of language, exploring both linguistic borders and, through its protagonist Makina, psychological and political borders. When Makina crosses from Mexico to the U.S. to find her brother, Herrera shows us what disappears en route...some of which cannot be recovered. Bringing together elements of  the Aztec myth of the underworld and the beating reality of lived experience, this story is a short and breathless ride. By its end,I found it painful to leave Makina behind and I can't wait to pick up another of this powerful Mexican writer's deceptively brief works again.




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By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
ISBN: 9781908276421
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Published: And Other Stories (P408) - March 1st, 2015

In the Dream House, by Carmen Maria Machado

Staff Pick


Using non-linear storytelling and widely divergent styles and genres, Machado weaves a powerful memoir about her experience of abuse in a queer--specifically queer women's--relationship, a topic rarely discussed. Machado begins by framing the history of documented relational violence between women and then delves into her own story, giving each chapter a different form--from horror to folklore to academic writing--including footnotes, vignettes, and even objects, to step, pivot, and jump back and forth through her relationship and it's unraveling--as well as her own. The result is a complicated, mesmerizing, unsettling, and heartbreaking portrayal of a relationship, one that takes us inside Machado's memory...and this honest and thought-provoking book is sure to stick in yours.

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ISBN: 9781644450383
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Published: Graywolf Press - December 1st, 2020