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To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris

Paul O'Rourke is a loner unable to properly connect with anyone, mostly as a result of his atheism. But a bizarre series of events opens Paul's eyes to others who think like he does.

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

A widower indie bookseller is at the heart of Gabrielle Zevin's uplifting paean to the power of reading.

James Joyce by Gordon Bowker

Gordon Bowker delivers a comprehensive and readable biography of James Joyce.

Black Vodka by Deborah Levy

Deborah Levy's slim collection of tightly-packed stories grip the reader with their beauty and the power of the author's language.

Monkeys with Typewriters by Scarlett Thomas

Scarlett Thomas has written what is easily the most practical and accessible guide to writing a novel I have come across so far.

The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham

Michael Cunningham delivers a new novel so bland that The Snow Queen not only fails individually but tarnishes the author's past successes.

Authority by Jeff VanderMeer

Nearly twice as long as the Southern Reach trilogy's first volume, Authority expands VanderMeer's universe at a fevered pace.

Authorisms by Paul Dickson

Authorisms is a book about words and the myriad ways in which writers manipulate them.

Tibetan Peach Pie by Tom Robbins

The author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Jitterbug Perfume and other wonderfully weird tales finally raises the curtain on a life of creativity, adventure and "crazy wisdom."

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

An impeccable work of literary horror, something suspiciously familiar but entirely new.

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