A fusion of magical realism, Southern literature and time-travel, Kiese Laymon's Long Division is a novel like no other and one of the best you'll read this year.
A highly unreliable young American poet on a fellowship in Madrid narrates this spellbinding novel that, with ample humore, explores the difference between art and fraud.
Mega-rockstars, Japanese virtual idols, pattern recognition virtuosos and the Russian mob converge in an imagined landscape blisteringly high-tech before its time in William Gibson's Idoru.
Anthony Marra's A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is a story of loss and love in war-torn Chechnya.
The End is Anders Nilsen's moving graphical meditation on his fiancee's death in 2005.
In Picking Up, Robin Nagle has created a compelling account that will not allow any of us to overlook those who pick up our garbage.
Malarky, Anakana Schofield's story of an Irish farmwife's attempt to make the most out of her life was the winner of the 2012 Amazon.ca First Novel Award.
Things That Are is a slim collection of nonfiction essays in which Amy Leach turns a playful and poetic lens on the natural world. Leach's writing and Nate Christopherson's accompanying pen and ink drawings are delightful.
With a nod to Future Shock author Alvin Toffler, media theorist Douglas Rushkoff denotes a shift in our cultural attention from futurism to presentism and its effects upon our daily lives.
In By Blood, Ellen Ullman tells the story of an out-of-work professor whose eavesdropping at a psychologist's office leads to obsession with the patient.
Kristpoher Jansma's The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards follows an uninspired writer who attempts to bend the truths around him into a compelling work of fiction.
The Teleportation Accident is a hilarious amalgamation of historical and genre fiction, possessing a humor reminiscent of novels like The Crying of Lot 49 and A Confederacy of Dunces.
Vladimir Nabokov's earliest major work, his only full-length play The Tragedy of Mister Morn, now available in an English translation.
We Are What We Pretend to Be comprises Kurt Vonnegut's never before published first and last works, a novella written in the late 1940s and the unfinished novel Vonnegut left when he died in 2007.
From Jared Diamond comes a fascinating first-hand account of the lifestyes, traditions and social workings of primitive societies in The World Until Yesterday.
Opening in a wealthy community in Cape Cod in the 1950s, Wise Men is a novel about love, about race, and about a son attempting to break free of his father's money and legacy.
In Edogawa Ranpo's The Strange Tale of Panorama Island, a writer envisions creating a natural utopia he might create by stealing the identity of a recently-deceased wealthy acquaintance.
Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being comprises two narratives, that of a 16-year-old Japanese girl who sets out to tell the story of her 104-year-old Buddhist grandmother, and one of a novelist named Ruth, who finds the aforementioned story.
Virtual Light, the first book in William Gibson's Bridge Trilogy, finds an out-of-work cop on the run with a Bridge-dwelling bicycle messenger who has pickpocketed the wrong pair of sunglasses.
Two brothers, Jim and Bob Burgess, escape their hometown, where a tragic accident killed their father years before, only to find themselves called back by familial obligations in Elizabeth Strout's The Burgess Boys.
From Woody Guthrie, who gave us "This land is your land. This land is my land" in addition to more than 3,000 song lyrics, journals, diaries, letters, sketches, and cartoons, comes a singlular portrait of rural resilience and social activism.
Herman Koch's The Dinner finds two couples erecting a wall of small talk as they avoid the subject of an atrocious act committed by their 15-year-old sons.
In The Real Jane Austen, Paula Byrne provides a definitive contribution to the scholarship for Jane Austen. The Real Jane Austen is written with style, grace, and, most importantly, accuracy.
In Temple of a Thousand Faces John Shors tells the story of the Cham invasion of Angkor and the attempt by the Khmer people to retake Angkor Wat.
In Vampires in the Lemon Grove, Karen Russell takes imaginative genre fiction and rustles it awake, shakes off a self-inflicted, impossible fantasy and molds story into something close to reality.