Lila Z

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Lila Zwonitzer orders books for strand and when she isn't ordering them she is reading them and when she isn't reading them she is thinking about them and when she isn't thinking about them she is probably thinking about potato who is her cat and if she's not thinking about potato she's probably on a downward spiral that only potato could save her from but honestly potato is mostly selfish and just wants food.

Lila Z's Reviews

The Odd Woman and the City: A Memoir

by: Vivian Gornick

In her new memoir, the Odd Woman and the City, lifelong New Yorker Vivian Gornick walks the city streets in search of “the fifty different ways people struggle to remain human.” She finds comfort in her own habit of loneliness. It's funny, smart and leaves you feeling not so odd.

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Prodigals

by: Greg Jackson

This is Greg Jackson’s first collection, and it has gotten all the praise it deserves. I can’t wait to see what he does next. Prodigals is full of characters that never give you a real reason to like them--but you end up enjoying that about them. This is one of the best debut collections I have read in a while. It is not to be missed

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The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

by: Jon Ronson

Jon Ronson is a true delight to read. The narrative is smartly crafted and full of genuine laughs. In Learning How to Spot a Psychopath, Ronson takes us on an adventure through madness. It’s impossible not to have fun with this book.

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White Noise

by: Don DeLillo

The looming cloud of White Noise’s “Airborne toxic event” has stuck with me for years. This book has haunted me in wonderful ways. It captures fear and the way we distract ourselves almost perfectly. I love you Don DeLillo.

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Can't and Won't

by: Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis is a literary hero. Seeing her read is like seeing stand up comedy. Reading her means never knowing where you'll end up-but I'm always glad to go along for the ride. You can't miss this one and you won't regret it. Lydia we love you!

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  • Boy, Snow, Bird

    By Helen Oyeyemi

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781594633409
    • Publisher: Riverhead Trade
    • Published: March 2015
    In the winter of 1953, Boy Novak arrives by chance in a small town in Massachusetts looking, she believes, for beauty—the opposite of the life she’s left behind in New York. She marries Arturo Whitman, a local widower, and becomes stepmother to his winsome daughter, Snow. A wicked stepmother is a creature Boy never imagined she’d become, but elements of the familiar tale of aesthetic obsession begin to play themselves out when the birth of Boy’s daughter, Bird, who is dark-skinned, exposes the Whitmans as light-skinned African-Americans passing for white. And even as Boy, Snow, and Bird are divided, their estrangement is complicated by an insistent curiosity about one another. In seeking an understanding that is separate from the image each presents to the world, Boy, Snow, and Bird confront the tyranny of the mirror to ask how much power surfaces really hold. 336p.
  • Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

    By Ross Gay

    Our Price: $14.35
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780822963318
    • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
    • Published: January 2015
    Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude is a sustained meditation on that which goes away—loved ones, the seasons, the earth as we know it—that tries to find solace in the processes of the garden and the orchard. That is, this is a book that studies the wisdom of the garden and orchard, those places where all—death, sorrow, loss—is converted into what might, with patience, nourish us.
  • Prodigals: Stories

    By Greg Jackson

    Our Price: $12.50 - $12.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780374238131
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: March 2016
    A debut collection of stories offers a honest and heartfelt look at what we have become, at the comedy of human foibles and the pathos of our longing for home
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    By Susan Cain

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780307352156
    • Publisher: Broadway Books
    • Published: January 2013
    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts-Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak-that we owe many of the great contributions to society. Passionately argues, superbly researched, and filled with idelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.
  • The Story of My Teeth

    By Valeria Luiselli

    Our Price: $15.25
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781566894098
    • Publisher: Coffee House Press
    • Published: September 2015
    Praise for Valeria Luiselli:"Valeria Luiselli's lovely and eccentric first novel is . . . peppered with arresting imagery."The New York Times"Luiselli's extraordinary debut novel Faces in the Crowd signals the arrival of major talent." Jeremy Ellis, Brazos BookstoreWith her first novel, Luiselli has established herself as a brilliant explorer of voice, self, and art."Josh Cook, Porter Square Books"Luiselli's Faces in the Crowd is one of the most mesmerizing debut novels in recent memory." Diesel Bookstore BlogValeria Luiselli's Faces in the Crowd won the 2014 Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum First Fiction Award and was a National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 and Indies Next Pick.I was born in Pachuca, the Beautiful Windy City, with four premature teeth and my body completely covered in a very fine coat of fuzz. But I'm grateful for that inauspicious start because ugliness, as my other uncle, Eurípides López Sánchez, was given to saying, is character forming.Highway is a late-in-life world traveler, yarn spinner, collector, and legendary auctioneer. His most precious possessions are the teeth of the "notorious infamous" like Plato, Petrarch, and Virginia Woolf. Written in collaboration with the workers at a Jumex juice factory, Teeth is an elegant, witty, exhilarating romp through the industrial suburbs of Mexico City and Luiselli's own literary influences.Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City in 1983 and grew up in South Africa. Her work has been translated into many languages and has appeared in publications including theNew York Times, Granta, and McSweeney's.

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