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The Author’s Bookshelf: Carmen Maria Machado

Carmen Maria Machado is the author of In the Dream House and Her Body and Other Parties, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize. She lives in Philadelphia with her wife.

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  • A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories

    By Lucia Berlin

    Our Price: $16.20
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781250094735
    • Publisher: Picador
    • Published: August 2016
    "Stories from a lost American classic "in the same arena as Alice Munro" (Lydia Davis) "In the field of short fiction, Lucia Berlin is one of America's best kept secrets. That's it. Flat out. No mitigating conditions." --Paul Metcalf A Manual for Cleaning Women compiles the best work of the legendary short-story writer Lucia Berlin. With her trademark blend of humor and melancholy, Berlin crafts miracles from the everyday--uncovering moments of grace in the cafeterias and Laundromats of the American Southwest, in the homes of the Northern California upper classes, and from the perspective of a cleaning woman alone in a hotel dining room in Mexico City. The women of Berlin's stories are lost, but they are also strong, clever, and extraordinarily real. They are hitchhikers, hard workers, bad Christians. With the wit of Lorrie Moore and the grit of Raymond Carver, they navigate a world of jockeys, doctors, and switchboard operators. They laugh, they mourn, they drink. Berlin, a highly influential writer despite having published little in her lifetime, conjures these women from California, Mexico, and beyond. Lovers of the short story will not want to miss this remarkable collection from a master of the form"--
  • blud

    By Rachel McKibbens

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781556595240
    • Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
    • Published: October 2017
  • Boundless

    By Jillian Tamaki

    Our Price: $27.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781770462878
    • Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
    • Published: June 2017
  • Confessions of the Fox: A Novel

    By Jordy Rosenberg

    Our Price: $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780399592287
    • Publisher: One World
    • Published: March 2019
  • Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession

    By Alice Bolin

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.39
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780062657145
    • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
    • Published: June 2018
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  • Fingersmith

    By Sarah Waters

    Our Price: $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781573229722
    • Publisher: Riverhead Books
    • Published: October 2002
    Growing up as a foster child among a family of thieves, orphan Sue Trinder hopes to pay back that kindness by playing a key role in a swindle scheme devised by their leader, Gentleman, who is planning to con a fortune out of the naive Maud Lily, but Sue's growing pity for their helpless victim could destroy the plot. By the author of Tipping the Velvet. Reprint.
  • Her Body and Other Parties: Stories

    By Carmen Maria Machado

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781555977887
    • Publisher: Graywolf Press
    • Published: October 2017
    In Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. While her work has earned her comparisons to Karen Russell and Kelly Link, she has a voice that is all her own. In this electric and provocative debut, Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies. A wife refuses her husband’s entreaties to remove the green ribbon from around her neck. A woman recounts her sexual encounters as a plague slowly consumes humanity. A salesclerk in a mall makes a horrifying discovery within the seams of the store’s prom dresses. One woman’s surgery-induced weight loss results in an unwanted houseguest. And in the bravura novella “Especially Heinous,” Machado reimagines every episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a show we naively assumed had shown it all, generating a phantasmagoric police procedural full of doppelgängers, ghosts, and girls-with-bells-for-eyes. Earthy and otherworldly, antic and sexy, queer and caustic, comic and deadly serious, Her Body and Other Parties swings from horrific violence to the most exquisite sentiment. In their explosive originality, these stories enlarge the possibilities of contemporary fiction. - Greywolf Press
  • In the Dream House: A Memoir

    By Carmen Maria Machado

    Our Price: $23.40 - $26.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781644450031
    • Publisher: Graywolf Press
    • Published: November 2019
  • Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir

    By Lauren Slater

    Our Price: $13.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780142000069
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: October 2001
    A woman suffering from a complex brain disorder that causes her to lie compulsively takes readers inside her mind to explore the complexities of a constantly restless and deceived consciousness. Reprint.
  • Mama Day

    By Gloria Naylor

    Our Price: $7.50 - $15.25
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679721819
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: April 1989
    Timeless yet indelibly authentic, Mama Day is set on the Georgia sea island of Willow Springs, where people still use only herbal medicine and honor ancestors who came over as slaves. One Willow Springs lives Mama Day, a matriarch who can call up lightning storms and see secrets in her dreams. But all of her powers are tested when her great-niece, a stubbornly emancipated woman, finds her life and soul in danger from the island's darker forces. 311p.
  • North American Lake Monsters: Stories

    By Nathan Ballingrud

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781618730602
    • Publisher: Small Beer Press
    • Published: July 2013
    "Nathan Ballingrud is one of my favorite short fiction writers."?Jeff VanderMeer"Nathan Ballingrud's 'The Way Station' is another story of the sort I've come to expect from him: emotionally intense, riveting, and deeply upsetting in many ways. It deals with loss, with the aftereffects of Katrina on a homeless alcoholic who's haunted by the city itself be-fore the flood, and in doing so it's wrenching. . . . It's an excellent story that paints a riveting por-trait of a man, his city, and his loss."?Tor.com on The Naked City"But the two most remarkable stories in Naked City are by relatively new authors: 'The Projected Girl' (Haifa) by Lavie Tidhar and 'The Way Station' (New Orleans and St. Petersburg, Florida) by Nathan Ballingrud are both heartbreakers."?John Clute on Strange Hori-zonsThese are love stories. And also monster stories. Sometimes these are mon-sters in their traditional guises, sometimes they wear the faces of parents, lovers, or ourselves. The often working-class people in these stories are driven to extremes by love. Sometimes, they are ruined; sometimes redeemed. All are faced with the loneliest corners of themselves and strive to find an escape.Nathan Ballingrud was born in Massachusetts but has spent most of his life in the South. He worked as a bartender in New Orleans and New York City and a cook on offshore oil rigs. His story "The Monsters of Heaven" won the inaugural Shirley Jackson Award. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with his daughter.
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude

    By Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Our Price: $15.29
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780060883287
    • Publisher: Harper Perennial
    • Published: February 2006
    An Oprah's Book Club selection. (Harper Perennial Modern Classics). The brilliant, surreal story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendia family...and, the invention of ice. One of the most influential novels written in the past half-century. From the Nobel Prize winner. 417p.
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock

    By Joan Lindsay

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143132059
    • Publisher: Penguin Classics
    • Published: November 2017
  • Proxies: Essays Near Knowing {a reckoning}

    By Brian Blanchfield

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.35
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781937658458
    • Publisher: Nightboat Books
    • Published: April 2016
  • Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales

    By Yoko Ogawa

    Our Price: $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780312674465
    • Publisher: Picador
    • Published: January 2013
    Offers eleven interwoven macabre short stories that take an ominous look at grotesque characters, violent emotions, and murder.

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