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Severance by Ling  Ma
Severance
by Ling Ma (Goodreads Author)
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Candice Chen, daughter of immigrants, works in book production in New York. She produces bibles, and when she can’t sleep she lulls herself by setting up imaginary production puzzles to solve — to meet a certain price per unit do you choose Swiss ...more
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My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
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A recent Columbia grad feels overwhelmed and so decides she’ll try to spend an entire year sleeping it off. It's a dark-comic novel set in Manhattan in the year 2000, and makes a big show of end-of-the-long-90s ennui as the unnamed narrator struggles ...more
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Seiobo There Below by László Krasznahorkai
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This book is incredibly challenging; composed of sentences hundreds and thousands of words long, to call them paragraph-length sentences is understating the case, but the effect is actually intoxicating, to sustain your focus and concentration for ...more
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The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Sympathizer
by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Goodreads Author)
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After the fall of Saigon a North Vietnamese sleeper agent, working as aide-de-camp to a South Vietnamese general, flees with the general to Los Angeles, where he continues to live his doubled life. The novel is his confession.

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Twenty Minutes in Manhattan by Michael Sorkin
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The next best thing to taking a dérive through the Village yourself on a temperate summer afternoon. It's a briskly written grab bag of urban planning and architectural theory, history, and local color. Really fun, if you're into that kind of thing. ...more
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Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett
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New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
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Above all else this book is fun. Light on its feet. It's playful in language and plot, imaginative, clever, funny. Not how you'd expect to describe a book easily misread as a post-apocalyptic dystopia -- set in a future New York drowned by 50 feet of ...more
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The Idiot by Elif Batuman
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I read an article about this new behavior people are putting each other through, where they break off a relationship without warning and then quietly but consistently ‘like’ the other person’s stuff on social media. It’s ghosting, but not quite. ...more
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Pig Earth by John Berger
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“I hear you swept her off her feet,” the cattle dealer praises the shepherd with the bourgeois mistress, “and the husband under the carpet!” But the game is up for the Alpine peasants of this second installment in the Into Their Labours trilogy. The ...more
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Fear City by Kim Phillips-Fein
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We’re far enough from New York’s 1970s financial crisis that you can read Kim Phillips-Fein’s Pulitzer-winning history of it and then look around you and see in glass and steel the permanent transformations the crisis wrought. It’s a done deal.
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