ENDED: Summer Sale! Graywolf Staff Recommendations

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Need something to read out on the lake? Lounging on the porch? While you while away the morning in bed? Check out these recommendations from Graywolf staff members now 20% off on our website only! 

 

 

 

SHYNESS & DIGNITY by Dag Solstad
recommended by Fiona McCrae, Director and Publisher

 

"In 2006, Graywolf published Shyness & Dignity by Dag Solstad, a short novel that I loved for its subtle but unforgettably moving portrait of a bookish professor estranged from his times. His life has been unremarkable until one day he unravels in front of his students in such a way that he believes he can never recover. Solstad has long been revered in his native Norway, but is only now garnering a reputation internationally, with both Lydia Davis and Haruki Murakami championing him." 

 

 

 

 

 

LIFE ON MARS by Tracy K. Smith

recommended Ana Alvarez, Publishing Assistant 

 

 

"I have underlined, highlighted, circled so many beautiful, powerful, intense lines in this book; it's magnificent, so wonderful… I suggest everyone read it, really."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KARATE CHOP by Dorthe Nors

recommended by Marisa Atkinson, Marketing Manager


 

“Dorthe Nors's stories will knock you out—in the very best way.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIMES LIKE THESE by Rachel Ingalls

recommended by Katie Dublinski, Associate Publisher


 

“I never miss an opportunity to recommend Rachel Ingalls's short stories, Times Like These, which are darkly brilliant, utterly original classics of the form.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTES FROM NO MAN'S LAND by Eula Biss

recommended by Karen Gu, Administrative Assistant

 

"Eula Biss weaves reportage, history, and memoir in these beautifully written essays that surprise and challenge the reader. From Little House on the Prairie to plastic dolls to college partying, Biss excavates and examines seemingly disparate facets of her observed America to build this astonishing collection. This book is a must read for fans of The Empathy Exams and On Immunity."

 
 
 
 
 
 

VANISHING POINT by Ander Monson

recommended by Leslie Johnson, Finance and Business Director


 

“Monson has a whole essay on a cappella YouTube videos – perfect to go with your 5th viewing of Pitch Perfect 2. Also, what is more summery than Doritos (another essay topic)?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MISSING YOU, METROPOLIS by Gary Jackson

recommended by Trevor Ketner, Marketing Assistant

 

 

"One of the first Graywolf books I ever read, Missing You, Metropolis has stuck with me for years. These poems are at once lively, playful, and heavy with meaning. In what amounts to a coming of age story, Missing You, Metropolis is so intriguing because of the way it looks at race and identity through the lens of comic books and comic book culture." 

 

 

 

 

 

THE LAST BROTHER by Nathacha Appanah, translated from the French by Geoffrey Strachan

recommended by Erin Kottke, Marketing & Publicity Director

 

 

"I haven't been able to shake this book since I first read it several years ago. The heartbreaking tale of a doomed friendship between two boys highlights a little-known pocket of WWII history, but the pure, unadulterated love between the unlikely friends infuses the story with light and grace. A slim novel that packs a huge emotional punch." 

 

 

 

 

 

THE CONVERT by Deborah Baker

recommended by Ethan Nosowsky, Editorial Director


 

“A bravura work of very creative nonfiction, The Convert, a National Book Award finalist, is one of the strangest stories I've ever read as well as an insightful exploration of the spiritual, ideological, and cultural tensions that define the West's current encounter with orthodox Islam.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE STARS, THE SNOW, THE FIRE: TWENTY-FIVE YEARS IN THE ALASKAN WILDERNESS by John Haines

recommended by Josh Ostergaard, Development Associate


 

“I was transfixed by every page and nearly every sentence of this memoir, in which Haines describes with precision and artistry the life he made for himself in Alaska after leaving behind the city.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

URBAN TUMBLEWEED: NOTES FROM A TANKA DIARY by Harryette Mullen

recommended by Jeff Shotts, Executive Editor


 

“A great summer read, this brilliant book is a fascinating and witty walking tour of Los Angeles (and elsewhere), a reinvention of the Japanese tanka, an investigation of urban and natural environments, and a diary of thinking and motion by a true innovator of language, Harryette Mullen.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPECTACLE by Susan Steinberg

recommended (with meta flair) by Steve Woodward, Associate Editor

 

 

"I once heard a reader I had never met before call this book the next Jesus' Son.


This to say that there are reads and then there are must reads.


This to say that you must read this book immediately."