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January 19th, 2020

This month, we bid a fond and bittersweet farewell to Co-op Manager Adam Sonderberg as we welcome new Manager Alena Jones. On our Front Table this week, find some of Adam's favorites, from the emergence of literary modernism to the disappearance of language. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com...

Front Table
January 17th, 2020

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January 12th, 2020
  
On our Front Table this week, find experiments in sound and vision with a history of video and media art, speculative fiction from a genre-bending painter, an exploration of humming at the horizon of sound studies, and a poetic genealogy of Russian conceptual art. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.
 

Video Art (Phaidon Press)
Barbara London
 
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Front Table
January 9th, 2020

 

Co-op bookseller Alex recommends these German books - divided here into fiction and non-fiction. In her introduction to the selection, she writes, "Last year marked a series of anniversaries for Germany: 101 years since the end of WWI, 80 years since the beginning of WWII, and 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Join us in reflecting on the past century along with prominent German writers — revisit the memories of the Beer Hall Putsch, Kristallnacht, and the fall of the Berlin Wall in Am 9. November, read personal accounts of flight from East Germany in Wolfgang Bachkoenig's Sommer 1989...

In Other Words
January 9th, 2020

CometierraDolores Reyes
Cuando era chica, Cometierra tragó tierra y supo en una visión que su papá había matado a golpes a su mamá. Esa fue solo la primera de las visiones. Nacer con un don implica una responsabilidad hacia los otros y a Cometierra le tocó uno que hace su vida doblemente difícil, porque vive en un barrio en donde la violencia, el desamparo y la injusticia brotan en cada rincón y porque allí las principales víctimas son las mujeres.


Jeidi, Isabel M. Bustos
No se llama Jeidi, pero así le dicen porque vive sola con su abuelo en la punta del cerro. Es 1986, al campo están llegando los videoclubes y los niños ven Terminator y van a pescar al estero. Jeidi parece vivir en un planeta paralelo donde se comunica con un Dios extraño, caprichoso y...

January 5th, 2020

On our Front Table this week, interrogate the role of the image with a history of documentary film pioneers, a photographic chronicle of social struggle in Chicago, a surrealist subversion of the documentary photo, and an artist's critical re-appropriation of racist imagery. Find the following titles and more at ...

Front Table
January 3rd, 2020

2019's literary-award season in France brought us a wide array of books on diverse subjects, from a prisoner's reflections to the Tibetan plateau, from a teenage fascination to an alternate history of transatlantic invasion. We invite you to discover our picks here, and on the shelves of the Co-op.


Tous les hommes n'habitent pas le monde de la même façon (Prix Goncourt)
Jean-Paul Dubois

Cela fait deux ans que Paul Hansen purge sa peine dans la prison...

December 24th, 2019

On our Front Table this week, explore diverse approaches to ecological imperatives, from the constitution of climate science to the re-enchantment of nature. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com...

Front Table
December 23rd, 2019
 
On our Front Table this week, find the collected stories of a writer's writer, the collected assemblages of a critic of consumerism, the collected novels of a New York satirist, and the collected drawings of an avant garde choreographer. Also explore the contributions of women to the Black Power movement and to transnational alliances challenging oppressive regimes within and beyond Iran. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.
 

The Complete Gary Lutz (Tyrant Books)
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Front Table
December 18th, 2019
 
How things are divided up or pieced together matters. Half a bridge is of no use at all. Conversely, many things would do more good if they could be divided up differently: Perhaps you would prefer a job that involves a third less work and a third less pay or a car that materializes only when needed and is priced accordingly? Difficulties in "slicing" and "lumping" shape nearly every facet of how we live and work--and a great deal of law and policy as well.

In
Slices and Lumps, Lee Anne Fennell explores how both types of challenges...
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