December 15th, 2019

On our Front Table this week, find giftable collections, from the poetry of a lyricist and the essays of an audio pioneer to the letters of Ralph Ellison. Also find innovative approaches to environmental dilemmas with artistic response to oceanic extraction and a study of the trope of "feedback" in 70s ecological thought. Find the following titles and more at ...

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December 8th, 2019

 The pleasures of reading are often introduced at a young age, and on this episode of Open Stacks, we revisit young adulthood and the child in the 21st century, in Kim Brooks’ Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear and Julissa Arce’s Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought for Her American Dream. Plus Children’s Book Specialist Franny Billingsley and Colin sit down with 2019’s best picture books.

Go in the stacks on this episode with Kim Brooks, author of Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear, with an ear toward...

Open Stacks Podcast
December 8th, 2019

On our Front Table this week, find (and wrap, and gift) new collections from modern icons of art, literature, design, and architecture. Also explore the unintended consequences of the democratization of credit, and the historical constitution of "natural" food.

Mark Rothko: The Exhibitions at Pace (Callaway)
Arne Glimcher

Mark Rothko at Pace is a historical monograph on one of the greatest abstract painters of the twentieth-century. This volume encompasses an extraordinary retrospective of paintings presented at Pace Gallery, which illustrates Rothko's contributions to early American...

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December 6th, 2019


Our booksellers have curated a list of remarkable books in Spanish, some with English translations and some without*, for our newsletter about foreign lit, In Other Words. Subscribe at the link, and enjoy our handpicked book selections, author events and interviews, and much more. 

*If a book has an English translation, the description will be available in the original and in translation. The books are available online and at the store....

In Other Words
December 1st, 2019

On our Front Table this week, explore the relation of word and image with a fascinating history of a radical Detroit printing co-op, cinematic translations of avant-gardist ideals, Notes on Thought and Vision from an erstwhile imagist poet, and the maps accompanying Charles Booth's landmark survey on the socio-economic conditions of late nineteenth-century London. Find the following titles and more at

Visions and Ecstasies: Selected Essays...

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November 25th, 2019
On our Front Table this week, new conceptual frameworks generate fresh insight, from the categories necessary to think alternative ecological futures, to the new meanings revealed by thinking about art from the standpoint of its end, Mormonism from the standpoint of queer theory, and everyday objects from the standpoint of intellectual property. Find the following titles and more at

A Death: Notes of a Suicide (Wakefield Press)
Zalman Shneour, trans....
November 24th, 2019

Not days of anger 
but days of slow connection, 

Open Stacks Podcast
November 21st, 2019

Vernon Subutex 1, Virginie Despentes (translated by Frank Wynne)
From our bookseller Stéphanie: Road trip immobile au coeur d’une ville en mutation, Vernon Subutex, ancien disquaire punk rock, nous entraîne avec lui dans son errance parisienne, s’accrochant comme il peut à ce qu’il reste aujourd’hui du Paris des années 80-90. Virginie Despentes dresse avec minutie et relief le portrait d’une société en crise et d’une génération désenchantée en quête de sens. Un premier tome vibrant et acéré, où se succèdent une galerie de voix uniques, difficiles à oublier longtemps après que l’on a refermé le livre.


November 21st, 2019

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...

November 17th, 2019
On our Front Table this week, find structural approaches to social dilemmas with an account of meth addiction in the context of deindustrialization, an argument that financial systems fail strategically, an exploration of the costs of upward mobility, and an investigation of the ways that Big Food interests drive the problems with school lunch programs. Find the following titles and more at

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