Hatred of Translation is a must-read for anyone interested in the practice, art, and theft (?) of translation. But this book is not easy (though if it were hard you could grasp it). Feel your hands slip off its oiled body as you try to wrestle it. Read it forwards and backwards and sideways and let it confound you. Let yourself forget about it, and then when you are ready, you will not be able to avoid the dead pigeon in the road.Recommended by Adie B.
Postcolonial Love Poem is earth-bending, earth-breaking, earth band-aiding. These are the hottest basketball poems I've ever read, the hardest long night wolf poems I've ever read, the smoothest river poems that you cannot stop.Recommended by Adie B.
The single word to describe The First Bad Man is unforgettable. Nobody writes characters like Miranda July. Nobody. Prepare to fall in love (and fall over laughing/crying). But seriously, just read the plot description! I'm dying all over again. How do you even come up with this stuff?! And not only that, how do you write it WELL? Okay, I'm going to go read it again now, bye.Recommended by Adie B.
Oge Mora started off with a bang when she was awarded a Caldecott Honor and won the Coretta Scott King and Ezra Jack Keats awards for her debut picture book, Thank You, Omu! She didn't let up one bit with her second title, Saturday, which was without question my favorite picture book last year. Combining Mora's now staple collage style with a stunning and original color palate, this sweet story is all about the simple beauty of... (read more)Recommended by Adie B.
Thanks to City Lights, the only novel written by the author that Borges called "one of our best" is finally available in English translation. Ocampo shows us the self as a spiraling cavern lined with the mirrors of other people. It's a terrifyingly beautiful and perfectly confounding sight.Recommended by Adie B.