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Everything Here Is Beautiful

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$15.67
‟A tender but unflinching portrayal of the bond between two sisters."--Celeste Ng, New York Times bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere

"There's not a false note to be found, and everywhere there are nuggets to savor. Why did it have to end?" --O Magazine

"A bold debut. . . Lee sensitively relays experiences of immigration and mental illness, . . . a distinct literary voice." -Entertainment Weekly

"Extraordinary. . . If you love anyone at all, this book is going to get you." -USA Today

A dazzling novel of two sisters and their emotional journey through love, loyalty, and heartbreak

Two Chinese-American sisters--Miranda, the older, responsible one, always her younger sister's protector; Lucia, the headstrong, unpredictable one, whose impulses are huge and, often, life changing. When Lucia starts hearing voices, it is Miranda who must find a way to reach her sister. Lucia impetuously plows ahead, but the bitter constant is that she is, in fact, mentally ill. Lucia lives life on a grand scale, until, inevitably, she crashes to earth.

Miranda leaves her own self-contained life in Switzerland to rescue her sister again--but only Lucia can decide whether she wants to be saved. The bonds of sisterly devotion stretch across oceans--but what does it take to break them?

Everything Here Is Beautiful is, at its heart, an immigrant story, and a young woman's quest to find fulfillment and a life unconstrained by her illness. But it's also an unforgettable, gut-wrenching story of the sacrifices we make to truly love someone--and when loyalty to one's self must prevail over all.

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9780735221970
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2019-01-15
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The Adventures of Cancer Bitch

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$23.04
Wisenberg may have lost a breast, but she retained her humor, outrage, and skepticism toward common wisdom and most institutions. While following the prescribed protocols at the place she called Fancy Hospital, Wisenberg is unsparing in her descriptions of the fumblings of new doctors, her own awkward announcement to her students, and the mounds of unrecyclable plastic left at a survivors walk. Combining the personal with the political, she shares her research on the money spent on pink ribbons instead of preventing pollution, and the disparity in medical care between the insured and the uninsured. When chemotherapy made her bald, she decorated her head with henna swirls in front and an antiwar protest in back. During treatment, she also recorded the dailiness of life in Chicago as she rode the L, taught while one-breasted, and attended High Holiday services and a Passover seder.
Wisenberg s writing has been compared to a mix of Leon Wieseltier and Fran Lebowitz, and in this book, she has Wieseltier s erudition and Lebowitz s self-deprecating cleverness: If anybody ever offers you the choice between suffering and depression, take the suffering. And I don't mean physical suffering. I mean emotional suffering. I am hereby endorsing psychic suffering over depression.
From "The Adventures of Cancer Bitch"
I found that when you invite people to a pre-mastectomy party, they show up. Even those with small children. The kids were so young that they didn't notice that most of the food had nipples. . . . I talked to everyone about what I'm not sure. Probably about my surgery. Everyone told me how well I looked. I felt giddy. I was going to go under, but not yet; I was going to be cut, but not yet; I was going to be bald, but not yet. As my friend who had bladder cancer says: The thing about cancer is you feel great until they start treating you for it.
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9781587298028
Publication Date: 
2009-03-01
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The Sweetheart Is In: Stories

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$16.59
The yearnings of a little sister, the hazy memories of a concentration camp liberator, and the romantic entanglements of political activists are portrayed in The Sweetheart Is In, S.L. Wisenberg's first collection of short stories. Each of these edgy, lyrical stories creates its own universe in the space of a few pages even while overlapping characters and themes.
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9780810151246
Publication Date: 
2001-05-06
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Tucumcari

$14.75
Fiction. A man wakes up one morning believing he has a wife who lives in Tucumcari, New Mexico. A wife he somehow remembers yet does not know. When he decides to find her, he embarks on a surreal journey through both landscape and memory. The reader travels with the narrator through sinking cities, his father's various jobs, government-designated atomic safe havens, motel rooms, cities made of only men, and interactions with people from his childhood including Boyd Delmarco, a famous radio personality whose lungs have turned to glass.

"Parks' debut novel is a kaleidoscope of deep-rooted imagery, infused with magic realism yet tempered by the groundedness that comes with instinctive storytelling."--Booklist, starred review

"This timely novel is to be treasured for the rich prose and witty intellect that inform the boldness of its storytelling. Parks is willing to risk the safety of a more traditional approach in order to press readers into a different kind of knowing, a truth that is more deeply felt than thought. He embraces the timeless human necessity to make stories from what we think we know and transform them into what we know we believe."--Critical Flame

"A thoughtful, surrealistic, and strange novel, TUCUMCARI delves into ideas around memories and the subconscious, as well as into the significance of places within both. It is as wild and mesmeric as can be imagined."--Foreword Magazine

"Patrick Parks, in this relentlessly quantum mechanical rendition of the novel, TUCUMCARI, combines the traumatic rhythmic keenings of Philip Glass's World Our of Balance or Einstein on the Beach with a deeply poignant Buster Keatonian deadpan."--Michael Martone

"Everyone wants to get away from the falling ash of this life. everyone wants to get away from the threat of nuclear bombs, away to some far away, imagined safe place. Rootless, fugitive, we want love, a place to call home. In TUCUMCARI, Patrick Parks takes us there in a novel so clearly written, so lucidly poetic, it breaks the heart."--Richard Jones

"What a strange and wonderful novel Patrick Parks has written! It's a road trip novel without an actual road trip--the narrator imagines a trip he will take to Tucumcari, NM, to find the woman he just remembered he married years ago--but except for floating above his bed at night or teaching english to immigrants in a city that rains ash, he almost never goes anywhere. But his mind goes everywhere, and it's a bona fide delight to ride along with him on his mental road trip. Written in brief fragmentary sections that often read like prose poems, this is a narrative as delightfully disjointed and digressive as Sterne's Tristram Shandy and as darkly comic and magical as Kafka's The Metamorphosis."--David Jauss

ISBN/SKU: 
9780997292466
Publication Date: 
2018-05-15
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What We Ask Of Flesh

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$13.82

"What We Ask of Flesh, like the flesh itself, is full of honey and fire. It's impossible not to feel called by these poems, summoned by their rich sound and vatic voice."--Amy Gerstler

Blending biblical characters into a deeply personal history, What We Ask of Flesh tells of women through time, their spirits borne through broken flesh, through wombs and memories. The body becomes instrument as words explore the mystical connection between what was and is.

Women are burdened
with consequence

hard-bought footprints
leading from each father's house

Remica Bingham currently teaches at Norfolk State University.


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9780983934622
Publication Date: 
2013-02-19
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