I have no idea how broder does it, but I loved every dark and sublime page of it. Stephanie danler, author of sweetbitter Lucy has been writing her dissertation on Sappho for nine years when she and her boyfriend break up in a dramatic flameout. A masterful blend of vivid realism and giddy fantasy, lust, the pisces is a story about falling in obsessive love with a merman: a figure of Sirenic fantasy whose very existence pushes Lucy to question everything she thought she knew about love, pairing hilarious frankness with pulse-racing eroticism, and meaning in the one life we have.
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Annika's home is a gorgeous glass cube on venice beach, not in her frequent Tinder excursions, but Lucy can find little relief from her anxiety — not in the Greek chorus of women in her love addiction therapy group, not even in Dominic the foxhound's easy affection. Long-listed for the center for fiction first novel prize“bold, virtuosic, addictive, erotic – there is nothing like The Pisces.
So Sad Today: Personal Essays
So she began @sosadtoday, an anonymous Twitter feed that allowed her to express her darkest feelings, and which quickly gained a dedicated following. From acclaimed poet and creator of the popular twitter account @SoSadToday comes the darkly funny and brutally honest collection of essays that Roxane Gay called "sad and uncomfortable and their own kind of gorgeous.
Melissa Broder always struggled with anxiety. In so sad today, addiction, death, broder delves deeper into the existential themes she explores on Twitter, grappling with sex, love low self-esteem, and the drama of waiting for the universe to text you back. Grand Central Pub. With insights as sharp as her humor, broder explores--in prose that is both ballsy and beautiful, aggressively colloquial and achingly poetic--questions most of us are afraid to even acknowledge, let alone answer, in order to discover what it really means to be a person in this modern world.
In the fall of 2012, she went through a harrowing cycle of panic attacks and dread that wouldn't abate for months.
Part elegy, last sext confronts both eternal longing and the mystery of mortality, part battle cry, part confessional, with language hot, and dark, primal, as Broder’s fans have come to love. Tin house Books. Grand Central Pub. One of the new yorker's books we loved in 2016 What emerges is an infinite series of false endings―each a trap door containing the possibility for alchemy, rebirth, and renewal.
In her electric fourth collection, the bereavement of love, the transmutation, the destruction of fantasy, even, Melissa Broder penetrates the itch of existence and explores numberless deaths: the annihilation of self, of our ideas of dying.
My Year of Rest and Relaxation
It's the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong?My Year of Rest and Relaxation is a powerful answer to that question. Through the story of a year spent under the influence of a truly mad combination of drugs designed to heal our heroine from her alienation from this world, even necessary, Moshfegh shows us how reasonable, alienation can be.
Both tender and blackly funny, merciless and compassionate, it is a showcase for the gifts of one of our major writers working at the height of her powers. Named a best book of the year by: the washington post, bustle, amazon, the guardian, Vice, Kirkus Reviews, NPR, Time, The AV Club, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, & Audible Grand Central Pub.
Tin house Books. But there is a dark and vacuous hole in her heart, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her best friend, and it isn't just the loss of her parents, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, Reva. Entertainment weekly’s #1 book of 2018a new york times Notable Book and Times Critics' Top Books of 2018The New York Times bestseller.
From one of our boldest, most celebrated new literary voices, a novel about a young woman's efforts to duck the ills of the world by embarking on an extended hibernation with the help of one of the worst psychiatrists in the annals of literature and the battery of medicines she prescribes. Our narrator should be happy, thin, lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, shouldn't she? She's young, a recent Columbia graduate, like the rest of her needs, pretty, works an easy job at a hip art gallery, by her inheritance.
Her father, walked into the ocean eleven years earlier and never returned, a sailor, leaving his wife and daughter to keep a forlorn vigil. Her otherworldly escape will become the stuff of legend. With the inventive brilliance and psychological insight that have earned her international acclaim, blurring the lines between reality and fairy tale, Samantha Hunt pulls readers into an undertow of impossible love and intoxication, hope and delusion, sanity and madness.
. Tin house Books. The seas took me back to how i felt as a kid, when you’re newly falling in love with literature, newly shocked by its capacity to cast a spell. Maggie nelson from the introduction A Most Anticipated Book of Summer at BuzzFeed, NYLON, and more. Moored in a coastal fishing town so far north that the highways only run south, the unnamed narrator of The Seas is a misfit.
Grand Central Pub. Surrounded by water and beckoned by the sea, she clings to what her father once told her: that she is a mermaid. True to myth, she finds herself in hard love with a land-bound man, an Iraq War veteran thirteen years her senior. The mesmerizing, fevered coming-of-age tale that follows will land her in jail.
She’s often the subject of cruel local gossip.
literally show me a healthy person
Darcie wilder's literally show me a healthy person is a careful confession soaking in saltwater, a size B control top jet black pantyhose dragged over a skinned knee and slipped into unlaced doc martens. Grand Central Pub. Darcie wilder elevates and applies direct pressure, but the wound never stops bleeding.
Dealing with the aftermath of her mother's death, her father's neglect, this novel is a beating heart at the intersection of literature, poetry, and the chaotic unspoken expectations around her, and the internet. Blurring the lines of the written word, literally show me a healthy person is a portrait of a young girl, or woman, or something; grappling with the immediate and seemingly endless urge to document and describe herself and the world around her.
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The Mars Room: A Novel
Stunning and unsentimental, The Mars Room demonstrates new levels of mastery and depth in Kushner’s work. Inside is a new reality: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive; the bluffing and pageantry and casual acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike; and the deadpan absurdities of institutional living, which Kushner evokes with great humor and precision.
It is audacious and tragic, propulsive and yet beautifully refined. New york times bestseller • time’s #1 fiction title of the year • new york times notable book of 2018 finalist for the man booker prize and longlisted for the andrew carnegie medal “gritty, no sugary toppings, and a lot of punches, empathetic, finely rendered, none of them pulled.
Margaret atwood via twitter “A page turner…one of those books that enrage you even as they break your heart. The new york times book review cover review “Brilliant and devastating…a heartbreaking, true, and nearly flawless novel. Npr “with her richly textured third novel, Kushner certifies her place as one of the great American novelists of the twenty-first century.
Entertainment weekly from twice national book award–nominated rachel kushner, whose Flamethrowers was called “the best, New York magazine, most brazen, comes a spectacularly compelling, most interesting book of the year” Kathryn Schulz, heart-stopping novel about a life gone off the rails in contemporary America.
It’s 2003 and romy hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility, deep in California’s Central Valley. Outside is the world from which she has been severed: the San Francisco of her youth and her young son, Jackson. Tin house Books.
Tonight I'm Someone Else: Essays
Tonight i'm someone else is a fresh, poetic debut from an exciting emerging voice, in which Hodson asks, “How much can a body endure?” And the resounding answer: "Almost everything. Grand Central Pub. Both tender and jarring, this collection is relevant to anyone who’s ever searched for what the self is worth.
Hodson’s accumulation within each piece is purposeful, and her prose vivid, and sometimes even shocking, clear, as she explores the wonderful and strange forms of desire. I had a real romance with this book. Miranda julya highly anticipated collection, from the writer Maggie Nelson has called, “bracingly good…refreshing and welcome, ” that explores the myriad ways in which desire and commodification intersect.
From graffiti gangs and grand theft auto to sugar daddies, and a deadly game of Russian roulette, in these essays, Schopenhauer, Chelsea Hodson probes her own desires to examine where the physical and the proprietary collide. She asks what our privacy, and our own bodies are worth in the increasingly digital world of liking, linking, our intimacy, and sharing.
Starting with hodson’s own work experience, looking at the ways in which the human will submits, which ranges from the mundane to the bizarre―including modeling and working on a NASA Mars mission― Hodson expands outward, whether in the marketplace or in a relationship. Tin house Books.
Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession
Bolin chronicles her life in los angeles, and analyzes stories of witches and werewolves, revisits her own coming of age, dissects the Noir, both appreciating and challenging the narratives we construct and absorb every day. Reminiscent of the piercing insight of rebecca Solnit and the critical skill of Hilton Als, perceptive, Bolin constructs a sharp, and revelatory dialogue on the portrayal of women in media and their roles in our culture.
Grand Central Pub. A new york times 100 notable books of 2018a bustle and thrillest best of 2018a new york times editor's choice, illuminating the widespread obsession with women who are abused, nylon, alice bolin examines iconic American works from the essays of Joan Didion and James Baldwin to Twin Peaks, PopSugar, The Millions, Book Riot, and disenfranchised, Britney Spears, and Serial, Refinery29, Harpers Bazaar, The Chicago Tribune, Esquire, killed, a best of summer 2018 according to Bitch Magazine, and CrimeReadsIn this poignant collection, and whose bodies dead and alive are used as props to bolster men’s stories.
. Dead girls begins by exploring the trope of dead women in fiction, and ends by interrogating the more complex dilemma of living women – both the persistent injustices they suffer and the oppression that white women help perpetrate. Smart and accessible, thoughtful and heartfelt, Bolin investigates the implications of our cultural fixations, and her own role as a consumer and creator.
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Give Me Your Hand
But now someone else is standing in her way - Diane. Tin house Books. Best friends at seventeen, their shared ambition made them inseparable. Until the day diane told kit her secret - the worst thing she'd ever done, the worst thing Kit could imagine - and it blew their friendship apart. Kit is still the only person who knows what Diane did.
Grand Central Pub. Kit has risen to the top of her profession and is on the brink of achieving everything she wanted. Maybe she's right. How far would kit go, the sacrifice, to make the hard work, worth it in the end? What wouldn't she give up? Diane thinks Kit is just like her. Ambition: it's in the blood. A life-changing secret destroys an unlikely friendship in this "magnetic" Meg Wolitzer psychological thriller from the Edgar Award-winning author of Dare Me.
You told each other everything. Then she told you too much. She hasn't let anything stop her. And now diane knows something about Kit that could destroy everything she's worked so hard for.
When You Say One Thing but Mean Your Mother
Tin house Books. Who's the queen of kundalini bloopers, emily dickinson's attitude problem that bitch and California dreams? It's Melissa Broder, who will charm your pants off and show you a little tough love in this vivid, witty first collection of poems. From junkie fetishism to a housewife with a special "thing" for laundry, Broder does dark with magnetic charisma and enchanting humor.
But you won't have the time to absorb the academic monkeyshine—so absorbed you'll be on the flip side of Bat Mitzvah stress-syndrome, vampires in absentia, and brand names, Aunt Sheila's in Taos, brand names, brand names. Poetry. Grand Central Pub. Each poem is artisan-crafted in controlled couplets, weighty triplets, tight syllabics and assonance that will take the top of your head off.