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PEDESTRIANS, PASTORAL, & A PENGUIN IN PERIL

the Type Books reading list for April 2014


POETRY

The Pedestrians by Rachel Zucker 
Explores themes of motherhood, marriage, and the artistic life in this new double collection.

M x T  by Sina Queyras
Memory x Time is just one of the equations suggested by  as a way to measure grief in this, her third poetry collection and fourth book.

Complicity  by Adam Sol
In his fourth collection, Sol muses on matters of complicity in poems that are rich, allusive, funny and sometimes fraught.

FICTION

The Accident  by Chris Pavone
This gripping, full-throttle page turner from  sees the lives of two agents (one literary, one CIA) collide in a multi-continent story of suspense.

The Blazing World  by Siri Hustvedt
In her latest novel,  tells a tale of masked identities, prejudice and fame in the New York art world.

Can't and Won't  by Lydia Davis
Master of the short, shorter and shortest story  delivers a witty, refreshing and wry new collection.

Every Day Is for the Thief  by Teju Cole
First published in Africa in 2007, ’s novel about a Nigerian who returns home after living in New York City is a must-read for anyone who loved Cole’s Open City or Chimamanda Adichie’s Americanah.

The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
Another New York story, this time from, only the museum at heart of this novel isn’t a home for art and artefacts, but a Coney Island freak show.

In Paradise by Peter Matthiessen
Sadly, novelist, adventurer, founder of The Paris Review– died earlier this week on the eve of the publication of this, the novel that he referred to as being his “final word.”

Medicine Walk  by Richard Wagamese
 A father and son journey through beautiful and rugged backcountry and into the past in the new novel from Indian Horse author.

Pastoral  by André Alexis
gives an old genre a modern treatment in his latest novel, a pastoral (in case the title didn’t give it away).

Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
Inspired by the true life and loves of the Russian scientist, inventor and spy Lev Termen, ' debut novel takes in both the glitz of 1930s New York and the gulags of the Soviet Union.

The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon
Billed as “a dystopian novel for the digital age,” this story of a world in which print is dead is for fans of Dave Eggers’ The Circle or Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story.

NON FICTION

Flash Boys by Michael Lewis
The Moneyball  author is back, with a story about the wolves of Wall Street and an unlikely team of moneymen who band together to take on the system.

Let’s Talk About Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste by Carl Wilson
New expanded edition of the hugely popular contribution to the 33 1/3 series, featuring the original book, plus essays on taste by authors including James Franco and Sheila Heti.

A Man Called Destruction by Holly George-Warren
The author interviewed more than 100 friends, bandmates and other collaborators to put together this, the first biography of Alex Chilton, the man who influenced over four decades of American musical history.

The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
The title essay from this posthumously published collection went viral when its author died in a car crash at 22. The author left behind a body of work that struck a chord with a generation. This collection represents just some of it.

Voir la Mer  by Sophie Calle
A delicate book that catalogues the filmed moments when inhabitants of Istanbul see the sea for the first time. 

Žižek's Jokes by Slavoj Žižek
The philosopher proves that comedy is central to his seriousness in this 200-page philosophical funny.

PICTURE BOOKS

The Adventures of Beekle The Unimaginary Friend  by Dan Santat
An imaginary-friend-in-waiting decides to go in search of a child instead waiting for a child to find him. 

Penguin in Peril  by Helen Hancocks
Three hungry cats steal a penguin to help them fish. Hilarity (naturally) ensues.

May the Stars Drip Down by Words by Jeremy Chatelain, illustrations by Nikki McClure
The song of the same name by indie-rock band Cub Country is adapted here into a bedtime book.