McNally Jackson will give you your money back if you don’t like Robert Walser’s Berlin Stories. Not really, but we’re not to worried about that happening.
WEEKEND NEW BOOK ROUND-UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Books: So easy to acquire, so hard to read. We are not making things any easier for you.
Varamo, Cesar Aira. The great Bobby Bolano says that Aira is “One of the three or four best writers working in Spanish today.” Granted, he’s said that of more or less all the writers working in Spanish today, but Aira is great, and you know that.
Berlin Stories, Robert Walser. Money-back guarantee: The first section of this book will make you love your city again. Just kidding. About the money back. But everything after the colon is true.
Other People We Married, Emma Straub. Sadly now
French freedom flap-less on the outside, but still as great as it ever was on the inside.
House of Holes, Nicholson Baker. Old weirdy beardy Baker is still the best living American prose stylist working today. (Claims: I will make them.)
The Fallback Plan, Leigh Stein. Ah, youth! Ah, moving back in with your parents!
The Lifespan of a Fact, John D’Agata & Jim Fingal. I just started this, and it’s enraging. We recommend.
Thinking the Twentieth Century, Tony Judt. Maybe you heard Salface “The Big Cheese” McNalface talk about this on WNYC. If not, you should.
What We Talk about When We Talk about Anne Frank, Nathan Englander. Expect a lot of reviews to take advantage talking about whatever it is we talk about when we talk about whatever—the title, Anne Frank, some aspect of the book. Impossible to resist!