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    Jaye, events coordinator, BrooklynMost recent staff pick: The Woman Destroyed by Simone de Beauvoir (ebook available)The Woman Destroyed comprises a triptych of unrest, animating the ruthless onslaught of age and the personal disintegration that befalls a body in time. Although the tone of my praise sounds like an overly earnest college entrance exam, the facts of this book are far from that context of experience. Each section uses a different form -- narrative, monologue, and diary -- to achieve a singular, perennial fact: human love, familial or romantic, is conditional. But there's more to life than other people. Maybe. 

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    $14.95
    ISBN: 9780394711034
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    Published: Pantheon Books - August 12th, 1987

    The Woman Destroyed comprises a triptych of unrest, animating the ruthless onslaught of age and the personal disintegration that befalls a body in time. Although the tone of my praise sounds like an overly earnest college entrance exam, the facts of this book are far from that context of experience. Each section uses a different form -- narrative, monologue, and diary -- to achieve a singular, perennial fact: human love, familial or romantic, is conditional. But there's more to life than other people. Maybe. (Jaye)


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    $16.00
    ISBN: 9780679764007
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    Published: Vintage - August 29th, 1995

    While A Happy Death prefigures The Stranger, Camus' first novel has its own and abundant charms, and shows the genius of his narrative philosophy at its initial best. As Camus wrote elsewhere, "It is probably necessary to fall in love, if only to have an alibi for all the random despair you're going to feel anyway." (Jaye)


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    By Witold Gombrowicz, Bill Johnston (Translator)
    $18.00
    ISBN: 9780976395072
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    Published: Archipelago Books - August 1st, 2006

    The next time someone embarrasses you in public, ridicules you, or otherwise asserts his or her social superiority over you -- however true that distinction may be -- consider unflagging servitude and devotion as a mode of revenge. Such is one of the instances in this collection of stories that has it all: gallows humor, pathos, European cuisine, wit, and melancholy. Recommended for readers of Robert Musil, Franz Kafka, Caroline Blackwood, Milan Kundera, Dorothy Parker, and Mikhaíl Bulgakov. (Jaye)


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    ISBN: 9780374533762
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    Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - April 9th, 2013

    Poet in New York comprises the poems, letters, lectures, and other ephemera (including a passport facsimile) from poet Federico García Lorca during his stint at Columbia University from June 1929 through March 1930. Lorca's experiences in New York City invigorated his poetry and revived his interests in the theater after years of discouragement in his native Spain. Lorca's New York poems are dulcet and furious. When read as a single piece, the collection provides a poet's history of the early twentieth-century city, and the spirit and verve of the writing anticipates the New York School of Frank O'Hara and company, who only a few decades after Lorca's sad death would have offered warm company to the traveling poet. "Life is no dream. Watch out! Watch out! Watch out!" (Jaye)


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    By Adolfo Bioy Casares, Suzanne Jill Levine (Introduction by), Ruth L. C. Simms (Translator)
    $12.95
    ISBN: 9781590170571
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    Published: New York Review of Books - September 1st, 2003

    This short novel meshes the eery, otherworldly charms of The Tempest with a riveting plot structure that recalls James M. Cain or Raymond Chandler, although in place of scandals and capers, there's isolation and the delusions -- and illusions -- that sustain our lives, however bitterly. (Jaye)