• At Least We Can Apologize

    At Least We Can Apologize

    Yi, Ki-ho

    This comic novel imagines an agency whose only purpose is to offer apologies on behalf of its clients, and explores how guilt (as well as the minor annoyances and significant grievances that cause it) functions in an often irrational society. Wonju, South Korea.

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  • Iraq + 100: The First Anthology of Science Fiction to Have Emerged From Iraq

    Iraq + 100: The First Anthology of Science Fiction to Have Emerged From Iraq

    Iraq +100 asks contemporary Iraqi writers (both living in Iraq and abroad) to imagine what their home country might look like in the year 2103, a century after a calamitous foreign invasion. This innovative anthology features science fiction, magical realism, and allegory to challenge the idea of what it means to be "The Other.”

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  • Truth & Beauty: A Friendship

    Truth & Beauty: A Friendship

    Patchett, Ann

    This tender and brutal memoir recounts Patchett’s friendship with poet Lucy Grealy, after the two attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. It’s an unblinking portrait, and an examination of how we can still love those we cannot save.

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  • The Song of Roland

    The Song of Roland

    Rabagliati, Michel

    Set in Quebec City, Paul, (“the Tintin of Quebec”) visits his father as he fights cancer in this beautiful and internationally acclaimed comic book.

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  • Axiomatic

    Axiomatic

    Tumarkin, Maria M.

    Winner of the Melbourne Prize for Literature's Best Writing Award, Axiomatic presents five sections that examine the way that we come to terms with our inherited traumas and the systems that uphold them. With wit and spirit, Tumarkin explores loss and grief, and how our particular histories inform who we become in the world. Melbourne, Australia.

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  • The Kalevala: An Epic Poem After Oral Tradition

    The Kalevala: An Epic Poem After Oral Tradition

    Lönnrot, Elias

    Much like the Iliad and the Odyssey, this great Finnish epic grew out of a rich oral tradition. Originally collected and assembled in the 1840s, the epic poem was published in 1849 and is thought to have played a central role in the development of Finnish identity and their quest for independence. Kuhmo, Finland.

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  • Sons and Lovers

    Sons and Lovers

    Lawrence, D. H.

    This classic, semi-autobiographical novel features Paul Morel, an artist whose relationship with his mother influences his romantic life. Primarily a study of family relationships, the novel also examines class dynamics as Paul’s mother must come to terms with her own unhappiness in her marriage to a coal miner. Nottingham, UK.

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  • The Bridal Wreath

    The Bridal Wreath

    Undset, Sigrid

    Set in 14th century Norway, Kristin Lavransdatter is the life story of a passionate and headstrong young woman. The first volume in the trilogy relates Kristin’s life as a young girl, her devotion to her family, and her journey of self-discovery as she falls in love for the first time. Richly detailed, the novel is an enduring portrait of medieval Norway from one of the country’s most celebrated writers. Lillehammer, Norway.\n

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  • Nanjing Requiem

    Nanjing Requiem

    Jin, Ha

    Set during the 1937 Japanese invasion of Nanjing, this historical novel tells the story of Minnie Vautrin, an American missionary who, as dean of Jinling Women’s College, worked to protect the staff, students, and public during the occupation and beyond. Nanjing, China.

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  • Ljubljana, Slovenia: Harvest of Chronos by Mojca Kumerdej

    Ljubljana, Slovenia: Harvest of Chronos by Mojca Kumerdej

    Set in the 16th Century, this epic and funny novel provides a colorful portrait of the Renaissance in Central Europe as politicians try to topple the monarchy and artists and thinkers introduce new philosophies."

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