Vol.1 Brooklyn’s March 2016 Books Preview

This March brings it with a host of books that we’re eager to read–everything from thought-provoking and incisive nonfiction to unexpected national histories to transportive, unpredictable fiction. Some come from authors whose work we’ve come to trust; others fall into the category of highly anticipated debuts. Here’s a look at some of the books that have us most excited for the upcoming month.

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A Monica Drake Short Story Collection Is On the Way

Monica Drake‘s first novel, Clown Girl, memorably took readers into a surreal and comic universe as it followed the trials and tribulations of a young woman working as (as the title may suggest) a clown. Her follow-up, The Stud Book, examined the dynamics of a group of friends in Portland as they grappled with questions of work, intimacy, and parenthood.

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Afternoon Bites: What Scares Benjamin Percy, Gun Outfit’s Latest, Monica Drake, Ben Greenman’s Playlist, and More

Ben Greenman’s Book Notes playlist for The Slippage has a particular emphasis on songs about the suburbs. “Gun Outfit’s connection to folk music is also clear; those albums’ radical bent came through on occasional anti-capitalist lyrical statements, like Sonic Youth covering Woody Guthrie.” Jenn Pelly on Gun Outfit’s Hard Coming Down. Benjamin Percy on what he considers to be the scariest passage in all of literature. That time Charles Mingus toilet-trained his cat. “My belief is that if we put up an arbitrary […]

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