Jack's Top Ten Books of 2013

Jack's Top Ten (ish) of 2013.

The comments are brief. Because once Jack says it's good. It is.

Note the shout out for Melville House's entire novella series. They look as great as they are to read.


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Something That Feels Like Truth By Donald Lystra Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780875806938
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Switchgrass Books - September 1st, 2013

Great new collection of literary short stories by local favorite, Don Lystra.


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The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel By Neil Gaiman Cover Image
$28.59
ISBN: 9780062255655
Availability: Backordered
Published: William Morrow - June 18th, 2013

Gaiman's triumphant return to adult fiction.


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Brown Dog: Novellas By Jim Harrison Cover Image
$27.00
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ISBN: 9780802120113
Published: Grove Press - December 3rd, 2013

An obvious choice. One of Harrison's recurrent novella characters tales all collected into one volume with new material!


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The Sinistra Zone By Adam Bodor, Paul Olchváry (Translated by) Cover Image
By Adam Bodor, Paul Olchváry (Translated by)
$17.55
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ISBN: 9780811219785
Published: New Directions - August 26th, 2013

A novel surreal, lyrical novel inspired by the chaos of the Soviet Union's latter days.


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Jewelweed By David Rhodes Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781571311009
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Published: Milkweed Editions - May 14th, 2013

Masterful midwestern fiction.


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Darkness Sticks to Everything: Collected and New Poems By Tom Hennen, Jim Harrison (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Tom Hennen, Jim Harrison (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781556594045
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - May 7th, 2013

Harrison endorsed poetry. Earthy.


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The Ballad of Barnabas Pierkiel By Magdalena Zyzak Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780805095104
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt & Company - January 14th, 2014

A strange and wonderful love story with a picaresque quality.


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The Duel (The Art of the Novella) By Anton Chekhov, Margarita Shalina (Translated by) Cover Image
By Anton Chekhov, Margarita Shalina (Translated by)
$11.00
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ISBN: 9781935554509
Published: Melville House - August 16th, 2011

One of five novellas titled, Duel, a representative title from the beautiful, elegant Melville House Art of the Novella Series