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Staff Pick: Gutshot by Amelia Gray

by Lauren

These stories will unsettle you. Gray revels in the grotesque, absurd and visceral, testing the reader's mettle as she goes. In one story, a woman makes love to a shack as her decrepit mother watches. In another, a father and son spend weeks carving up a whale heart that appears in their living room. More than merely grisly, this collection is imbued with wit and humor that make for an engaging--if bizarre--read.

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Staff Pick: A Voyage to the Island of the Articoles by Andre Maurois

by Lauren

On an isolated island, society is divided into a strict caste of artists (Articoles) and the workers who revere them (Béos). Maurois offers a wry look at the process of creation and the perils of forsaking reality in the pursuit of art.

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From the publisher: 

A couple becomes shipwrecked on an island of literary zealots, a place where every subject/feeling deserves expression. Sound familiar? Turtle Point, $12.00

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