Tony's Toniest Tomes 2021

The Inland Sea: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646220175
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Published: Catapult - January 12th, 2021

A stark, beautiful debut novel that tracks the interior life of a young Australian woman whose work answering phones at an emergency call center mirrors the anxiety and numbness both of her personal life and the desperate state of the planet.

Rabbit Island Cover Image
ISBN: 9781949641097
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Published: Two Lines Press - February 9th, 2021

Each story in this amazing collection connects with me viscerally, yet each one connects differently, like a smell, a taste, or a texture. Some are mysterious and subtle while others are brazen and bold, grotesque even.  Each one is exquisitely crafted and exhilarating to read!

The Hard Crowd: Essays 2000-2020 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982157692
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Published: Scribner - April 6th, 2021

These essays feel like letters from your coolest friend, who also happens to be your smartest friend, and, perhaps most importantly, your most curious friend. Kushner writes passionately about art, film, literature, left wing Italian politics, prison reform, motorcycle racing. And as your friend, she invites you to join the conversation.

Lady Joker, Volume 1 Cover Image
By Kaoru Takamura, Allison Markin Powell (Translated by), Marie Iida (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781616957018
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Published: Soho Crime - April 13th, 2021

Published in Japan in 1997 but newly translated into English, this sprawling, slow-burning crime novel takes us on a deep dive into post-war Japanese culture. Takamura tackles kidnapping, corporate cover-ups, and racist history while bringing to life a cast of fascinating characters that wouldn't be out of place on certain classic HBO dramas.

Seeing Sideways: A Memoir of Music and Motherhood (American Music Series) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781477312346
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Published: University of Texas Press - May 4th, 2021

This memoir from the Throwing Muses singer/songwriter/guitarist is a fascinating look into the mind and heart of a unique and passionate artist. Divided into four sections, each focusing on one of her sons, her story is often fragmentary; scraps of poetry to be intuited emotionally, viscerally, not unlike her songs.

Among the Hedges Cover Image
By Sara Mesa, Megan McDowell (Translator)
ISBN: 9781948830393
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Published: Open Letter - May 18th, 2021

This short, odd, and oddly sweet novel is suffused with tension.  The unlikely friendship between a teenage girl and a middle-aged yet child-like man inevitably makes us uncomfortable, but it also makes us think.

What Makes You Think You're Awake? Cover Image
ISBN: 9781949467505
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Published: Blair - June 1st, 2021

It's hard to pinpoint just what makes the stories in this collection so good. The sublime integration of the surreal and the banal? The stunning contrast of the horrific and the familiar? The simultaneous evocation of the  grotesque and the heartbreaking? Okay, sure.

The Actual Star: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063002890
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Published: Harper Voyager - September 14th, 2021

A breathtaking speculative novel split into three stories taking place thousands of years apart: the past, the present, the future. Byrne has created a narrative world of riches that tackles so many ideas about our society as well as the nature of perception and existence itself.

Fight Night Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635578171
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - October 5th, 2021

Miriam Toews writes another love letter to humanity in the form of three generations of fighting women. In this case fighting means loving, laughing, crying, falling down, and getting back up again. Toews never fails to fight the good fight and deliver the quirky, thoughtful, darkly humorous goods.

Now You Know It All (Pitt Drue Heinz Lit Prize) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780822946991
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - October 5th, 2021

As a practicing psychiatrist author Joanna Pearson may have special insight into the inner workings of the human mind. She's certainly an extraordinary practitioner of the art of the short story. And I remain happily uncured of this particular addiction.