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Featured Table: New York Review Books

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We’re kind of nerdy about small presses. Some independent publishers have the Midas touch— everything they release is gold, and you know you will enjoy anything from their catalogue.

New York Review Books consistently releases diverse, unique, curious, adventurous, ambitious writing, and we’re crazy about them. That’s why we put together a table featuring some of our favorite NYRB releases from the last few years.

Some of the best books on our NYRB table are works in translation, and that’s what makes NYRB a truly unique publisher: their world perspective and standards of excellence in translation. These books are carefully and empathetically translated, reaching the right balance of accuracy and style.

Here’s a short look at some unique NYRB titles you can find on our featured table. We have dozens more in the store!

Party Going (NYRB Classics) Cover Image
By Henry Green, Amit Chaudhuri (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781681370705
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Published: NYRB Classics - April 4th, 2017

Green wrote through the late boom of the 1920s Great Britain, the Depression, and into the postwar years. Many of his books follow lonely, confused people. So why put yourself through the ordeal of reading such stories? Because PARTY GOING is a masterpiece of interpersonal relations and dialogue-- Green teaches you "how not to human" in this book. PARTY GOING will disorient you in moments, but it will leave you with a better idea of the motivations of people.

Our Spoons Came from Woolworths Cover Image
By Barbara Comyns, Emily Gould (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781590178966
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Published: NYRB Classics - November 10th, 2015

Comyns's OUR SPOONS CAME FROM WOOLWORTHS is part-satire, part-drama, part-coming-of-age. The book follows a young bride, Sophia, has she endures a loveless marriage and few prospects at the height of the Great Depression. Unlike Green's PARTY GOING, however, Comyns creates a world not of melancholy but of absurd indifference. OUR SPOONS is a diamond in the rough, a book you probably haven't heard of but a story you won't be able to stop talking about.

The Return of Munchausen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681370286
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Published: NYRB Classics - December 13th, 2016

This is what NYRB is all about: bringing the work of lesser-known masters to light. Krzhizhanovsky was a Russian short story writer of the early 20th Century whose stories were only recognized for their excellence decades after his death. RETURN OF MUNCHAUSEN is one such story-- an retelling of an European mythic character Munchausen whose escapades excited continental audiences for centuries. This NYRB edition is a quick and incredibly entertaining read.

The Glory of the Empire: A Novel, a History Cover Image
By Jean D'Ormesson, Barbara Bray (Translated by), Daniel Mendelsohn (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781590179659
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Published: NYRB Classics - May 3rd, 2016

THE GLORY OF THE EMPIRE is a rich and engrossing history of one of history's greatest empires (referred mysteriously throughout as the Empire). D'Ormesson follows the Empire's wars, successions, economy, and culture from its birth to collapse. Once a rival to Rome, the Empire since fell into decay and disillusion. But here's the catch: the Empire is completely fictional. D'Ormesson's book is magical: I've never read a book that so thoroughly and creatively builds a world like GLORY OF THE EMPIRE. If you're into history, politics, economics, or world-building, this is a must-read.

Samskara: A Rite for a Dead Man Cover Image
By U.R. Ananthamurthy, A. K. Ramanujan (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781590179123
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Published: NYRB Classics - January 10th, 2017

Another work in translation by a writer whose accomplishments remain relatively unknown here in the US. U.R. Ananthamurthy was a prolific author and critic from Karnataka, India, and his writing will astound you. A RITE FOR A DEAD MAN rings loudly of BROTHERS KARAMAZOV-- an ambitious take on the interactions of religion, sex, ritual, and class in a rural Indian village. Ramanujan's translation is brilliant. I'm grateful for NYRB's publication of this one-of-a-kind book.