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Why We Love New Directions Publishing

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This fall, we are thrilled to spotlight New Directions Publishing, one of our favorite small publishing houses. With its eclectic and discerningly curated list of titles, New Directions publishes hundreds of books that encompass many genres: novels, story collections, poetry, memoir, literary criticism, and philosophical inquiries. Since it began over eighty years ago, New Directions has championed voices and ideas from around the globe, many translated into English by translators who are among the most respected in their field.

Come explore our special New Directions display at the store! You’re sure to find something new and exciting to read. And in the meantime, here are my favorite New Directions titles, which you can order right here on our website:

The Maias Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780811216494
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - July 1st, 2007

A nineteenth century classic of Portuguese literature in which a patriarch moves back to his ancestral home in Lisbon bringing with him his adult grandson in whom he is determined to instill a sense of family history and honor. The young Carlos Eduardo is a doctor by profession, but his chief pursuit is having a good time, deploying all of the advantages of his wealth and status. His love affair with a mysterious beauty creates scandal and heartbreak when her past and true identity are revealed.


Memoirs of a Polar Bear Cover Image
By Yoko Tawada, Susan Bernofsky (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780811225786
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - November 8th, 2016

What could be better than a novel narrated by three generations of talented polar bears who talk, eat, live, and love within the human world. The first bear is a retired circus performer who pens a famous bestseller; Tosca, her daughter, follows in her mother’s footsteps to become a circus star; and Knut, Tosca’s son, is the main attraction at the Berlin zoo. Smart, funny, and poignant, Tawanda’s bears teach us much about the social ills to which we humans most often are blind.


The Passion According to G.H. Cover Image
By Clarice Lispector, Idra Novey (Translator), Benjamin Moser (Preface by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811219686
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - June 13th, 2012

A mystical struggle on what it means “to be.” G.H., the novel’s only character (apart from an unnamed cockroach that takes on profound significance), is a female sculptor living alone in a city high-rise. Lispector’s novel is remarkable in its ability to precisely convey the deepest thoughts in G.H.’s inquisitive and restless mind. It is a brave, honest and self-effacing look at one woman’s struggle for self-identification. And, it is nothing short of a groundbreaking literary work.


Ema the Captive Cover Image
By Cesar Aira, Chris Andrews (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811219105
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - December 6th, 2016

Set in the wilds of the Argentine pampas during the nineteenth century, Aira’s Ema is a captivating, fearless, and spirited survivor. She is kidnapped by soldiers, learns to find belonging with a group of nomadic Indians, and builds her own successful business breeding rare pheasants. Aira’s descriptions of the rich flora and fauna of that place and time are simply exquisite. Ema is a heroine that you will not soon forget.


The End of Days Cover Image
By Jenny Erpenbeck, Susan Bernofsky (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811225137
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - February 8th, 2016

Erprenbeck paints an intriguing portrait of the five alternate lives (and deaths) of one Austrian woman, born in 1902. In one scenario she dies as a young child; in another, her life ends peacefully at the ripe age of 90. Or perhaps she dies as so many did, a victim of the violence and deprivations of World War II. THE END OF DAYS is a beautiful reflection on the role that luck and happenstance play in shaping our own tenuous lives.