What We’re Reading This Week

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Dome of the Hidden Pavilion by James Tate:
Is magical absurdism a thing? Is prose poetry? Are these even poems in any real sense? Are these short stories or clouds? Is James Tate a dead man or a koan? My guess is Tate wouldn’t care to answer these questions— that you beam smiles and ruggedly scratch your head after reading Dome of the Hidden Pavilion is enough.
Jell-O Girls: A Family History by Allie Rowbottom:
This week I’ve been reading Jell-O Girls — a memoir by Allie Rowbottom that comes out in July 2018. This book follows three generations of women from the Jell-O family and the curse that has been haunting them and the women of America — surprise, it’s the patriarchy. I’m not quite finished with it but it’s been an excellent blend of personal stories, women’s history, hints of witchcraft, and super retro & disgusting Jell-O recipes. Jell-O Girls: A Family History is available for pre-order here.
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Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk:
I’m in the middle of reading my advanced copy of Chuck Palahniuk’s forthcoming novel, Adjustment Day and I’m pleased to report back that there’s enough here to shock, offend and make us laugh all the same. The book follows a plot to completely upend the US government and re-invent the nation into some Libertarian fantasyland, creating separatist ethno-states and violently dispersing wealth to the most violent and dedicated followers of a radical new edict. Adjustment Day is a side-splitting satire that is ripe for this day and age. It holds up a mirror to our own societal decay and makes a case for Palahniuk’s staying power in the literary world. Adjustment Day is available for pre-order here.

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