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March 19, 2015

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - March 19, 2015

In the weekly Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week, the Montreal bookstore recommends several new works of fiction, art books, periodicals, and comics.

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly is one of Montreal's premiere independent bookstores.


by Jill Alexander Essbaum

Essbaum's debut novel is getting lots of buzz, earning comparisons to 19th century classics about female boredom and despair such as Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary and Effi Briest. Anna, an American living in Europe, dissatisfied with and limited by her marriage with a Swiss banker, throws herself into a series of increasingly troublesome affairs. Essbaum got her start as a poet—she tells Anna's story with deft, blunt language, and makes something new of this timeworn narrative.

Jacobin Magazine Issue 17: Ours to Master

Jacobin Magazine Issue 17: Ours to Master

The new issue of America's leading socialist magazine tackles our anxieties about technology, from Facebook-induced social isolation to job losses due to the automation of labour. It asks whether we can build a movement for social rights that avoids the easy dichotomy of robot fear vs. viewing technology as inherently democratic. With articles on the impact of mobile services and apps in Palestine, neoliberal “innovation” in education, how smartphones reorganize our lives, and more!

The Dead Mountaineers' Inn

The Dead Mountaineers' Inn
by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky, translated by Josh Billings with an introduction by Jeff Vandermeer

You may know Arkady and Boris Strugatsky as giants of Soviet sci fi, and the authors of Roadside Picnic, the book on which Andrei Tarkovsky's inscrutably beautiful film Stalker is based. Now Melville House brings us the first ever English translation of their 1970 foray into the detective novel. Inspector Glebsky arrives at a remote ski chalet, only for an avalanche to trap him there with a strange cast of characters—and a dead body! Bonus: an introduction by Jeff Vandermeer, author of the mysterious and elegant Southern Reach Trilogy.

Modern Jewish Cooking

Modern Jewish Cooking
by Leah Koenig

Food columnist and cookbook author Koenig continues to impress with 175 recipes that revisit the Jewish table with a refreshing new approach. With a strong emphasis on vegetarian mains, and many accompanying articles about keeping kosher, Jewish culinary heritage, new Israeli cuisine, and more. Recommended for Yotam Ottolenghi enthusiasts!

The Glorkian Warrior Eats Adventure Pie

The Glorkian Warrior Eats Adventure Pie
by James Kochalka

Fans of James Kochalka's wacky cartoon adventures will be overjoyed at this next installment in the Glorkian Warrior series! In which the space-travelling Glorkian Warrior faces off with his enemy Buster Glark, gets his brains eaten by his baby alien sidekick, and tries to make it to the end of the day so that everyone can finally eat pie. Great for kids, fans of Adventure Time, and everyone who loves silliness!

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also at Largehearted Boy:

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