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Recommendations from Diesel Bookstore

Recommendations of recent books from the staffs of a rotating list of Bay Area independent bookstores. Hurley has written a space opera as exciting as any out there and throws in enough of her own wild ideas to twist your head right off. When a Brazilian author vanishes, her American translator travels to Rio de Janeiro, feeling her knowledge of the novels she has worked on will help her children’s search. A fast-paced and at times madcap debut written in spare, poetic prose. The recipient of the Prix Goncourt in France, “Compass” is an ambitious, profound and gorgeous meditation on nothing less than love, mortality and the ways Western and Islamic culture have shaped each other. Animals Strike Curious Poses, by Elena Passarello: In this brilliant essay collection, the biological line that separates humans from non-humans is less important than the imaginary one that links them. The Wandering Mind: In her account of her time working as an interpreter for a New York immigration court, Luiselli helped lawyers argue for the right of migrant children to stay in this country, asking questions from a standardized intake application.

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