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Luis Correa

Luis is Avid's operations manager and started bookselling on a fateful day in June 2018. He enjoys literary fiction, poetry, and has dabbled in historical nonfiction, memoir, essay, science fiction, fantasy, and graphic novels. Needless to say, he loves a good genre-bender! In his free time he also draws and plays video games, usually while covered in cats.

My Staff Picks: 
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Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse (Vintage Contemporaries) By Anne Carson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375701290
Availability: In our warehouse - should ship in 5-7 business days.
Published: Vintage - July 27th, 1999

A tiny monster of a book that blends porse and poetry with classical studies to tell a story of unrequited desire and the struggle toward self-acceptance. For those who have ever felt out of place or ugly. (You're not!) Also, make sure to check out Carson's Red Doc>, the chimeric sequel to this modern classic

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How To Write An Autobiographical Novel: Essays By Alexander Chee Cover Image
ISBN: 9781328764522
Availability: May be on our shelves or available in 5-7 business days
Published: Mariner Books - April 17th, 2018

In these essays Chee explores what it means to be a queer, half-Korean writer in America--what it means to be an individual. Reading this collection reminded me to not lose sight of the things that make me unique in the face of fortune and sorrow.

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The House on Mango Street (Vintage Contemporaries) By Sandra Cisneros Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679734772
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 1991

The House on Mango Street is not the saccharine juvenilia you might assume it is, in fact it's a precise distillation of a certain time and certain place, one that captures the rhythms of Spanish, the vibrant energy of youth, and an emotional depth that will resonate with anyone. After looking into each of the windows on Mango Street, what I left with was a sense of belonging, a greater understanding of my place in the world.  

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The Great Believers By Rebecca Makkai Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735223523
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Published: Viking - June 19th, 2018

A novel of inevitability and convergences and how our kindness, joy, and tenacity reverberates throughout time and across the globe--even as history has seemingly made its best attempt to leave these forgotten voices behind. Makkai has done a great service in her extensive research and in the care and tenderness with which she portrays her characters.

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Lost Children Archive: A novel By Valeria Luiselli Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525520610
Availability: Unavailable
Published: Knopf - February 12th, 2019

A mesmerizing, symphonic masterwork of literature, music, history, the American roadside, the news, David Bowie, and our fragile yet unassailable humanity. Luiselli's sharp wit and architectural writing puts together a sheathing criticism of America and a portrait of a family facing the borders between them. I loved this book and its unexpectedly funny and tender moments! Highly recommended for Anne Carson fans.

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The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) By N. K. Jemisin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316229296
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Published: Orbit - August 4th, 2015

An epic of convergences, rifts, and revolution. I am obsessed with these books and how intricately they capture the lasting effects of systematic oppression while also telling a gripping story of survival and love. Utterly fantastic!

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Signs Preceding the End of the World By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator) Cover Image
By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
ISBN: 9781908276421
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Published: And Other Stories (P408) - March 1st, 2015

Hop into the sink hole and cross through the mirror with this dizzying journey across the border. Haunting and captivating. Herrera's writing is striking as it shifts from alien and detached, to visceral and intimate all while packing a dizzying wallop!

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Cleanness By Garth Greenwell Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374124588
Availability: Unavailable
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 14th, 2020

The finely crafted sentences in these stories elegantly implements living, breathing syntax to weave pleasure and politic, ecstasy and rumination. Sensual scenes that made me need to occasionally take a pause to fan myself, to take a moment, as if I had been caught unawares. It's fucking beautiful.

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The Dishwasher (Biblioasis International Translation) By Stéphane Larue, Pablo Strauss (Translator) Cover Image
By Stéphane Larue, Pablo Strauss (Translator)
ISBN: 9781771962698
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Published: Biblioasis - August 20th, 2019

Prepare to get your soul scrubbed down and wrung out. This novel from Quebec captures a world that will be familiar to folks in the service and music industry. Vividly painted scenes from the trenches of a barely-functional kitchen during a rush followed by dizzying late-night get togethers make up this portrait of the loneliness of late-capitalism and the strength we can find from art and our allies. Gritty, loud, and compassionate.

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On Lighthouses By Jazmina Barrera, Christina Macsweeney (Translator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781949641011
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Published: Two Lines Press - May 12th, 2020

In trying to define what draws her to lighthouses, Barrera ekes out to the edge of her obsession by exploring the literary and historical significance of beacons. For the lonely, for the collectors, for the wandering, this book is a treasure and a fantastic gift for readers. While you won’t find a clear answer in the fog to head toward,  you’ll instead find permission, an allowance to treasure the quiet moments thinking about what you find impossibly captivating.

Hurricane Season By Fernanda Melchor, Sophie Hughes (Translated by) Cover Image
By Fernanda Melchor, Sophie Hughes (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780811230735
Availability: Backordered - may take several months
Published: New Directions - October 6th, 2020

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The Undocumented Americans By Karla Cornejo Villavicencio Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399592683
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Published: One World - March 24th, 2020

It would be an injustice to describe it any other way: The Undocumented Americans is a paradigm shifting masterwork of journalism and compassion. Instead of the alienating and oftentimes exploitative gaze of many books covering immigration into America, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio writes with such a clarifying vibrancy and unrelenting honesty that not only documents the lived experience of undocumented but gets at the heart of the failures of America to welcome the sick, the poor, the hungry but it does it in a way that aims to challenge those who are unfamiliar with the struggle while also inviting you to open your eyes to see what’s at stake are human lives. It’s some of the best writing I’ve ever read in any genre.

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The Adventures of China Iron By Gabriela Cabezón Cámara, Iona MacIntyre (Translator), Fiona Macintosh (Translator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781916465664
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Published: Charco Press - October 13th, 2020

This is the queer, subversive Western I’ve been looking for! It reaches into the myth of the frontier and romanticization of colonialism in the Americas and pulls out a scandalous, hallucinatory, sexy, and beautiful story of liberation. At times a queer sentimental education, at others a throbbing pastoral, and often a romp with surprises around every corner. A bold translation that does justice to China Iron's grace and bravado.

In the Distance By Hernan Diaz Cover Image
ISBN: 9781566894883
Availability: May be on our shelves or available in 5-7 business days
Published: Coffee House Press - October 10th, 2017