D+Q Picks of the Week: King of King Court, the new Tokarczuk, How to Be an Antiracist, and more!

August 14, 2019

D+Q Picks of the Week: King of King Court, the new Tokarczuk, How to Be an Antiracist, and more!
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King of King Court

Travis Dandro

A dynamic and devastating memoir about the cycle of trauma caused by addiction within one family From a child's-eye view, Travis Dandro recounts growing...

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King of King Court (Travis Dandro)

King of King court is a detailed and moving graphic memoir. The book tells the story of Travis Dandro's life as it intersected with his biological father, Dad Dave, in early childhood and then again as a young teen. Dandro's art is both bold and tender. The book teems with innovative paneling and intricate textures. The text frequently gives way to expansive images that flicker and intensify just like old memories. The many wordless scenes allow the narrative to wander seamlessly amongst dreams, flashbacks, and traumatic incidents.

While the subject matter of the book is quite heavy, with several scenes portraying suicide, addiction, and familial violence, Dandro traverses these subjects with compassion and complexity. It's particularly impressive how Dandro is able to balance honouring the intensity of teenage emotions with regard for the struggles of the adults in his life who inflicted harm despite their best intentions. An insightful memoir bound to linger with readers.

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How to Be an Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi

From the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a “groundbreaking” (Time) approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our...

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How To Be An Antiracist (Ibram X. Kendi)

National Book Award winner Ibram X. Kendi is back with How To Be An Antiracist, a book that identifies, describes, and looks to dismantle racism. Kendi explores basic concepts and large ideas and looks at the history and persuasive nature of all forms of racism. Kendi includes his personal story as well as historic events and legal, scientific concepts in this comprehensive exploration of how to combat racism.   

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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

Olga Tokarczuk

"Extraordinary. Tokarczuk's novel is funny, vivid, dangerous, and disturbing, and it raises some fierce questions about human behavior. My sincere admiration for her brilliant...

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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead (Olga Tokarczuk, trans. Antonia Lloyd-Jones)

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead is the most recent book from Olga Tokarczuk, winner of the Man Booker International prize in 2018 for Flights, and one of Poland’s most important contemporary writers. This book follows the chronically ill Janina Duszejko during a winter in Poland in which a number of people have been murdered. This philosophical book explores questions of free will, hierarchy, and social rules. It is also a  dark comedy, a noir mystery, and tribute of sorts to William Blake. Fitting that this booktranslated from the Polish is published during Women in Translation Month.   

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The Memory Police

Yoko Ogawa

A haunting Orwellian novel about the terrors of state surveillance, from the acclaimed author of The Housekeeper and the Professor.On an unnamed island off...

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The Memory Police (Yoko Ogawa trans. Stephen Snyder)

The protagonist of The Memory Police lives on an island where items keep disappearing while the population does not seem to notice. Thought Police run the society, and as items such as birds and roses are destroyed, all associations with these items die also. As a writer, the main character learns her editor faces the threat of disappearance and attempts to save both her editor and her writing. A dystopian, orwellian thriller from this celebrated author, the recipient of every major Japanese literary prize. This book would be a(nother) great pick as a Women in Translation Month book!

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The Remainder

Alia Trabucco Zeran

Shortlisted for the 2019 Man Booker International PrizeFelipe and Iquela, two young friends in modern day Santiago, live in the legacy of Chile’s dictatorship....

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The Remainder (AliaTrabbucco Zerán, trans. Sophie Hughes)

Both a road trip and a countdown, Zerán’s first novel in English tells the story of three friends who find themselves travelling together in search of a missing body. The novel, set in the wake of Pinochet’s dictatorship, is fast-paced and gripping. One of the standout features of this book is Zerán’s use of the parenthetical, with both chapters and interludes appearing within parentheses.  Shortlisted for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize, and an excellent Women In Translation Month read.

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