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The Family Hightower by Brian Francis Slattery

The Family Hightower

by Brian Francis Slattery

Giveaway ends July 31, 2014.

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Exercise Will Hurt You by Steve Barrer

Exercise Will Hurt You

by Steve Barrer

Giveaway ends August 19, 2014.

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Listen, we all know it’s true: summer can bum you out.  TV goes to reruns, it’s too hot to perform almost any of the duties of human existence, and, worst of all, the whole publishing industry slows to a crawl, with few new books emerging to meet the sun.  Well, we feel your pain, and we’d like to help.  Here are the next four books Seven Stories will be publishing, beginning in late August.  Think of them as a dip in the pool for your mind (and try to keep patient).

The Disunited StatesDISUNITED STATES
by Vladimir Pozner
translated by Alison L. Strayer
August 26, 2014

In 1936, the Russian-French novelist and screenwriter Vladimir Pozner traveled to the United States, a nation on its knees in the midst of the Great Depression, and wrote luminously, incisively, of what he found there.  Think Alexis de Tocqueville meets James Agee, with just a twist of Faulkner.  

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Guadalupe Nettel is onto something…

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Opening up today’s New York Times, we were delighted to see Carmela Ciuraru’s write-up of Natural Histories, the slim collection of short fiction that marks the U.S. debut of Mexican literary superstar Guadalupe Nettel, as well as ace translator J.T. Lichtenstein.  Check it out:

By Guadalupe Nettel, translated by J. T. Lichtenstein
125 pages. Seven Stories. $18.95.

Perhaps Guadalupe Nettel is onto something: Publish a slim collection of five flawless stories, rather than a larger, more uneven batch. An award-winning Mexican writer, Ms. Nettel creates marvelous parallels between the sorrows and follies of her human characters and the creatures they live with — whether as pets or pests. In the first story, a Paris lawyer becomes fixated on her Siamese fighting fish, a male-female pair, determined to preserve their harmonious existence as her marriage continues “its gradual course toward putrefaction.” In “War in the Trash Cans,” following a bizarre plan of attack in response to a cockroach infestation, a young girl spots one more in the corner of her room.

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Fresh snow

Every Seven Stories book is unique, like a snowflake.  That might sound escapist, given the swelter that’s settled over New York City this week, but it’s true.  Here are a few exciting recent titles you can hole up with in your igloo:

Swados_MyDepressionElizabeth Swados‘s My Depression: A Picture Book

I’m a pariah in my own mind.  Something slimy and scaly feels like it’s growing inside me.  I’m a grade B 1950s horror movie!

Poet, writer, and doyenne of New York’s avant-garde theater world, Elizabeth Swados takes us on a soul-searching tour of emotional turmoil through a series of drawings and captions.  Whip-smart, candid, and gloriously warped, My Depression is a uniquely deep exploration of a disorder that afflicts more than 300 million people worldwide.


Don’t miss the HBO Films animated feature My Depression, starring Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi, and Fred Armisen!

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Luis J. Rodriguez’s Hearts and Hands

Horses are being whispered to while our children are being shouted down.  

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