Jo's Staff Picks

By Electric Literature

By Electric Literature

Recommendations from Electric Literature associate editor Jo Lou

Quicksand

Nella Larsen

$7.95 $7.31

Biracial Helga Crane always wanted more than the life she was expected to lead. Restless, she leaves her teaching position at all-black Southern school to Harlem during its renaissance and then to her maternal homeland of Denmark, all the while searching for freedom, meaning, and identity. Quicksand is a sad and profound novel about race and gender, and how the two intersect in society to confine women of color to a limited existence.

Convenience Store Woman

Ginny Tapley Takemori and Sayaka Murata

$15.00 $13.80

A darkly humorous Japanese novella about a convenience store woman in her 30s facing societal pressure to "settle down" and "get a real job."

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

Jia Tolentino

$27.00 $24.30

Dispute Over a Very Italian Piglet

Amara Lakhous

$15.00 $13.80

A wry novella set in Turin that questions who is really Italian. A must read in our era of rising nationalism, xenophobia, and racism.

Beauty Is a Wound

Eka Kurniawan and Annie Tucker

$19.95 $18.35

A Indonesian epic about a woman who rises from the dead. The novel spans the Dutch colonial era to the 1965 genocide to the 30 years of Suharto's brutal dictatorship. Witty and salacious, Beauty is a Wound provides a keen insight into Indonesia's turbulent history.