In the spirit of shopping small this season, check out our favorite indie books from 2015!
  1. The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli
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    Published by Coffee House Press. A lively, loopy experimental novel rich with musings on language, art, and, yes, teeth. (Kirkus)
  2. Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine
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    Published by Drawn and Quarterly. A collection of six previously published graphic stories of life's bittersweet struggles. Tomine's wry and keen observations as he explores loss and identity, ambition and family are par none with beautifully rendered drawings.
  3. The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante
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    Published by Europa Editions. The fourth and final book in the Neapolitan series, this volume follows our two heroines back in Naples, as their lives and self-determination are met with seismic changes.
  4. Beauty Is A Wound by Eka Kurniawan
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    Published by New Directions. This is the debut novel of one of Indonesia's rising literary stars. In this epic, Kurniawan crafts the story of Indonesia from its Dutch colonial days, through the Japanese occupation during World War II, and into independence as a modern state, through multiple characters and perspectives.
  5. Snowden by Ted Rall
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    Published by Seven Stories Press. Edward Snowden has made a huge impact on the way the public and the private interact, bringing special attention to the government's implicit role in these spheres. Rall gives us not only a portrait of Snowden but of a society on the threshold of tremendous technological upheaval and political change.
  6. My Documents by Alejandro Zambra
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    Published by @McSweeneysLists. Eleven short, quirky stories from the award-winning Chilean writer, that illuminate the unusual ways we try to connect with others.
  7. The Musical Brain: And Other Stories by Cesar Aira
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    Published by New Directions. A collection of micro-fiction from Aira, the Argentinian master of improvisational writing, that is twisting and sweeping and "often as warped as a Salvador Dalí landscape." (Kirkus) A beautiful set of pieces from a masterful mind.
  8. The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
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    Published by Graywolf Press. A sharp, beautiful, highly intellectual yet completely accessible meditation on the fluidity of gender and social roles. Nelson explores motherhood, love, and identity through the body while she is pregnant and her partner transitions.
  9. Upright Beasts by Lincoln Michel
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    Published by Coffee House Press. Elliptical, surreal, and strange are some of the words reviews have used to describe Michel's stories. An editor at Gigantic and Electric Literature, Michel's debut collection shows his shrewd eye for the absurd and affinity for the bizarre.