In this bookclub we aim to read and discuss notable yet often overlooked works of literature, with a focus on independently published works. Books in translation, essay collections — you can't pigeonhole taste.

eric-obenauf-unicorn-book-club-two-dollar-radio.jpgHosted by Eric Obenauf: Eric is a voracious bibliophile and cinephile and the publisher of the indie press Two Dollar Radio, which he founded in 2005 at the age of 23. His writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, The Millions, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, Columbus Alive, The Billfold and others, and he is the writer and director of the Two Dollar Radio film I'm Not Patrick. In 2017 he cofounded the indie bookstore/bar/cafe Two Dollar Radio Headquarters, where he is the chief book buyer and head chef.

 


March 17, 2020, 7pm
Queen Solomon by Berger Tamara Faith

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"Tamara Faith Berger has been writing challenging and sexy books for more than a decade, but [Maidenhead] is her best yet. She handles race and class as deftly as she does the effects of internet pornography on our sex lives and our moral lives — subjects that might be turned into excuses for sermons, but which she renders in original and shocking ways."
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 Queen Solomon


Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 7pm
Sounds Like Titanic: A Memoir by Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman

A Finalist for the 2019 National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography. Sounds Like Titanic tells the unforgettable story of how Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman became a fake violinist. Struggling to pay her college tuition, Hindman accepts a dream position in an award-winning ensemble that brings ready money. But the ensemble is a sham. When the group performs, the microphones are off while the music―which sounds suspiciously like the soundtrack to the movie Titanic―blares from a hidden CD player. Hindman, who toured with the ensemble and its peculiar Composer for four years, writes with unflinching candor and humor about her surreal and quietly devastating odyssey. Sounds Like Titanic is at once a singular coming-of-age memoir about the lengths to which one woman goes to make ends meet and an incisive articulation of modern anxieties about gender, class, and ambition.

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“[An] outrageously funny, shrewdly meta memoir.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
Sounds Like Titanic: A Memoir


Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 7pm
In the Distance by Hernan Diaz

Finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. A young Swedish immigrant finds himself penniless and alone in California. The boy travels East in search of his brother, moving on foot against the great current of emigrants pushing West. Driven back again and again, he meets naturalists, criminals, religious fanatics, swindlers, Indians, and lawmen, and his exploits turn him into a legend. Diaz defies the conventions of historical fiction and genre, offering a probing look at the stereotypes that populate our past and a portrait of radical foreignness.

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“An affecting oddness is the great virtue of In the Distance, along with its wrenching evocations of its main character’s loneliness and grief. And its ability to create lustrous mindscapes from wide-open spaces, from voids that are never empty.” —New York Times
In the Distance by Hernan Diaz


PAST PICKS FOR THE UNICORN BOOKCLUB,
CURATED BY ERIC OBENAUF

February 2020: Keywords: The New Language of Capitalism by John Patrick Leary
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January 2020: Circus by Wayne Koestenbaum
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December 2019: Flights by Olga Tokarczuk
Flights by Olga Tokarczuk.

November 2019: Mount Analogue by René Daumal
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October 2019: Polyglot Lovers by Lina Wolff
 Polyglot Lovers

September 2019: As She Climbed Across the Table by Jonathan Lethem
As She Climbed Across the Table

August 2019: Love Drones by Noam Dorr
 Love Drones

July 2019: Devil Comes to Town
Devil Comes to Town

June 2019: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

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May 2019: Negrophobia: An Urban Parable

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April 2019: Collected Schizophrenias: Essays by Esmé Weijun Wang.
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March 2019: The Wallcreeper by Nell Zink.
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February 2019: Solar Bones by Mike McCormack.
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January 2019: Samuel Johnson's Eternal Return by Martin Riker.
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December 2018: Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter.
BOOK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE HERE, OR IN THE STORE.
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November 2018: Destroy All Monsters: The Last Rock Novel by Jeff Jackson.
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October 2018: You Could Do Something Amazing with Your Life [You Are Raoul Moat] by Andrew Hankinson.
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September 2018Comemadre by Roque Larraquy, translated by Heather Cleary, published by Coffee House Press in 2018.
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August 2018The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic by Jessica Hopper, published by Featherproof Books in 2015.
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July 2018: A Loving, Faithful Animal by Josephine Rowe, published by Catapult in September 2017.
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June 2018: Her Mother’s Mother’s Mother and Her Daughters by Maria José Silveira, published by Open Letter Books in December 2017, and translated from the Portuguese by Eric M. B. Becker.
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May 2018: Street of Thieves by Mathias Énard, published by Open Letter in November 2014, and translated from the French by Charlotte Mandell.
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April 2018: Farewell, Damascus by Ghada Samman, published by Darf Publishers in October 2017, and translated from the Arabic by Nancy Roberts.
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March 2018: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, translated from the French by Alison Anderson, published by Europa Editions in 2008.
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February 2018: Distant Star by Roberto Bolaño, translated from the Spanish by Chris Andrews, published by New Directions in 2004.
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