A Goofy Guide to Penguins

Written by Jean-Luc Coudray | Illustrated by Philippe Coudray | Toon Books | May 10, 2016
How can you tell penguins apart? By the color of their mittens, of course! But do penguins really play hide-and-seek, carry pink umbrellas, and shower on the backs of whales? READ MORE

Beyond Elsewhere

Written by Gabriel Arnou-Laujeac | Translated by Hélène Cardona | White Pine Press | May 10, 2016
"Beyond Elsewhere" is a hauntingly beautiful long prose poem, a dance that at once touches on the universal and uniquely personal. With his debut collection, Gabriel Arnou- Laujeac establishes himself as one of French poetry’s most innovative new voices. His writing is lyrical, masterful, exquisite, an opening into the elusive, affirming the absolute necessity of listening to the world. "Beyond Elsewhere" is a symphonic poem with boundless language, where past and present meet. READ MORE

The Glory of the Empire

Written by Jean d’Ormesson | Translated by Barbara Bray | New York Review Books | May 3, 2016

The Glory of the Empire is the rich and absorbing history of an extraordinary empire, at one point a rival to Rome. Rulers such as Basil the Great of Onessa, who founded the Empire but whose treacherous ways made him a byword for infamy, and the romantic Alexis the bastard, who dallied in the fleshpots of Egypt, returned to save the Empire from civil war, and then retired “to learn to die,” come alive in The Glory of the Empire. Jean d’Ormesson also goes into the daily life of the Empire, its popular customs, and its contribution to the arts and the sciences.

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Infidels

Written by Abdellah Taïa | Translated by Alison L. Strayer | Seven Stories | May 3, 2016

Set in Salé, Morocco—the hometown Abdellah Taïa fled, but to which he returns again and again in his acclaimed fiction and films—Infidels follows the life of Jallal, the son of a prostitute witch doctor—"a woman who knew men, humanity, better than anyone. In Sex. Beyond Sex." As a ten-year-old sidekick to his mother, Jallal spits in the face of her enemies both real and imagined.

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Ego Sum: Corpus, Anima, Fabula

Written by Jean-Luc Nancy | Translated by Marie-Eve Morin | Fordham University Press | May 2, 2016
First published in 1979 but never available in English until now, "Ego Sum" challenges, through a careful and unprecedented reading of Descartes’s writings, the picture of Descartes as the father of modern philosophy: the thinker who founded the edifice of knowledge on the absolute self-certainty of a "Subject" fully transparent to itself. While other theoretical discourses, such as psychoanalysis, have also attempted to subvert this "Subject", Nancy shows how they always inadvertently reconstituted "the Subject" they were trying to leave behind. READ MORE

Hunting for the Mississippi

Written by Camille Bouchard | Translated by Peter McCambridge | Baraka Books | May 1, 2016

The year is 1684. Twelve-year-old Eustache Bréman leaves behind a life of misery begging on the streets of France for a second chance in the New World with with his mom, his sweetheart Marie-Élisabeth, and Marie-Élisabeth’s family. But life is tough, with plenty more tragedy and disappointment to come on Cavelier De La Salle’s ill-fated expedition to the Mississippi.

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With Dad, It’s Like That

Written by Nadine Brun-Cosme | Illustrated by Magali Le Huche | Albert Whitman | May 1, 2016

When Mom’s at the movies, Dad is in charge for the night. And from lumpy potatoes to bathwater that’s a little too cold, nothing is quite right.

“That’s not how Mom does it,” Clara tells Dad. But she soon learns that Dad’s ways of doing things aren’t so bad—in fact, she even gets two bedtime stories! Being with Dad has its benefits; as her dad explains, “With me, it’s like that!”

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Fragments of Place

Written by Aude | Translated by David Homel | Exile Editions | May 1, 2016
"Fragments of Place" asks all of us to be aware of the new pages of global history as they are written. Some of the stories in this collection are marked by war, social instability, totalitarianism, while others are peaceful and reassuring, but each emphasizes that great social movements call out for improvements to the common good, for true democracy without violence and with justice, for all citizens, including those yet to be born. READ MORE

Mr. Hulot at the Beach

Written by David Merveille | NorthSouth | May 1, 2016

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New Baby!

Written by Stéphanie Blake | North South Books | April 2016

Simon is not pleased when his mother says, “SHHHH! You’ll have to play more quietly, we have a tiny new baby in the house.” So when Simon peeks into his baby brother’s room, he says: “Go home, New Baby!” But as they days pass, Simon soon realizes that New Baby is not going anywhere. And that maybe, just maybe, it’s okay.

Stephanie Blake’s hilarious and irreverent little bunny will tickle kids’ funny bones.

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Wattana: An Orangutan in Paris

Written by Chris Herzfeld | Translated by Oliver Y. Martin and Robert D. Martin | University of Chicago Press | April 26, 2016
Offering a uniquely intimate look at the daily lives of captive great apes, Herzfeld uses Wattana’s life -an orangutan who lives in the Jardin des Plantes Zoo in Paris- to trace the history of orangutans from their first arrival in Europe in 1776 to the inhabitants of the Zoo of Paris and other zoos today. She provides a close look at the habits, technical know-how, and skills of Wattana, who, remarkably, uses strings, paper rolls, rope, and even pieces of wood to make things. And she thoughtfully explores how apes individually—and often with ingenuity—come to terms with and adapt to their captive environments and caretakers. READ MORE

Bird in a Cage

Written by Frédéric Dard | Translated by David Bellos | Pushkin Vertigo | April 16, 2016
30-year-old Albert returns to Paris after six years away, during which time his mother has passed away, to find himself entangled in a complicated case centred around a woman he met at a restaurant whose husband’s body appears in her lounge, but then disappears almost inexplicably. READ MORE

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