House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski

This book of nested narratives works like matryoshka dolls, and the deeper you go, the more terrifying it gets. Beautifully rendered, typographically ambitious, and epic in scope.

Don’t Let Me Be Lonely – Claudia Rankine

A master class in unflinching vulnerability and honesty.

A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan

Each story uses a different point of view and verb tense, ending in a showstopping short story told only in PowerPoint slides

Deepstep Come Shining – C. D. Wright

A taut examination of seeing the world expressed in hypnotically rhythmic language

Four Chapters of Coming Forth by Day – Jim Elledge

This formally ambitious hybrid work examines gay domesticity in ways few other poetry collections have tried.

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Charles Jensen is the author of the poetry collections Nanopedia and The First Risk and 6 chapbooks.

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