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special - superb writing by talented authors, a riveting reading experience, unforgettable characters, intriguing concepts,
fascinating subject matter, impeccable scholarship, or just sheer literary entertainment.
These are books that truly deserve your attention...
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|THE GLASS HOTEL by Emily St. John Mandel
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A cast of disparate (and desperate) characters navigate heartache, loneliness, wealth, corruption, drugs, ghosts, and guilt as a financier's Ponzi scheme unravels to disastrous effect. The author of Station Eleven masterfully elevates the psychological crime thriller to literary virtuosity.
"A striking book that's every bit as powerful - and timely - as its predecessor. Mandel's writing shines throughout the book, just as it did in Station Eleven.
The Glass Hotel is a masterpiece. It's a stunning look at how people react to disasters, both small and large, and the temptation that some have to give up when faced with tragedy." - NPR.
"Mandel's gift is to weave realism out of extremity. She plants her flag where the ordinary and the astonishing meet, where everyday people pause to wonder how, exactly, it came to this. She is our bard of waking up in the wrong time line. . . Mandel has constructed a fantasy for our temporary habitation. Her story offers escape, but the kind that depends on and is inseparable from the world beyond it." - The New Yorker.
"The Glass Hotel may be the perfect novel for your survival bunker. Mandel is a consummate, almost profligate world builder. One superbly developed setting gives way to the next, as her attention winds from character to character, resting long enough to explore the peculiar mechanics of each life before slipping over to the next. That Mandel manages to cover so much, so deeply is the abiding mystery of this book." - The Washington Post
"Deeply imagined, philosophically profound. . . The Glass Hotel moves forward propulsively, its characters continually on the run. Richly satisfying. . .
The Glass Hotel is ultimately as immersive a reading experience as its predecessor Station Eleven, finding all the necessary imaginative depth within the more realistic confines of its world. Revolutionary." - The Atlantic
"Wonderful! This ingenious, enthralling novel probes the tenuous yet unbreakable bonds between people and the lasting effects of momentary carelessness." - Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
|THE MIRROR & THE LIGHT by Hilary Mantel
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Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with her peerless, Booker Prize-winning novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power to become Henry VIII's "hatchet man", offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between royal will and a common man's vision. HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!
"Magnificent. . . The portrait of Thomas Cromwell now concludes with a novel of epic proportions, every bit as thrilling, propulsive, darkly comic and stupendously intelligent as its predecessors. Mantel is still exuberantly rethinking what novels can do. This is a masterpiece." - Alexandra Harris, The Guardian (U.K.)
"Breathtaking. . . It feels redundant to state that The Mirror & the Light is a masterpiece. Mantel has redefined what the
historical novel is capable of; she has given it muscle and sinew, enlarged its scope, and created a prose style that is lyrical and colloquial, at once
faithful to its time and entirely recognisable to us. Taken together, her Cromwell novels are, for my money, the greatest English novels of this century.
Someone give the Booker Prize judges the rest of the year off." - Stephanie Merritt, The Guardian (U.K.)
"The triumphant capstone to Mantel's trilogy on Thomas Cromwell, the son of a blacksmith who rose to become the consigliere of Henry VIII and architect of the English Reformation.
The world is blotted out as you are enveloped in the sweep of a story rich with conquest, conspiracy and mazy human psychology." - The New York Times.
"The majestic and often breathtakingly poetic conclusion to her Cromwell trilogy. . . The writing comes as close to poetry as prose ever may. The imagery is by turns fantastically airborne and materially concrete. . . Very few writers manage not just to excavate the sedimented remains of the past, but bring them up again into the light and air so that they shine brightly once more before us. Hilary Mantel has done just that." - The Financial Times (U.K.).
"The Mirror & the Light brings immediacy to every corner of its world. Wolf Hall, a decade ago, was a sensational character study that electrified an often-visited slice of history. The Mirror & the Light marks a triumphant end to a spellbinding story." - Maureen Corrigan, NPR.
"From the razor-sharp opening paragraph to the dramatic ending 863 pages later, Hilary Mantel's The Mirror & The Light is superb, right to the last crimson drop.
A single reading hardly seems sufficient to grasp the intricate treasures of Mantel's novel - but it is enough to know for sure that The Mirror & the Light is a stunning conclusion to one of the great trilogies of our times." - The Independent (U.K.).
|DEACON KING KONG by James McBride
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A heavy-drinking Brooklyn church deacon named Cuffy Jasper "Sportcoat" Lambkin takes justice into his own hands and shoots a 19-year-old drug dealer in front
of a crowd of witnesses. As neighborhood criminal gangs mobilize for revenge, Sportcoat is labeled a "walking dead man"...
The author of the National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird delivers a riveting multilayered portrait of life in the projects during the Civil Rights era
replete with some of the most memorable and quirkiest characters in modern American fiction.
"Deeply felt, beautifully written and profoundly humane; McBride's ability to inhabit his characters' foibled, all-too-human interiority helps transform a fine book into a great one. He has written beautifully before, but Deacon King Kong reads like he's tapped a whole fresh seam of inspiration and verve. It's clear that he's having a blast, and his spirit of funning irreverence supercharges the entire narrative like home-brewed black lightning." - The New York Times.
"A hilarious, pitch-perfect comedy. This alone may qualify it as one of the year's best novels. However, McBride has constructed a story with a deeper meaning for those who choose to read beyond the plot, one that makes the work funnier, sweeter and more profound." - The Washington Post
"The sheer volume of invention in Deacon King Kong - on the level of both character and language - commands awe. Reading it is like watching a movie in which one's occasional impulse to ask questions is pleasantly swamped by the need to keep up with the pace of events ... And the sentences! The prose radiates a kind of chain-reaction energy." - The New Yorker
"Fiction written in prose that carries the pulsing force of life. . . With many plot twists and spellbinding scenes, Deacon King Kong becomes a partly comic but deeply poignant rumination on race and love. The narrative flows seamlessly from buoyant and comical black jive to somber, pitch-perfect descriptives of the histories and hard lives of those doing the talking. McBride adds another distinguished entry to his wide-ranging repertoire." - Associated Press.
"With a Dickensian wealth of quirky characters, a sardonic but humane sense of humor reminiscent of Mark Twain, and cartoonish action scenes straight out of Pynchon, McBride creates a lived-in world where everybody knows everybody's business. This generous, achingly funny novel will delight and move readers." - Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
|SUCH A FUN AGE by Kiley Reid|
A truly striking debut novel from an exhilarating new voice. With empathy, piercing social commentary, and caustic wit, Kiley Reid delivers a big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
"A refreshing take on an age-old question: can we connect across barriers of race, gender, wealth and privilege? This is the calling card of a virtuoso talent, a thrilling millennial spin on the 19th-century novel of manners. Such a Fun Age is so fresh and essential that I predict that next year we'll be anxiously awaiting
the next Kiley Reid." - The Guardian (U.K.).
"Kiley Reid's debut works on so many levels it makes me giddy. a page-turner with beautifully drawn characters and a riveting plot. . .
I urge you to read Such a Fun Age. Rejoice that Kiley Reid is only just getting started." - NPR.
"A bold, urgent, essential exploration of race, class, labor, friendship, identity and self-delusion, both deliciously readable and incredibly complex.
Reid's debut is an exemplar novel: Each character's voice is perfectly distinct in dialogue; each text message is plausible, powerful. There is humor and not a small amount of suspense. Every element of back story is tied to a relevant future moment. Not a word is wasted, and not a nuance goes unnoticed in this masterwork." - The Minneapolis Star Tribune.
"What a joy to find a debut novel so good that it leaves you looking forward to the rest of its author's career. A tantalisingly plotted tale about the way we live now.
Reid, 32, is only just emerging into the public eye. Such a Fun Age, however, speaks for itself; I suspect it will turn its writer into a star." - The Times (U.K.).
|AGENCY by William Gibson|
Verity Jane is hired by a shadowy San Francisco start-up to beta test a pair of eye-glasses that double as an artificial intelligence assistant named Eunice. As Eunice's personality and capabilities grow, Verity decides to hide the AI's rapid development from her mysterious new employers. But then, time travellers intervene...
The visionary author who coined the term "cyberspace" in his classic speculative novel Neuromancer is back with a science fiction thriller heavily influenced by our most current events.
"William Gibson can craft sentences of uncanny beauty, and is our great poet of crowds." - The San Francisco Chronicle.
"Gibson blurs the line between real and speculative technology in a fast-paced thriller that will affirm to readers that it was well worth the wait." - Booklist.
"Packed with intriguing concepts and characters. . . Cyberpunk fans looking to dive into the 'what-if's' of an alternate timeline will be as enraptured as ever by Gibson's imagination." - Publishers Weekly.
"Gibson's eye for the eerie in the everyday still lends events an otherworldly sheen." - The New Yorker.
"Gibson's work is all edge and chill and incipient panic. There's not a speck of filler, not a hint of anachronism. Just sleek, high-gloss, hand-tooled cool.
His worlds are so striking, so plausible, that you're just happy to be along for the ride - until suddenly it hits you: Maybe you're being followed." - The Chicago Tribune.
|A LONG PETAL OF THE SEA by Isabel Allende|
A pregnant young widow and an army doctor flee their native Spain to Chile as General Franco and his Fascists sieze control of the Spanish government.
Starting over on a new continent as World War II erupts in Europe, they find their trials are just beginning. This masterful work of historical fiction about hope, exile, and belonging shows Isabel Allende at the height of her powers. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
"Allende's novel spans generations and countries as it follows a real-life doctor from the Spanish civil war to the fall of Chile's Pinochet.
Allende's style is impressively Olympian and the payoff is remarkable: a huge overview of generations, decades and countries." - The Guardian (U.K.).
"A virtuoso of lucidly well-told, utterly enrapturing fiction, Allende encapsulates the complicated horrors of the Spanish Civil War.
A tale that is seductively intimate and strategically charming. . . Valor, perseverance, transcendent romance, and wondrous reunions provide narrative sweeteners to lure readers into contemplation of past atrocities and, covertly, of the disturbingly similar outrages of the present, in which refugees and immigrants are treated with appalling cruelty and fascist threats escalate around the warming world." - Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Allende's assured prose vividly evokes her fictional characters, historical figures like Pablo Neruda, and decades of complex international history; her imagery makes the suffering of war and displacement palpable yet also does justice to human strength, hope and rebirth. Seamlessly juxtaposing exile with homecoming, otherness with belonging, and tyranny with freedom, the novel feels both timeless and perfectly timed for today." - Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
|HITTING A STRAIGHT LICK WITH A CROOKED STICK: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance by Zora Neale Hurston|
An outstanding collection of stories about love and migration, gender and class, racism and sexism that proudly reflect African American folk culture. Brought together for the first time in one volume, they include eight of Hurston's "lost" Harlem stories, which were found in forgotten periodicals and archives. These are gems that flash with her biting, satiric humor, as well as more serious tales reflective of the cultural currents of Hurston's world. All are timeless classics that enrich our understanding and appreciation of this exceptional writer's voice and her contributions to America's literary traditions. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
"Against the backdrop of the Harlem Renaissance, Hurston unpacked the lives of everyday black people doing everyday things. . . Add her matchless powers of observation, exemplary fidelity to idiomatic speech and irresistible engagement with folklore, and the outcome is a collection of value to more than Hurston completists. Any addition to her awe-inspiring oeuvre should be met with open arms." - The New York Times.
"The hallmarks of Hurston's distinctive writing are on full display: her use of rural black dialect, the wickedly sly humor she finds in day-to-day life, the folkloric underpinnings of her many tales. These narratives comprise a rich tapestry of Hurston's matchless vision and talent." - BookPage.
"With biting wit, Hurston gets to the heart of the human condition, including racism, sexism, and classism, through the circuitous path of her characters, that is, the straight lick with a crooked stick. Kicked off with a foreword by Tayari Jones, Hurston's rediscovered stories will electrify book media and draw in readers." - Booklist *** starred review ***.
|INTERIOR CHINATOWN by Charles Yu|
Willis Wu dreams of being a movie star, but complacently accepts the generic Asian acting roles that are all Hollywood has to offer him. Yet in the back of his
mind, his mother's voice resonates: "Be more". When Willis finally gets a chance at the spotlight, the arc of his life and the plot of a TV show mingle in
"Conflates history, sociology, and ethnography with the timeless evils of racism, sexism, and elitism in a multigenerational epic that's both rollicking entertainment and scathing commentary. Ingeniously drawing on real-life Hollywood, the book's sobering reality will resonate with savvy readers." - Booklist *** starred review ***.
"A caustic, absurd and endearing exploration of Asian American stereotypes, police procedurals and the immigrant experience.
In a passionate and clever ending, Yu shows that sometimes the only way out of a prescribed narrative is to beat it at its own game. Leading with laughs but sneaking in a dose of wrenching irony, Yu's format-bending, deeply felt examination of the American dream is an exercise in encouraged empathy that will hold readers' hearts right up to its brilliant finale." - Shelf Awareness *** starred review ***
"Inspired. . . an inventive drama about an Asian actor who dreams of becoming a star. In spare but moving prose, Yu describes life among Asian Americans living as so-called foreigners and examines the history of bigotry against immigrants in the West for centuries. An acid indictment of Asian stereotypes and a parable for outcasts feeling invisible in this fast-moving world." - Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
|NOTHING TO SEE HERE by Kevin Wilson|
When Lilian agrees to act as a nanny for an old friend's stepchildren, she gets so much more than she bargained for.
The author of The Family Fang delivers a moving and uproarious novel about a woman who finds meaning in her life when she begins caring for two children with remarkable and disturbing abilities. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
"Good Lord, I can't believe how good this book is. It's wholly original. It's also perfect. The star of the book is Lillian, the most interesting and gratifying narrator of a novel I've read in years. Wilson writes with such a light touch that it seems fairly impossible for the book to have a big emotional payoff. But there is, and that's the brilliance of the novel - that it distracts you with these weirdo characters and mesmerizing and funny sentences and then hits you in a way you didn't see coming. You're laughing so hard you don't even realize that you've suddenly caught fire." - The New York Times.
"Wilson's most perfect novel. Paradoxically light and melancholy, it hews to the border of fantasy but stays in the land of realism. You can sense the real heat radiating off these pages. It's entirely true to life. . . except that now and then, the kids spontaneously combust." - The Washington Post.
"Wilson turns a bizarre premise into a beguiling novel about unexpected motherhood. Zips from funny to heartbreaking. . . an exceptional, and exceptionally hilarious, novel." - Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Wonderfully funny. . . Lillian's voice and observations are touching and delicious. While Lillian stands out, even the secondary characters in Nothing to See Here are given full due. This is a story that is so absorbing and told so briskly it can be devoured in one or two lengthy sittings. It is well worth clearing one's schedule to do so." - The New York Journal of Books.
|DEAD ASTRONAUTS by Jeff VanderMeer|
A blue fox, a homeless woman, an ancient sea monster, a madman, and three rebels converge in terrible and miraculous ways in a nameless city. At stake is the fate of the Earth.
Jeff VanderMeer's psychedelic prose delivers a mind-blowing adventure into an apocalyptic future.
"A darkly transcendent novel filled with phantasmagoric visions, body horror and tortured beings traversing a blasted desert hellscape . . . terrifying and so compelling." - The New York Times.
"A Mobius strip of a novel, with each chapter containing worlds upon nested worlds, all of them dreamlike and dark. In this shattered landscape, VanderMeer explores urgent ideas about capitalism, greed, and natural destruction." - Esquire Magazine.
"VanderMeer is a master of literary science fiction, and this may be his best book yet." - Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Every reader - and by extension, every reviewer - will, at some point, find themselves completely gobsmacked by a book, wanting to press it into the hands of anyone who will listen. Such is the case with Dead Astronauts. A profoundly moving exploration of connection, isolation, sacrifice and the relationship of man with nature. Ultimately, Dead Astronauts is a book you simply must read. If you were here, I would press it into your hands and not let you put it down." - The Toronto Star.
|FAKE LIKE ME by Barbara Bourland|
2020 EDGAR AWARD NOMINEE | A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY - COSMOPOLITAN - FORTUNE
A young painter tracks the mysterious life and death of her role model and uncovers strange secrets.
A masterful combination of a nail-biting thriller and a savage satire of the absurdly glamorous New York high art scene.
"A menacing, swirling, hypnotic dance of parties, art, sex, and, ultimately, startling revelations. . .
Readers eager for a glimpse into the New York art scene will be enthralled. A haunting, dizzying meditation on identity and the blurred lines between life and art." - Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"The creative process confronts reality in this compelling literary thriller centering on art, identity, and deception, as told in Bourland's sharp prose. A must for those with an artistic bent, a sheer reading pleasure for all." - Libary Journal *** starred review ***.
"Bourland expertly shines a light on the nature of female ambition and desire and the often dark heart of inspiration. Readers fascinated with the blood, sweat, and tears of creating art will be especially rewarded." - Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Roars with creative impulse. The writing becomes fierce and urgent, the fine line between creation and destruction blurred. Part thriller, part performance art and wholly revolutionary, Fake Like Me confronts American art culture with female bravado." - BookPage *** starred review ***.
|SMOKE AND ASHES by Abir Mukherjee|
2020 EDGAR AWARD NOMINEE | ONE OF THE 100 BEST CRIME NOVELS SINCE 1945 - THE SUNDAY TIMES (U.K.)
When Captain Sam Wyndam of the British Imperial Police Force stumbles across a murder victim in a Calcutta opium den, he finds himself in a quandry.
Because Captain Wyndham is battling a serious addiction to opium that he must keep secret from his superiors.
A brilliantly conceived and beautifully crafted murder mystery set amidst the political and social turmoil of India during the British Raj.
"Mukherjee makes the most of his setting, 1921 Calcutta, in his superior third mystery.
Mukherjee, who only gets better and better with each book, has established himself as a leading historical mystery writer." - Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"It's unusual to read a taut historical crime fiction thriller that also interrogates the Imperial legacy. It allows you a view into both worlds, that of the Indian nationalist setting up bonfires of foreign cloth, and that of the Englishman seeing the inevitable unfold as the colonies slip from the grasp of Empire." - The Financial Times (U.K.).
"Mukherjee tells the compelling story of this neglected and fascinating period of Anglo-British history in a cracking rollercoaster style with wit and credibility." - Crime Fiction Lovers.
"The response to the Raj-set novels of Abir Mukherjee has been one of unalloyed praise, not least for the fact that these exuberant narratives are so nuanced in their treatment of that era. As in previous books, it is the flamboyant evocation of 1920s Calcutta that makes this such a mesmerising read." - The Guardian (U.K.).
"Riveting. . . has the feel of a modern-day and much more progressive Kipling, full of high intrigue and derring-do, yet overlaid with the day-to-day reality of a struggle with addiction." - BookPage *** starred review ***.
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|THE PARADE by Dave Eggers|
At the end of a devastating war, two ex-pat American construction contractors try to build a highway between two countries supposedly now at peace.
Eggers' tense and intricate storytelling reveals complex moral and ethical issues in an eye-opening novel of political fiction.
"Striking. . . Eggers generates a subtle tension throughout the novel. The final scene of the novel contains such ferocity." - The New York Times.
"Eggers has been writing fiction that tells a story of America in our present moment, and often that moment is characterized by decline. To environmental devastation, violence, the power of social media, the loss of the middle class, we can now add Americans abroad, over their heads. Darkly funny." - The Los Angeles Times.
"The ever-incisive, worldly-wise, compassionate, and imaginative Eggers maintains the tension of a cocked crossbow in this magnetizing, stealthily wry, and increasingly chilling tale of First World corporate mercenaries way out of their element." - Booklist *** starred review ***.
"A testament to Eggers' expert skill at point of view. The Parade is a deeply felt book that defies easy labels. This is a book you can finish in a single sitting. And you will." - The New York Journal of Books.
"Eggers may be the only living American writer for whom the term 'Hemingway-esque' meaningfully applies. Eggers ably weaves in a host of ethical questions over one man's responsibility to the other. . . An unassuming but deceptively complex morality play, as Eggers distills his ongoing concerns into ever tighter prose." - Kirkus Reviews.
GINGERBREAD by Helen Oyeyemi|
Influenced by the mysterious place gingerbread holds in classic children's stories, beloved novelist Helen Oyeyemi invites readers into a delightful tale of a family legacy, in which the inheritance is a recipe. Endlessly surprising and satisfying, written with Helen Oyeyemi's inimitable style and imagination, this is a true feast for the reader.
"Both stunningly beautiful and breathtakingly original. . . Oyeyemi's imagination, it turns out, is as boundless as her talent. Life-affirming, charming and just plain fun. . .
A hugely gifted storyteller, Oyeyemi writes with an infectious glee.
Gingerbread is an enchanting masterpiece by an author who's refreshingly unafraid to be joyful, and it proves that Oyeyemi is one of the best English-language authors in the world today." - NPR.
"Like grabbing onto the tail of a vibrant, living creature without knowing what you'll find at the other end. It's absolutely exhilarating. . .
Everything is alive, unpredictable, sometimes whimsical and other times sinister, and often very bizarre ... this remarkable, surprising novel cannot be summed up so easily
Gingerbread is jarring, funny, surprising, unsettling, disorienting and rewarding. . . This is a wildly imagined, head-spinning, deeply intelligent novel." - The New York Times.
"Is there an author working today who is comparable to Helen Oyeyemi? I don't think it's a stretch either to say she's a genius. . . each of her novels daring more in storytelling than the one before. A tale that bears multiple rereadings and is more marvelous the deeper you're willing to dive into its rearranging of reality, its derangement."
- The Los Angeles Review of Books.
"Oyeyemi takes the familiar contours of a children's tale and twists it into something completely new, unsettling, and uncanny. A strange, shape-shifting novel about the power of making your own family." - Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
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NORMAL PEOPLE by Sally Rooney
A strange and indelible connection grows between two very different teenagers - one they are determined to conceal. Connell is the popular star of the football team.
Marianne is lonely, proud, and private. But when they both attend the same college, their roles are reversed - Connell retreats into an inward quest for self-discovery, while
Marianne revels in a new social world. And then, Marianne begins to spiral downwards towards self-destruction. . . This is a brilliant and psychologically acute examination
of how far people may go to save each other - and themselves.
"A future classic. . . Astonishingly fresh. . . The energy and excitement of the story come from the couple themselves, their inner lives,
from what Jane Austen called their 'sensibilities'. Rooney evokes them superbly. Rooney is such a gifted, brave, adventurous writer, so
exceptionally good at observing the lies people tell themselves on the deepest level,
in noting how much we forgive, and above all, in portraying love." - The Guardian (U.K.).
"It is time to take a sharp inhale, people. Sally Rooney's Normal People is superb. A tremendous read, full of insight and sweetness. . .
I felt I understood something, at the end of it, that I had previously pushed away. This novel is about human
connection and I found it difficult to disconnect. It is a long time since I cared so much about two characters on a page." - Anne Enright, The Irish Times (U.K.).
"Sally Rooney has rightly been fêted as one of the most important writers of her generation. The question of generation matters because she's writing about young people.
What's remarkable is how she's at once fully immersed in the world she writes about and able forensically to observe both the characters and their world, as though from a great distance.
It's this combination that makes her so convincingly the real thing: a unique, fully formed talent." - The Spectator (U.K.).
"There's an effortlessness about Sally Rooney's writing, as if the stories simply pour through her like liquid gold. Normal People
is a daring book, unafraid to enter the darker corners of the psyche. This hits you deep in the marrow, and the result is quite astonishing.
Rooney excels in writing characters who stand askance from life. She writes anguish like nobody can. There's nothing normal about Rooney. She's exceptional." - The Independent (U.K.).
|THE BORDER by Don Winslow|
From deserts south of the border to Wall Street, from the slums of Guatemala to the marbled corridors of Washington, D.C., Don Winslow follows a new generation of narcos, the cops that fight them, the street traffickers, the addicts, the politicians, money-launderers, real-estate moguls, and mere children fleeing the violence for the chance of a life in a new country. A shattering tale of vengeance, violence, corruption and justice. Highly effective as a stand-alone novel, The Border is the third book in Winslow's Cartel trilogy which began with The Power of the Dog and Cartel.
"The publication of the concluding volume in Winslow's epic Cartel trilogy represents a landmark moment in crime fiction, and it couldn't come at a more propitious time.
Connecting the dots from fictional characters and events to real-life ones will fuel much commentary in the coming weeks, but in the end, it is Winslow's remarkable ability to translate the utter fiasco of our 50-year War on Drugs into the most wrenching of human stories, tragedy seemingly without end, that gives this novel its unparalleled power.
Winslow has spent decades immersed in the drug wars, and his prodigious research and ability to combine massive amounts of detail into a structured whole show on every page. But coming through with equal force is his eloquence." - Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Of all the blows delivered by Don Winslow's Cartel trilogy, none may be as devastating as the timing of The Border, its stunner of a conclusion.
His sweeping new novel concerns subjects that put it right on the culture's front burner. Blade-sharp, violent, pulse-quickening and reportorially shocking. . .
It is all rendered unputdownable by Winslow's unrivaled skill at his game. This is a book for dark, rudderless times, an immersion into fear and chaos."
- The New York Times.
"A furious, impassioned novel that directs its anger at a wide assortment of targets. Some of the angriest (and probably most controversial) moments come through Winslow's scathing account of the 2016 presidential election. The resulting portrait of greed and influence peddling at the highest levels of government lends an extra layer of outrage to an already white-hot narrative. The Border guides us through a savage, wholly believable world. The result is a powerful - and painful - journey through a contemporary version of hell. Rarely has hell been so compelling." - The Washington Post.
"The Border is a very good book. . . Because it is a huge, meticulously researched book that comes at the end of a series 20 years in the making. Because it is a book that eschews flowery language for precision and quick action. Because the internal monologues of quiet men are often the ways we are given to understand their internal histories. Because - and I am not saying this lightly - this is all basically Shakespeare. Taken all together, in its entirety - taken as a full, sweeping, fictionalized tale rooted and grounded in very real tragedy - The Border becomes a book for our times." - NPR.
|WOMEN TALKING by Miriam Toews|
Miriam Toews tells a chilling tale of systematic religious subjugation in a Mennonite colony and the lengths to which women will - or won't - go to survive.
"Toews's celebrated novels are haunted by her upbringing, but she has never written with such heartbreak, or taken such sure aim at fundamentalism and its hypocrisies, as she does in
her new book. . . Did I mention the book is funny? Wickedly so, with Toews's brand of seditious wit." - The New York Times.
"Toews' eviscerating fictionalization of this incendiary reality focuses not on the violence but, rather, on the keen, subversive intelligence of the Mennonite women. Incisive, eloquent, passionate, and caustically funny. . .
Toews' knowing wit and grasp of dire subjects aligns her with Margaret Atwood, while her novel's slicing concision and nearly Socratic dialogue has the impact of a courtroom drama or a Greek tragedy."
- Booklist *** starred review ***.
"It must have taken guts to write this novel, which could have been exploitative but, instead, proves thoughtful and light on its feet. Rather than dwell on the crimes,
Toews wrings unexpected drama from her protagonists as they spar over how best to remain faithful to a system that has been used
to betray them so brutally. The improbable, almost magical result creates something redemptive from a subject that seems anything but." - The Guardian (U.K.).
"Packed with drama. . . infused with a deeply sympathetic understanding of the way women talk. Toews conveys not only what these women suffered but how stoically and graciously they endure.
She draws us into the lives of obscure people and makes their survival feel as crucial and precarious as our own." - The Washington Post.
|NAAMAH by Sarah Blake
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We know the story of Noah and his Ark: with the coming of the Great Flood only one family was spared, drifting on an endless sea, waiting for the waters to subside. Now, in a work of astounding invention, Sarah Blake reclaims the story of his wife, Naamah, the woman who kept them alive.
"Sarah Blake's debut novel puts Noah's wife at the center of a really very wild and superbly intelligent reimagining. Set in an elemental agricultural past, on a flooded desert populated by angels, dead children and birds with the voice of God. . . The writing is most sublimely clever. . . left me with an abiding admiration for the writer's charged powers of imagination." - The New York Times.
"Blake's writing is deeply feminist. Whether she's focused on giving birth or having sex, Blake sketches the female body and experience in all its gore and glory. Naamah enters other people's dreams, spirits visit her on Earth, and she spends hours exploring beneath the floodwaters. Comprised of mesmerizing prose poem-esque sections, the novel explores themes of sexuality, purpose, loss, love, and faith. A poetic debut of biblical proportions." - Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Revelatory, ethereal and transfixing. . . Blake's language and storytelling style are as playful as they are sensual, as fluid and surreal as they are crisp and hyper-realistic. Naamah plucks a female character from myth and imbues her with sexuality, personality and intimacy, making her an altogether more modern hero — the kind of woman capable of giving a stern talking-to to a vengeful god." - Bookpage *** starred review ***.
"Blake has taken one of the best-known biblical tales and opened it up in ways both inventive and provocative. She brings this world alive, from detailed descriptions of the construction of the Ark and preparations for the journey, to the day-to-day practicalities of living with a literal boatload of creatures. With Naamah, Blake provides insights both unique and moving, and makes an ancient tale feel vibrant and relevant to today." - Jewish Book Council *** featured review ***.
A MAN BOOKER PRIZE NOMINEE | AN NPR BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
THE WATER CURE by Sophie Mackintosh
To protect his three daughters from the toxicity and dangers of a degrading world, King has raised his family on an island where
men are forbidden any access. But then their father, the only man the sisters have ever seen, disappears, and one day two strange men and a boy wash ashore.
Over the span of one blistering hot week, a psychological cat-and-mouse game plays out.
A haunting, riveting tale about the capacity for violence and the potency of female desire, Sophie Mackintosh's debut novel both devastates and astonishes.
"Clever and arresting ... Mackintosh is up to something far more interesting than a celebration of female dysfunction. Ingenious and incendiary, The Water Cure
is less a warning about the way we live now, the hazardous path society is careering down, than it is about the way we have always lived, parents and children, fathers
and daughters, men and women." - The New Yorker.
"Mackintosh has created a fiction that is distinct and very much her own. The Water Cure is a moving, unsettling study of family trauma,
but it also has the feel of a parable, a modern myth about the close relationship between women's bodies and pain.
There is nothing ‘safe' about Mackintosh's writing: hers is a debut that probes into the dark meeting places between fantasy and violence, and the disturbing transition
from child's to adult's play." - The London Magazine (U.K.).
"This riveting debut adds another dimension to a post-Handmaid's Tale world. But Mackintosh's novel is quite different from The Handmaid's Tale. . .
The Water Cure deploys its twists more subtly. For this is a sisterhood that is theoretically feminist but plays with the slippery boundaries of gender equality in
a way that lingers long after the final page." - The Telegraph (U.K.).
"An extraordinary debut novel. Mackintosh is writing the way that Sofia Coppola would shoot the end of the world: everything is luminous, precise, slow to the point of dread." - The Guardian (U.K.).
"Plays out as a sharp allegory of the extremities of male predation, and a potent revenge fantasy. . . This is a tense and haunting debut, as eerily prescient as it is otherworldly.
Mackintosh's sparse lyrical prose carves close to brutality, her blows cut simultaneously blunt and nuanced to disturbing effect." - The Arts Desk *** starred review ***.
A 2019 WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION NOMINEE
GHOST WALL by Sarah Moss
A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice
A Huffington Post Most Anticipated Book of 2019 | A London Times Literary Supplement Best Book of the Year
In the north of England, far from the intrusions of cities, Silvie, her family, and a group of anthropology students are living as if they are ancient Britons, surviving by the tools and knowledge of the Iron Age. But what is meant to be a two-week field trip takes on a darker significance when the students begin to build a replica of a "ghost wall" - a wall topped with skulls that a local tribe erected to ward off the invading Romans of the past.
"A powerful and unsettling novel about an Iron Age reenactment that steadily morphs into something sinister. The story grows increasingly ominous before arriving at a terrifying, unforgettable ending. The novel's highlight is Silvie, a perfectly calibrated consciousness that is energetic and lonely and prone to sharp and memorable observations. This is a haunting, astonishing novel."
- Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"A tiny, sharp knife of a novel. Acutely lovely. . . Moss, whose work has long plumbed the psychological roots of timely issues, offers a beautiful corrective to the rugged, wild-man archetype. The whole book feels like a web of shimmering connections, unshowy but endlessly complex." - The Atlantic.
"Compresses large and urgent themes - the dangers of nostalgic nationalism, the abuse of women and children, what is lost and gained when humans stop living in thrall to the natural world- into a short, sharp tale of suspense. Utterly contemporary. . . I read Ghost Wall in one gulp in the middle of the night. It was a worthy match for 3:00 a.m. disquiet, a book that evoked existential
dread, but contained it, beautifully, like a shipwreck in a bottle." - The New Yorker.
"Ghost Wall is such a weird and distinctive story: It could be labeled a supernatural tale, a coming-of-age chronicle, even a timely meditation on the various meanings of walls themselves.
All this, packed into a beautifully written story of 130 pages. No wonder I read it twice within one week." - NPR.
"A short, sharp shock of a book that closes around you like a vice as you read it. Taut and tense:
plot driven, time limited and entirely out of the ordinary. The real virtue of this novel resides in Moss's ability to carry us with her: to lead us step by hot and grubby step to a shattering conclusion. Ghost Wall is a burnished gem of a book, brief and brilliant, and with it, Moss's
star is firmly in the ascendant." - The Guardian (U.K.).
2019 BOOKER PRIZE NOMINEE | 2019 WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION NOMINEE|
A NEW YORK TIMES BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
LOST CHILDREN ARCHIVE by Valeria Luiselli
What begins as the account of a family's road trip is overwhelmed by the reality of children at America's southern border trapped in detention centers.
Luiselli's new novel is an astonishing feat of literary virtuosity taking us
deep into the lives of one remarkable family as it probes the nature of justice and equality today.
"Daring, wholly original, brilliant. . . What Luiselli has pulled off here is a twist on the great American road trip novel, a book about alienation that
chronicles fractures, divides, and estrangement - of both a family and a country. It's a remarkable feat of empathy and intellectuality that showcases Luiselli's ability to braid the political, historical, and personal while explicitly addressing the challenges of figuring out how to tell the very story she's telling. Luiselli is an extraordinary writer." - NPR.
"A mold-breaking new classic. The novel truly becomes novel again in Luiselli's hands - electric, elastic, alluring, new. The brilliance of the writing stirs
rage and pity. . . Luiselli drives home just how much pain and sacrifice
we are prepared to accept in the lives of others. She dramatizes what it takes for people to stare hard at their own families, to examine their complicity in other people's suffering." - The New York Times.
"As the novel rises to a ferocious climax, Luiselli thunderously, persuasively insists that reckoning with the border will make deep demands of both our intellectual and emotional reserves. A powerful border story, at once intellectual and heartfelt."
- Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Engrossing, constantly surprising - a beguiling mixture of the real and the doubly invented; a passionately engaged book with intellectual amplitude and moral seriousness,
and a beautiful, loving portrait of children and of the task of looking after them. It is a pleasure to be a part of the narrator's family; just as pleasurable is the access we gain to the narrator's mind - a comprehensive literary intelligence." - The New Yorker.
A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: NPR, THE WASHINGTON POST|
A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE
WE CAST A SHADOW by Maurice Carlos Ruffin
Both a biting satire of surviving racism in America and a profoundly moving family story. At its center is a black father who turns to an experimental medical procedure to turn his son white. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
"We Cast a Shadow asks some of the most important questions fiction can ask, and it does so with energetic and acrobatic prose, hilarious wordplay and great heart. Love is at the core of this funny, beautiful novel. At any moment, Ruffin can summon the kind of magic that makes you want to slow down, reread and experience the pleasure of him crystallizing an image again. Read this book." - The New York Times.
"Stunning and audacious. . . a pitch-black comedy, a chilling horror story and an endlessly perceptive novel about the possible future of race in America. Ruffin proves to be a master. . . The real draw of the novel is Ruffin's gift at creating unforgettable characters. It's a razor-sharp debut from an urgent new voice of fiction" - NPR.
"A dispatch from the frontlines of the African-American psyche. . . Written with ruthless intelligence, it's the story of a father's love and how he tries to protect his son in a country that devours black lives through violence, incarceration, and poverty. Ruffin can drive his story to the outer limits and beyond, and never lose the threads of bitter reality that make it so haunting. We Cast a Shadow soars on Ruffin's unerring vision." - The Boston Globe.
|THE NIGHT TIGER by Yangsze Choo|
The paths of a dance hall girl and a houseboy cross as each is confronted with a mystery with devastating implications. Set in 1930s colonial Malaysia, Yangsze Choo's mesmerizing novel pulls us into a world of servants and masters, age-old superstition and modern idealism, sibling rivalry and forbidden love.
"Richly complex. . . Gorgeous. Transports us into a colonial world we more often see from the view of the occupier. A truly transcendent
tale." - The San Francisco Chronicle.
"Readers will be so caught up in the natural and supernatural intrigue that the serious themes here about colonialism and power dynamics, about gender
and class, are absorbed with equal delicacy. Choo has written a sumptuous garden maze of a novel that immerses readers in a complex, vanished world." - Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"This is the kind of book that when you read it, you really are transported back to that time and place. Choo has captured, in a very atmospheric way, the time period and the superstitions. It's a pretty wonderful book." - NPR.
"Riveting! Mythical creatures, conversations with the dead, lucky numbers, Confucian virtues, and forbidden love provide the backdrop for Choo's superb murder mystery. Mining the rich setting of colonial Malaysia, Choo wonderfully combines a Holmes-esque plot with Chinese lore." - Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Choo builds characters that are rich and nuanced. A wonderful example of historical fiction, a work of magical realism, a ghost story, a mystery, a romance, a coming-of-age tale. But most impressive is Choo's ability to weave them all together. Choo pulls it off brilliantly." - Shelf Awareness.
|A GOOD MAN by Ani Katz|
A devoted family man with all the trappings of an enviable life, Paul Martin commits an unspeakable act that brings his world tumbling down around him.
Ani Katz delivers a dark and gripping debut novel of psychological suspense that will haunt you long after you turn the final page.
"As she expertly builds a growing sense of dread, Katz creates an unsettling atmosphere of paranoia, fear, and rage, hinting at the catastrophe to come.
This is the sort of relentless novel you can't put down even when you're afraid to read what happens next. An unnerving and absorbing exploration of modern masculinity and how the seeds of violence are sown." - Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Powerful and unsettling. . . produces in the reader a sense of foreboding that builds with ever-increasing intensity to the inevitable and brutal climax.
Katz is in full control of mood and pacing.
A masterly first novel." - Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Chillingly good. . . infused with dread from the very first page. A whip-smart, beautifully written meditation on marriage, masculinity and the thin line between happiness and disaster." - Bookpage *** starred review ***.
"Simultaneously nightmarish and utterly compelling; perfectly captures the voice of a man who does not recognize his own privilege, who thinks he is trying his best but is really doing his worst. As A Good Man speeds toward its violent conclusion, readers will be captivated. A masterful, suspenseful tale told by an ultimate unreliable narrator." - Booklist *** starred review ***.
- Non-Fiction: Recently Released in Hardcover (Front Display)
A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE|
GOLDEN GATES: Fighting for Housing in America by Conor Dougherty
Punishing rents and the increasingly prohibitive cost of ownership have turned housing into the foremost symbol of inequality and an economy gone wrong. Nowhere is this more visible than in the San Francisco Bay Area. With propulsive storytelling and ground-level reporting, New York Times journalist Conor Dougherty chronicles America's housing crisis from its West Coast epicenter. A stunning, expertly reported, and fascinating investigation into the housing crisis.
"Both an empathetic portrait of all sides - legislators, developers, pro-housing and anti-gentrification activists - as well as a masterly primer on the fight for new construction in California. Dougherty expertly explains the confluence of microeconomic and historical forces that have created a housing shortage so severe. Essential reading." - The New York Times.
"There's an epochal feel to Golden Gates. Oakland-based New York Times economics reporter Dougherty captures his native Bay Area - wracked by growing pains, in generational flux - at an inflection point. Like the best nonfiction, it anatomizes an esoteric subculture to illuminate larger truths." - The San Francisco Chronicle.
"Dougherty tells the story of housing in all its complexity. And, with it, he tells the story of people who have fought pyrrhic battles for the dignity of a roof over their heads.
Expertly lays out the structural problems precluding affordable housing." - NPR.
"A well-reported and well-documented, not to mention fascinating, treatment of a topic that Dougherty convincingly argues is critical to equity and stability in America.
Recommended for renters, owners, developers, and policymakers alike." - Library Journal *** starred review ***.
WE KEEP US SAFE: Building Secure, Just, and Inclusive Communities by Zach Norris|
A groundbreaking new vision for public safety that overturns more than 200 years of fear-based discrimination, othering, and punishment
Community leader and lawyer Zach Norris reimagines what safety means and where it begins.
"An urgent call for safer, more inclusive communities for everyone. . . Throughout, the author uses sufficient data and personal stories gleaned from interviews to
substantiate his claims that the current system is broken. A highly illuminating account of the changes required to create a more democratic society for all." - Kirkus Reviews.
"A persuasive call to action. . . Norris combines personal anecdotes and statistical research to make a convincing case for public policies that prioritize empathy over retribution. Progressive activists, community organizers, and elected officials should take note of this commonsense guide." - Publishers Weekly.
"Zach Norris examines how American society has been harmed by a framework of fear and ultimately outlines a path toward healing through a culture of community.
Tackles all the big issues. . .
Norris' book serves as a useful guide for how to heal a divided country that feels beyond repair, moving away from fear and focusing on connection and restoration." - The San Francisco Chronicle.
"Powerful. . . Who 'deserves' to be safe? And who gets to define safety - and how? Sharing detailed case studies and stories, We Keep Us Safe lays out
a blueprint for reimagining our vision of public safety and reforming our justice systems in ways that prioritize constructive care and support over fear
and punishment. " - Insight Center.
A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE|
UNCANNY VALLEY: A Memoir by Anna Wiener
A rare first-person glimpse into the high-flying, reckless startup culture of San Francisco and Silicon Valley at a time of unchecked ambition, unregulated surveillance, wild fortune, and accelerating political power. Unsparing and incisive, this page-turning account is a cautionary tale, and a revelatory interrogation of a world reckoning with consequences its unwitting designers are only beginning to understand. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
"Extraordinary. . . Wiener's storytelling mode is keen and dry, her sentences spare - perfectly suited to let a steady thrum of dread emerge. Wiener is a droll yet gentle guide.
The real strength of Uncanny Valley comes from her careful parsing of the complex motivations and implications that fortify this new surreality at every level, from the individual body to the body politic." - The New York Times.
"Reveals not just excesses of the tech-startup landscape, but also the Faustian bargains and hidden political agendas embedded in the so-called 'inspiration culture' underlying a too-powerful industry. A funny, highly informative, and terrifying read." - Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Alternately outrageous and outraging. . . What makes Uncanny Valley unforgettable is not just Wiener's unique take on tech, but the fun of being along on the journey with her. Technophobes have nothing to fear. . . Her immense intelligence and facility with language make the pages fly." - Shelf Awareness ***** 5 out of 5 stars.
"A different sort of Silicon Valley narrative, a literary-minded outsider's insider account of an insulated world that isn't as insular or distinctive as it and we assume.
Through Wiener's story, we begin to perceive how much tech owes its power, and the problems that come with it, to contented ignorance." - The Atlantic.
"The quality of Weiner's on-the-ground observations, coupled with acuity she brings to understanding the psychology at work, makes the book illuminating on a
page-by-page basis. Wiener's empathy makes the portrait all the more damning. Weiner's book isn't a warning so much as a lament over the damage done and the
damage still to come." - The Chicago Tribune.
BOYS & SEX: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity by Peggy Orenstein|
A penetrating examination of the sexual lives of boys and young men; the good, the bad, the endlessly complicated and emotionally fraught. Peggy Orenstein peels back typical male bravado and exposes the raw hearts of boys struggling to navigate a confusing sexual landscape. A crucial contribution to the long overdue conversation about masculinity.
"Boys and parents of boys will thank the author for her work as she shares the complex sexual world she discovered. Opens up a welcome forum for exploring a hunger for more guidance about growing up and finding love in a new era. A highly constructive analysis that provides many topics for exploration and discussion by parents and others who interact with boys." - Kirkus Reviews.
"Orenstein's journey into the world of the young American male may not reassure, but it's essential." - People Magazine.
"Orenstein trains her expert eye on the world of adolescent boys, and the unique set of challenges that young men are facing today. Boys & Sex is not just a candid and often devastating view into the lives of real high school and college boys right now; it's an affirmation of hope, and an exercise in the power of listening." - Salon.
"A candid and fascinating portrait of young American masculinity. Expertly written and sometimes disturbing, but always informative, Orenstein's latest is a valuable reference for parents of teenage boys and young men." - Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"A sobering look at the landscape in which young men are growing up - and an invitation for the grown-ups in their lives to offer a lot more support and direction." - Chicago Tribune.
- Non-Fiction: Recently Released in Paperback (Aisle 2-B)
A NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS' CHOICE
UNINHABITABLE EARTH: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells
In a profound and compelling travelogue of our near future, David Wallace-Wells brings into stark relief the climate troubles that await: food shortages, refugee emergencies, and other crises that will reshape the globe. Uninhabitable Earth is both a meditation on the devastation we have brought upon ourselves and an impassioned call to action. For just as the world was brought to the brink of catastrophe within the span of a lifetime, the responsibility to avoid it now belongs to a single generation.
"Potent and evocative. . . Wallace-Wells has resolved to offer something other than the standard narrative of climate change and collective action.
He avoids the 'eerily banal language of climatology' in favor of lush, rolling prose." - The New York Times (Editors' Choice).
" A closely argued look at what may be a turning point in human existence. If you weren't alarmed already, Wallace-Wells sounds the tocsin of toxicity. An urgent, necessary book."
- Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Crucial. . . Extremely effective in shaking the reader out of complacency. Some things I did not want to learn, but I learned anyway. To read The Uninhabitable Earth - or to consider in any serious way the scale of the crisis we face - is to understand the collapse of the distinction between alarmism and plain realism. To fail to be alarmed is to fail to think about the problem, and to fail to think about the problem is to relinquish all hope of its solution."
- The Guardian (U.K.).
"Powerfully argued. . . A masterly analysis of why - with a world of solutions - we choose doom." - Nature Magazine.
"Relentless, angry journalism of the highest order. Read it and, for the lack of any more useful response, weep." - The Sunday Times (U.K.).
|WOW, NO THANK YOU: Essays by Samantha Irby|
A new rip-roaring collection from the smart, edgy, hilarious, unabashedly raunchy Samantha Irby.
The essays draw on the raw, hilarious particulars of Irby's new life in her new home in a Blue town in the middle of a Red state where she now hosts book clubs and makes mason jar salads. This is Irby at her most unflinching, riotous, and relatable.
"The only writer who can make me laugh with abandon in public. . . Her signature irreverence is intact, of course, but it can't mask the heart she leaves bleeding on the page." - Elle Magazine - Best Books of 2020.
"A breakthrough voice of the previous decade, Samantha Irby is poised to reign in the 2020s. Her takes on the absurdities of everyday life means that she can write about reality TV, poop, frittatas, and mental-health meds with equal aplomb. It's been a joy to watch her build the strange confidence that comes from being comfortable with her own insecurity, a feat that few writers get to achieve." - Vulture.
"Whether she's writing about living with her wife in a small midwestern town or her relationship with her body, Irby isn't afraid to get candid and share her own insecurities. In doing so, she crafts smart takes on popular social trends, poking fun at how they are changing the way we think and live."
- TIME Magazine.
"One of our culture's most hilariously scathing critics. . . The self-deprecating essayist has singular ability to examine the more cringeworthy aspects of her own life to suggest that modern womanhood has more grit than glamour. Now middle-aged and married, Irby waxes hysterical about everything from the pain of being in public without a smartphone to 'lesbian bed death'." - Oprah Magazine.
|EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE: First Loves and Last Tales by Oliver Sacks|
Oliver Sacks, scientist and storyteller, is beloved by readers for his neurological case histories and his fascination and familiarity with human behavior at its most unexpected and unfamiliar. Everything in Its Place is his final collection of essays and is a celebration of Sacks's myriad interests, told with his characteristic compassion and erudition, and in his luminous prose.
"Wonderfully odd. . . Life bursts through all of Oliver Sacks's writing. He was and will remain a brilliant singularity. It's hard to call to mind one dull passage in his work - one dull sentence, for that matter." - The New York Times.
"Polished and intimately voiced. . . Each piece is impossible to put down unfinished."
- Booklist *** starred review ***.
"A wealth of previously published and unreleased pieces by the gifted neurologist, justly called the 'poet laureate of science'.
Unusually intriguing. . . particularly edifying. . . Balanced and insightful, this valedictory collection offers a fine coda to a remarkable life and career."
- Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"This is not a mere Sacks smorgasbord: it has a distinct identity of its own and covers a remarkably wide range of topics, unified by a particular tone... we are left with an image of the author that is extraordinarily touching." - The New York Review of Books.
"A lovely collection... Readers will learn of influences that molded Sacks's brilliant mind... Sacks's gentle, ruminative voice is a salve when investigating difficult subject matter... Piercingly insightful and delightfully strange, Sacks's final collection is a treat for the chronically curious." - Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR NONFICTION|
A TIME MAGAZINE BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR
A NEW YORK TIMES TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR | A WASHINGTON POST TOP TEN BOOK OF THE YEAR
SAY NOTHING: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe
A spellbinding account of a murder and its devastating consequences set during Northern Ireland's brutal civil strife in the 1970s. Patrick Radden Keefe conjures up a world of passion, betrayal, and vengeance, and delivers a piercing inquiry into the nature of political violence and its aftermath.
"Patrick Radden Keefe's great achievement is to tell Northern Ireland's 50 years of conflict through personal stories - a gripping and profoundly human explanation
for a past that still denies and defines the future. I can't praise this book enough: it's erudite, accessible,
compelling, enlightening." – The Sunday Times (U.K.).
"A meticulously reported book - as finely paced as a novel. Keefe is a terrific storyteller. Transforms the tragic damage and waste of the era into a searing, utterly gripping saga." - The New York Times.
"Extraordinary. . . an epic account. Keefe is a storyteller who captures the complexities of a historical moment by digging deep into the lives of people on
all sides of the conflict. At the end of this panoramic book, as in the most ingenious crime stories, Keefe unveils a revelation - lying in plain sight - that
only further complicates the moral dimensions of his tale." - NPR.
"A harrowing story of politically motivated crime that could not have been better told." - Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"The tale of a woman who died, and a woman who killed. Haunting. . . As a cautionary tale, Say Nothing speaks volumes - about the zealotry of youth,
the long-term consequences of violence and the politics of forgetting." - The Washington Post.
|LAST BOAT OUT OF SHANGHAI: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao's Revolution by Helen Zia|
When Mao's proletarian revolution emerged victorious from the long civil war, the port of Shanghai was the departure point of a mass exodus of intellectuals, entrepeneurs,
and a middle class terrified of the implications of a Communist victory. Helen Zia tells the stories of five young refugees and their families whose lives were forever changed by one of the most momentous events of the twentieth century. Beautifully crafted and carefully researched, this is a book that gives voice to a history almost lost.
"An enthralling, heartfelt narrative. . . At the heart of the story is Shanghai, China's most modern, cosmopolitan and populous city with its enclaves of foreigners, bustling markets, thriving port, and opium dens, coexisting during the war with aerial bombings, martial law, and panicked residents seeking refuge wherever they could. Vivid and well-researched, Zia's engrossing work brings this tumultuous period to life." - Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"A deftly woven, deeply moving chronicle of the extraordinary ordeals of ordinary Chinese in a world torn by war and fractured by ideology. . . a fascinating read, as well as a missing chapter of modern history finally coming to light. What makes the Shanghai story unique is that we didn't really know the story. The real human cost of the massive exodus has remained a mystery. Official records, if any, are suppressed, and research in this area has been sketchy. Helen Zia's new book fills a gap in our collective memory."
- The San Francisco Chronicle.
"A compelling history. . . The stories of these refugees offer a window into Chinese culture, family life, and the history of this tumultuous period, resulting in
a beautiful and emotional work that should be essential reading." - Library Journal *** starred review ***.
|NOTES FROM A YOUNG BLACK CHEF: A Memoir by Kwame Onwuachi and Joshua David Stein|
By the time he was twenty-seven years old, Kwame Onwuachi had opened - and closed - one of the most talked about restaurants in America. He had sold drugs in New York and been shipped off to rural Nigeria to "learn respect." He had launched his own catering company with twenty thousand dollars made from selling candy on the subway and starred on Top Chef. In this inspirational memoir he shares the powerful, heartfelt, and shockingly honest story of his culinary coming-of-age.
"Notes from a Young Black Chef — which includes more than a dozen recipes for dishes such as 'hot chicken and waffles' and 'steak and eggs' — offers a
compelling narrative of an ambitious and at times arrogant young man from the Bronx who joined a gang, sold drugs, inevitably landed into trouble, and then
turned his life around. The story of Onwuachi's climb up, with its attendant pitfalls, is masterful." - New York Journal of Books.
"Prose both hard and lyrical. . . Onwuachi's memoir should be required reading, not just for future chefs, but for anyone who wants a glimpse into one man's tale of what it's like to be young, black and ambitious in America." - The Washington Post.
"An impassioned debut memoir. . . Recipes following each chapter show the range of Onwuachi's talents. Grit and defiance infuse a revealing self-portrait."
- Kirkus Reviews.
"Notes from a Young Black Chef might be the literary heir to Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential with the same mix of brutal honesty, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and atmosphere-conjuring prose. But Onwuachi's story is completely his own." - Entertainment Weekly.
"Onwuachi wonderfully chronicles the amazing arc of his life. Includes Pan-African recipes throughout, inspired by the flavors of the African continent, the Caribbean, and the U.S." - Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
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A NEW YORK TIMES EDITOR'S PICK | A LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR|
A TIME MAGAZINE BEST MEMOIR OF THE YEAR
WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele
Patrisse Khan-Cullors began the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement to demand justice from the authorities who subject people of color to unjustifiable racial profiling and police brutality. This is her riveting account of championing human rights in the face of violent racism - and surviving
a culture that declares innocent Black life expendable.
"This searing, timely look into a contemporary movement from one of its crucial leading voices belongs in all collections." - Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"Steeped in humanity and powerful prose. . . This is an eye-opening and eloquent coming-of-age story from one of the leaders in the new generation of social activists." - Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"With great candor about her complex personal life, Khan-Cullors has created a memoir as compelling as a page-turning novel." - Booklist *** starred review ***.
"This is a story of perseverance from a woman who found her voice in a world that often tried to shut her out. When They Call You a Terrorist is more than just a reflection on the American criminal justice system. It's a call to action for readers to change a culture that allows for violence against people of color."
- TIME Magazine.
(Simon & Schuster)
A NEW YORK TIMES 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR | A KIRKUS REVIEWS BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR|
A TIME MAGAZINE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
MIDNIGHT IN CHERNOBYL: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster by Adam Higginbotham
Adam Higginbotham delivers the definitive account of one of the most momentous man-made disasters of the twentieth century. A masterful nonfiction thriller: a complex and terrifying story of human resilience and ingenuity, and a cautionary tale of the lessons learned.
"One of those rare books about science and technology that read like a thriller. Replete with vivid detail and sharply etched personalities, this narrative of astounding incompetence moves from mistake to mistake, miscalculation to miscalculation, as it builds to the inevitable, history-changing disaster. Every step feels spring-loaded with tension. The result is superb, enthralling and necessarily terrifying." – The New York Times.
"A riveting, deeply reported reconstruction. . . In this powerful work of reportage, Chernobyl and its aftermath emerge as the Soviet Union's last stand, containing all the pathologies and passion of that social experiment now lost to history." - The Los Angeles Times.
"No book has so ably and artfully captured the whole story of what happened that night and in the months and years that followed. With meticulous details, careful research and a gripping narrative, Midnight in Chernobyl is a must-read about nuclear power and the end of the Soviet Union." – TIME Magazine.
"A vivid and exhaustive account. . . Higginbotham masterfully re-creates the emotions, intrigue, and denials and disbelief of Communist Party officials, workers, engineers, and others at every stage. He takes readers directly to the scene. . . Written with authority, this superb book reads like a classic disaster story and reveals a Soviet empire on the brink." - Kirkus Reviews.
|HABEAS DATA: Privacy vs. the Rise of Surveillance Tech by David Sedaris|
Until the 21st century, most of our activities were private by default, public only through effort. But today - as we recently learned from reports about Cambridge Analytica - our data might be turned into a propaganda machine against us.
An absolutely crucial exploration of the tools of surveillance that exist today, how they work, and what the implications are for the future of privacy.
"Habeas Data should be required reading for all public officials who want to better understand the near-future of privacy and
surveillance." - Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland, CA.
"A great book. Cyrus Farivar shows that the government, at all levels, needs to more forthright about what kind of surveillance is used on all of us. The law desperately needs to catch up." - Ted Lieu, U.S. Representative for California's 33rd congressional district.
"A lively history of recent Fourth Amendment jurisprudence. Farivar is correct that among the many things the tech industry has disrupted is Fourth Amendment
jurisprudence." - The New Yorker.
"Cyrus Farivar has covered the excitement and tensions of big data collection for years. He his perfectly positioned, with this new book, to chart the history that brought us here and suss out where we're going next." - Slate.
"Cyrus Farivar pulls back the curtain on how the government has transformed everyday technologies into surveillance machines, and public and private places into surveillance traps - part deep-dive into how everything from your smartphone to your home can be used as a surveillance tool, and part crash-course in the court cases that both help and fail to constrain the government's most privacy-invasive activities. Should be at the top of everyone's must-read list." - The Open Technology Institute.
|LIKE A MOTHER: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy by Angela Garbes|
An in-depth look at pregnancy through a scientific and feminist lens challenges popular assumptions, offers help for navigating contradictions, and provides facts to aid with making informed decisions.
"Garbes has created an empowering resource rooted in emerging science and real-life stories. In each chapter, she shares up-to-date, well-substantiated information about women's physical and mental health, aiming to help readers reduce their anxiety and make truly informed choices. Throughout this thoughtful book, she speaks to her readers as peers, providing affirmation that their experiences are important and that they are not alone." - Publishers Weekly.
"In spite of how long women have been giving birth, there is a lot of misinformation out there about pregnancy and motherhood. Angela Garbes seeks to get it straight. She not only corrects misinformation but offers advice and support." - Bustle.
"Garbes unpacks reams of pregnancy advice, often absurd in its conflicting demands. Like a Mother gave me a toolkit for approaching a hoped-for future." - The Huffington Post.
"The science is sublime. I especially appreciated learning how much we still don't know about the high-stakes path to parenthood. But what got me was Garbes' regard for mothers as people in their own right, rather than the hosts or self-sacrificing caregivers they're conditioned to be." - The Seattle Times.
"You don't have to be a mother or even a woman to be fascinated by the science and physiology that Garbes writes about." - NPR.
|POSITIVELY TAROT: A Modern Guide to a Mindful Life by Emma Toynbee*|
Master the art of tarot reading with this unique illustrated guide, filled with clear information and 100 helpful drawings.
In the perfect book for both beginners or experienced tarot readers, Emma Toynbee expertly explains how the tarot can provide all-important answers to the many questions in life.
Want to make major changes or improvements to your life? Or learn how to deal with day-to-day events? Maybe just looking to shake things up? Positively Tarot is a unique, illustrated guide that teaches readers how to ultimately find purpose, well-being, and happiness in their personal life, professional life, finances, or health.
Designed for those who are ambitious in their learning but also want to be time-efficient, this book highlights key terms and uses a logic-based key-coded system to easily understand the complexities of reading the tarot.
* Author Emma Toynbee is a professional metaphysician, clairvoyant reader, astrologer and fine artist trained at St. Martins in London. She studied and has taught at the London College of Psychic Studies and runs a London-based practice. She makes regular appearances at high profile PR and corporate events as a professional tarot reader, most recently at Amazon and Google events.
One of the Ten Best Books of the Year: The New York Times|
SMALL FRY: A Memoir by Lisa Brennan-Jobs
A fascinating and moving account of the author's complex and difficult relationship with her complex and difficult father - Apple founder Steve Jobs. This is a deeply personal and artfully crafted memoir that unveils hidden and unknown sides of Steve Jobs from the person who knew him best. Lisa Brennan-Jobs proves to be an unforgettable guide.
"Entrancing. . . Brennan-Jobs is a deeply gifted writer. Her inner landscape is depicted in such exquisitely granular detail that it feels as if no one else could have possibly written it. Indeed, it has that defining aspect of a literary work: the stamp of a singular sensibility. In the fallen world of celebrity memoirs, this may be the most beautiful, literary and devastating one ever written." — The New York Times (Editors' Choice).
"An epic, sharp coming-of-age story. Brennan-Jobs offers a stunningly beautiful study of parenting that just so happens to include the co-founder of Apple. She skillfully and poignantly navigates her formative years, revealing the emotional wounds that parents can often visit upon their children. But this is not a tell-all; it's an exquisitely rendered story of family, love, and identity. It's rare to find a memoir from a celebrity's child in which the writing is equal to - or exceeds - the parent's reputation, but that is the case with Brennan-Jobs' debut." — Kirkus Revews *** starred review ***.
"A memoir of uncommon grace, maturity and spare elegance. Despite it all, despite Jobs' callousness, Lisa Brennan-Jobs writes about her father without a hint of rancor. Instead, the reader of this exquisite memoir is left with a loving, forgiving remembrance and the lasting impression of a resilient, kindhearted and wise woman who is at peace with her past." — The San Francisco Chronicle.
- Poetry: Recently Released (Aisle 2-A)
|HOMIE: Poems by Brenda Shaughnessy|
Danez Smith's magnificent anthem about the saving grace of friendship. Rooted in the loss of one of Smith's close friends, this book comes out of the search for joy and intimacy within a nation where both can seem scarce. In poems of rare power and generosity, Smith acknowledges that a country overrun by violence, xenophobia, and disparity can be hard to survive.
"The radiance of Homie arrives like a shock, like found money, like a flower fighting through concrete. . . This is a book full of the turbulence of thought and desire, piloted by a writer who never loses their way." - The New York Times
"A collection as dazzling as it is bighearted. . . Dynamic, breathtaking, and utterly brilliant, these poems are not only most magnificent weapons but also salves to share and songs to shout at the top of one's lungs. A transcendent collection sure to bolster Smith's status as a poetry icon." - Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Danez Smith is a powerhouse of poetry. The ways in which Smith combines syntax, humor, reverence and irreverence are stunning, and this collection of odes is bound to be a widespread poetry favorite." - Literary Hub.
"Profoundly moving. . . Smith writes with both power and precision. . . verse as colorful and fanciful as Pablo Neruda but also savvy, down-to-earth, close to the heart.
Homie is filled with passion and humanity and demonstrates why Smith has been called one of the best poets of their generation." - Shelf Awareness.
|THE OCTOPUS MUSEUM: Poems by Brenda Shaughnessy|
A stunning collection of bold and scathingly beautiful feminist poetry that imagines what comes after our current age of environmental destruction,
racism, sexism, and divisive politics. These heartbreaking, terrified poems are the battle cry of a woman who is fighting for the survival of the world
she loves, and a stirring exhibition of who we are as a civilization.
"A highly original look at the world as it is today and the dangers we seem intent on inflicting upon ourselves. . . Shaughnessy writes startling poems that are both intellectually wide-ranging and emotionally riveting." - The New York Journal of Books
"Shaughnessy imagines a dystopian future in which octopuses reign, while humans receive their just deserts for centuries of environmental devastation.
With an unparalleled ear for language, Shaughnessy excels at making the tragic transcendent." - Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Like octopuses, Shaughnessy's poems manage to be both fleshy and cerebral, concerned with a self that breathes through fragile skin. She offers up these beautiful innards through her words; they twist agony into acceptance only to return and be picked apart again, a recognizable cycle of motherhood and womanhood - humanhood, depending on your definition." - The Paris Review.
"If they are often bleak, Shaughnessy's poems are also very funny. Shaughnessy can also write the kind of line that is confusing in its beauty, whose beauty
exceeds its sense, which is the thing I go to poetry for - lines that can be read and reread without exhausting their potential meaning." - The New York Times.
- Young Adult & Juvenile Fiction & Non-Fiction: Recently Released (Children's Books Section)
|CHILDREN OF VIRTUE AND VENGEANCE by
The second book in Oyemi's Legacy of Orïsha series, this stunning sequel to Children of Blood and Bone finds Zélie and Amari struggling against a sinister
coalition of military and monarchy while a civil war looms on the horizon.
"Combines escapist fantasy with clear-eyed confrontations of race and power. The sequel begins with an unexpected twist. Though Zélie has restored magic to the oppressed people of Orïsha, the monarchy and military now have magical powers, too. Both novels are bruising accounts of violence and persecution, evocative of bigger, real-world conversations about suffering and survival." - TIME Magazine.
"While the first installment builds the narrating characters' foundations and familiarizes readers with the Yoruba orïshas, this follow-up gets into their psyches and unleashes the power of the deities and their respective maji as they fight for claim of Orïsha. Children of Blood and Bone was a runaway hit, and fans of the first book have been waiting with bated breath for this one. Relentless even beyond its finish, this is a sure-fire hit." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"A brutal, beautiful tale of revolution, faith, and star-crossed love. . . Adeyemi's thrilling second Legacy of Orïsha novel ups the stakes and expands the series' mythology while extolling unity and illustrating the futility of hatred and retribution. . . a vivid, visceral tale studded with action and capped with a literary gut-punch." — Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Poses thought-provoking questions about race, class and authority that hold up a warning mirror to our sharply divided society. In this electrifying sequel, magic has returned to Orïsha, but it comes at a heavy cost.
Adeyemi brings a new maturity and depth to the series . . . With a rich world, new characters, a deep dive into the maji's power and a complex story about how we fight for justice, Adeyemi has sparked magic once again." — The New York Times.
A National Book Award Finalist | A Michael L. Printz Honor Book|
A New York Times Notable Book | A BuzzFeed Best YA Book of the Year
A New York Public Library Best Book for Teens
THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon
Natasha is a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. Daniel is the good son, the good student, living up to his
parents' high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But a chance encounter on a crowded city street changes everything. . .
"Carefully plotted and distinctly narrated in Natasha's and Daniel's voices; yet it also allows space for the lives that are swirling around them. . . It's lyrical and sweeping, full of hope, heartbreak, fate, and free will. Every day, like every book, begins full of possibility, but this one holds more than others." - Booklist *** Editor's Choice ***.
"Is it fate or chance that brings people together? This is the question posed in this impressively multilayered tale of a one-day romance.
With a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of every character she introduces, Yoon weaves an intricate web of threads connecting strangers as she delves into the personal histories of her protagonists, as well as the emotions and conflicts of others who cross their paths. A moving and suspenseful portrayal of a fleeting relationship." - Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Natasha and Daniel meet and fall in love during 12 intense hours in New York City. Yoon's lush prose chronicles an authentic romance that's also a meditation on family, immigration, and fate. With appeal to cynics and romantics alike, this profound exploration of life and love tempers harsh realities with the beauty of hope in a way that is both deeply moving and satisfying." - Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"A new classic. . .
The lives of two immigrants teens collide in NYC - despite impossible odds and with unimaginable potential. Our young heroes go through all the phases of dramatic love in just over 12 hours: introduction, attraction, infatuation, confrontation, separation, realization, reconciliation." - The Chistian Science Monitor.
- Children's Books: Recently Released (Children's Books Section)
|THE BEST OF IGGY by Annie Barrows | Illustrated by Sam Ricks|
From the author of the beloved Ivy and Bean books comes a hilarious new series featuring a high-energy, lovable troublemaker.
Meet 9-year-old Iggy Frangi - who frequently lands himself in trouble and only sometimes regrets it.
"The first of a series, this chapter book is inviting to pick up, hard to put down, and near-impossible to read without laughing out
loud." — Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Barrows's omniscient narrative voice is brilliant. Fellow fourth graders will love Iggy for his honesty and humor. But everyone will probably love him most for his motto: 'It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time'." - The New York Times.
"A lively illustrated series opener about Iggy Frangi, a mischievous, good-hearted nine-year-old. With Iggy, Barrows has created a realistic kid - passionate, funny, and sometimes misguided - whom readers will surely root for as he gains awareness of the relationship between choices and consequences." - Publishers Weekly.
"Fabulously funny and perceptive. . . Children with impish tendencies will finish this book feeling seen and understood. And the next time they get into trouble, you can expect to hear all about the extenuating circumstances." - The Wall Street Journal
"The portrait of a boy as a young rascal. . . Funny, silly, and empathetic - and perhaps even consoling to young, impulsive people who hope to be better
(someday)." - Kirkus Reviews.
|MAKING OUR WAY HOME by Blair Imani|
A powerful illustrated history of the Great Migration and its sweeping impact on Black and American culture, from Reconstruction to the rise of hip hop.
Through gripping and accessible historical narrative paired with illustrations, author and activist Blair Imani explores issues like voting rights, domestic terrorism, discrimination, and segregation alongside the flourishing of arts and culture, activism, and civil rights.
"Baker's pop-art style digital renderings of portraits, photographs, and objects are an eye-catching combination of modern and reverent. With a bibliography, index, and glossary for people, terms, and events, this is both an important corrective to whitewashed U.S. history and an excellent jumping-off point for further inquiry." - Booklist.
"In this painstakingly crafted and researched tome, the beauty and purpose of the Great Migration comes alive in ways that reawaken our connection to our community. This is definitely one to add to your library of thoughtful, thought-provoking history books." - Zora Magazine.
"Beautifully illustrated by Rachelle Baker, this history reminds us how integral Black Americans' humanity has always been to this nation's progress." - Read It Forward.
"The captivating illustrations give an almost graphic novel feel to the book, something that should intrigue even readers reluctant to tackle six decades of history." - Common Sense Media.
|PAPER KINGDOM by Helena Ku Rhee | Illustrated by Pascal Campion|
An office at night is reimagined as a fantastical kingdom of paper complete with friendly dragons.
A beautiful picture book that expresses the joy and spirit of a loving family who turn a routine and ordinary experience into something much grander. Magical art by Pascal Campion shows both the real world and the fantasy through the eyes of the young narrator.
"A beautiful, must-read tribute to hardworking families and the magic they create." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"An uplifting story of a family working hard to make things better for the next generation." — School Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"Colorful, impressionistic illustrations, awash with warmth and light. . . Daniel's wide-eyed, feet-planted observation invites readers to likewise contemplate the hierarchies and invisible labor of spaces they inhabit." - The Horn Book.
"Enchanting and powerful." - Booklist *** starred review ***
"In this entrancing picture book, a boy has to join his parents at work when the babysitter cancels. Helena Ku Rhee crafts a layered, loving picture book tribute to family and the sacrifices that parents make for their children's future." - Shelf Awareness *** starred review ***.
|IN A JAR by Deborah Marcero|
When Llewellyn, a little rabbit who collects ordinary things in jars, meets another rabbit named Evelyn, he joins with her to capture the extraordinary.
But one day, Evelyn has sad news: Her family is moving away. How can the two friends continue their magical collection - and their special friendship - from afar?
"Sophisticated patterning and color design, as well as intricate pen work, create a lush and detailed world. The artist moves between small inserted panels and large spreads to great effect, creating whimsical and uplifting art that perfectly matches the text. In the art, Marcero builds a visual vocabulary for the meaning and importance of memories. As Evelyn opens a jar and stars from Llewelyn's night sky swirl and fall around her, readers will feel the warmth of friendship and the wonder of the world as well. Stunning." — Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Marcero's pencil, watercolor, ink, and digital compositions display a marvelous sense of pattern within exquisite spreads. Throughout the narrative, sensitive pacing; understated but lovely language; and creative imagery combine to convey the deepening bond and the pair's way of connecting. An enchanting examination of the pleasure reaped from cultivating imagination, friendship, and memory." — School Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"Marcero works magic with prismatic watercolors, ink, and pencil, as her light-filled illustrations chronicle the young rabbits' exploits and their appreciative wonder of the world around them. This joyful account of friendship will charm readers with the notion of capturing wind or a rainbow in a jar, but its deeper message of maintaining relationships over a distance will comfort those who have moved or know someone who has." - Booklist *** starred review ***
|THE SERIOUS GOOSE by Jimmy Kimmel|
Young readers are challenged to bring the silly out of a very serious goose. Inspired by comedian/talk show host Jimmy Kimmel's nickname for his kids, The Serious Goose reminds us to be silly in a serious way. This delightful read-aloud is guaranteed to create gaggles of giggles time and time again!
(Proceeds from sales of The Serious Goose will be donated to Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and children's hospitals around the country.)
"There is pleasure in watching the goose's serious expression start to shift, and when she finally dances out in underwear with a ridiculous grin on her face, every reader will grin along with the 'silly goose.' This book will be fun to read aloud to a child, but particularly hilarious to read to a group of children. Laughter is contagious, and there won't be any stopping the silliness busting out when children and adults read this story together." - School Library Journal.
"In his savvy, funny picture-book debut, Kimmel uses his limited drawing style to great advantage; in fact, the less the goose does, the funnier it is. Kimmel knows that when you tell a kid not to do something, it's sure to unleash silliness of epic proportions." - Publishers Weekly.
"Bet you can't make this goose smile, no matter how hard you try. TV personality Kimmel's first foray into picture books presents a feathered grump with a scowl that is proof against any kind of foolery. Dares readers to crank up the volume... and may add a few grown-up voices to the younger chorus of giggles. The goose is all that's serious here." - Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
|WILD HONEY FROM THE MOON by Kenneth Kraegel|
On a cold winter's eve, deep in the woods, a mother shrew frets about her sick young son. There is only one thing that can cure him: wild honey from the moon. Mother Shrew does not stop to wonder how she will make such an impossible journey. Instead, she grabs her trusty red umbrella, gives her son a kiss, and sets out into the unknown. An utterly original beautifully illustrated celebration of the limitlessness of maternal love.
"Kraegel's tale is an unexpected story of love, determination, and parenting. Divided into seven heavily illustrated chapters, the story is one that will captivate contemplative and creative young readers. Caregivers may find this to be their next weeklong bedtime story and one that fanciful children will want to hear again and again."
- Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"The whimsical, gorgeously detailed ink-and-watercolor pictures stand out. From the charming tree house community where Mother Shrew lives to the mesmerizing patterns of the Queen Bee's garden, readers of all ages will delight in studying the intricate world Kraegel evokes." - School Library Journal.
"In seven short, delightful chapters, Kenneth Kraegel takes enraptured readers on an adventure they are likely to want to experience again and again. Kraegel uses a muted palette, his two-page spreads awash with intricate watercolor and ink illustrations, scratchy lines capturing the textures of animals, trees and grass. Tucked snugly into a tree, surrounded by a village of rope-ladder-connected treehouses, the Shrew home is sweetly detailed with scalloped shingles, lofted beds, books, bowls and baskets. By contrast, the moon's landscape is vast and changeable, with unexpected details like a flower-and butterfly-filled valley and an island fortress of belligerent honeybees.
Wild Honey from the Moon is a mother's love story and a child's adventure to linger over happily." - Shelf Awareness.
- Comics and Graphic Novels - Children (Children's Book Section)
|LAURA DEAN KEEPS BREAKING UP WITH ME by Mariko Tamaki | Illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O'Connell|
Laura Dean, the most popular girl in high school, was Frederica Riley's dream girl: charming, confident, and cute. There's just one problem: Laura Dean is maybe not the greatest girlfriend. A hilarious and poignant story of teen heartbreak and friendship.
"Stunning artwork, which masterfully captures the mood with gestures and facial expressions. . . Tamaki truly gets to the heart of the struggle to balance the intoxicating allure of being loved by someone thrilling and a desire for a healthy, autonomous sense of identity, all in pitch-perfect teen dialogue. Touching gently but powerfully on topics of bullying, homophobia, and toxic relationships, this superb graphic novel has its finger on the pulse of teenage concerns." - Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Tamaki explores the nuances of both romantic and platonic relationships with raw tenderness and honesty. Valero-O'Connell's art is realistic and expressive, bringing the characters to life through dynamic grayscale illustrations featuring highlights of millennial pink. A triumphant queer coming-of-age story that will make your heart
ache and soar." - Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"This exploration of toxic relationships and social dynamics at the cusp of adulthood is, like its cast, sharp and dazzling." - Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Tamaki and Valero-O'Connell's tender-hearted narrative sings with real, honest emotion that will resonate with anyone trying to figure out love." - The New York Times.
|THIS WAS OUR PACT by Ryan Andrews|
On the night of the annual Autumn Equinox Festival, when townsfolk float paper lanterns down the river, Ben and his classmates make a pact to find out where the lanterns end up. Soon the pact is broken by all except for Ben and Nathaniel, who travel down a winding road full of magic, wonder, and unexpected friendship.
"Andrews explores the distinctive, though related, ways cultures can mark a shared experience, and how kids who start out as annoyed and annoying acquaintances can turn into genuine friends. A great starting point for fantasy lovers who haven't yet embraced graphic novels. Do not let the Autumn Equinox (September 23) catch the library without a copy of this in the collection." - Bulletin of Center for Childrens Books *** starred review ***.
"An original and much-needed view of the complex world of middle-school friendships." - The New York Times.
"Andrews' marvelously melancholic, earnest graphic novel, is at its core an exercise in whimsical self-reflection. This story's a quiet one in which danger flickers and hope flares at odd but fruitful moments. The primarily blue and red mixed-media pictures underscore how nighttime sometimes promises transformation. Brilliantly enchanting." - Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
Richly imagined and complexly emotional. This was Our Pact may owe some of its eerie melancholy and occasionally menacing absurdity to the likes of Lewis Carroll and Shaun Tan, but its message is distinctly its own: what you imagine to be the end of the journey maybe satisfying, but the adventure actually goes on as long as you keep riding down the road." - Booklist *** starred review ***
- Comics and Graphic Novels - Adults (Wall Display)
|GOOD TALK by Mira Jacob|
Trying to answer her son Jacob's questions, Mira Jacob delivers a deeply relatable graphic memoir that takes on racism, love, and the election of President Trump.
"A masterful mix of pictures and words to speak on life's most uncomfortable conversations." - io9.
"A showstopping memoir about race in America, by turns funny, philosophical, cautious, and heartbreaking. Particularly moving are striking pen-and-ink drawings collaged onto vibrant found photographs and illustrated backgrounds. Told with immense bravery and candor, this book will make readers hunger for more of Jacob's wisdom and light."
- Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Creates an odd, immediate intimacy. . . Mira Jacob employs pages of narrative prose sparingly but hauntingly. The 'talks' Jacob relates are painful, often hilarious, and sometimes absurd, but her memoir makes a fierce case for continuing to have them." - Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Grace and disarming wit. . . The book lives up to its title, and reading these searching, often hilarious tête-à-têtes—with her parents and brother, confidantes and strangers, employers and exes is as effortless as eavesdropping on a crosstown bus.
The medium is part of the magic of Good Talk. The old comic-book alchemy of words and pictures opens up new possibilities of feeling."
- The New York Times.
|GIRAFFES ON HORSEBACK SALAD: Salvador Dali, the Marx Brothers, and the Strangest Movie Never Made by Josh Frank & Tim Heidecker | Illustrated by Manuela Pertega|
The long-lost script of a Marx Brothers film written by modern art icon Salvador Dali, recreated as a graphic novel in all its full-color, cinematic, surreal glory.
"The story follows Jimmy, a Spanish aristocrat living in exile, as he becomes infatuated with a mysterious figure known as the Woman Surreal and finds himself in a world gone mad with bizarre imagery and Groucho's quips in equal measure. Artist Pertega excels at portraying dreamlike illustrations. VERDICT: A fascinating project inspired by obvious passion from everyone involved." - Library Journal.
"Don't even try to understand; just revel in the weirdness, along with the wonderful photographs and other archival material Frank includes in this book."
"This graphic novel is utterly one of a kind. The overall page compositions are exceptional, bursting with motion, mind-bending patterns, and wildly shifting color schemes.
This messy, imperfect, fearless visual buffet is almost certainly better than any film version would have been." - Publishers Weekly.
"This book is a gallery, a museum, a riotous romp of art that reverberates through personal and public history and will make your dwelling's shelves (and your mind) a little loonier." - The Austin Chronicle.
- Fantasy, Science Fiction & Horror: New Titles in Paperback (Aisle 2-B)
|RECURSION by Blake Crouch|
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY TIME MAGAZINE - NPR - BOOKRIOT
At first, it looks like a disease. An epidemic that spreads through no known means, driving its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived. But the force that's sweeping the world is no pathogen. It's just the first shock wave, unleashed by a stunning discovery - and what's in jeopardy is the very fabric of time itself.
A relentless thriller about time, identity, and memory. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
"You think you know where this is going. . . Only you don't. Not even a little. Because what Crouch has made here is a puzzle box time-travel story,
all based on memory and death. But there's a catch. A big one and a clever one. . . It has a thrumming pulse that moves beyond big ideas and into their
effects on a larger, more complex world." - NPR.
"It's astonishing the amount of intriguing, adventurous, terrifying, emotional, philosophical, and even inspirational ground this book manages to cover. But Crouch wastes not a word. Instantly slotted into the ranks of the very best fiction I've ever read. Bravo!" - The Washington Review of Books.
"Gloriously twisting. . . a heady campfire tale of a novel built for summer reading. . . the journey is a gloriously twisting line that regularly confounded my expectations." - The New York Times.
"Has heft and gravitas beyond the technothriller category. . . you will not predict anything. In short, the fusion of human verities - albeit contorted into unprecedented shapes - and a fruitful novum sternly parsed leads to quintessential science fiction. Crouch's skills in laying down tense and vivid action scenes is essential here as well." - Locus Magazine.
|WESTSIDE by W. M. Akers|
Set in an alternate 1920s Manhattan where a 13-mile barbed-wire fence divides the thriving Eastside from a nightmarish Westside, this fascinating debut novel introduces
a truly remarkable private investigator - Gilda Carr, a Westsider who specializes in solving "tiny mysteries". A delightfully unique setting, an unforgettable heroine,
and sublimely skillful writing - an unbeatable combination.
"An addictively readable fusion of mystery, dark fantasy, alternate history, and existential horror. The seamless blending of genre elements creates a fresh and unpredictable narrative, but the real power here comes from Akers' focus on description throughout. Masterful worldbuilding, character development, and attention to dark atmospherics make for a fully immersive read. The cast of deeply developed characters and the richly envisioned setting are perfectly complemented by a breakneck-paced and action-packed storyline. It's like a literary shot of Prohibition-era rotgut moonshine - bracing, quite possibly hallucination-inducing, and unlike anything you've ever experienced before. The illegitimate love child of Algernon Blackwood and Raymond Chandler." - Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"W. M. Akers's superb debut is a novel steeped in existentialism while delivering gun molls, drunken wastrels and purebred thugs. Akers's choice to spotlight a sleuth
preoccupied by 'those impossible puzzles that burrow into our brains like splinters' is viscerally effective. A world that could be completely unwieldy is rendered tangible in the sounds of street music, glimpses of skittering shadows and whiffs of violent smells. One cannot effectively borrow from the horror genre as freely as Akers does without concrete imagery to sustain the imagination. His prose is sharply crystalline, especially when describing minute, bittersweet and even ugly moments. Endearingly clearheaded ferocity and good humor. . . Excellent." - The New York Times.
"A fantasy novel that is both literary and convention bending, reading as horror, crime fiction, dark noir, pulp slasher novel, action, and adventure gaming script, hidden-door-anthropological-history, delayed coming-of-age novel, gumshoe mystery, a love letter to pre-Prohibition New York City, and a disquieting dystopian fable reminiscent of Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland.
Yes, it is all of those things simultaneously, and yes, it works, thanks in no small part to Akers' talent for staying in tense control of his story.
Beverly Cleary once said great fiction should be, above all things, a pleasure to read, and Westside is certainly that, and then some." - The New York Journal of Books.
|THE UNLIKELY ESCAPE OF URIAH HEEP by H. G. Parry|
For his entire life, Charley Sutherland has concealed a magical ability he can't quite control: he can bring characters from books into the real world. But some of those
characters don't approve of Charlie's world - and they have plans of their own. . .
A page-turning blend of adventure and mystery and marvel, a story in which the fantastical becomes real. This beautifully-written novel is a wildly entertaining exploration of the power fiction wields.
"Fictional characters come to life - both literally and figuratively. Many have tried and some have succeeded in writing mashups with famed literary characters, but Parry knocks it out of the park. She plays with the canon without trying to imitate it, all the while spinning a truly heartfelt story. There is no excuse to miss this page-turning fantasy. Just plain wonderful." - Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
"Fun, witty, and full of insights about the powerful effect of stories on our lives, this book is highly recommended." - Booklist *** starred review ***.
"A beautiful book-lover's dream. . . Celebrates story and literature and the reader's relationship to story. . . truly a tale for bibliophiles and literature enthusiasts everywhere." - Bibliophile Magazine.
"Parry's debut novel is a Dickensian booklover's delight. Anyone who has ever wondered what it would be like to have a conversation with the Artful Dodger or to hold the legendary Excalibur in their hands will be in excellent company in the pages of this delightful literary fantasy. As one fictional creation puts it: 'I think we've found ourselves in the middle of an adventure'. - Shelf Awareness *** starred review ***.
THE CABIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Paul Tremblay|
An unbearably tense, gripping tale of paranoia, sacrifice, apocalypse, and survival that escalates to a shattering conclusion, one in which the fate of a loving family and quite possibly all of humanity are entwined. Electrifying and haunting, this is a masterpiece of terror and suspense from the fantastically fertile imagination of Paul Tremblay.
"Bram Stoker Award winner Tremblay once again demonstrates his talent for terrifying readers. Offering a terrible situation with no good outcome, this is the author at his best." - Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"The apocalypse begins with a home invasion in this tripwire-taut horror thriller. Tremblay skillfully seeds his tale with uncertainties and introduces enough doubt into the beliefs and behaviors of all the parties to keep them and the reader off-balance. His profoundly unsettling novel invites readers to ask themselves whether, when faced with the unbelievable, they would do the unthinkable to prevent it." - Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Powerful. . . full of twists and horrors that will keep even the most jaded genre reader silently turning its pages late into the night." - The New York Journal of Books.
"A striking work of psychological horror and unblinking terror. A blinding tale of survival and sacrifice that matches the power of belief with man's potential for unbridled violence." - Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU by Heather Child|
Freya's new virtual assistant knows what she likes, knows what she wants and knows whose voice she most needs to hear: her missing sister's.
It adopts her sister's personality, recreating her through a life lived online. But this virtual version of her sister knows things it shouldn't be possible to know. . .
A terrifyingly plausible and insidiously chilling debut from a new star of speculative fiction. Easily this year's most cutting-edge thriller!
"Child's rousing debut features striking prose and a well-imagined reality that showcases the author's careful attention to the attractions and downfalls of technology.
Her portrait of the near-future is astute and immersive, and makes for an impressively detailed backdrop for her heroine's gripping quest." - Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"Masterful. . . Child deftly seeds important facts throughout, drip-feeding exactly what the reader needs to know, when they need to know it. This is the mark of a good writer: one who gives you the information without you realising it. A perfect mix of mystery, SF, and fantasy - but with enough emotional heft to squeeze tears out of the hardest heart. If this is what Child can throw at us on her first try, I can't wait to see what she comes up with next." - Strange Horizons.
"A thrilling debut showing a chilling vision of a future that's just around the corner. You'll never look at your privacy settings in the same way again.
The world of Everything About You is closer than you think." - Fantastic Fiction.
"Thought provoking, cutting edge and heart-breakingly emotive all in a single breath. Heather Child's command of the narrative remains compelling throughout and I was hooked from beginning to end. I had to keep reminding myself this is her debut novel, it is so confident and self-assured." - The Eloquent Page.
|WHAT SHOULD BE WILD by Julia Fine|
Born with the power to kill or resurrect at her slightest touch, Maisie Cothay has spent her childhood sequestered in her family's manor at the edge of a mysterious forest.
But when her father disappears, Maisie must venture beyond the boundaries of her carefully protected life to find him.
Julia Fine's bewitching debut is a crackling contemporary fairytale that explores the cost of being extraordinary in a world that asks women to suppress their strength.
"Combines the intrigue of a literary mystery with the mythology of fairy tales. Without hyperbole, it's one of the best debut novels I've ever read." - Chicago Magazine.
"A rich blend of myth and modernity, and an intricately contrived feminist fantasy, What Should Be Wild explores the urges of the body, the nature of desire and the power of the spirit. Marks the arrival of a formidable new talent." - The San Francisco Chronicle.
"Fine's stellar debut is a mystical combination of curiosity, curses, and compassion. She creates an entirely new twist on the familiar setup of a young woman facing supernatural obstacles while trying to balance her own blossoming youth. Inventive and fascinating." - Publishers Weekly *** starred review ***.
"A hypnotizing fairy tale that explores what it's like to live life in an unruly female body that everyone around it insists on controlling, What Should Be Wild pulsates with originality, curiosity, terror, and pleasure." - Bustle.
"This fast-paced, imaginative, and intriguing tale will grip readers. Libraries will find this realistic fantasy novel hard to keep on their shelves." - Library Journal *** starred review ***.
"The Brothers Grimm gave us the fairy tales. . . In this astonishing debut, Ms. Fine bids fair to be the Sister Grimmest." - The Wall Street Journal.
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A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: Kirkus Reviews - The Observer|
2020 EDGAR AWARD NOMINEE
THE RIVER by Peter Heller
Master storyteller Peter Heller unspools a headlong, heart-pounding story of desperate wilderness survival. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
"Reverses so completely and shockingly at the end that it can knock any smugness from a reader. The real delight is the nature writing. . . Heller's prose is so vivid and engaging that a city-dwelling reviewer can feel the clammy cold of a fog over a river or the heat of subterranean tree roots burning underfoot in the aftermath of a fire. Utter joy. . .
a suspenseful tale told with glorious drama and lyrical flair." - The New York Times.
"A fiery tour de force. . . Terrifying and unutterably beautiful." - The Denver Post.
"Heller has created indelible characters. The River is a beauty-of-nature/cruelty-of-humanity hybrid, but this time he leans into the thriller aspect of the tale, with gripping results." - Minneapolis Star Tribune.
"The prose is glorious, Heller's evocation of the natural surroundings stunning, the tension razor-sharp." - The Observer (U.K.).
"Heller confidently manages a host of tensions. . . his pacing is masterful, calmly capturing the scenery, then running full-throttle and shifting to barreling prose when danger is imminent. An exhilarating tale delivered with the pace of a thriller and the wisdom of a grizzled nature guide." - Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
GIVE ME YOUR HAND by Megan Abbott|
Diane told her best friend Kit a secret about the worst thing she'd ever done. Now Diane knows something that could ruin Kit's life. . .
A devatatingly suspenseful psychological thriller about ambition, betrayal, and friendship.
"Abbott plunges us deep into a vividly realized world of intense competition and creates life-or-death stakes where we wouldn't have known to look for them.
This is a brilliant riff on hard science, human nature, and the ultimate unknowability of the human brain." - Booklist *** starred review ***.
"Abbott, who always immerses readers in hothouse subcultures in her novels, explores the relationship between competitive scientists at a cutthroat university laboratory.
Give Me Your Hand should cement Abbott's position as one of the most intelligent and daring novelists working in the crime genre today." - The New York Times.
"A spectacular thriller. Give Me Your Hand is a nuanced and atmospheric story about the lure of big dreams." - NPR.
"Trust the nimble Abbott to elevate this smart page-turner into a tense battle between morality and ambition." - People Magazine (Book of the Month).
"In Abbott's deft hands, friendship is fused to rivalry, and ambition to fear, with an unsettling level of believability. It will take more than a cold shower to still the blood thumping in your ears when you finish this." - Kirkus Reviews *** starred review ***.
A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: Entertainment Weekly - Washington Post - AARP - Newsweek - Chicago Public Library - Library Journal - LitHub - Booklist|
NOVEMBER ROAD by Lou Berney
Frank Guidry knows too much about the crime of the century, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. On the run from ruthless and determined professional killers,
Frank makes what might be a fatal mistake - he falls in love with Charlotte. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
"This superior novel from Edgar winner Lou Berney melds crime fiction with a tale about people reinventing themselves, played out during a cross-country automobile trip. An emotional story about the power of love and redemption through sacrifice with the backdrop of a crucial historical moment." - Associated Press.
"One of the most distinctive, unexpected crime novels of recent years. . . a road novel and a first-rate thriller, a quietly moving evocation of public and private trauma, of individuals searching for new lives in a radically altered world." - The Washington Post.
"A propulsive, romantic and danger-laden story centered on two people taking to the open road, running from past mistakes. A crime novel with a rare combination of emotional weight and gunshot speed. . . Berney gets inside his characters so gradually and gracefully that November Road easily transcends genre conventions.
November Road is indeed something different. There's no shortage of JFK fiction, but this one belongs up there with the best." - The Dallas Morning News.
"Through gorgeous prose, the Edgar, Macavity and Anthony Award-winning author elevates a cat-and-mouse story into a heartfelt journey of hope and discovery for two characters running from their pasts. November Road is more than the sum of its parts - a thrilling plot, an iconic period piece and unforgettable characters. Above all, it's an American novel not to be missed." - BookPage.