EGGSHELLS is a beautiful new debut (and paperback original!) that’s hitting all the honors lists! Inspired by Irish folklore, the story of Vivian is one of a young woman with a troubled childhood and without a friend in the world, trying to find her way back to the fairytale world her parents insisted she came from. When she puts out an ad for a friend named Penelope, she has no idea how much her life will change when the ad is answered.
From Restless Books, one of our recently featured indie presses, comes a brand new and stunningly original debut novel (in paperback!) from Deepak Unnikrishnan, TEMPORARY PEOPLE. Winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, TEMPORARY PEOPLE is an unforgettable and evocative glimpse inside the “guest worker” situation in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a labor force that is continuously sinking deeper into poverty while Dubai and Abu Dhabi grow into ever wealthier centers of global capitalism. Praised as a mix of the surreal and hypereal, illuminating the lives of people grappling with a new, unruly twenty-first-century global reality.
“People have been telling me since I was a little girl that I was too fervent, too forceful, too much. I thought I had harnessed the power of my own strength and greed and love to a life that could contain it. But it has exploded. In the last few months, I have lost my son, my spouse, and my house. Every morning I wake up and for a few seconds I’m disoriented, confused as to why I feel grief seeping into my body, and then I remember what has become of my life.” Ariel Levy’s sharp and profound memoir, THE RULES DO NOT APPLY, is a searing portrait of our time, of the shifting forces in American culture, of what has changed and what has remained. And of how to begin again.
We were so enchanted by Katie Kitamura on Valentine’s day, we’re excited to also host her husband, fellow author Hari Kunzru! Joining us for WHITE TEARS, a bookseller recommended title, Kunzru will be here March 27TH at 7PM! Bookseller Molly M. has this to say about White Tears: “Through unique form and pointed, straightforward language, author Hari Kunzru manages to explore heady topics like appropriation, privilege, identity, the weight of history, and personal/national identity while also telling a compulsively readable mystery.” And part-time bookseller Will is a huge fan of music-infused lit and loved that “what starts as an account of Blues music history through the lens of two very different young white men quickly spirals into a surreal mystery that keeps you guessing as to the nature of what REALLY happened.”
Elif Batuman’s THE IDIOT is a deep, introspective, character-driven novel that’s got our booksellers talking! Consuelo says, “I needed this novel and didn’t know it.The character Selin constantly questions herself and those around her, in a way that I found entirely refreshing and often humorous. Batuman has crafted a gem of a character-driven novel that should be cherished for a long time.” Bookseller Julia deeply relates to Selin’s conflict of self vs projected self, and says “Batuman has painted an achingly accurate portrait of the first forays into adulthood that is funny, sweet, smart, and universal.” And Molly M says, “This book is many things — coming of age story, travel diary, ethnographic take on the life of the collegiate elite, a sweet, sweeping love story — but most of all, it’s a walk through the world as seen through the eyes of a very smart, funny, intuitive alien with her finger on the pulse of us all. I love, love, loved this book.”
In four years Prime Space will put the first humans on Mars. Helen Kane, Yoshihiro Tanaka, and Sergei Kuznetsov must prove they’re the crew for the job by spending seventeen months in the most realistic simulation ever created, testing the limits of what is real and what is not, and probing just how well we can ever know ourselves, or hope to know somebody else. Meg Howry’s THE WANDERERS is a brilliantly inventive literary novel about the longing for discovery and the great search to understand the human heart and mind.
One of our New and Noteworthy picks for the month of March, Camille Paglia’s essays are essential reading to understand and affirm the power of women and men and to get to the heart of matters at hand. Finally, Paglia’s best essays have been collected in one concise volume! One of feminism’s most outspoken, independent and searingly intelligent voices, in FREE WOMEN FREE MEN Camille Paglia covers a wide range of relevant and timely subjects, explored beautifully.
Full of the charm and humor we’ve always loved from Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, TRIANGLE is the story of Triangle, his friend Square, and what happens when you play a sneaky trick on someone!
In OUT OF WONDER, Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderly, and Marjory Wentworth pay homage to the poets that have inspired them with poems of their own. Whether mimicking styles and themes or simply speaking back to the words that spoke to them, this collection offers a mountain of lyrical tribute and enlightenment. Illustrated by Ekua Holmes, this incredible collection of poetry will bring out the wonder in all readers!
When we were kids, we even loved the educational encyclopedias–what are we saying, we still do!! From Katie Scott, illustrator of the incredibly beautiful ANIMALIUM comes a new collection co-curated with Professor Kathy Willis on the wonders of the plant world. Just as intricately detailed and gorgeous as her first book, accompanied by a resplendent treasure trove of educational information, BOTANICUM is everything we hoped it would be and more!