Hey y’all! It’s that time of the week again and our booksellers are back with fresh recommendations. Read on to see what page-turners they’ve been enjoying lately.
The Book of X by Sarah Rose Etter
I’m not sure how to quite describe the macabre and astounding frankness of this story. It is desperately poetic in all the most satisfying ways. Etter leads you through a grim and delicious dream, a dark and winding wood, where everything unfolds in strangeness but you never question a thing. If you are anything like me, all you needed was this single sentence from the back cover: “A surreal exploration of one woman’s life and death against a landscape of meat, office desks, and bad men.” I have never purchased a book so quickly in my life.
All Adults Here by Emma Straub
The Stricks are in trouble. After witnessing the sudden death of an acquaintance, Astrid, the family’s widowed matriarch, contemplates her own mortality and is forced to re-examine her career as a mother and wife all while tending to her troubled granddaughter. Her children aren’t that much better off: Elliot, Porter, and Nicky are fumbling through life carrying the weight of their dysfunctional upbringing. Like the best family dramas, Emma Straub’s All Adults Here looks at the joys and pitfalls of the blood ties we can’t seem to shake. It’s a tender, and often hilarious, testament to the power of love and forgiveness. And it’s the picture-perfect rendering of a family going through it all and coming back together again. This novel’s an absolute marvel.
The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin
You’ve read a lot of books about New York City, but you haven’t read this one. Steeped in culture, Jemisin delivers a fantasy world that blends effortlessly with reality. If you’re holding your breath about the personifications of New York’s boroughs being stereotypical, you can breathe easily. Each character is a complex and nuanced amalgamation of both the history and daily lives of the communities they represent. The diverse and mundane concepts that make a New Yorker a New Yorker become weapons against a Lovecraftian enemy. If you’ve never been to New York, this book is like walking around the streets with a local, skipping all the tourist attractions to shake the hands of each person who calls it their home. This tediously researched masterpiece uses fantasy as a tool to shine a light on what truly makes us human.
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