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Pick this up for a collection reads like Grimm fairy tales by way of contemporary Argentina: mysterious, bizarre, and darkly funny. Samanta Schweblin's prose is spare and startling. It's the perfect book for a month of cold winter's nights!
The Book of Essie is a searing, insightful dissection of the intersections of reality-tv celebrity, toxic Christianity and buried secrets that will make you think, examine your own participation in the culture surrounding reality TV, break your heart--and put it back together.
What better way to spend a cold, snowy February day reading McCann’s book while listening to the classic album that help define the bossa nova sound of the early 1960s. Part of the terrific 33 1/3 series that explores in depth seminal recordings of many different genres, this volume places the Getz/Gilberto album in social, historical, and musical context along with expert discussions of each composition cut by cut.
Feeling disengaged from the world, Ruth quits her job, leaves town, and arrives at her parents' home to find that her father is losing his memory and her mother is...not handling the situation well. At first glance the story seems like a tragedy, but Khong's incisive humor makes this utterly readable. For fans of Jami Attenberg, Goodbye, Vitamin is a quirky, tender look at the unexpected ways life can hit you.
An amazing collection of essays exploring questions of race, beauty, class, and authority from new angles, from a brilliant sociologist (who'll be here on March 1).
This comic contains: time travel, dinosaur punching, cranky old ladies, and the debut of the new Captain Marvel. Read the story that made Carol Danvers one of the greatest heroes in the Marvel Universe and impress your friends by knowing more than them at the movie next month.
An awe-inspiring punch to the gut, this stunning picture book will leave you breathless- and wanting to put a copy into the hands of everyone you know.
Jane Harper has a gift for invoking an incredibly strong sense of place. The brutal Australian outback is more than a backdrop to an intricately plotted and emotionally satisfying mystery that kept me guessing. The Lost Man is a tense, atmospheric page turner with well drawn, flawed, and relatable characters.
Abdurraqib catalogs musical history with a mythic, yet personal, reverence, sharing his heroes in a way that makes them accessible while canonizing them as larger-than-life icons. Whether you’re a longtime fan of A Tribe Called Quest or a total initiate, this book holds something fresh for you; this is what all culture writing should aspire to.
Is it redundant to say that a book about a sleeping sickness is written with a dream-like quality? And yet it's as fast-paced and urgent as a wildfire. This is a haunting and mesmerizing book. If you're a fan of Bird Box, this is an even better story of survival.
Such was the ongoing intellectual ferment of the City of Light that even in the squalid Depression decade an extraordinary cast of characters lived singular lives and created exciting things, in spite of - or perhaps stimulated by - the gathering geopolitical dread...
Tiana Clark is in the room with me, reciting her poetry. At least, that's how it feels when I read it. Her work is so emotionally rich and resonant. "I can't talk about the trees without the blood" is a powerful commentary about being a mixed-race woman in the US today.
Finishing the book feels like the beginning of your own journey, to track down the literary and historic references, to critique a society and culture that "removes" people, to recover the moments from you own life when you first realized how big the world around you is, but without any kind of heavy-handed moralization or didactic injunctions. The characters are so thoughtful and rich that you're inspired to grow so you can have a conversation with them.
A fun story about two smart girls in their space station home with their three-headed kitten named Princess, Sparkle, and Destroyer of Worlds. What's not to love? I really enjoyed the relationship treatment in the story, both with the girls' friendship, their familial relationships, and the relationships amongst coworkers on the station.