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Pond
STAFF PICK | August

Claire-Louise Bennett

“ A narrator who has given up on a certain exterior life, but has not in the least given up on the interior, complex, private realm of her mind and her desires. This book mentions Wittgenstein's Mistress and embodies a similar vernacular, and the smallest of actions are each a philosophy, a world, a debate, a question. But Pond exists in reality, as though the woman down the road were living out this life. This book is still circulating in my mind, a new jarring and provoking way of investigating life lived and unlived. ”
Lauren
Please Kill Me
STAFF PICK | August

Legs McNeill, Gillian McCain

Glenn
Andre Dubus: Selected Stories
STAFF PICK | August

Andre Dubus

“ All Andre Dubus' characters are created equal. Some of them are good people who do bad things, some bad people who do very bad things, others are in between. Though these aren't religious stories, his Catholic faith comes through -- he regards the full range of humanity with equanimity and his full attention, like a priest taking confession. ”
Sophie
Springtime: A Ghost Story
STAFF PICK | August

Michelle de Kretser

“ This is a sneaky, spooky story. The imagery is lush and intense, the language will make you question every move. What is underneath the most ordinary, still movements and thoughts? ”
Lauren
Jane, the Fox, and Me
STAFF PICK | August

Fanny Britt

“ Anyone who has ever felt isolated or bullied will identify with Hélène, a girl who has been ostracized by the other students in her grade and finds solace in the story of Jane Eyre. Comic book-style panels give way to full pages of Isabelle Arsenault's stunning illustrations, which convey multitudes on their own. ”
Aubrey
Akhmatova: Poems
STAFF PICK | August

Anna Akhmatova

“ ‘And that heart no longer answersTo my voice of honey and tar.Everything is over . . . and my song wandersInto the empty night, where you no longer are.‘ ”
Bennett
Secondhand Time
STAFF PICK | August

Svetlana Alexievich

“ The most moving and fascinating thing I've read in a long time. Weaving together hundreds of interviews over the past 25 years, Svetlana Alexievich presents the collapse and aftermath of the Soviet Union through the voices and personal stories of those who have lived that history themselves. There is a novel's worth of beauty and horror in any given three pages of this book. Alexievich demonstrates that making sense of history is an art. ”
Bennett
Elbow Room
STAFF PICK | August

James Alan McPherson

“ Jim McPherson passed away on July 27th.  'Elbow Room,' his second collection of short stories, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1978: if you haven't yet read this American master, start here. He loved the range of the human voice, all the ways we talk to each other, and all the ways we fail to hear. He will be missed. ”
Kyle
STAFF PICK | August

Italo Calvino

“ For those who enjoy wandering and wondering equally, or consider them the same. ”
Bennett
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
STAFF PICK | August

Mordicai Gerstein

“ August 7th is the anniversary of Philippe Petit’s daring tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers.  Part celebration of the artistic spirit, part quiet homage to the Twin Towers, this Caldecott winner is one of my favorite children’s books about New York City. ”
Melinda

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