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STAFF PICK | July

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Natsuo Kirino

“ A perfect summer read: a page-turner that's mysterious, full of strange and complex characters, and darkly humorous. A group of housewives who work the night shift at a boxed lunch factory in the suburbs of Tokyo get tangled in some horrific stuff. I couldn't put this book down. ”
Bonnie
On Certainty
STAFF PICK | July

Ludwig Wittgenstein

“ Will reading Wittgenstein's On Certainty help to clarify when to trust yourself or what is a ‘truth’? Or will it make you less uncertain? If nothing else, it will ease the burden of trying to know. Perhaps no one else thought as intensely about KNOWING as Wittgenstein did. ”
Lauren
Everyman and Medieval Miracle Plays
STAFF PICK | July

A.C. Cawley

“ Beautiful, funny, and folksy this concise collection of miracle plays will entertain even the most secular of readers. The head miller plays God, the water-carriers tell the story of Noah and the Flood, Adam and Eve are dressed by the garment maker's. Put your thinking-cap down, this isn't a book only for the pocket-protector crowd. ”
Andrew
STAFF PICK | July

Kent Haruf

“ Kent Haruf's final novel reads like old gossip that's been floating around for decades, yearning in this age of Snapchat and Twitter and Netflix Originals for a time of tackle boxes, small-town decorum, baseball caps, and the blacktop. The result is a lovely story told like a walk through a cornfield about friends and strangers and love and death. ”
Andrew
The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy
STAFF PICK | July

Jacob Burckhardt

“ Going to Florence this summer? Sure, buy all our Italy guidebooks - but this is the thing you really really really really ought to read. It's packed with mindblowers. ”
Christien
The Name of the World
STAFF PICK | July

Denis Johnson

“ I read another Denis Johnson novel. You should, too! ”
Christien
STAFF PICK | July

James Crumley

“ Sorry, Melville and Tolstoy and even Sylvia Plath, this novel has the single best first line of any book in the history of books. The rest of the book is a killer, too. ”
Christien
Funny Once
STAFF PICK | July

Antonya Nelson

“ If you like short stories but have yet to read Antonya Nelson, that's a real shame, but there's no time like the present! Discover (or rediscover) her with her latest (and seventh) collection, Funny Once, or one of my personal favorites - Some Fun. ”
Sophie
The Odd Woman and the City
STAFF PICK | June

Vivan Gornick

“ Gornick writes with humorous and insightful honesty about friendship and her New York--encounters bizarre, hilarious, hostile, tender, and everything in between, with strangers, family, neighbors, friends, acquaintances. Weaving together her own personal history, the histories of fellow writers, and conversations with her dear friend Leonard, this book is for every New Yorker who has ever loved and hated the city at the same time, (which is, every New Yorker). Gornick illuminates the paradox, and gives the chaos a little more meaning than it had before. ”
Lauren
Heteronomy
STAFF PICK | June

Chris Nealon

“ Consisting of five longer poems, breezily brilliant, expository but musical dispatches from the coast of late capitalism, Nealon's warmth and vulnerability are exactly as powerful as what we're up against. ”
Dan

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