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You Think That's Bad
STAFF PICK | September

Jim Shepard

“ Jim Shepard writes astounding stories with enough depth and detail to rival any novel. Often taking his inspiration from historical figures, he builds visceral, engaging narratives from real life events. In this collection Shepard blends personal tragedies with epic catastrophes in his strong, careful prose. ”
Jacob
The Emigrants
STAFF PICK | September

W.G. Sebald

“ W.G. Sebald (himself a German emigrant) tells the stories of four men he knew, each of whom left Central Europe sometime in the 20th century. The stories seem otherwise unconnected - and yet, the more you read, the more it all feels like one long reverie, with implications you can feel but not quite grasp. In a blend of fiction and nonfiction, Sebald writes books that seem to transform as soon as you finish them, begging for another look. In a quiet way, he shakes you up. ”
Bennett
In Patagonia
STAFF PICK | September

Bruce Chatwin

“ What looks at first like travel writing turns out to be something else, a unique genre blending history, personal anecdotes, and stark floating sketches of moments along the way. Bruce Chatwin devoted his life to studying the nomadic impulse in humans: our strange and persistent need to stray. ”
Bennett
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
STAFF PICK | September

Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault

“ Classic children's nonsense rhyme read by the great Ray Charles! ”
Mary
The Hand That Feeds You
STAFF PICK | September

A.J. Rich

“  Amy Hempel and Jill Ciment, writing under the name A. J. Rich, have concocted just the book you need to get you through the depressing transition into fall: murder, sex, dogs, mystery, lots of emotional and psychological confusion. ”
Bonnie
Half a Lifelong Romance
STAFF PICK | September

Eileen Chang

“ This book has it all. All the ugliness and intensity of family bonds and dynamics, doomed love in 1930s Shanghai, all of Chang's colorful and amusing descriptions. Just a totally solid novel. ”
Bonnie
The Remains of the Day
STAFF PICK | September

Kazuo Ishiguro

“ Winner of the Booker Prize in 1989, Remains of the Day is a masterpiece and one of the best examples of contemporary literature that you will find. ”
Mary
The Patron Saint of Liars
STAFF PICK | September

Ann Patchett

“ Astonishing for a debut novel, Patron Saint of Liars is a deep study of flawed characters. It's the kind of story that stays with you for a long time. Read this while you're waiting for Patchett's new one, Commonwealth. ”
Mary
My Misspent Youth: Essays
STAFF PICK | September

Meghan Daum

“ All the essays in Meghan Daum's first collection were written in the 1990s, and after going out of print for a bit the book was reissued last year. The time gone by is obvious in a number of places - fax machines, living on Riverside Drive for under $600 a month, etc - but I think this makes for an even more enjoyable read, and is proof of Daum's great skill. Her voice is still fresh and intense 15-plus years later (particularly impressive now that first-person essays seem to be everywhere!), and the themes are just as relevant today as when 20 somethings could afford to live in Manhattan. ”
Sophie
The Golden Age
STAFF PICK | September

Joan London

“ In this beautifully written novel set in World War II-era Australia, Joan London tackles no small number of themes -- illness, rehabilitation, adolescence, immigration, anti-Semitism, love, and poetry, just to name a few. For some writers this order might be too tall, but the real joy of London's talent is the subtle way in which the story of a polio-stricken boy and girl, simply told, effortlessly grows to encompass everything. ”
Sophie

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