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Staff Picks

Our Spoons Came from Woolworths
STAFF PICK | May

Barbara Comyns

“ Sophia and her husband are young artists cobbling together a life for themselves in 1930s London -- they paint their kitchen walls yellow and second-hand furniture green, adopt a stray kitten, and eat bad cuts of meat for dinner. But the narrator's breezy, brisk tone doesn't conceal the sharp edge of poverty and desperation beneath their bohemian existence. ”
Sophie
Big Machine
STAFF PICK | May

Victor LaValle

“ This is by far the most original novel I have read in months (years, maybe). You will be unable to resist Ricky Rice's wry gallows humor and surprisingly hopeful perseverance (all the more impressive in a recovering heroin addict and survivor of a suicide cult). Is this book supposed to be a mystery? A paranormal fantasy? A tale of redemption? Check all of the above and dive in, the Unlikely Scholars have been waiting for you. ”
Sophie
Petronille
STAFF PICK | May

Amelie Nothomb

“ What’s more French than a novel about champagne? Why isn’t this writer better known here in the U.S.? What is going on between Petronille and and the narrator, Amelie Nothomb? Why aren’t all novels this short, this fleeting, this passionate, this anti-psychological? Do you really think you can read the opening pages and not buy this book? ”
Kyle
The Most Human Human
STAFF PICK | May

Brian Christian

“ There is something so warm and winning about Christian's voice, so human, that I happily trotted along on his whirlwind intellectual tour through the mind/body divide, the history of the soul, and the ways to measure a poem's density. ”
Kyle
Ada, or Ardor
STAFF PICK | May

Vladimir Nabokov

“ Taking place in a parallel world with a somewhat different arrangement of geography and chronology, the love story of Ada and Van over many decades is a fantastical, pun-filled time-comedy. One of Nabokov's last novels, and maybe his most ambitious, it's over the top, disturbingly romantic and exploding with the author's delight in language. Don't miss the notes at the back, penned by Nabokov's alter ego Vivian Darkbloom. ”
Bennett
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
STAFF PICK | May

Dave Eggers

“ Three books have made me cry. This -- Dave Eggers's beautiful, divisive, blazing comet of a debut -- is one of them. ”
Brian
Bloom
STAFF PICK | May

Doreen Cronin

“ This spring has brought an amazing crop of picture books and I’m happy to recommend Bloom as one of my favorites. Without gallant princes and deceitful stepmothers but with a starring role for a mud fairy, Cronin and Small have created a perfect, timeless fairy tale. ”
Melinda
In Certain Circles
STAFF PICK | May

Elizabeth Harrower

“ The long-delayed publication of Harrower’s most recent novel makes for an interesting story, but In Certain Circles shouldn’t rely on that backdrop to inspire readers to pick it up. In my mind, Harrower's unapologetic gifts make her worth it. Read it for the language and trajectory of vision, and then feel fortunate that she’s written four other novels to discover. ”
Melinda
Shelter
STAFF PICK | May

Jung Yun

“ I couldn't put this down. I thought, this is not the kind of thing I should be reading right before bed. But I couldn't stop reading this novel about family and cross-cultural relationships, violence and trauma, money, American suburbia, and you will probably want to read it too and not stop until you are finished and reeling. ”
Bonnie
Sergio Y.
STAFF PICK | May

Alexandre Vidal Porto

“ I really dug this book--an exploration of identity and happiness through the story of a Brazilian therapist dealing with the unexpected death of a transgender patient. ”
Bonnie

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