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Staff Picks

Leaving Orbit
STAFF PICK | July

Margaret Lazarus Dean

“ Something I would never have read had my professor not written this book, and how glad I am that she did.  I'll never look up in the sky again without wondering who is floating above looking back. ”
David
Skim
STAFF PICK | July

Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki

“ A coming-of-age story with heavy Gothic overtones, Skim begins with a scandal at an all-girls' Catholic school and gets considerably darker from there. The first example of how seamlessly this team of cousins/collaborators works together, it's a must-read, particularly for fans of This One Summer, their later comic. ”
Aubrey
The Bear and the Piano
STAFF PICK | July

David Litchfield

“ The most enchanting, heartfelt, and beautifully written and illustrated kids book I've ever read. ”
David
Tell Me a Riddle, Requa I, and Other Works
STAFF PICK | July

Tillie Olsen

“ Tillie Olsen's characters are leather-palmed drunks and drop-outs. Inhabitants of unadorned homes in unmapped towns, they're nobody important in nowhere worth caring about. Embroidered with the innovation of Virginia Woolf and the phonetic virtuosity of Gertrude Stein, Olsen's stories bring to life an era and geography often mythologized but rarely humanized. A lost classic if ever there was one. ”
Andrew
The Cultural Revolution: A People's History
STAFF PICK | July

Frank Dikötter

“ Dikötter's thorough journey into one of the most horrifying chapters of Mao's China. ”
Ted
Leaves of Grass
STAFF PICK | July

Walt Whitman

“ Whitman continued to republish Leaves of Grass throughout his life, adding new material each time. This is the full version as it was when he died in 1892, nearly forty years after the original (my other staff pick for July). I recommend you head over to the river, sit on one of the benches there and read "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.""What is it then between us?" ”
Bennett
Leaves of Grass
STAFF PICK | July

Walt Whitman

“ For a little spin on Independence Day, I suggest the original text of Leaves of Grass, which was first published (just about a ten minute walk from here) on the 4th of July, 1855. This exuberant little volume changed everything not just for poetry but for American literature as a whole. Walt Whitman presents himself here as the friend you never knew you had, reaching across time to get you - you personally - more excited about living. If you've never read it, do yourself a favor and let Walt take you for a walk. ”
Bennett
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
STAFF PICK | July

Shirley Jackson

“ Recently, my friends and I got to talking about books written in a fever dream. We imagined a book club devoted exclusively to novels with that hallucinatory, incandescent, hysterical-yet-precise tone: in such a book club, We Have Always Lived in the Castle might be our number #1 pick. Creepy, demonic, bizarre: Merricat and her sister, shunned by their town, shut up in a mansion, careful with their sugar bowl, will transfix you. ”
Kyle
Out of Sheer Rage
STAFF PICK | July

Geoff Dyer

“ If you have ever looked at a self-help book and thought: screw it; if you have ever muttered over and over again “a sober, academic study’ in increasingly hysterical tones; if you have a novel in a drawer; if you have ever had trouble making up your mind, or felt both amorous and bruised, or thought long and hard about freedom, then this book, this ranty celebration of rage and procrastination and impatience, is for you. And no, you don’t need to know anything about DH Lawrence. ”
Kyle
The Chronology of Water
STAFF PICK | July

Lidia Yuknavitch

“ Father. Daughter. Water.This book is so sexy and dark, I nearly lost my mind. ”
Kyle

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