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The God of War by Marisa Silver tells the story of a young adolescent who, after accidentally dropping his baby brother on the floor in infancy, believes he is responsible for his brother’s mental state later in life. It is a tragic story of a child’s vivid imagination and sense of responsibility and a well-meaning, adoring parent’s inability to recognize her oldest son’s greatest nightmare — that he alone is at fault. Heartbreaking and beautiful.
To quote the book, “If you want to make friends with dragons, tacos are key.” Who knew that dragons liked tacos so much! All different kinds, as varied as your imagination. Oh but wait! they don’t like their tacos with spice so no salsa, ok? Mild ingredients only. And dragons like parties too! But taco parties are their favorite kind of parties. If you want to make friends with dragons, throw a taco party, ok? But what happens if you have all your dragon friends over for a taco party and a little bit of spicy salsa gets snuck in? Read the book to find out the explosive ending to this story…
I’d be hard pressed to think of a better book to read during the dark, bitterly cold end of winter. I’m not much for historical fiction usually, but this book is about as great as it gets. (Based on basically nothing else I have to compare it to. Whatever.) Sprawling and lush and funny and dirty and totally engrossing. A fully fleshed (pun intended… you’ll see) world into which it’s an undeniable pleasure to escape.
Some Southern Ladies are real peaches. Some are tomatoes. Fannie Flagg is a tomato— a tangy, spicy, fried, green tomato. And like all Southern Ladies, she knows how to entertain. Daisy Fay is a spunky little coming-of-age, a delicious story that you’ll be sure to devour.
If you’ve ever read any of my staff picks, you’ll know that I adore academic fiction. This gem from Rachel DeWoskin is a beautifully rendered tale of a young teenager, a dwarf, who is the subject of a horrific scandal at a prestigious private school. DeWoskin’s narrator is smart, passionate, and entirely vulnerable. She’s not one you’ll easily forget (or want to).
This might sound a little “Melancholy and the Infinite Sadness,” but I love to gaze at a Modigliani. His life, one of those sublime tragedies of artists caught up in the turning century, Colic wastes no time acquainting you with this. Cloudy vignettes and oneiric fits, it’s as if our hero’s final days were turned into a poetry reading or an art lecture where the wine flows freely.
Incantatory and poetic, The Book of Monelle reads like the transcription of a lovelorn fever dream from an unknown time. Schwob’s proto-surrealist fables provide a glimpse into the space where fantasy gives flight and reality misleads, like the Brothers Grimm in the wake of an absinthe binge. There are books that feel, somehow, inevitable. This is one of them.
I’ve wanted to make Pink Elephant by Rachel McKibbens my staff pick for the entire three years I’ve worked here but was super horrified to write a wack blurb for such a rad book. AND I STILL AM. But, y’all, you need this book of poems in your lives STAT. Pink Elephant is a monster. It will eat all of the other books on your shelf for brunch. It’s the anti-debut debut because the poems in this book are seamless and perfectly toned and bold and will live in your brain for days/weeks/years after reading them.
This always seemed like one of those great books you’re supposed to read. It’s like when I was a kid and we’d have Brussels sprouts for dinner. The frozen kind. First time I had fresh Brussels sprouts, it was a REVELATION. That is what reading this book is like. I was blown away by how brilliant Doris Lessing is. How completely insightful. How elegantly she picks apart the complexities of human nature. How she does it all in a way that is utterly riveting. I couldn’t put it down, couldn’t wait to read everything she had to say about the joys and sorrows and mysteries of being alone, of colliding with desire and love, of living.
Based on an animated short film (Google it, it’s worth watching!), Hedgehog in the Fogis Russian, dreamy, moody and gorgeously illustrated. A prickly little Hedgehog is on his way to visit his friend Bear. As he travels through the forest he encounters all sorts of animals and bugs - some who frighten him and some who help him along on his trip. Little Hedgehog gets scared and lost in the dark and in the fog, but he makes it safely to his friend Bear’s house and thinks back on his trip while they both eat bread and jam and count the stars above.
Being different is just a part of being human. We all know that by now (well, hopefully). But is it true even when you’re an adorably round and lovable pup, too? YEP! Chowder is the unbelievably charming story of a bulldog who reminds me of myself more than most characters in novels out there. …And I’m pretty proud of that. It’s also the cutest rendition of a bulldog I’ve ever seen. It really is the perfect children’s book: great art, great message, adorable dog. What more do you need in life?!