Staff Suggestion October 2020

This month’s staff recommendations offer weird and wild reads. We found them enjoyable and enlightening.

 

Ben Recommends

Blue Sky Kingdom by Bruce Kirkby

Douglas & McIntyre

 

Recounted with wit and humility, Blue Sky Kingdom is an engaging travel memoir as well as a thoughtful exploration of modern distraction, the loss of ancient wisdom, and the challenges and rewards of intercultural friendships.

 


The New Wilderness by Diane Cook

Harper Collins

 

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2020

At once a blazing lament of our contempt for nature and a deeply humane portrayal of motherhood and what it means to be human, The New Wilderness is an extraordinary novel from a one-of-a-kind literary force.

 


Rupert Recommends

Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

Random House

Beautifully written, original, and revealing, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents is an eye-opening story of people and history, and a reexamination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and of American life today.

 


Pew by Catherine Lacy

FSG

 

In a small, unnamed town in the American South, a church congregation arrives for a service and finds a figure asleep on a pew. The person is genderless and racially ambiguous and refuses to speak. One family takes in the strange visitor and nicknames them Pew.

 


Danielle Recommends

If Then by Jill Lepore

The Simulmatics Corporation, launched during the Cold War, mined data, targeted voters, manipulated consumers, destabilized politics, and disordered knowledge. Jill Lepore, best-selling author of These Truths, came across the company’s papers in MIT’s archives and set out to tell this forgotten history, the long-lost backstory to the methods, and the arrogance, of Silicon Valley.

 


 

Just us by Claudia Rankine

Sometimes wry, often vulnerable, and always prescient, Just Us is Rankine’s most intimate work, less interested in being right than in being true, being together.

 


 

Olivia Recommends

How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang

Riverhead Books

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2020 BOOKER PRIZE

An electric debut novel set against the twilight of the American gold rush, two siblings are on the run in an unforgiving landscape—trying not just to survive but to find a home.

 


 

Fresh Water for Flowers by Valérie Perrin

Europa Editions

Valérie Perrin has given readers an intimately told story that tugs on the heartstrings about a woman who believes obstinately in happiness, despite it all.

 


Patti Recommends

World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Milkweed Editions

From beloved, award-winning poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil comes a debut work of nonfiction—a collection of essays about the natural world, and the way its inhabitants can teach, support, and inspire us.

 


 

Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Pamela Dorman Books

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves The Thursday Murder Club.


 

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