Staff Suggestions October 29 2020

Our second set of Staff Suggestions for October feature a range or quirky and interesting reads– everything from Birds to Beatles.


Ben Recommends

What Are You Going Through by Sigrid Nunez

A surprising story about empathy and the unusual ways one person can help another through hardship, her book offers a moving and provocative portrait of the way we live now.



The Bird Way by Jennifer Ackerman

Drawing on personal observations, the latest science, and her bird-related travel around the world, Ackerman shows there is clearly no single bird way of being. In every respect, in plumage, song, flight, lifestyle, and behavior, birds vary.



Rupert Recommends

The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante

Giovanna is searching for her reflection in two kindred cities that fear and detest one another: Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and Naples of the depths, a place of excess and vulgarity.



150 Glimpses of the Beatles by Craig Brown

Enriched by the recollections of everyone from Tom Hanks to Bruce Springsteen, this book is a humorous, elegiac, and at times madcap take on the Beatles’ role in the making of the sixties and of music as we know it.


Danielle Recommends

A Room Called Earth by Madeleine Ryan

A Room Called Earth is a humorous and heartwarming adventure inside the mind of a bright and dynamic woman. It is a testament to moving through life without fear, and to opening ourselves up to a new way of relating to one another.


The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld

Winner of the 2020 International Booker Prize

Rijneveld’s radical debut novel offers readers a rare vision of rural and religious life in the Netherlands, with stunning psychological acuity and images of haunting, violent beauty.



Olivia Recommends

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

The books in the Midnight Library enable Nora to live as if she had done things differently. With the help of an old friend, she can now undo every one of her regrets as she tries to work out her perfect life. But soon her choices place the library and herself in extreme danger.



Stranger Faces by Namwali Serpell

In a collection of speculative essays on such stranger faces—the disabled face, the racially ambiguous face, the digital face, the face of the dead— Serpell probes our contemporary mythology of the face, and imagines a new ethics based on the perverse pleasures we take in the very mutability of faces.


Patti Recommends

Peace Talks by Tim Finch

Edvard Behrens is a highly regarded senior diplomat. He confides in no one—no one but his wife Anna. Anna, whom he loves with all his heart; Anna, always present and yet forever absent…



Reaching Mithymna by Steven Heighton


From the brief reprieves of volunteer-refugee soccer matches to the riots of Camp Moria, Reaching Mithymna is a firsthand account of the crisis and an engaged exploration of the borders that divide us and the ties that bind.


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