BOOK OF THE WEEK
In an attempt to highlight the books that we love and want you to read, but that might not necessarily be on your radar, we'll be featuring a new book we can't stop raving about here, in our newsletter, and on social media.
"[This] duology opener will appeal to those seeking high-energy, feminist, queer narratives." —Publishers Weekly
“A brilliant noir comedy about art and illness…. Awad’s characters are deliciously over the top and impossible to forget, as is the author's gift for morbid humor….Endlessly thought-provoking and not to be missed.”—BOOKLIST (starred review)
"Stacy Schiff does a rare thing: She gives us a book we'd miss if it didn't exist."—Wall Street Journal
“Gloriously gruesome [and] lushly visceral. . . . To say that Wyld’s writing makes the art of sheep shearing come alive for the reader may not sound like a particular compliment, but oh, it is—she makes it sing with flea-coated, dung-crusted eloquence. . . . Half of you wants to race through to find out what happens, half wants to pause over the dark, clotted sentences. And then the state of suspense becomes almost unbearable. . . . The final revelation, when it comes, is explosive.” — NPR.org
“[An] exquisitely crafted tale...Part epistolary romance, part mind-blowing science fiction adventure, this dazzling story unfolds bit by bit, revealing layers of meaning as it plays with cause and effect, wildly imaginative technologies, and increasingly intricate wordplay...This short novel warrants multiple readings to fully unlock its complexities.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review).
“Evans and Holmon examine a broad swath of the popular-culture landscape, from anime and video games to comic books and movies, mixing social commentary and insight with the sheer love of the true fan… [The] authors reach far and wide across fan culture and use a pleasing blend of humor and pathos to connect readers to the material. An exercise in pop culture criticism that is simultaneously funny, thoughtful, and provocative.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred)
"Stunning... The intelligent, cerebral plot finds contemporary parallels in Euripides's tragedies, Jacobean dramas such as The Duchess of Malfi, and Tennyson's poetry. The devastating ending shows just how little the troubled Mariana knows about the human psyche or herself. Michaelides is on a roll."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"[The Grip of It is] so immediately frightening that your conscious mind subsumes the drama and focuses on the sounds in the house, the weird laughter in the forest, the jagged writing on the walls. The fun in the book is the way Jemc explodes all the haunted house clichés . . . Like all great haunting stories, the great thing is how quickly reality is overturned and shown to be the flimsy construct it is." —Leah Schnelbach, Tor.com
"Shana Youngdahl brings starkly real characters to the forefront of her debut YA novel that each have their own personal struggles and stories that are wholly unique to those individuals, yet universal to its readers. Scarlett is a deeply honest and flawed character that you'll want to follow through this non-linear, winding narrative of her experiences told through incredible prose. Difficult topics and choices are met head-on with care, heart, and respect. It's a novel that doesn't talk down to its readers that can be both for YA readers and adults alike!"