This is the perfect autumn read. Not only is it set in Boston during October, but there are costumes; there are ghosts; there are old houses, scavenger hunts, gothic writers, and family mysteries! But more than that, these unabashedly REAL characters will stay with you like crisp fall air -- their secret sorrows, humorous quirks, and brilliant wisdom permeating your days. So, as you read (whether under a cozy blanket or on a street strewn with leaves), let your imagination run wild in a way that would be pleasing to the stories eccentric, deceased billionaire. Then, ask yourself the book's ever-present question: how will you play the ultimate game?
This is a tightly wound mousetrap of a story that plays out like a Hitchcockian fever dream. It follows comically foibled Lise, an unraveling heroine on a bewildering mission of self destruction. The author had me fooled up until the final pages where everything snapped into place. Genius.
With my own cozy reading chair and judgmental cat, I spent most of this book believing Abbi Waxman had probed my brain while I was sleeping. Frankly, I’d be surprised if other bookish folks, general nerds, or organization enthusiasts didn’t feel the same way. It’s a perfectly weird combination of rampant thoughts, happy places, and anxious social encounters; the frustration and comfort of a crazy family; a thoughtful love letter to booksellers and bookstore patrons. Add the sassy narrator, scents of pine and flavors of ice cream, and sickeningly cute romance--and I'm sure it’d pair well with summer itself.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel—legendary civil engineer and real historical figure—is trapped in a game of cat and mouse between Captains Nemo and Ahab in this entertaining literary pastiche in which two of the greatest monomaniacs in Victorian adventure writing are drawn into a deadly collision course. Laying undersea cable has never sounded so thrilling.
In this gently fantastic and hallucinatory first novel by celebrated graphic designer Peter Mendelsund (What We See When We Read), Percy Frobisher travels to a kind of uncanny TED-conference institute in the desert to work on a project that grows more unfocused as the days pass, while becoming more and more fascinated with a local shop that can apparently reproduce anything at all.
A tragic accident orphans the Moreau children, catapulting them into boarding school and points yet to be known. Older siblings Liz and Marty move on, while Jules seems paralyzed by the loss of his parents and their idyllic life in Munich. With Jules' narration, Wells elegantly weaves the intricate patterns of reaching for security. Flowing language recounts the reunion of this scattered family and the unexpected interruption to their re-found lives. Through Jules, Wells will push readers into also wondering, "What if there's no such thing as time? If everything we experience is eternal, and it's not time that passes us by, but we ourselves that pass by the things we experience?"
After being driven into exile by the rise of the Nazis, communist writer Anna Seghers wrote this heartfelt and hopeful thriller that combines the suspense of a Hitchcock movie with the real tragedy of a community in the grip of a collective madness.
A short novel with just a couple characters, this is the perfect type of book to take on a weekend trip. Spanning several years of Adam and Anita's increasingly mundane marriage, their artistic creativity is re-awoken when the mysterious immigrant, Adele, is hired as their nanny. While only 150-pages, the book provides a thought-provoking study on heavy themes like love, marriage, friendship, art, and culture.
I imagine the musical soundtrack of Tomb Song to be comprised of jazz. Full of energy and chaos, emotional highs and lows, and wild unpredictability, this is a coming-of-age "novel" like you've never read before. Respect must go to Christina MacSweeney (award winning translator of Valeria Luiselli) for translating a seemingly irreproducible piece of writing into English. I look forward to reading more Julian Herbert!
In this recent reissue of Ingalls' delightfully bizarre novella, we're introduced to the usual trope of bored housewife stuck in a loveless marriage during 50's suburban ennui. But before your eyes glaze over, in walks Larry - an amphibious frogman who has escaped from cruel captors at a research center, bringing in an element of B-horror creature feature love story that would have made Ed Wood go wild.