A serious and humorous story about love and loss. This is Maya’s story and she conveys through writing in her journal how events in your life can affect how you can evolve as a person in a positive or negative way. Even though the book deals with serious subjects as usual Allende can show us the humorous side of situations even in their dark moments. This is Isabel Allende at her best.
Nina Simone as captured by Alfred Wertheimer, December 1964.
Sounding like a Rust Belt Don DeLillo - complete with abundant deadpan surreality - and conjuring images reminiscent of the weirdest Harmony Karine film, this anti-coming of age novel is not for the faint of heart. If, however, you’re looking for proof that American literature is not stale or dying or dead, or if you’re holding out hope that radically new voices are out there waiting to be heard, then read this book. After all, don’t you want to be able to say, one day, that you read Jeff Jackson before everyone else did?
When people talk about Chicago, their eyes light up and no matter where they’re from or what language they speak, they always seem to say the same names: Al Capone. Michael Jordan. Barack Obama. Cabrini Green. Some people might remember pizza or Oprah or the damned Cubs, but the silhouettes of this city’s housing projects still loom large for out-of-towners driving past the still-empty lots that millions of black Chicagoans have called home since 1940. In High Rise Stories, Audrey Petty gives voice to twelve of the people who lived in these projects in an approachable, personal oral history format. Their stories offer a vastly different picture of life in the projects than decades of sensationalist news stories and the depiction here is buttressed by essays and comments from well-regarded scholars like Alex Kotlowitz, Larry Vale, and Brad Hunt. This isn’t just one of the best new books about the city, but one of the best works of first-person history I’ve ever read.
- Jeff Waxman
Let’s be clear shall we?
American Dream Machine is many things: a multi-generational tale; a fable of becoming and unbecoming and becoming again; a story of power and the myriad ways it shapes you and the world you inhabit; a brilliantly conceived and accomplished novel. It is also the closest thing to the Great American Novel I’ve encountered in some time. This isn’t just one of my picks for “Best of the Year,” it’s also firmly in my pantheon of “must reads.” I’ll be handselling it forever, so you might as well pick it up before I force it into your hands.
Just so we’re clear.
Pie charts, and bar graphs, and flow charts, oh my! This cheeky look at the actual graphics used in graphic novels is a great compilation of wit, eye-catching visuals, and meticulous breakdowns. It’s got a great handle on the whos, whats, whens, wheres (but never really whys) of the multiverses of my favorite vigilante superheros. The fact that this book even exists pleases the overly-curious, hyper-organizational, I-Really-Wish-I-Could-Draw-But-Can’t-So-I’ll-Drool-Over-Other-People’s-Work streak in me. Naturally.
the snow and cold have put us in a northern state of mind and a Scandinavian lit kind of mood! Come in, grab some Pippi to lift your spirits or some Strindberg to darken them, curl up with a mug of glögg, and embrace the Nordic weather!
Well folks, here they are: our 20 Best of 2013. All books on this list are 20% off from today (11/30) through 12/31. For your wishlist-making and gift-buying convenience, books are displayed in our front window, along the back wall, and listed online!
Terry Eagleton thinks he has Booker Prize potential. Rob Sheffield says that lines from his book deserve to be carved on tombstones. He didn’t recognize Tom Hanks. And he’ll be on our shelves next Tuesday.
Morrissey. Autobiography. 12/3/13.
Oh and he pairs well with Peanuts, too.
why take down our eye-catching cannibalism display when we can mash it up so easily with a Thanksgiving theme?
Are paper books becoming obsolete in the digital age, or poised to lead a new cultural renaissance?
For your Sunday reading pleasure. We’ll also have the LARB Quarterly in the stores soon.
Remember the Penguin Classics collection at the old Co-Op and how it was awesome? Yeah, we missed it too.
Something on the internet told us that the traditional gift for a 30th anniversary is “pearls.” No, really. Look it up.
Anyway, New Directions, one of our favorite publishers who are also great friends to the store, have this gorgeous line of small gems they call their Pearls. (You really can’t make this up.)
For the next little while, buy 2 Pearls and get a third free (in-store only)! Just another way to celebrate 30 good years and all with the help of a great press.
For a list of the Pearls on display, please click here.
Ytasha Womack came by yesterday afternoon to discuss her new book Afrofuturism. The talk was great, the cover is beautiful, the book should be in your collection. We have signed copies while they last.