Welcome to 2017! Resolve to read more. Below are just some of the titles we at Papercuts are highly anticipating. Click a cover to learn more and pre-order books to ship directly to you.
BLOOD AND GUTS IN HIGH SCHOOL
by Kathy Acker
Kathy Acker lived her life on no one’s terms but her own, and Blood and Guts in High School showcases the balls she had to throw away the confines of the typical American novel to create a postmodern classic. Acker uses techniques such as collage, pastiche, and straight up plagiarism to convey a non-narrative non-linear story that is both grotesque, beautiful, confusing and outrageous. Recommended for anyone who wants to feel like they’ve just drank a gallon of PCP and spit in the face of the man.
THE LOTTERY: The Authorized Graphic Adaptation
by Shirley Jackson and Miles Hyman
Halloween kitsch is cool I guess, but there's nothing more terrifying to me than the natural human potential for destruction. Everyone knows "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson, widely considered the best short story ever, and led to The New Yorker being bombarded with the most mail it's ever received after publishing it for the first time. It's a dark, twisted, brilliant story, but you should try it in graphic form. The detailed illustrations in this graphic adaptation do much of the storytelling, and will leave you shook up and startled. Happy Halloween!
—Katie Eelman, media + events
IN THE COMPANY OF WOMEN
by Grace Bonney
This book is a treasure! Filled with straight-to-the-point interviews and gorgeous photography, it's an encylopedia of influential women doing exceptional work around the world. The perfect gift for the woman maker, artist, or entrepreneaur in your life. And if you're one yourself, you'll find endless inspiration from artists, chefs, fashion designers, tattoos artists, and so much more. Indispensible.
—Kate Layte, owner + manager
THE COURSE OF LOVE
by Alain de Botton
Alain de Botton takes a contemporary look at love and marriage, starting at “happily ever after." This is a coming-of age novel that starts where coming-of age novels normally end. Where people might ask how two partners met, de Botton is concerned with how their relationship develops after their lives are joined. How do they manage their insecurities as their lives become more entwined over the years, and as they deal with the petty and unglamorous facts of daily life? Both characters have developed ways to control and shield themselves from insecurity.
—Keith Jones, guest reviewer
by Patti Smith
This book is pure magic, an elixir that will soothe and inspire your soul and bring you directly into the mind and days spent of one of our greatest living legends with "plenty of nothing to say." The writing is jaw-droppingly gorgeous and the stories on the verge of unbelievable that you know they are true. The book is filled to the brim with the pure glory of life. Keep a notebook nearby as you'll find yourself writing down authors, poets, writers, musicians, and dozens and dozens of book recommendations. The paperback edition has more than 20 new pages and new photos (including a pony!).
HANNAH MARY TABBS AND THE DISEMBODIED TORSO
by Kali Nicole Gross
Gross brings Tabbs to life and adroitly acclimates the reader to 1880s Pennsylvania - with what it was like for a woman living in a man's world, and what it was like for a person of color living in a white world. Tabbs is presented as a bit of a folk hero who managed to subvert gender and racial conventions and move about as independently as she could within social confines - she blatantly had extra-marital affairs at a time when a woman's sexuality was taboo and she managed to walk the walk in judgmental white communities enough to cleverly evoke sympathy - even though she had a reputation as a brute with a horrid temper on the black side of town AND hacked up a dude with a cleaver! —Alethea Jones, guest reviewer
by Stacey Dyer
This beautifully-designed, LBGTQ-friendly, non-gendered wedding planning workbook is a must-have for anyone who is entering the chaotic wedding planning season. This local author comes from the tech industry, so she aims to create an experience that's lean and clean. Use this book to sort through the madness and come out on the other side with the wedding of your dreams. There are at least five friends I wish I had been able to give this to in years past. —Katie Eelman, media + events
by Basma Abdel Aziz
he government of The Queue's Egypt is a nefarious authoritarian regime hiding behind the facade of an obstinate bureaucracy(The Gate) that engages in widespread surveillance, spreads propaganda and misinformation, and asserts control over even the minutiae of its citizens' lives. This novel is like a 21st century Animal Farm, except the society Abdel Aziz portrays and characters' responses to the Gate's absurd decrees are eerily familiar. —John Cleary, bookseller
SHELTER IN PLACE
by Alexander Maksik
This one begins with a hammer to the skull. Seven blows. Joey's mother has killed a man. Maybe he deserved it; maybe she was too violent. She's imprisoned and Joey is forced to redefine family. Tess, the love of his life, is inspired by Joey's mother's violence. What unfolds is a layered love story alongside the lingering and difficult question: when you become aware that domestic violence happens around you, what will you do? This one pulled me in deep and has left me unsettled for days. —Kate Layte, owner + manager
THE EVOLUTION OF BRUNO LITTLEMORE
by Benjamin Hale
Hale's fictional memoir of a hyper-intelligent chimpanzee who is raised by a primatologist at the Chicago Zoo and ends up imprisoned in a research center in Georgia is humorous, engrossing, and, at times, dark. Through his witty, arrogant narrator, Hale asks the reader to consider what it means to be(and become) human and how little separates us from the animals. —John Cleary, bookseller
by Sady Doyle
"Trainwreck is a much needed revelation of a book. Sady Doyle chronicles in devastating detail the ways in which society picks apart and destroys women from Mary Wollstonecraft to Britney Spears. Fierce as hell, well-researched, and wonderfully written, Trainwreck is eye-opening, mind-blowing, and life-changing." —Katie Eelman, media + events
"Brilliant. Devastating. Undeniable. Sady Doyle is a hero." —Kate Layte, owner + manager
by Nathan Hill
This is a rich, multi-layered masterpiece. Samuel Andresen-Anderson, a professor and writer in hot water, is tasked with finding his estranged mother whose face is all over the news for attacking a politician. Samuel learns of his mother's sordid political past, among other things, on a journey in a story with many perspectives. It's a critical commentary on consumer culture and a look at media, protest, and police. It's also a narrative about the hyper-real, a ghost story, a choose-your-own adventure tale, and a meditation on who our stories belong to. This epic novel is not to be missed. —Katie Eelman, Media + Events
by Molly Crabapple
In artist/writer/activist Molly Crabapple's memoir, she travels to France, Turkey, and Morocco, starts a live-drawing workshop/burlesque with classes around the world, draws the Occupy movement in Zucotti Park, and sketches prisoners in Guantanamo Bay. Featuring her gorgeous full-color sketches and paintings(tremendous works, Boschian in scope and detail), Molly Crabapple's writing incisively captures the relationship between life and art. —John Cleary, bookseller