THE STORY OF MY TEETH
by Valeria Luiselli
THE STORY OF MY TEETH is many stories within a story within in a story. This novel's hilarious narrator, Highway, is the world's greatest auctioneer and a thrill to be alongside throughout his story, in which he auctions off his teeth using the marvelous art of storytelling.
I loved reading this book for its gorgeous design, its ability to make me laugh out loud on an otherwise grumpy commute, and its display of the author's mastery of the narrative.
—Katie Eelman, media + events coordinator
by Otessa Moshfegh
When MCGLUE opens up, the eponymous narrator, still drunk from the night before, wakes up locked in the hold of a ship, facing accusations that he killed his friend and shipmate, a crime he has no recollection of and cannot fathom having comitted. As the ship sails to Boston where the trial will be held, McGlue fights DTs to recount his entire relationship with Johnson, the man whose life he is accused of taking. This is a love story with grog ang gore and Moshfegh's writing is beautiful, even when she's describing the reek emanating from the festering crack in McGlue's skull.
—John Cleary, bookseller
by Deborah Underwood
I love this Cinderella retelling with Cinderella as a strong mechanically-inclined girl! Girl power and all that. But the real gem is the fabulous way the book is written--it is fun, it flows, and it has twist ending. I would put this in the hands of every princess/fairy/mermaid-obsessed kid in Jamaica Plain if I could.
—Jill Saginario, bookseller
SAM PHILLIPS: THE MAN WHO INVENTED ROCK 'N' ROLL
by Peter Guarlnick
If anyone was going to tell the story of Sam Phillips, it would be Peter Guralnick. The author of several books on America roots music, including Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presely and Lost Highway: Journeys and Arrivals of American Musicians, this is another of Guralnick's meticulously researched and well crafted books that looks into some of the most important and innovative persons in the history of American music. Sam Phillips and his recording studio, Sun Records, recorded now legendary artists as they were just starting out, paving their way to fame, and for some, infamy. Sam is the man, no question. You have him to thank for just about everything cool about music.
—Brian Hogue, bookseller