by Julie Buntin
This patiently written novel is an exploration of the psyche of young women, best friends, and the most intense ties between them. MARLENA is a dizzying, empathetic, and unforgettable story, poised to be among the very best of the year. For readers of Ferrante and lovers of a damn fine sentence.
—Katie Eelman, media + events
THE UKRAINIAN AND RUSSIAN NOTEBOOKS
Italian graphic novelist Igort interviewed survivors of the Holodomor, a famine in Ukraine that resulted from forced collectivization under Stalin and took millions of lives, and friends and neighbors of Anna Politkovskaya, a journalist and human rights activist who covered the war in Chechnya, opposed Putin, and was murdered, and illustrated their stories. It's harrowing, a bit frightening, and beautifully drawn.
—John Cleary, bookseller
SEVEN BRIEF LESSONS ON PHYSICS
by Carlo Rovelli
In 81 pages, this absurdly lucid description of general relativity, quantum mechanics, and thermodynamics will drastically alter your conception if the universe (unless you are a theoretical physicist). Did you know, for instance, that the phenomenon of time is intimately tied up with...heat? Carlo Rovelli is a first magnitude genius and I can't wait to read his most recent book, Reality Is Not What It Seems.
by Neil Gaiman
It’s no surprise that Neil Gaiman, who deals in the complexities of being a god, an endless creature, in so many of his most compelling works (and in epic fashion, as seen in American Gods and The Sandman series) has chosen to retell the tales of Loki, Thor, Freya, and, of course, Odin in his new collection, Norse Mythology. Norse gods are a bit strange, after all, a bit unexpected, especially for readers accustomed to Western myth traditions as seen in the tales of The Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault, and Hans Christian Anderson, where so much emphasis is placed on stark stereotypes of good and evil. In this refreshing collection, we see Norse gods embracing both light and dark, power and sacrifice. They are ill-tempered tricksters who change genders and birth monsters, find comfort in a good death and humor in the dark mists of life.
—Kitty Darkness, bookseller