THIS IS JUST MY FACE: Try Not to Stare
by Gabourey Sidibe
This is the book you need to read if you want to be amazed by the freshest voice in nonfiction. Sharp, funny, and deadly serious, award-winning actress Sidibe brightens the world with her unabashed style, quick wit, and intellect.
—Kate Layte, owner
THE FACT OF A BODY
by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
In a unique blend of memoir and true crime, local author Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich has created a book that is equal parts haunting and haunted. Meticulously researched and expertly crafted, THE FACT OF A BODY is smart and raw and stunning. Mark your calendar: the author will read at Papercuts August 30.
—Katie Eelman, media + events
THE ASSOCIATION OF SMALL BOMBS
by Karan Mahajan
The effects of a bomb extend far beyond its blast area, beyond the victims and bombers. Mahajan's gripping novel begins with a bomb in a Delhi marketplace and follows the explosion as it rips lives apart long after and far away from the initial carnage.
—John Cleary, bookseller
OUT OF WONDER
by Kwame Alexander, with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth
illustrated by Ekua Holmes
This anthology of praise poems is exactly as advertised—wondrous. It's accessible, even for young readers—the perfect introduction to a rich range of poets through the ages. It's got poems celebrating Neruda, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Emily Dickinson. It's got love for Terrance Hayes, Basho, and Sandra Cisneros. And these poems are good—the kind that make you want to dance, as if the world's beloved poets are fireflies sparkling in air and the poets of this book have brought each shiny star down to earth for us, one poem at a time, to marvel at.
by Samanta Schweblin
Opening this book is like slipping into a sweaty pool in the middle of a volcanic forest and sinking to the bottom. You open your eyes and the figures you see are both real and hallucinations. You accept them as both and lean in to hear their stories. Sultry and mysterious, the characters lead you on a journey to figure out why they are here, at a hospital, simultaneously at and beyond death's door. And all you can do is submit to the erratic but compelling pulse of the story and find out.
—Kitty Darkness, bookseller