A CURE FOR SUICIDE by Jesse Ball & SPEAK by Louisa Hall
Highly recommending two new books just out this month: Jesse Ball's A CURE FOR SUICIDEand Lousia Hall's SPEAK. Ball's new book follows a man with no memory starting over with a caretaker who he's unsure he can trust. She's in charge of recreating his memories and showing him the small strange world he's in. It's a fascinating read. SPEAK blew me away. Narrators include robots, Alan Turning, the diary of a young Puritan, chat transcriptions between a child and her robot, and of course: Boston professors. The book explores a near future where a robot has been programmed with the thoughful and curious diaries of a young Puritan woman. These are two you really don't want to miss.
—Kate Layte, Owner + Manager
GIOVANNI'S ROOM by James Baldwin
If you've not yet read GIOVANNI'S ROOMby the legendary Baldwin, now is the time. This novel is, impressively, equal parts hard-hitting and subtle. The double marginalization of being a queer racial minority, and the pain that comes with it, is explored in a bold way that has relevance and impact today. The social alientation explored in the text, analogous to Baldwin's reality, adds to the darkness of the story, which makes for a beautiful and devastating read. This book is important.
—Katie Eelman, media + events coordinator
THE SECRET HISTORY by Donna Tartt
In Donna Tartt's creepy and thrilling first novel, a tight-knit group of students in an intense Classics program at a small Vermont college push their academic endeavors too far and must cover up a horrifying accident. As the weight of their secret presses down them the students begin to unravel; paranoia sets in and morality is cast aside as they plunge deeper into the darkness within. Compelling from the first page to the last, this book is impossible to put down.
—John Cleary, bookseller