ANIMALS STRIKE CURIOUS POSES
by Elena Passarello
In this incredibly inventive book of essays, Passarello tells the stories of famous animals throughout history, 17 of them to be exact. The stories will challenge your ideas of humanity and wildness, and illuminate the changes in thinking through time. It was a joy to host Elena for a reading at La Rana Rossa last week! She read the essay Arabella, the spider launched into space in 1973. The audience was riveted, and you will be too. It's a little bit devastating, a little bit hilarious, all the way witty and smart as hell. Pick up a signed copy at the shop.
And, if you're a fan of the bi-weekly animal fact brought to you by the Papercuts newsletter, keep reading! Elena herself has graced this newsletter with some of her extensive animal knowledge.
—Katie Eelman, media + events
by Mohsin Hamid
This story of two lovers fleeing a war-torn Middle Eastern country to an uncertain future as migrant refugees is a potent dose of humanity and a disturbing reflection of society in the midst of collapse. Through Hamid's lucid, richly-detailed prose, the intimacy between the young lovers feels genuine and the trajectory of their relationship feels organic. An urgently important novel that's also completely enthralling.
—John Cleary, bookseller
by Diane Les Becquets
Powerful, brutal and moving. Amy Raye, an experienced hunter trying to squeeze in one last solo hunt of the winter, doesn’t return to camp. Alone, she skillfully plots her next steps to stay alive. Pru Hathaway and her search- and-rescue dog are called in. This is a propelling thrill of a story so cold and compelling and not for the faint of heart. “The steam from the elk’s organs warmed her hands, and she hesitated for almost a half a minute to enjoy the relief. Again she picked up her knife.” We loved hosting Diane on International Women's Day and hearing about how she is inspired by strong and resilient women, both characteristics that she embodies. Pick up a signed copy today!
—Kate Layte, owner + manager
THERE ARE MORE BEAUTIFUL THINGS THAN BEYONCÉ
by Morgan Parker
This book of poems by the splendid Morgan Parker makes me wonder if Gwendolyn Brooks came back to earth as an angel and decided to stay for Beyoncé, champagne, and heartwrenching-sassy-misbehaving poetry that hits all the right synth notes. Actually, this premise does not do Morgan Parker justice—there are more beautiful things than Beyoncé, and a good number of them can be found within this book. Parker may start with Queen Bey, but out of her poems emerges a young black poet with identity of fire - a voice with power punching through each line, slouching eternally towards burning the house down.
—Rei Jackler, bookseller
THE HATE U GIVE
by Angie Thomas
You can't get a YA novel more courageous than this one, reaching right into the tragedy of America's lost young black men through the eyes of sixteen-year-old Starr Carter. She's a young woman caught between her beloved urban neighborhood and the suburban prep school of her education, caught between her love for best friend Khalil, slain by the police, and the watching eyes of white systems of power. Of course Starr's life gets dangerous, and when it does I dare you to put this book down. Angie Thomas' writing drips with a vibrant intensity that has never been more timely, or more urgent.
—Rei Jackler, bookseller