BLOOD AND GUTS IN HIGH SCHOOL
by Kathy Acker
Kathy Acker lived her life on no one’s terms but her own, and Blood and Guts in High School showcases the balls she had to throw away the confines of the typical American novel to create a postmodern classic. Acker uses techniques such as collage, pastiche, and straight up plagiarism to convey a non-narrative non-linear story that is both grotesque, beautiful, confusing and outrageous. Recommended for anyone who wants to feel like they’ve just drank a gallon of PCP and spit in the face of the man.
THE LOTTERY: The Authorized Graphic Adaptation
by Shirley Jackson and Miles Hyman
Halloween kitsch is cool I guess, but there's nothing more terrifying to me than the natural human potential for destruction. Everyone knows "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson, widely considered the best short story ever, and led to The New Yorker being bombarded with the most mail it's ever received after publishing it for the first time. It's a dark, twisted, brilliant story, but you should try it in graphic form. The detailed illustrations in this graphic adaptation do much of the storytelling, and will leave you shook up and startled. Happy Halloween!
—Katie Eelman, media + events
IN THE COMPANY OF WOMEN
by Grace Bonney
This book is a treasure! Filled with straight-to-the-point interviews and gorgeous photography, it's an encylopedia of influential women doing exceptional work around the world. The perfect gift for the woman maker, artist, or entrepreneaur in your life. And if you're one yourself, you'll find endless inspiration from artists, chefs, fashion designers, tattoos artists, and so much more. Indispensible.
—Kate Layte, owner + manager
THE COURSE OF LOVE
by Alain de Botton
Alain de Botton takes a contemporary look at love and marriage, starting at “happily ever after." This is a coming-of age novel that starts where coming-of age novels normally end. Where people might ask how two partners met, de Botton is concerned with how their relationship develops after their lives are joined. How do they manage their insecurities as their lives become more entwined over the years, and as they deal with the petty and unglamorous facts of daily life? Both characters have developed ways to control and shield themselves from insecurity.
—Keith Jones, guest reviewer