Staff Pick

Do you like great literary writing? Then you should read The Day She Disappeared. Do you like feminist main characters, and the feminist authors who write them? Then you should read The Day She Disappeared. Do you like to be kept up late at night by the book you’re reading, too gripped to stop reading, or else too frightened to put it down? Then you should definitely be reading The Day She Disappeared. I promise, you won’t be able to sleep for days. And you know what else? I promise that it’ll be worth it. 

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ISBN: 9780374279554
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Sarah Crichton Books - March 6th, 2018

Staff Pick

Early in The Chateau, the narrator informs the reader that if she wants to know how the protagonist, Bill, feels when his best friend dies, too bad. Bill doesn’t know how he feels yet, and so the reader just has to wait. I laughed out loud when I read that, and dog-eared the page. I love a writer who declares that he makes his own rules—and that’s what Paul Goldberg is doing. He mixes silly and serious with abandon, goes over the top and then goes further, because why shouldn’t he? The Chateau is a book about the last days before Trump took office, when nothing made sense and everything seemed absurd. The Chateau, in all its goofy tragedy, captures that feeling perfectly. Maybe more writers should follow Paul Goldberg’s rules.  

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ISBN: 9781250116093
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Picador - February 13th, 2018

Staff Pick

I can’t stop thinking about the essays in Feel Free. Since I finished it, when my mind wanders, it wanders toward the relationship between Justin Bieber and Martin Buber, or the reasons to reread Edward St. Aubyn, or spend more time in the library, or delete my Facebook. I’m looking at the world through Smith’s eyes, which is a colossal treat. Following along with a Zadie Smith argument is one of the biggest pleasures the literary world has to offer. And for fans of her fiction, don’t worry—her voice in essay form is just as alive, her images just as vivid. There’s nothing in Feel Free not to love, and so much to think about. Enjoy.  

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ISBN: 9781594206252
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Press - February 6th, 2018