Staff Pick

Marriages have long been the subject of literary fascination, and oftentimes the depiction of the institution is that of a failing relationship burdened by infidelity and boredom. In Groff's masterpiece, that is not the case. She writes about one that, despite its secrets and trials, is largely successful. At the novel's heart is a compelling story about the history and the connection between two people of disparate backgrounds, bolstered by lyrical and intricate writing that channels the epic poetry of the Greeks. A bold choice considering that marriages are often not the most immediate subject of epic poetry, but it is a choice that pays off because it magnifies the mundane and gives it more edge.

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ISBN: 9781594634482
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 13th, 2016

Staff Pick

This slim volume is a triptych of stories from Munro's collection Runaway that has been adapted by Pedro Almodovar into the movie Julieta. Though Almodovar's adaptation is a feat of cinema, it can be said that, in this particular case, the adage "the book is better than the movie" rings true. Despite Almodovar's formidable skill as a filmmaker, he can never expect to match Munro's ability to write about the peculiarities of human connection and the sadness when those connections are severed. It seems that there is no human experience that Munro cannot write about, from death to love, and in these three stories her unparalleled ability is on full display.

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ISBN: 9780525434252
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Published: Vintage - December 13th, 2016

Staff Pick

Borges occupies an almost mythic place in the literary world. He possesses a special kind of prowess that allows him to combine esoteric philosophy and varied references to different cultures and literature with deft plotting. Who else writes about an encyclopedia with an obscure reference to a country that does not exist? Or about a man who sets out to re-create Don Quixote by living as Cervantes did in 17th-century Spain? Only Borges does, and he does so with such ingenuity and skill that all writers who follow in his footsteps will seem like weak echoes.

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By Jorge Luis Borges, Donald A. Yates (Editor), James E. Irby (Editor), William Gibson (Introduction by), André Maurois
ISBN: 9780811216999
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Published: New Directions - May 17th, 2007