Staff Pick

Even if you’re not a fan of personal memoir, don’t count out In the Dream House (Graywolf, $26), by Carmen Maria Machado. The entire genre of non-fiction is brilliantly flipped on its head in this haunting, engrossing book about love, violence, and a woman grappling with who she is and who she can become. Between chapters that recount her volatile relationship with a past partner, Machado infuses essays about the history, stereotypes, and reality of abuse in queer relationships. Form and genre are suggestions rather than limitations for Machado as she offers readers everything from pop culture references like Star Trek and a choose-your-own-ending chapter, to informative footnotes that are often as gripping as the text itself and meditations on feminist and queer theory. While this book delves into the dark places of love (and, ultimately, the end of love), there is surprising hope at the end that is neither predictable nor overly saccharine. Dedicated readers of Machado’s fiction will love this book, but it’s bound to capture a whole new audience, as well, and both groups will walk away stunned, sobered, and sad to put it down. As she says in her dedication, “If you need this book, it is for you,” and as it turns out, we all need this book.

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ISBN: 9781644450031
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 5th, 2019

Staff Pick

This long-awaited collection about love, family, and community proves once again that Edwidge Danticat is a force to be reckoned with in the land of the short story. Everything Inside (Knopf, $25.95) is quiet but powerful, full of loss and grief, but also of humanity. The stories are written with great care and packed with simple but utterly perfect sentences; Danticat is a master of economy, but also of building worlds and bringing faraway lands to life, from Miami, Florida, to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Kidnappings, earthquakes, divorce, and even death are catalysts that test each character’s resolve, but no scene is overly dramatic or painfully tragic—there is pain, but it is realistic, sometimes even ordinary. In the story “Dosas,” a character named Elsie encapsulates the whole of this collection in her statement that “Some people just want to go home, no matter what the cost." Home is at the heart of each story in Everything Inside, and, as for so
many of us, its meaning spans oceans and often isn’t a physical location at all.

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ISBN: 9780525521273
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Published: Knopf - August 27th, 2019

Staff Pick

Murder, mystery, and mounting misfortunes fill the pages of Shreve's 16th (!!!) novel, More News Tomorrow. Georgianna, the book's 70-year-old heroine, sets out to investigate her mother's murder to find out if her father’s confession decades earlier is the real truth, or if more secrets lie beneath the surface. This is the perfect summer read for the beach, plane, or even better, a stormy night at home on the couch.

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ISBN: 9780393292947
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 4th, 2019

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