Hurts So Good, by Leigh Cowart

Staff Pick

Seeking to understand why people voluntarily engage in physically painful activities, Cowart, a science journalist, explores a wide spectrum of experiences, from Medieval self-flagellists to modern ultramarathoners and contestants in hot pepper-eating contests. Merging science with her own sharp and compassionate insight, and writing with vibrant prose, Cowart accompanies the reader on a journey of desire, bliss, brokenness, and grace. (Note, this book explores material some readers may find uncomfortable.)

Hurts So Good: The Science and Culture of Pain on Purpose By Leigh Cowart Cover Image
ISBN: 9781541798045
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: PublicAffairs - September 14th, 2021

Drifts, by Kate Zambreno

Staff Pick

A genre-defying work of auto-fiction, Zambreno's Drifts follows the musings and observations of an unnamed narrator as she spends her days "folding time into a book" to maximize her experience of ordinary life--or merely to avoid working on her novel. Guided by the likes of Rilke, Lispector, and Dürer, Zambreno's protagonist lets her writing languish, but Zambreno draws on her own creative history to portray the restless energy of artistic pursuit, including the concomitant struggle with nothingness.                                                             

Drifts: A Novel By Kate Zambreno Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593087237
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - May 18th, 2021

Silence is My Mother Tongue, by Sulaiman Addonia

Staff Pick

In prose as precise as it is lyrical, Addonia tells the story of an exiled community that attempts to make a new home in a Sudanese refugee camp. At the foreground of this tale are siblings Saba and Hagos, whose identities seem interchangeable, with the mute Hagos being the “girl their mother had always wanted,” while Saba adopts more traditionally masculine traits. These blurred gender roles collide with social expectatons, but, as the siblings hold tight to each other against a background of oppression, abuse, and poverty, gradually transcend the conditions that threaten to suffocate them.


Silence Is My Mother Tongue: A Novel By Sulaiman Addonia Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644450338
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Graywolf Press - September 8th, 2020