Ripe, by Sarah Rose Etter

Staff Pick

Etter's disquieting novel depicts San Fransisco as a center of hyper-capitalist torment. In tense, steadily unraveling prose, the narrative exposes the extent of Silicon Valley's rotten underbelly through 33-year-old Cassie's struggle to survive in a fast-paced startup while also facing California wildfires, an impending pandemic, toxic relationships, and the despair whose physical manifestations have haunted her since childhood. 



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ISBN: 9781668011638
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Published: Scribner - July 11th, 2023

Monsters, by Claire Dederer

Staff Pick

Expanding on her viral essay, "What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?," Dederer explores the evolving relationship between artists, their creations, and an audience grappling with ethical responsibilities in the age of social media. With eloquence and insight--and no easy answers--she raises thought-provoking questions about how we scrutinize artist-heroes, reminds us that our response to art is inherently emotional, and emphasizes that it is not for the audience to redeem or condemn these flawed and human geniuses. 


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ISBN: 9780525655114
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Published: Knopf - April 25th, 2023

The Red Book of Farewells, by Pirkko Saisio

Staff Pick

Saisio's autofictional masterpiece unfolds a captivating queer coming-of-age tale against the backdrop of political turmoil in Finland. Through a collection of beautifully rendered vignettes, Saisio skillfully guides readers on a profound journey of self-discovery, impassioned activism, and tempestuous relationships. With an artful blend of memory and emotion, the narrative dances between fragmented scenes from Saisio's life, imbuing the prose with an enchanting dreamlike quality. The result is a remarkably witty, sensuous, and brilliantly crafted work of literary art. 

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By Pirkko Saisio, Mia Spangenberg (Translator)
ISBN: 9781949641462
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Published: Two Lines Press - April 25th, 2023