Staff Pick

Many of us experience depression as a mood of joylessness, disconnection and boredom, which eventually passes. But what Daphne Merkin describes here is more akin to a permanent state of despair. From early childhood she experienced crying jags, feelings of abandonment and emotional impoverishment. She was later institutionalized. Many questions emerge. Why did her parents have so many children, when they clearly had little time for them? Why were the children put into the care of such a sadistic nanny? And where does depression take root in the psyche? This memoir is insightful, intelligent and ruthlessly honest.

This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374140366
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 7th, 2017

Staff Pick

At the end of this stunningly original novel, one character observes that he learned more about his wife from her absence than from her presence. This could be said of the protagonist, Faye, (known to readers from a previous novel Outline) who is revealed as she listens to those she encounters. They include an ex lover, builders working on her house, hairdressers, a student and finally in a hilarious finale, acquaintances at a dinner party. As characters confide past experiences, it becomes clear that everyone’s life is in chaos and no one has actually arrived. The writing is pitch perfect. I only I wish I hadn’t finished it so quickly.

Transit: A Novel (Outline Trilogy #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374278625
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 17th, 2017

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Rosmarina Island, a fictional composite of several Croatian islands where author Courtney Angela Brkic has spent time, possesses a painful history stretching over centuries of conflict.  Two devoted sisters grow up here and learn to survive. But painful layers of conflict and identity begin to unravel when one of them goes missing on a visit to her American cousins.  You won’t soon forget this island with its craggy rocks, inky sea urchins and glistening seas.

The First Rule of Swimming: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316217361
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Published: Back Bay Books - July 8th, 2014

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