My Stupid Intentions by Bernardo Zannoni

Staff Pick

Translated from the Italian, Zanonni's fable recalls Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Wind in The Willows as it recounts the experiences of Archy, a beech marten whose mother trades him for the price of one-and-a-half hens to Solomon, a fox known as the Lender. Solomon's greatest treasure is the written word--and particularly the word of God--and as he develops a more complex relationship with Archy, the tale explores questions of morality and what it means to be human and/or animal through the creature's shift from instincts to judgment, all under an overarching Divinity--though not, perhaps, for the better.






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By Bernardo Zannoni, Alex Andriesse (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781681377285
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Published: New York Review Books - June 13th, 2023

Pomegranate by Helen Elaine Lee

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Lee's gorgeously written novel follows Ranita, who is being released after four years in prison.  A recovering addict and alcoholic, she faces many challenges to get her life back, from staying sober and gaining custody of her kids, to repairing relationships and avoiding former associates and habits. She's also coming to terms with being a queer Black woman, which includes coming out to her family and finding new safe spaces.  You will root for Ranita with every page.

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ISBN: 9781982171896
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Published: Atria Books - April 11th, 2023

Offshore, by Penelope Fitzgerald

Staff Pick

Penelope Fitzgerald drew from her own experience of inhabiting a crumbling (and slowly sinking) houseboat on the Thames to tell the story of a group of misfits in the early 1960s who choose to live along the Chelsea Embankment. Fitzgerald packs a more nuanced and intricate examination of her characters' lives into a couple hundred pages than others have done with three times the length, and Offshore remains the shortest novel ever to win the Booker Prize.

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ISBN: 9780544361515
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - October 14th, 2014