Once Upon a Tome, by Oliver Darkshire

Staff Pick

Darkshire stumbled sideways into the world of antiquarian bookselling when he chanced into a job as the sole apprentice at Henry Sotheran Ltd., a London bookshop established in 1761 (with an organizational system that hasn't changed much since). Darkshire takes us on a playful tour of this world, where you might find anything hidden among the winding stacks or tucked away in a forgotten cabinet, not to mention the myriad curiosities consigned to the Other Cellars. He also introduces us to the eccentric staff and always colorful, sometimes sinister, clientele. Anyone who's worked at a bookstore or spent time in one will delight in his frank and witty assessment of the perks and drawbacks of the business, as well as insight into the ways of the rare book trade.


Once Upon a Tome: The Misadventures of a Rare Bookseller By Oliver Darkshire Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324092070
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 14th, 2023

Nothing but the Rain, by Naomi Salman

Staff Pick

The rain in Aloisville is deadly and unceasing. A single drop steals memories; get caught in a downpour and you could lose yourself entirely. Pragmatic, reclusive Laverne uses her journal to record her experiments with this precipitation and piece together her fragmented memories even as she gives up hope of rescue. The unsettling gaps in her recall and the enveloping terror of her isolation will have you reading this novella in a single sitting: it’s a propulsive, disquieting book that drums on the psyche relentlessly….as rain.

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ISBN: 9781250849809
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Published: Tordotcom - March 14th, 2023

De-Integrate! by Max Czollek

Staff Pick

Germany is considered the model of a country that has successfully reckoned with and moved past its historical trauma, but the Berlin poet Max Czollek takes issue with this rosy image of a modern, happily integrated society. With equal parts wit and fury, Czollek makes his case against Jewish assimilation and rejects his role as a "Good Jew" in the German "Theater of Memory." At the same time, he encourages others to explore their identities apart from external anxieties and imposed constraints and, while his polemic is rooted in the unique German Jewish experience, it serves as a useful guide for minorities anywhere who seek ways to exist and thrive beyond the role prescribed for them by the dominant culture.                                                





De-Integrate!: A Jewish Survival Guide for the 21st Century By Max Czollek, Jon Cho-Polizzi (Translator) Cover Image
By Max Czollek, Jon Cho-Polizzi (Translator)
ISBN: 9781632063182
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Published: Restless Books - January 10th, 2023