Ordinary Human Failings by Megan Nolan

Staff Pick

At first, this book has the feel of a murder mystery or a true crime narrative--the plot initially centers on the mysterious death of a young girl in a 1990s London housing estate. The prime suspect is another 10-year-old, the daughter of a newly arrived Irish family who are already treated as social pariahs. When a young newsman looking to make a name for himself sequesters the family in a hotel and plies them with alcohol to unearth dark secrets, what is revealed is a tale of lives unlived, with each individual a victim of circumstance. As Nolan hits the core of the fragility of the human experience her novel shows her to be a talented  young author on her way up. 

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ISBN: 9780316567787
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - February 6th, 2024

Reading the Room by Paul Yamazaki

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Any bookseller worth their salt is familiar with City Lights's Paul Yamazaki--and the rest of the reading world should be, too. So gather around and listen as he regales us with his formative years as the son of immigrants and how he became an icon of the renowned San Francisco bookshop. Yamazaki also delves into booksellers' power and duties and covers topics such as why the big five publishers aren't necessarily the villains of the book world, why the circulation of older titles Is as important as the promotion of new works, and how important it is to champion diverse voices. His memoir is a must for anyone who loves to browse the shelves.

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By Paul Yamazaki, Rick Simonson (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781958846698
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Published: Ode Books - May 8th, 2024

Playboy by Constance Debre

Staff Pick

The striking Love Me Tender introduced Debre's distinctive auto-fiction to English speaking readers; now indie press Semiotext(e) backs up a bit to issue an earlier work. Playboy shows the author developing her style with short, powerful prose and documenting how she's overhauled her lifestyle by sleeping around with little care for the outcome of her choices--an abandonment readers may revel in as they follow this singular force putting her stamp on the literary world.



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By Constance Debre, Holly James (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781635902105
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Published: Semiotext(e) - April 9th, 2024