Second Star, by Philippe Delerm

Staff Pick

Whether you call this flash fiction or bite-size essays--it's a delight. By simply noticing the world around him--from a grandfather watching a grandson read for the first time to the delicate act of peeling and consuming a clementine--Delerm conjures a series of fictional musings, presented with the grace and gravity of Taoist sayings.  As the French writer remarks, "Let’s remember the present," and there's no better way than by reading and rereading this humble jewel of a book.


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By Philippe Delerm, Jody Gladding (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781953861542
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Published: Archipelago - May 16th, 2023

Kala, by Colin Walsh

Staff Pick

Irish writer Walsh's debut novel is a fierce, sharp ride through Kinlough, past and present, centering on the disappearance of the eponymous Kala. While the narrative's surface is all pints and smiles, something darker--the parts of life people there never speak of--shimmers beneath, making the book a multilayered literary thriller where Walsh plays with memory and shows how our younger and older selves overlap. Brimming with heart and a sweetness honed to a razor's edge, this may be the read of the summer!                                                                            

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ISBN: 9780385549639
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Published: Doubleday - July 25th, 2023

Of Cattle and Men, by Ana Paula Maia

Staff Pick

Day after day in rural Brazil, Edgar Wilson swings a mallet, stunning cows for the slaughter. It's the proverbial dirty job that someone has to do. But though he's used to the constant proximity of death, something darker still may be lurking, and Maia, through poetic prose that makes a telling contrast with her subject, powerfully explores our relationship with animals and meat consumption--and the toll these take on the human psyche.



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By Ana Paula Maia, Zoë Perry (Translator)
ISBN: 9781913867492
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Published: Charco Press - April 11th, 2023