Books

Lauded as the debut novel of the season, The Other’s Gold follows four friends from their first days of college through the first decade of their adulthood – a messy time of burgeoning and becoming. The demands of family, friendship, desire, and rage shape the four friends’ identities even as they push against the bounds of loyalty, shame, institutional power, and the patriarchy. I found so much to think about in this spirited, complicated joy. From her home in Boston and mine in Seattle, Elizabeth Ames and...
Mars: Stories By Asja Bakićć, Translated by Jennifer Zoble(The Feminist Press at CUNY) Bosnian author Asja Bakić’s celebrated 2015 book, Mars, has now been translated by Jennifer Zoble for English-speaking readers to enjoy. It contains a skillfully disorienting collection of short stories that traverse the orbits of fiction, science fiction, and fantasy. These ghostly fables also dissect such matters as robot love, clone love, high school love, and cults. Sometimes the writing feels uneven—readers will frequently have no idea what’s happening until the end of a...
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Ghost StoriesBy Leanne Shapton(Riverhead Books) Artist and writer Leanne Shapton’s latest work is a quick read that packs an unexpected punch. Using black-and-white imagery and illustrations alongside sparse writing, she expertly manipulates the unsaid and unseen to evoke hauntings—both supernatural and entirely human. Some of her “ghost stories” are traditional. In “Peele House,” a dwelling’s inhabitants experience strange phenomenon linked to deaths on the property. Other stories are evocative of the way memories can haunt. “Sirena de Gali,” one of the most powerful stories,...
  Everything Inside: StoriesBy Edwidge Danticat(Knopf) In “Without Inspection,” the heart-rending, final short story of Edwidge Danticat’s collection Everything Inside, a man revisits his life as he falls five hundred feet to his death. Though the actual story—flashbacks aside—all takes place over the course of six seconds, Danticat creates a small, emotionally rich universe. Readers are sure to leave the story with a sense of bittersweet heaviness—and it is a feeling Danticat conjures in each of the eight tales in her new collection. Settings jump from Miami...
Over a decade ago, I serendipitously met my teacher and mentor Annabel Gat at a store party in the Lower East Side. In that time, she has spearheaded herself to the top of the astrology sphere through her horoscopes for Vice’s Astro Guide, her cheeky and informative Tweets, and her endless knowledge of the cosmos. And now, she has an amazing hot new compatibility book perfect for all astro fans and newbies – an undeniable “it” book of the summer.  The Astrology of Love & Sex: A Modern Compatibility Guide...
QueenieBy Candice Carty-Williams(Gallery/Scout Press) A necessary addition to the literary canon, Candice Carty-Williams’ fiction debut Queenie widens the lens of the Black woman’s experience to include an international perspective. The novel tells the story of the titular character, Queenie, a Jamaican-Brit writer in her mid 20s, who completely disregards the notion “when you know better, you do better.” Speaking to the hearts of quirky-yet-messy women everywhere who are trying to find themselves, Queenie is recovering from a “break” from a long-term relationship in the only direction...
  Doxology: A NovelBy Nell Zink(Ecco) Spanning three decades and two generations, Nell Zink’s latest novel opens on New York’s Lower East Side with Pam, Daniel, and Joe, a trio of bandmates struggling to make it in the punk scene circa 1990. As the decade progresses, the band’s dynamic does, too: Pam and Daniel have a baby, and Joe finds success as a solo musician. Then tragedy hits New York on September 11, 2001. Post 9/11, the bulk of Doxology follows Pam and Daniel’s daughter, Flora, as...
Lara Prior-Palmer was surfing the internet when she discovered the Mongol Derby: “a 1,000-kilometer race on twenty-five wild ponies…that mimicked Chinggis Khan’s postal system but seemed from afar more like a perfect hodgepodge of Snakes and Ladders and the Tour de France on unknown bicycles.” A year out of high school and straining for something lifelike to sink her teeth into, she’d been dreaming of going to Kyrgyszstan, anyway—“…long-maned ponies streaming over green steppes, space poured wide and free…”—and here was a way to get...
  The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love with MeBy Keah Brown(Atria Books) In her candid memoir, author Keah Brown comes across like an affable seatmate on a long flight. Her writing is comfortable, conversational, and woven with ribbons of hard-earned self-awareness. Brown is young, Black, and disabled, and she writes a great deal about the work she’s done to love herself in a world that tries to tell her, for instance, that essential oils will help cure her...
  Tiny But Mighty HANNAH SHAW, AKA Kitten Lady, was 20 when she rescued a kitten from a tree, nursed it back to health, and found her calling: fostering neonatal cats. Because kittens who are younger than eight weeks require round-the-clock care (like being fed via syringe every two hours), most shelters aren’t equipped to handle them. As a result, hundreds of thousands of kittens are euthanized every year before they can be adopted. But Shaw is hoping to create more second chances for these little ones...