Peregrine Book Co. Staff Pick: January 2019

Catered by Reva Sherrard And the Peregrine Book Company Staff  

Sworn Virgin by Elvira Dones

19-year-old Hana Doda, an Albanian literature student on the verge of adulthood and first love, must relinquish her dreams when her beloved foster parents fall ill. Pulled back to the remote mountain village where she was raised, she is forced to make an impossible decision to preserve her own safety and her family’s honor: marry a man she doesn’t know, or become a man herself.

Fourteen years later, Mark Doda accepts a cousin’s invitation to join her family in Washington, D.C. There, for the first time, Mark has the opportunity to become Hana once again. But having never had the chance to be a woman, how will she begin now?

Elvira Dones writes with great sensitivity and compassion of this age-old Albanian custom, but furthermore illuminates Hana’s inner world to reveal an extraordinary character, her silence, her relationship with her body, her mind and heart; all of which together make a deeply moving addition to world literature.

— Reva

 

Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

Have you ever wanted to know what it’s like being a bookseller? How about a delightfully unfiltered one doing business in Scotland’s “National Book Town”? This hilarious memoir by the owner of Scotland’s largest second-hand bookshop puts you squarely in the front seat. You think you know? Well, you have no idea!

— Jon

 

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