Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: April 2018

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How to Build a Girl,” by Caitlin Moran

Sincere to the point of (hilarious) obscenity. A sweet-and-sour story about growing up and the ultimately brutal reality of what it means to be a woman. ~Bekah

The Child Finder,” by Rene Denfield

Shining light in the darkest of places, “The Child Finder” is a terrifying, beautiful book. I couldn’t put it down. ~Michaela

Bad Feminist,” by Roxane Gay

Reading this book is like hanging out with your best friend. Brilliant, honest, and hilarious. ~Michaela

City on Fire,” by Garth Risk Hallberg

This novel, Hallberg’s first, is stellar. I marveled at the beauty of his sentences, fell in love with his characters, and didn’t want it to end. ~Michaela

Nadja,” by André Breton

The author of “The Surrealist Manifesto” forays into fiction. He uses Dadaist and Surrealist techniques in an interesting juxtaposition of images and words that strongly influenced the “illustrated novel” of today. ~Joe

Binti,” by Nnedi Okorafor

This story is heartwarming in the most surreal way possible. From the first paragraph I was swept into an absolutely alien, but still somehow comprehensible world. And from there I traveled with Binti — I was afraid of Binti — and eventually, I found peace with Binti. ~Jon

The Pelican Tree,” by Marnie Devereux

Local author Devereux is back with her second book of poetry. Her sincerity is refreshing, though heartbreaking, and her wit will bring tears to your (already drenched) eyes. ~Bekah

Tracks,” by Robyn Davidson

Davidson’s true account of her jaw-dropping 1977 trek across the Australian Outback. She left her home, learned how to train pack camels, and then sweated, shot, swore, and battled her way to a solitude and scorching peace of mind over 1,700 miles of killing desert. Amazing. ~Reva

An Unexpected Light,” by Jason Elliot

Rarely have I encountered a book so lyrical and deserving of close, slow re-reading than Elliot’s travelogue/history/meditative love song about Afghanistan. ~Reva

Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands,” by Judith Schalansky

What a queer little book. Subtitled “Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will,” this pocket-sized yellow volume feels like a relic from a bygone age of exploration, speculation, and mystery. ~Reva


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