Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: August 2017

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“Annihilation”

By Jeff Vandermeer

This short novel has such a thick, ominous sense of atmosphere that it almost creeps off the pages in a musky fog. A little bit of Bradbury, a little more of Lovecraft, and a lot of something new that evades comparison. ~Sean

“Seven Brief Lessons on Physics”

By Carlo Rovelli

Direct and elegant. Gain a better understanding of the fundamental laws that govern our universe. Maybe if you memorize them you’ll get special powers or something. ~Sean

“Legacy of Ashes”

By Tim Weiner

This book is a comprehensive chronicle of the achievements and foibles of the CIA since its origin as the OSS in the early 21st century. ~Joe

“Complete Stories”

By Clarice Lispector

Lispector writes in a way that allows you to feel as if you know her characters intimately, to comfortably exist in the space she has created for them, and to feel every emotion and thought they have, in just a few short lines. Feelings that only intensify as you continue to read. ~Lacey

“Speedboat”

By Renata Adler

Adler forces you to look at your surroundings with new eyes, question those seemingly insignificant meetings with strangers, and explore your curiosity as she grants glimpses into the special oddities of her life. Adler disregards the rules of the novel with unexpected ease as she takes you on a journey through the ’70s. ~Lacey

“I,etcetera”

By Susan Sontag

The amount of praise given to “Against Interpretation” and “Regarding the Pain of Others” should be given to I, etcetera as well. A unique collection of short stories. This is a wonderful introduction to Sontag if you are unfamiliar with her work. ~Lacey

“The Lottery & Other Stories”

By Shirley Jackson

Reading the stories of Shirley Jackson is like being dragged by the wrists through a nightmare that when it ends leaves you shocked and wanting more. ~Lacey

“Bonjour Tristesse”

By Francoise Sagan

At first airy and light-hearted, “Bonjour Tristesse quickly becomes full of heartache and horror, darkened by frivolity and selfishness. ~Lacey

“Faces in the Crowd”

By Valeria Luiselli

This is one of the mind-bendiest books I’ve ever read. Using wonderful language, Luiselli makes the reader question every passage. ~Jon

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