Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: February 2018

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“The Greatest Story Ever Told — So Far,” by Lawrence Krauss

This gem by famous physicist and Arizona resident Krauss is easy and fun to read. I guarantee you’ll learn something — but I promise it won’t hurt! ~Jon

“Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth,” by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Prez, a silent boy from the Children’s Temporary foster home, meets Sputnik, an alien disguised as a dog, in this touching book for young readers. Sputnik and Prez embark on a mission to save the Earth that has a lot in common with “The Hithchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” It’s just as funny while also dealing with some very difficult topics. ~Veri

“Stages of Rot,” by Linnea Sterte

This is a beautiful limited edition of Swedish artist Linnea Sterte’s debut graphic novel. Her illustrative skill is unique. This lyrical exploration of what happens to the underwater carcass of a whale belongs in the hands of any art lover or true sequential art enthusiast. ~David

“Transformations,” by Anne Sexton

A modern take on the Brothers Grimm though poetry; dark and twisted. ~Lacey

“Women & Power,” by Mary Beard

The brilliant, hilarious, charismatic Mary Beard, a Cambridge professor and scholar of the Classical world, tackles the thorny relationship between women and Western cultural structures of power in this brief and potent new book. Like a glass of really good whiskey, it bites, braces, and warms all at once. Beard’s message is a tonic for the times, needed now more than ever; in the confused and vitriolic political climate, her humor and good sense are a balm. Absolutely required reading. ~Reva

“Autumn,” by Karl Ove Knausgaard

Norwegian author Knausgaard, best known for his acclaimed cycle of autobiographical novels, “My Struggle,” pens a series of completely absorbing letters to his unborn daughter. In each he fixes some aspect of the material world — tin cans, snakes, the mouth — and describes it with reverent detail. These little missives fill me with a solemn sense of the holiness of everyday things and experiences. ~Reva

“Debriefing: Collected Stories,” by Susan Sontag

Sontag is the clear, precise voice of a generation and the hardships they endured. ~Lacey

“Some Kind of Happiness,” by Claire Legrand

This may be the best coming of age tale for girls. Young Finley deals with her parents’ looming divorce, a terrible family secret, navigating new friendships, and much more – yet the book stays lighthearted and fun. ~Veri


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