Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: November 2017

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The Second Sex”

By Simone de Beauvoir

Along with “The Feminine Mystique,” de Beauvoir’s “The Second Sex” is one of the quintessential tomes on mid-century women’s liberation. ~ Lacey

 

The Book of Emma Reyes”

By Emma Reyes

Reading “The Book of Emma Reyes” is like holding the key to a secret door. An incredible story of self-discovery, resilience, and courage. ~ Lacey

 

In the Cafe of Lost Youth”

By Patrick Modiano

Master of the hauntingly beautiful, Modiano weaves a world you won’t want to leave. Skillfully layered with the themes of emotion, identity, and human behavior. ~ Lacey

 

The Trial”

By Franz Kafka

Waking up to being accused of a crime and not being told what it is, to supposedly being under arrest but not apprehended and taken to jail, is an odd way to start the day. ~ Joe

 

Sanctuary”

By William Faulkner

This is my favorite in Faulkner’s oeuvre. Part Southern Gothic, part noir, and strangely elegant. Sanctuary is the book to read on a late summer night. ~ Joe

 

The Boys from Brazil”

By Ira Levin

A Nazi hunter plays detective, searching for Josef Mengele, who is rumored to be in South America concocting a frightening experiment. (As absurd as it sounds, this book is a thrilling page turner). ~ Joe

 

Finnegans Wake”

By James Joyce

The stigma surrounding the pretension of this book is infamous. However, I personally use it as a kick-starter for ideas. Randomly turn to a page and read a sentence. Coincidentally, this book of a man’s descent pairs well with the “Tibetan Book of the Dead.” Many of its pieces are taken straight from it. ~ Joe

 

No Exit”

By Jean-Paul Sartre

A play about three people occupying a room in Hell. There is no devil. No inferno. Just two women and a man driving one another crazy with their selfish behavior. This is where the phrase “Hell is other people” originated. ~ Joe

 

Made to Kill”

By Adam Christopher

A retro-futuristic sci-fi noir filled with a robot detective, stars of the silver screen, murderous super computers. If you like detective stories or sci-fi, this book combines them beautifully. ~ David

 

A Perfect Union of Contrary Things”

By Maynard James Keenan

For fans of the bands Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer. Also for those of you who drink wine. ~ Jon

 

The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington”

By Leonora Carrington

Deliciously peculiar, delightfully perverse. A perfect pairing with tea and crumpets. ~ Michaela

 

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