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  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Pick: January 2019

    Jan 6, 19 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff PicksNo CommentsRead More »

    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

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: June 2015

    Jun 5, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks5,557 CommentsRead More »

    By Peregrine Book Co. staff “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars” By Ian Doescher Shakespeare. Star Wars. Together. Awesome. —Jon “Poems: 1962-2012” By Louise Glück While Pulitzer Prize winner Louise Gluck, whose father invented the X-acto knife, has favored a lean line throughout the fifty years of her published verse, she has reinvented her voice with each subsequent book, making this collection one of astounding breadth and depth. Drawing from myth and family, from nature and sex and her own body, she addresses her reader directly, with courage and simplicity. To read Gluck’s poetry is to face one woman’s truth unmasked, in all its fierceness and beauty. —Michaela “The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World’s Wild Places” By Bernie Krause You will never perceive the world in the same way again, after reading Krause’s passionate and knowledgeable examination of the soundscapes that form an invisible and disregarded, but all-important other dimension of the world around us. —Reva “This Land was Made for You & Me (But Mostly Me): Billionaires in the Wild” By Bruce McCall & David Letterman What kind of absurd exploitation of nature can money buy? How about a three-thousand mile personal highway constructed from hollowed-out California Redwoods? This book is absolutely hilarious. Also, a bit terrifying. —Jeremy Bellman & Black: A Ghost Story By Diane Setterfield When tragedy repeatedly strikes brilliant and hitherto fortunate

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: May 2015

    May 1, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks5,767 CommentsRead More »

    By Peregrine Book Co. staff “The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality” By Brian Greene An easily accessible book about String Theory and how we perceive time and space. —Jon “The Dog Stars” By Peter Heller All the devastation of the apocalypse– the sadness, loss, guilt– blended with beauty, humanity and humor. An engaging story, meditative and original. —Kim Smilla’s Sense of Snow By Peter Hoeg A harsh, fierce story with a harsher, fiercer heroine; a murder mystery with many moments of visceral beauty and insight. Smilla, half Danish and half Greenlandic, refuses to accept the official version of how a child, her former friend, met his death. Her pursuit of the truth will take her through the bleaker wastes of human nature and her own heart. —Reva “Cumin, Camels, & Caravans: A Spice Odyssey” By Gary Paul Nabhan Gary Nabhan skillfully blends cultural history and natural history, botany and geography making it all both personal and universal. He is one of my favorite writers. Nabhan is a lecturer and research social scientist at the University of Arizona’s Southwest Center. He has received a MacArthur “genius” award, the John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing, and many other honors. —Tom “The Famished Road” By Ben Okri A truly extraordinary work of hallucinatory magic in the style of Gabriel García Márquez. —Ty ***** Visit Peregrine Book Company

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: April 2015

    Apr 3, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks6,990 CommentsRead More »

    By Peregrine Book Co. staff “Farewell, My Lovely” By Raymond Chandler Quite possibly Chandler’s best effort. Each time you read one of his expertly written works of detective fiction, you’re submerged in the world of Philip Marlowe, private eye. —Jeremy “All the Light We Cannot See” By Anthony Doerr Ten years in the writing, Anthony Doerr’s new novel, “All the Light We Cannot See,” is at once intimate and generous, historical and magical, thrilling and gorgeous. It is one of those books I savored, the way I do great poetry. — Michaela The Ear, the Eye, & the Arm By Nancy Farmer In a riotously dystopic future Zimbabwe, three privileged siblings tumble into an adventure involving a criminal talking monkey, trash-people, a traditional village preserved against time, and Soul Stealers. Hot on their trail are Ear, Eye and Arm, detectives whose qualifications include mutation-enhanced senses and a gift certificate to Mr. Thirsty’s Beer Hall masquerading as a diploma. Hilarious, intricate, outrageously imagined, and truly creepy — a winner. —Reva “The Flower Recipe Book” By Alethea Harampolia & Jill Rizzo Elegant, beautiful, and inspiring. It’s perfect. —Lacey “Others of My Kind” By James Sallis James Sallis’s new novel, “Others of My Kind,” is a compelling read, and hard to put down. Jenny Rowan, the novel’s protagonist, had been abducted at age 8 and kept in a box under her captor’s bed

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: February 2015

    Feb 6, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff PicksNo CommentsRead More »

    By Peregrine Book Co. staff “Stilwater: Finding Wild Mercy in the Outback” By Rafael de Grenade De Granade’s book, published by the literary press Milkweed editions, is far more than an account of wrestling tough cattle in a tough land, it is an account of her coming into a relationship with that land. When you read this beautiful book, you too, may find yourself transformed by sharing her experience. —Susan “The Historian” By Elizabeth Kostova In an era where the vampire has been turned into a teenage heartthrob, this is not the norm. In this beautifully written novel, one is easily lost in the world created by Kostova. —Jon “The Trip to Echo Spring: Why Writers Drink” By Olivia Laing Part travelogue, part criticism, and part memoir, “The Trip to Echo Spring” examines the lives of Tennessee Williams, Raymond Carver, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, John Cheever, and John Berryman, all of them brilliant and all of them troubled and alcoholic. Shimmering with insights and details, it leaves the reader enriched, educated, and inspired by the words of these great writers as seen through Laing’s insightful lens. — Michaela “The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression” By Andrew Solomon “Atlas” is just the word to describe this essential text on depression. Solomon writes both from personal experience and as a deeply patient, insightful observer. There is nothing coldly clinical about

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: January 2015

    Jan 2, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff PicksNo CommentsRead More »

    By Peregrine Book Co. staff “Life is a Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition” By Wendell Berry Poet-farmer Wendell Berry parts company with many of his reductionist, materialist friends in his critique of E. O. Wilson and others. —Tom “The Snow Queen” By Michael Cunningham “The Snow Queen” is a quiet, beautiful, and somewhat neurotic work about four friends living in Brooklyn, piecing together small moments of transcendence into a mosaic of meaning in light of the death of friends and the loss and discovery of love. —Ty “Wool” By Hugh Howey An intensely intriguing book that goes beyond personal experience into the political aspects of being the victim of terrorism. A man’s journey to reconcile his personal suffering with that of the terrorist’s family. —Sarah “Things Come Apart: A Teardown Manual for Modern Living” By Todd McLellan Take a look; it’s really cool. You’ll never look at your possessions the same way again. —Lacey “The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook” By Deb Perelman After following her blog for several years, I was over the moon when Deb Perelman announced the release of her cookbook. In similar fashion to her blog, Perelman has a story to go with every dish. You can taste her excitement as she divulges little tricks and tips as you follow a recipe. It is obvious that Perelman enjoys sharing her recipes as much as she enjoys cooking

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: December 2014

    Nov 28, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks4,813 CommentsRead More »

    By Peregrine Book Co. Staff “My So-called Ruined Life” By Melanie Bishop Melanie Bishop’s “My So-called Ruined Life” is a page-turner with substance. Readers young and older will fall in love with smart and witty Tate McCoy as she struggles through more adversity than any one person should have, gaining strength and wisdom from what could have broken her. This poignant and inspiring book will fly off the shelf. —Susan “Understand Rap: Explanations of Confusing Rap Lyrics That You & Your Grandma Can Understand” By William Buckholz From Bone Thugs to Busta Thymes, Puff Daddy to Biggie Smalls, and Dr. Dre to Lil; Wayne, this book is jam packed with clear and concise explanations (many of which seem so spot on Buckholz himself must have grown up street-side) of oft misunderstood and highly misquoted “bars.” You don’t have to be a hip-hop head to acquire a chuckle or two from this. Doesn’t hurt though. –Seth “One Hundred Years of Solitude” By Gabriel Garcia Marquez You will never see the world the same way again. You will learn to dream with your eyes open. –Michaela “A Fine Balance” By Rohinton Mistry “A Fine Balance” is arguably the greatest novel I’ve ever read. Mistry’s prose is absolutely remarkable and his descriptions of India and its people evoke such unbelievable poignancy. At times I felt completely delighted to be reading of such compassion

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: November 2014

    Oct 31, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks14 CommentsRead More »

    By Peregrine Book Co. Staff “The Insect World of J. Henri Fabre” By Jean-Henri Fabre The best nature writing on insects ever, as well as some of the best all-around nature writing. Fabre is the naturalist whose observations most impressed Darwin. Exceptional. –Ty “Typography Sketchbooks” By Steven Heller & Talarico Lita Brain candy for all artists and designers. Just open it up and see what’s inside! It’s great. –Lacey “Cloud Atlas” By David Mitchell Incredible language — comparable to Nabokov’s mastery. A labyrinth of a story — themes of colonialism, environmentalism, & of course, reincarnation. –Kim “Shadow” By Suzy Lee A beautifully rendered children’s book about the play of light, shadow & imagination. With little text, the story is left to your own creation. –Sarah “The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning” By Jonathan Sacks Sacks argues that science and religion are both essential perspectives for understanding life, the universe, and everything. He says, “Let us join hands and build a more hopeful future.” —Tom ***** Visit Peregrine Book Company at PeregrineBookCompany.Com and 219A N. Cortez St., Prescott, 928-445-

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: October 2014

    Oct 3, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks14 CommentsRead More »

    By Peregrine Book Co. Staff “The Flowers of Evil & Paris Spleen: Selected Poems” By Charles Pierre Baudelaire, translated by Wallace Fowlie A sensitive translation by Wallace Fowlie renders these works into English. Voluptuous, burning, and heavy, at times foreshadowing Neruda, Baudelaire’s poems shudder as if with fever and sing of beauty and horror in the same breath. I can’t open this little volume without being arrested. –Reva “White Noise” By Don DeLillo Prose from a contemporary master who is timeless in his delivery. Dialogue that transcends mere literature. Walk into the world where white noise is encased in postmodernism and spun like a dervish into your brain. –Jon “The Enchanted” By Rene Denfeld With the rhythmic music of her language, Denfeld weaves her spell of enchantment, shining love into the darkest, most brutal of places. This novel surprises, terrifies, and enlightens, and is a spellbinding and rapturous read. –Michaela “Flight Behavior” By Barbara Kingsolver “Flight Behavior,” Barbara Kingsolver’s latest novel, delivers readers into a world where orange-black flakes of monarch butterflies cover every tree with “trembling flame,” and where the air itself “glows golden” whenever they take flight. It is a world where Appalachian culture itself shines so brightly it makes putting down the book to get back to “the real world” nearly impossible. –Susan “Kill Shakespeare, Volume 1: A Sea of Troubles” By Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col,

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: August 2014

    Aug 1, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks23 CommentsRead More »

    By Peregrine Book Company staff “Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders” By Neil Gaiman A delightful collection of tales eerie and odd by the inimitable Gaiman. I particularly enjoyed his extremely clever Sherlock Holmes-meets-H.P. Lovecraft story, “A Study in Emerald,” and an adventure featuring Shadow, from “American Gods,” in “The Monarch of the Glen.” —Reva “The Stench of Honolulu: A Tropical Adventure” By Jack Handey Reminiscent at times of Hunter S. Thompson or even Chuck Palahniuk’s penchant for the improbable and unthinkable, it’s non-stop hilarity and absurdity dashed with adventure, treasure, and turtle-people. Yes, you read that right. From the mind of the man who brought you SNL’s “Deep Thoughts” sketches comes his inaugural novel that’s sure to delight fans of his, bound to win even more over, and definitely worth a read for anyone else just needing a good quick laugh. —Seth “Nine Inches: Stories” By Tom Perrotta Perrotta’s new book of stories measures not only the permissible distance between middle school kids in a slow dance, but that less definable space between responsibility and desire, who we think we are and who we dream of being — if we dared. Perrota’s stories are among the best I’ve read. Ever. (Apologies to Carver fans.) —Michaela “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence has Declined” By Steven Pinker This book shows that our world is becoming LESS VIOLENT contrary

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