Posts Tagged ‘Jon’

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: March 2017

    Feb 27, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff PicksNo CommentsRead More »

    Catered by Reva Sherrard “Walking to Martha’s Vineyard” By Franz Wright Every word of this moving poetry collection is worth reading, more than once, while sipping tea (or whiskey), in front of the fireplace, while petting the cat. ~Jon “Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change It” By Daniel Klein This philosophy book is fun and easy to read. You read that right: fun and easy. Two words you wouldn’t normally use to describe a philosophy book. The author has made a craft of making philosophy something everyone can read, but it doesn’t take away from any of the big ideas throughout. ~Jon “High-Rise” By J. G. Ballard I dare you: read the first sentence, then try to look away. Ha ha haaa. Ballard’s psychological thriller is a diabolically perspicacious, riveting free-fall into absolute social collapse. ~Reva “The Devourers” By Indra Das Holy hell, is this book good. Das’ shapeshifter novel soars above its predecessors in both substance and style, a mesmerizing tale of were-predators and the twinned natures of humankind. The writing has real literary merit, mingling gruesomeness and beauty in ardent descriptive language. The concepts are original and convincing. I’m telling you, good stuff! ~Reva “Fortunately, the Milk” By Neil Gaiman This book has it all: A dinosaur, pirates, a volcano god, aliens, ponies, wumpires, and, fortunately, the milk. ~Veri “Perdido Street Station” By China

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: February 2017

    Jan 30, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff PicksNo CommentsRead More »

    Catered by Reva Sherrard “Three Moments of an Explosion” By China Miéville A collection of short stories, ranging from somewhat odd to completely absurd. The range of styles and moods expressed in Miéville’s work is impressive to say the least. For a quick taste, I’d recommend “The Rope Is The World” and “The Crawl.” ~Sean “And Then There Were None” By Agatha Christie Arguably the single best story penned by the most popular mystery author of all time. “And Then There Were None” is full of subtle guidance and misdirection; I challenge any reader who claims to have predicted the simply unpredictable conclusion of this timeless mystery. ~Sean “Based On A True Story” By Norm Macdonald At first glance, Macdonald’s book seems like the typical autobiography you’ve come to expect from a comedian. However, the brilliance of the novel is that it’s an “honest” work of fiction with bits of truth sprinkled in. ~Joe “Home” By Carson Ellis Beautiful illustrations. Wonderful storyline. Open it up and see! ~Jon “Into The Dark” By Mark Vieira Simply put: This book is packed with absolutely gorgeous black & white stills from the Noir era of crime films in the ’40s/’50s. My favorite book in the store. ~Joe “Despair” By Vladimir Nabokov A story of doubles and dopplegangers. Pay very close attention to each paragraph, sentence and word with this story because as soon

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: October 2016

    Sep 30, 16 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff PicksNo CommentsRead More »

    Catered by Reva Sherrard “The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands” By Nick Flynn The subject matter in this particular collection is a lucid encounter with a dreamer. Nick Flynn’s ability to hook you with but a few words is a skill few possess. Sit back and slowly read the beautifully sparse poems and you’ll say to yourself, Well, gosh golly, he may be onto something. ~Jon “Lives in Ruins” By Marilyn Johnson Although archaeologists love Indiana Jones (they really do) their lives couldn’t be more different from his. So who are the wild and quirky characters on their hands and knees digging and sifting through the dirt looking for ruins? The ones who live in their cars because being an archeologist doesn’t pay well? Johnson’s curiosity takes her on a journey to answer these questions. Digging alongside experts with her on a sugar plantation, hunting bodies in New Jersey, and drinking ancient beverages, we discover the incredible men and women unearthing the objects of our past. It was hard to finish this, only because I didn’t want to say goodbye to all the incredible people I had been reading about. ~Lacey “The Butterflies of North America” By Titian Peale This reproduction of Titian Peale’s lost manuscript is exquisite. The paintings are phenomenal. The pages are printed on extremely high quality paper, and the book smells of a dank

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: August 2016

    Aug 5, 16 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff PicksNo CommentsRead More »

    Catered by Reva Sherrard “Zeitoun” By Dave Eggers Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath caused so many people pain and destruction. This account of one family’s experience reveals the beauty and tenacity of New Orleans while also exposing a few massive policy disasters. — Emma “Sexus” By Henry Miller Henry Miller is pretty well known for having books banned in the USA. Although this book is definitely pushing limits in detailed eroticism, the bottom line is that Henry Miller was an incredibly gifted writer. This fictionalized retelling of the beginning of his second marriage is incredible. If my defense of Henry Miller is meek, his own may serve better: “I can never go back on what I’ve written. If it was not good, it was true; if it was not artistic, it was sincere; if it was in bad taste, it was on the side of life.” — David “Into Thin Air” By Jon Krakauer A haunting account of one of the deadliest treks in Everest’s history. Jon Krakauer describes the beauty and terror of mountaineering in a way that will either make you long for its glory or run screaming in the other direction (which is downhill, by the way). This book is easy to read, but hard to digest. — Sean “Sergio Y.” By Alexandre Vidal Porto This short novel is a brief view into the life of a

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: July 2016

    Jul 1, 16 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff PicksNo CommentsRead More »

    Catered by Reva Sherrard “On Inequality” By Harry Frankfurt On average, women make about 78 cents to every dollar a man makes. Same jobs, same duties. Is this right? Of course it isn’t. But is equal pay the right way to go? Is this where we should start? If men and women make roughly the same amount but neither make enough to stay above the poverty line, does it even matter? Read on to see what the book has to say on this relevant topic. — Jon “The Picture of Dorian Gray” By Oscar Wilde Pictures have the ability to capture moments, people, and places as timeless memories. However, what would happen if such captivation was used incorrectly or even maliciously? This book is haunting and thought-provoking and has stayed with me for many years. — Emma “Beauty is a Wound” By Eka Kurniawan This Indonesian novel knocked my socks off. Eka Kurniawan carries the mantle of magical realism beautifully here. If you are a fan of Borges, Garcia Marquez, Murakami, or Rushdie this book will fit nicely in your collection. It reads smoother to me than all the aforementioned, and is the best book I’ve read so far this year. — David “All Tomorrow’s Parties” By Rob Spillman With incredible clarity, Spillman looks back on being an only child of divorced parents, the eccentric life he led with his

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: March 2016

    Mar 4, 16 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff PicksNo CommentsRead More »

    Catered by Reva Sherrard “Clapton” By Eric Clapton An autobiography that provides amazing insights into the lives of rock heroes of the ’60s and ’70s, all told firsthand from Slowhand himself. This is the story of the last living guitar god and the people who helped him become a legend. — Sean “Crow Planet” By Lynda Lynn Haupt Crows — whether you love or hate them, we must agree that these black beauties are brilliant. From dropping nuts in the road to be cracked by cars to playing in the snow, crows have certainly adapted to urban life while still remaining wild. Haupt connects crows’ adaptations with our own. As someone with an unquenchable thirst for wilderness, I love Haupt’s message that urban settings still offer us a sense of wildness we musn’t overlook. Crows certainly haven’t. — Emma “Instant: The Story of Polaroid” By Christopher Bonanos The biography of instant film and its founder Edwin Land. This book takes you on a photo tour of once state of the art technology that is now state of the art nostalgia. This was the closest we had to instant gratification prior to the digital era. Venture back to the ’50s and see how it all began. You may just find yourself considering that thrift store Polaroid next time you see it. — David “The Rosie Project” By Graeme Simsion Imagine Dr

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: January 2016

    Jan 1, 16 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff PicksNo CommentsRead More »

    By Peregrine Book Co. staff “No Matter the Wreckage” By Sarah Kay Sarah Kay has a voice that resonates deeply with me, and no matter my mood one of her poems will always speak to me. Her spoken-word poems are extraordinary, emotionally charged masterpieces. — Emily “The Body Keeps the Score” By Bessel van der Kolk Dr. van der Kolk presents a brilliant synthesis of decades of research into the effects of trauma. His conclusion, that trauma survivors are ill-served by a psychiatric model that offers a diagnosis for every symptom but makes little effort to identify or resolve the experiential sources of an individual’s distress, is resounding and irrefutable. Van der Kolk writes with passion, eloquence, and authority, most of all on the subject of trauma in children, and outlines thoroughly-researched alternative methods of treatment. Essential reading for health professionals and educators, “The Body Keeps the Score” deserves to be recognized as the definitive text on trauma for our time. — Reva “Welcome to Braggsville” By T. Geronimo Johnson This provocative, wholly original satire couldn’t be more timely. When four Berkeley students travel to the south to stage a dramatic protest during a Civil War reenactment, friendships are tried and the town’s darkest secrets are uncovered. Poetic, ambitious, and resoundingly perceptive. — Michaela “A Muse and a Maze” By Peter Turchi Beautifully illustrated, “A Muse and A Maze” delights

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: December 2015

    Dec 4, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff PicksNo CommentsRead More »

    By Peregrine Book Co. staff “Stories in the Stars” By Susanna Hislop Though this book calls itself an atlas, it’s really a collection of stories. Constellations and asterisms recognized by cultures all over the world are included accompanied by short stories, poems, and histories detailing the stories that human imagination has created for the stars. ~Sean “Eating Animals” By Jonathan Safran Foer As a reluctantly recovering vegetarian, Foer helped me reflect on my meat-eating urges and how to consume meat more intentionally. From meatful folklore to harrowing accounts of factory farming, Foer’s artful writing is both entrancing and informative. You will never eat animals the same way again! ~Emma “Voracious” By Cara Nicoletti You will be hungry the entire time you read this. I promise. Nicoletti is a baking genius and will have you rushing to the kitchen to create the recipes that inspired her throughout her life. ~Lacey “Notes on the Assemblage” By Juan Filipe Herrera In this newest collection of poems by America’s newest poet-laureate, Herrara embraces the world of contemporary politics in poetic form. Fired by anger, but guided by love, this wise bard from Southern California blends empathy, eulogy, and existentialism with Buddhism and magical realism to give his readers a ride through his grounded, soaring cosmos. ~Mark “The Wake” By Paul Kingsnorth Kingsnorth delivers an astonishing, visceral howl of rage and grief from an Anglo-Saxon

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: November 2015

    Nov 6, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks2,531 CommentsRead More »

    By Peregrine Book Co. staff “Furiously Happy” By Jenny Lawson Do you know how people tend to ignore or avoid the things they find uncomfortable? Lawson does the opposite, proudly standing beside her diagnoses and emotions while not hiding or denying them. A truly beautiful book that will have you falling out of your seat laughing, while still learning a little bit more about mental illnesses and the social perceptions about them. — Emily “Sea Fever” By Sam Jefferson Here are the real-life adventures at sea that inspired some of the most beloved English literature of all time. A stand-alone nautical history as well as a companion to Melville and Marryat, “Sea Fever” evokes the salt spray, tar, rum, and gunpowder of the age of sail. — Reva “The Underground Girls of Kabul” By Jenny Nordberg I realized after reading “The Underground Girls of Kabul,” that I took my tree-climbing, dirt-rolling, pant-wearing childhood for granted. In so many communities throughout the world, girls and women are still seen as inferior. Nordberg highlights the lives of some families throughout Afghanistan who discreetly bend gender rules for reasons you may be surprised to read about. … — Emma “The Water Knife” By Paolo Bacigalupi This is the scariest book I’ve read in a very long time. In the southwest U.S. in the very near future water has been finally and completely commodified

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: September 2015

    Sep 4, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book CompanyNo CommentsRead More »

    By Peregrine Book Co. staff “Juxtapoz: Hyperreal” By Evan Pricco Hyperreal: realism in art characterized by depiction of real life in an unusual or striking manner. I cannot even begin to craft an explanation of what these pages hold nearly as well as Pricco does in his introduction. Therefore my advice is to read and reread the introduction and prepare yourself to be amazed at how art has responded to our technological age! Be sure to check out Lee Price, Zaria Forman, and Diego Koi — they are some of my favorites! —Sarah “Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature” By Harry W. Greene For all lovers of the scaled and enigmatical, a tome equally at home on a discerning coffee-table as on the serious herpetologist’s desk. Greene’s clear, impassioned writing is the perfect vehicle for his experience and erudition in the natural history of Serpentes. Spectacular photos by Michael and Patricia Fogden show snakes hunting, mating, on the move, and at rest. Bask in their serpentine glory. —Reva “A House In The Sky” By Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett This story will haunt you long after you read it. Amanda is incredibly brave, and as terrifying as some of her stories may seem, they are powerful and need to be read. —Lacey “All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West” By David Gessner This

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