Posts Tagged ‘Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks’

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: August 2017

    Jul 25, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff PicksNo CommentsRead More »

    Catered by Reva Sherrard “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

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: January 2017

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

    Catered by Reva Sherrard “Herzog” By Saul Bellow Reflections on past mistakes with friends, enemies, family and lovers through anecdotes and unsent letters, Moses Herzog sifts through the highs and lows of his life in order to understand what has brought him to his current state. Semi-autobiographical, humorous and painful, Bellow writes directly from the heart with bare honesty and emotion. ~Joe “Through the Woods” By Emily Carroll These stories are spooky. Plain and simple. Odd little creepies round every corner. I highly recommend this book to anyone that may not be a fan of comic books but loves a good scary tale. I also highly recommend this book to all the comic book fanatics out there. For fans of Neil Gaiman and Joe Hill. ~Jon “A Place Called Home” By Mr. Jason Grant Jason Grant’s job is styling homes for photo shoots, but he doesn’t believe we need to create these “perfect” homes in real life. In “A Place Called Home,” Jason shows that the most inspiring homes are relaxed, casual, and have good energy and aren’t just filled with designer furniture. A great book even if you’re just needing something for your coffee table. ~Lacey “All the Birds, Singing” By Evie Wyld Jake, a newcomer to the wind-raked English community where she runs her sheep farm alone, suspects an unknown animal is killing her flock one by one

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: December 2016

    Dec 2, 16 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff PicksNo CommentsRead More »

    Catered by Reva Sherrard “Nausea” By Jean-Paul Sartre When the things you enjoy in life start to make you sick, you are free to choose how to accept or reject everything. ~Joe “Tintin: Hergé’s Masterpiece” By Pierre Sterckx A sublime art book & illuminating glimpse at the themes and consummate artistry behind the beloved comic strip’s seeming simplicity. ~Reva “Adulthood Is a Myth” By Sarah Andersen This made me LOL — a lot. And I’ve been an adult (supposedly) for a while now! ~Michaela “The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko” By Scott Stambach This book is filled with brutal honesty. It is a testament to being human. This book made me laugh, it made me think, it made me empathize, and then it made me cry. Happy tears, then sad tears, and then it made me think some more, and then it made me happy to be alive. If you are pondering reading this book, then, without hesitation, I plead with you to just do it. Read it. Now. Forget all else and join Ivan in Belarus. ~Jon “The Secret Lives of People in Love” By Simon Van Booy Not only a story of love between men and women but a story that explores the love between parent and child, the bond between men in war, the brief love that can be found between strangers, and love that is lost

  • 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: 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: August 2015

    Aug 7, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Company4,515 CommentsRead More »

    By Peregrine Book Co. staff “H is for Hawk” By Helen MacDonald MacDonald combines her training of a goshawk, her wild grief after her father’s death, and a meditation on T.H. White’s pained memoir “The Goshawk” into a story of knots and strings, trust and loss, death and fear and letting go. She spits forth short shining sentences like a hawk tearing feathers from a pheasant’s breast; what emerges is a visceral exploration of the fraught, rich bonds between animal and human, and the presence of death that defines the lives of both. — Reva “Magonia” By Maria Dahvana Headley With great attention and respect to mythological detail, Headley has created a world in the clouds that promises a feathery adventure that is just as sweet as it is temerarious. — Sarah “Here” By Wislawa Szymborska Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996, Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska considers life on earth through her poems. Wislawa is witty, smart, and one tough woman, characteristics that not only describe her but her work as well. Her poems begin a certain way, but somehow Wislawa is able to utilize the space between and morph her poem into something completely different by the time you finish it. — Lacey “Sailing Alone Around the Room” By Billy Collins Collins published this beautifully succinct collection during his time as the Poet Laureate of the United

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: June 2015

    Jun 5, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks5,189 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 Picks5,336 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 Picks6,555 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: March 2015

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

    By Peregrine Book Co. staff “What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife?” By David Harris-Gershon 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 “Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture” By Toby Hemenway Create an edible ecosystem in your yard! —Tom “Master & Commander” By Patrick O’Brian This, my dear, is the first book in the great immortal adventure story of the world. The finest, funniest, most thrilling & fulfilling epic narrative in English, peopled by the best-drawn and most memorable characters we know of. O’Brian will sweep you away. Be you sea-dog or lubberly literary cove, read it, for all love. There is not a moment to be lost. —Reva “Rain of Gold” By Victor Villasenor The storytelling, the landscape, the unforgettable characters — this book will open your eyes and keep you reading. So awesome. —Kim “The Golem & the Jinni” By Helene Wecker A thoroughly diverting imaginal novel, and one of the more intriguing combinations of the magical and the profane to be published in the last few years. Chava, a golem created by dark Kabbalistic magic, is awakened on a voyage to America in 1899. In the same moment Ahmad, a Syrian

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