Posts Tagged ‘Peregrine Book Co.’

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: May 2018

    May 4, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff PicksNo CommentsRead More »

    Catered by Reva Sherrard “Small Homes Grand Living” by Gestalten Press Are you one of those people who derives furtive yet intense pleasure from leafing through photobooks of soothing minimalist design and modern small spaces? Your secret’s safe with me. Take a peek at this one and sigh a happy sigh. ~Reva “Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands” by Judith Schalansky What a queer little book. Subtitled “Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will,” this pocket-sized yellow volume feels like a relic from a bygone age of exploration, speculation, and mystery. ~Reva “Meeting the Shadow” edited by Connie Zweig and Jeremiah Abrams This is a collection of scholarly essays exploring the darker depths of the human psyche. Themes range as widely as Life, Death, Sex, and even Work. It’s an excellent source for understanding one’s own shadow self, and broaches the age-old question: “What are we hiding?” ~Joe “The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon” by Stephen King A terrifyingly accurate though moving depiction of childhood and the innately human fear of the dark. ~Bekah “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros A series of short vignettes gives soaring voice to a multitude of characters whose stories would otherwise be left unheard. “The House on Mango Street” stands out with simple yet awe-inspiring writing with a powerful message duly delivered. ~Susannah “Golden Hill” by Francis Spafford Spafford’s witty and

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: April 2018

    Mar 30, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff PicksNo CommentsRead More »

    Catered by Reva Sherrard “How to Build a Girl,” by Caitlin Moran Sincere to the point of (hilarious) obscenity. A sweet-and-sour story about growing up and the ultimately brutal reality of what it means to be a woman. ~Bekah “The Child Finder,” by Rene Denfield Shining light in the darkest of places, “The Child Finder” is a terrifying, beautiful book. I couldn’t put it down. ~Michaela “Bad Feminist,” by Roxane Gay Reading this book is like hanging out with your best friend. Brilliant, honest, and hilarious. ~Michaela “City on Fire,” by Garth Risk Hallberg This novel, Hallberg’s first, is stellar. I marveled at the beauty of his sentences, fell in love with his characters, and didn’t want it to end. ~Michaela “Nadja,” by André Breton The author of “The Surrealist Manifesto” forays into fiction. He uses Dadaist and Surrealist techniques in an interesting juxtaposition of images and words that strongly influenced the “illustrated novel” of today. ~Joe “Binti,” by Nnedi Okorafor This story is heartwarming in the most surreal way possible. From the first paragraph I was swept into an absolutely alien, but still somehow comprehensible world. And from there I traveled with Binti — I was afraid of Binti — and eventually, I found peace with Binti. ~Jon “The Pelican Tree,” by Marnie Devereux Local author Devereux is back with her second book of poetry. Her sincerity is refreshing,

  • Sean Patrick McDermott talks music, gigging in Prescott, & Small Songs

    Mar 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and musician Sean Patrick McDermott, who performs 7-10 p.m. Thursdays at Jersey Lily Saloon, 116 S. Montezuma St., 928-541-7854. He also performs Fridays regularly at The Point Bar & Lounge, 114 N. Montezuma St., 928-237-9027. You can purchase his EP, Small Songs, via CD Baby, Spotify, and iTunes.] How did you end up performing as Sean Patrick McDermott and how did you end up in Prescott? Well, that’s my name. I’m not sure why I use my full name for music, but I think it sounds nice. I came out to Prescott a couple of years ago and have been playing music and working at Peregrine Book Co. I grew up in Houston, Texas, and I went to music school in Nashville, Belmont University, for two years, which was kind of a crazy place. I went with a bunch of friends, and some of them are studio players now. … Being in that environment, seeing all those incredibly driven people working toward a goal, it helped me contextualize music in a different way as far as being a songwriter and trying to produce music as a kind of product. So, after I was there for a couple of years, I went back to Texas, and had visited here a couple of times, and ended up

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: March 2018

    Mar 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff PicksNo CommentsRead More »

    Catered by Reva Sherrard “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 “The Fifth Season,” by N. K. Jemisin A refreshing new(ish) voice in epic fantasy. Part epic fantasy, part urban fantasy, part sci-fi. You’ll see … just check it out.~Jon “A Gentleman in Moscow,” by Amor Towles An enchanting narrative with a very charming character. If you’re looking for a nice work of historical fiction with well-drawn characters, this is it. A good book for a relaxing day. ~Susannah “Catwings,” by Ursula LeGuin I read this wonderful series when I was a kid, long before I knew anything about LeGuin’s better-known oeuvre. The story is sweet and subtly deep. A magical story … without magic. ~Susannah “The House of the Scorpion,” by Nancy Farmer In the not-so-distant future, there is a land overrun with hackneyed dystopian “Young Adult” novels, where the citizens cower before the ever-present threat of yet another book about a girl who really wants to snog a lame vampire. Just kidding, the time is NOW, and the place

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: February 2018

    Feb 2, 18 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff PicksNo CommentsRead More »

    Catered by Reva Sherrard “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

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: January 2018

    Dec 29, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff PicksNo CommentsRead More »

    Catered by Reva Sherrard “After Dark,” by Haruki Murakami A term comes to mind: a book to get lost in. That defines this book, as well as all of Murakami’s work. Just don’t be upset if you don’t make it back out again. ~Jon “The Art of Eating,” by M.F.K. Fisher Such lush sensory riches — such a virtuosic harmony of taste, talent, and elegance — such a deeply involving appetite for love, warmth, and the food that lends voluptuous color to one and satiety to the other: Fisher’s oeuvre delivers, and delivers, and delivers. ~Reva “Meddling Kids,” by Edgar Cantero Scooby-Doo meets … Lovecraft?! … in this fun and wacky mystic mystery. A real romp with grown-up scares and plenty of laughs. ~Susannah “Night Air,” by Ben Sears Another graphic novel by the amazing Ben Sears. Appropriate for kids but at least as much fun for adults! It’s like Tintin on a roboplanet committing clever heists. ~David “The Girl with All the Gifts,” by M.R. Carey You thought there was nothing new anyone could do with zombies? Well, you were wrong, and this book will show you why. Spine-tingling! ~Susannah “Reservoir 13,” by Jon McGregor This novel is a meditation on rural living, plus the far-reaching effects of a girl’s disappearance on a seemingly tranquil community. ~Lacey “The Fisherman,” by John Langman This was a weird horror story. Fantastic

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: December 2017

    Dec 1, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff PicksNo CommentsRead More »

    Catered by Reva Sherrard “Architecture on the Carpet” By Brenda & Robert Vale This is definitely not a book for everyone because it’s focused on a single subject. However, to this reader, it’s absolutely fascinating to see the comparison between the birth of construction toys and modern architecture. ~Joe “Weird Love” By Clizia Gussoni & Craig Yoe It’s difficult to describe why I found myself drawn to the point of obsession with this series of comics. They read like strange soap operas from the 1950s. It’s absurd kitsch. I guess they just feel like home to me. ~Joe Mystifyingly absorbing and entertaining vignettes of some truly weird loves indeed. I’ve had many an incredulous laugh over these satisfyingly pulpy bits. ~Reva “The White Road” By Edmund de Waal A thorough examination of porcelain’s long history, beauty, and how it has enchanted cultures for years. ~Lacey “Coming to my Senses” By Alice Waters With language that is straightforward and simple, it doesn’t take long to realize Alice Waters is sharp, witty, and brave. ~Lacey “Down and Out in Paris and London” By George Orwell With rebellious clarity, Orwell’s reflections on the reality of extreme poverty in Paris and London are both sobering and graphic. ~Lacey “The Book of the Cat” By Angus Hyland Famous artists show some love for our furry friends. My new favorite book. ~Susannah Exquisite, witty, reverent renderings

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: November 2017

    Nov 3, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff PicksNo CommentsRead More »

    Catered by Reva Sherrard “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

  • A life & death matter: Stephen Jenkinson talks about dying wisely

    Oct 6, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Stephen Jenkinson, teacher, author, and subject of the documentary “Griefwalker.” Jenkinson is in Prescott for three events. He’s speaking 3-4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10 at Peregrine Book Co., 219 N. Cortez St. He’ll be at a screening of “Griefwalker,” 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10 at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Davis Learning Center, 3700 Willow Creek Road, $25. He’s giving one of his signature talks, “Die Wise: Making meaning of the Ending of Days,” 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the ERAU Davis Learning Center, 3700 Willow Creek Road, $115. Find out more and purchase tickets at OrphanWisdom.Com.] You’re known for speaking and writing about dying and death. How did you get into that? Well, I’m not employed by anybody; it’s an arbitrary call in that sense. I don’t have a job title or anything like that. The entire enterprise is self-appointed. The intention is to call into deep question the prevailing attitudes in the death trade. It’s a task I’ve given myself. What can people expect from your talks? You’re asking me about people’s expectations and that’s for them to answer, not me. The easiest way to say it is that I’m not in the customer satisfaction business. I’m not selling anything. What people’s expectations are, I couldn’t begin to guess. I could say that even if you

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: October 2017

    Oct 6, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff PicksNo CommentsRead More »

    Catered by Reva Sherrard “The Ice Virgin” By Hans Christian Andersen This recently translated novella by the master of the modern fairy tale contains passage after passage of exquisite beauty and psychological profundity that made me understand, for the first time, Andersen’s enduring place in world literature. A Swiss alpinist most at home in the mountain wilderness courts a sophisticated village girl, in defiance of the ferocious Ice Virgin who waits to claim him as her own. ~ Reva “The Outrun” By Amy Liptrot A woman returns to her childhood home in the windswept Orkney Islands to recover from devastating alcoholism in this sensuously vivid memoir. To save herself Liptrot throws herself into astronomy and cold-water swimming with compelling determination and openness to the chilling natural beauty of the remote islands. ~ Reva “Taco Loco” By Jonas Cramby A cookbook that takes you to the streets of Mexico and introduces the very best of their street foods: Tacos. Learn to make all the essentials and enjoy the beautiful pictures. ~ Susannah   “Pachinko” By Min Jin Lee An engrossing, emotional, and richly detailed story that spans both world wars. Follows four generations of Koreans on their journey and the struggles of surviving in exile from their homeland — it all feels painfully real. ~ Susannah   “Desert Solitaire” By Edward Abbey No other author I’ve found writes more eloquently about the

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