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  • 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: June 2016

    Jun 3, 16 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff PicksNo CommentsRead More »

    Catered by Emma Schneider “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 “A Sand County Almanac” By Aldo Leopold “A Sand County Almanac” stands as a cornerstone of American ecological thinking. Leopold underwent a transformation from just another wolf-killing employee of the Forest Service to a powerful advocate for a new ethical relationship with the natural world. ~Mark “Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye” By Marie Mutsuki Mockett In the wake of profound personal losses and the cataclysmic tragedy of the 2011 tsunami, Marie Mutsuki Mockett searches for resolution amidst the broken landscapes and deepest spiritual traditions of her Japanese relatives. ~Reva “A Good Man is Hard to Find” By Flannery O’Connor With some of the most monstrous characters in fiction, “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” explores the hypocrisy and truth of human nature. Infused with a grotesque view of life and religious symbolism, O’Connor’s words are brutally honest and impossible to escape. With tragic comedy and apocalyptic possibility, O’Connor took the nightmares of men and women and

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: February 2016

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

    Catered by Reva Sherrard “M Train” By Patti Smith Composed of experiences and various adventures, this is an incredibly beautiful story of love, loss, and what can be found. In “M Train” you will discover Smith’s wit and undeniable strength as she faces life without her love Fred “Sonic” Smith and how she finds peace through grief. A very personal look into Smith’s life, this book is just as special, if not more so, than her first novel Just Kids. — Lacey “The Vorrh” By Brian Catling If you love fantasy you must read this — however, if you don’t, this is your chance. This novel gave me the chills. — Veri “Ms. Marvel: No Normal” By G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona Don’t know what on earth the appeal of comics is? Curious, but turned off by the thought of scanty spandex, scantier plot lines and extreme graphic violence? Never fear: Ms. Marvel is here! This is exactly the kind of surprising, loyalty-inspiring comic that’s driving the genre’s renaissance. Starring Kamala Khan, a Jersey City teen who grapples with her newfound superpowers and villains alike as she tries to reconcile crime-fighting with a 9 p.m. curfew, and featuring stellar writing (who doesn’t love a superhero costume made out of a burkini?), wildly funny art, and a big heart, Ms. Marvel is a winner. — Reva “Aviary Wonders Inc.” By

  • 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: 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

  • Two legs, eight legs: Journo Patrick Whitehurst pens talk radio, tarantula tales

    Oct 3, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Feature17 CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following excerpts are from conversations with Prescott Daily Courier and Kudos reporter Patrick Whitehurst, who has a book signing for his self-published novella, “Talk Jock Twits,” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 at Peregrine Book Co., 219A N. Cortez St., Prescott, 928-445-9000.] Your new book, “Talk Jock Twits” — where did the story come from? I worked maybe five years in Williams, Arizona in talk radio. Basically, it was the one of the weirdest jobs I’ve ever had, and I would never do it again. I had a three-hour talk block every weekend when I hosted a weekend show for arts and entertainment. I’d interview authors and psychics, and people like that. I took extensive notes during this period because it was just so weird. I was in my mid- to late-20s, and it just blew mind that there was so much sex and drugs at a largely conservative radio station in a largely conservative town. Anyway, after that, I went to college for a journalism degree at NAU up in Flagstaff. Between classes, I’d find a coffee shop and, to kill time, I’d write out my talk radio notes. Then I decided to write it into a book. … I’ve written two nonfiction books and two novellas (as e-books), but I’ve been thinking a lot about self-publishing and wanted to learn how the

  • A novel approach: Poet Michaela Carter pens prime prose

    Aug 29, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Feature7,067 CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following excerpts are from conversations with poet and author Michaela Carter, whose new book, “Further Out Than You Thought,” was released on Aug. 5 by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins. It’s $14.99 at Peregrine Book Co., 219A N. Cortez St., Prescott, 928-445-9000.] So what’s your elevator pitch for the book? I’ve been describing it as a character-driven grayish comedy about a trio of 20-something bohemians facing their own reluctant adulthoods during the 1992 L.A. riots. You were at UCLA during the riots, correct? I’d already graduated from UCLA at the time and was living in the Miracle Mile area. I had to get across town during the riots. Nobody expected it. There was that moment right after the Rodney King verdict came out, and that initial outbreak of violence and the attack on Reginald Denny. But it was kind of quiet that next morning until that fateful afternoon. I was trying to get across town, but the highway was completely shut down, so I had to go off of the route I usually took back to my apartment. It was pretty crazy. There was a gas station on fire. Lots of black smoke. It was terrifying. Seeing a city you know so well completely changed, so completely unrecognizable — it was one of those moments that, when it happens, you know something important

  • Pregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: September 2014

    Aug 29, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks13 CommentsRead More »

    By Peregrine Book Company staff “The Beautiful & Damned” By F. Scott Fitzgerald Tragic and beautiful all at the same time. F. Scott Fitzgerald is brilliant. Using his own marriage as inspiration for the story of Anthony and Gloria Patch gives these fictional characters depth. Dive into New York City in the 1920s and witness this couple’s life slowly disintegrate. –Lacey “Impulse” By Ellen Hopkins In this novel in verse, Hopkins traverses the lives of three teenagers struggling with different types of depression. She goes back & forth between past & present to formulate the whole picture of what brought them together after suicide attempts in a search for recovery. –Sarah “The Bluest Eye” By Toni Morrison This is a very important book. The author herself writes of it in her afterward, “…this is a terrible story about things one would rather not know anything about.” This book had me cringing and broken-hearted, devastated for its truths. It is brutal, provocative, depressing and uncomfortable, but real, honest and eye-opening. Not an easy read, but a worthwhile one. If you feel like setting comfort aside for a moment and seeing the world from a disenfranchised perspective, this might be the book for you. –Kim “Ceremony” By Leslie Marmon Silko & Larry McMurtry On first read this book is extraordinary, layered with real magic, transformative. By the third read, it just might

  • Sneakier peak: Final film fest feature four play

    By Helen Stephenson A special sneak peek of July’s Prescott Film Festival flies into Peregrine Book Company at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 14 in downtown Prescott. The screening is comprised of four short films that are official selections of the fifth annual fest. Additionally, screening attendees enjoy special, one-night-only discounts on festival passes. One of the films is “Titanic Love,” a romantic comedy that has won 39 awards on the film festival circuit (so far). The short is about Lucy, an ardent fan of the film “Titanic.” She discovers a very expensive Titanic-themed love cruise and desperately wants to attend. Her boyfriend, Jack, feels they can’t afford it and Lucy is furious. Their relationship hits rough waters and Jack calls on his best friend Delroy for advice and a cheap alternative. True to form, Delroy and his trusty sidekick Jaz come up with a cunning plan that could change all of their lives forever. Delroy is going to bring the Titanic to Birmingham, but can disaster be averted? Another film is “A Lovely Treat,” a romantic comedy about high expectations love, and that fine line between reality and fantasy. There’s also “Woody,” a stop-motion animated film about a wooden artist model who dreams of playing piano. The problem is that he only has wooden paddles for hands. Stuck in a job he doesn’t want, he dreams of being a concert

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