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  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: September 2016

    Aug 26, 16 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff PicksNo CommentsRead More »

    Catered by Reva Sherrard “Seven Brief Lessons on Physics” By Carlo Rovelli Carlo Rovelli writes about some of the fundamental laws governing our universe with a direct simplicity that is rare in scientific literature. He acknowledges the inevitable gaps in his explanations, but does a remarkable job communicating complete ideas in a small space. This book is for anyone who wants to gain a basic understanding of the most brilliant ideas ever conceived (and what they mean for us as human beings), regardless of scientific background. — Sean “The Vegetarian” By Han Kang WOW!!! I couldn’t put this book down, it was my top priority. This is an incredibly strange dreamlike novel. This is R- rated and not for the fainthearted. — David “Blood Song” By Anthony Davis Anthony Ryan’s debut novel is about as well-written and enthralling as high fantasy gets. The pace is perfect right from the beginning, the characters are complex yet relatable, and the setting strikes a balance between magical and entirely believable. Definitely a great distraction for fans of Martin or Rothfuss who are eagerly awaiting more great fantasy. — Sean “Anatomy of Violence” By Adrian Raine Neuroscience and criminology! One of the best researchers in his field. — Caleb “In the Wolf’s Mouth” By Adam Foulds Foulds captures the bewildering impact of war and violence with precise, shattered lyricism. The narrative voices of his

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: August 2016

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

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  • 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: 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.: May 2016

    May 6, 16 • ndemarino • 5enses, Peregrine Book Co. Staff PicksNo CommentsRead More »

    Catered by Reva Sherrard “A Man Lies Dreaming” By Lavie Tidhar At first, the brutality of this insane novel hits you like repeated kicks to the gut. While you’re gasping on the floor, the black, black, sly humour, and unsparing compassion take over. There’s a twist, and it’s not what you think it is. Questions of identity which will shock you lie at the heart of this brilliant noir, at once an eye-widening homage to classic pulp and Raymond Chandler, and a real achievement in its own right — an enfant terrible addition to post-Holocaust literature. — Reva “Kafka on the Shore” By Haruki Murakami Intertwining threads take the reader through a magnificent journey filled with rich characters such as Nakata, a feeble minded elderly man who can talk to cats. Haruki Murakami is an incredibly gifted world builder, and this book is no exception; his deftly created characters have stayed with me like good friends on a bizarre journey. — David “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” By Ransom Riggs Rarely is a book so aptly summarized by the word “peculiar.” Ransom Riggs originally intended to publish this book as a collection of enigmatic photographs; thankfully, he opted instead to weave a whimsical tale between the images, using their mystery to enhance the already Burton-esque tone of the novel. — Sean “Dog Songs” By Mary Oliver I opened Oliver’s

  • Peregrine Book Co. Staff Picks: April 2016

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

    Catered by Reva Sherrard “As You Wish” By Cary Elwes There’s a shortage of perfect behind-the-scenes memoirs in the world. It would be a (very great) pity to let this one pass you by. I literally wept with laughter. — Reva “Wizard’s First Rule” By Terry Goodkind The first book in one of the greatest fantasy series ever conceived, “Wizard’s First Rule” is the story of a woodsman who suddenly finds himself called to overthrow a god-king and save a continent (and that’s just book 1 of 11). Goodkind’s work strikes an elusive balance between philosophy, humor, and character-oriented worldbuilding that surpasses all but the best of the genre; a must-read for any fan of epic fantasy. — Sean “The Mare” By Mary Gaitskill In her latest novel, her first in 10 years, Gaitskill writes in her distinctive, lyrical style about a Dominican girl, the Anglo woman who introduces her to riding, and the horse who changes everything. A raw and candid coming-of-age story, “The Mare” is one of the most powerful books I’ve read in a while! — Michaela “The Man Who Planted Trees” By Jim Robbins There is still much to learn about the abilities of trees. How do they die? Communicate? Protect themselves and other trees? Robbins writes about an average man, David Milarch, whose extraordinary mission is to clone the largest, oldest, and most resilient trees

  • 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: 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

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