On the Shelves: April

Tips from the Peregrine Bookstore Staff


by Stephen King

As per usual, and because I couldn't put it down, I sped through King's latest novel within a couple hours. This is a horror, but also a coming-of-age story, mysterious and even funny in places. King once again showcases his ability to immerse readers into his worlds. I'm reluctant to give any clues as to the plot, but I just have to say: don't let the grand pulp style cover art put you off. — Susannah

The Moth Presents Occasional Magic

by Cathrine Burns

This book is seriously amazing! A collection of stories about life and all its wonderful and not-so-wonderful, moments. Truly a book about occasional magic! — Sienna

The Hole

by Hiroko Oyamada

Oyamada creates her quietly magical stories with a talent for evasion — she evades plot as we know it, as well as solutions or answers of any kind. We glide through the main character's experiences, sharing her mild confusion and growing curiosity as to what kind of story she has found herself within. The result is sparse, elegant, and mysterious. — Maria


by Joe Hill and Stuart Immonen

In a horror story paying homage to John Carpenter's The Thing, a salvage boat is tasked with recovering a lost research ship stuck in the ice. The art and story range from haunting to intense, emphasized with sharp colors and design. It’s easily one of my favorite books of 2020. — Aaron

The Collected Works of Billy the Kid

by Michael Ondaajte

This is not your typical historical fiction, nor a biographical recapitulation of facts on a single life. This is experimental fiction at its finest. Ondaatje writes in poetic, often violent and lyrical prose through the eyes of Billy the Kid. The result is an unforgettable epistolary exploration of William Bonney in the landscape of the West. — Joe

What Could Be Saved

by Liese O'Halloran Schwarz

Big in every sense, What Could Be Saved asks hard questions about personal redemption and the ways lives change when a child goes missing. Through the darkness, moments of humanity sparkle and sing. After finishing this novel, I didn't know what to start next. What else could possibly be this good? — Michaela

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