On the Shelves: February

Tips from the Peregrine Bookstore Staff

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moren-Garcia

Set in Mexico during the Jazz Age, this book is a beautiful blend of mythology and Mexican culture! I enjoyed reading this more than I expected. Moreno-Garcia did a wonderful job of creating a world and characters that draw you in and keep you turning pages right to the end. — Sienna

A Children's Bible by Lydia Millet

Smart and masterfully crafted, A Children's Bible was impossible to put down. — Michaela

Monk!: Thelonious, Pannonica and the Friendship behind a Musical Revolution, by Youssef Daoudi

An engrossing graphic novel about the longtime friendship between two people who would seemingly appear to be on the opposite ends of the social spectrum. The author does a fantastic job of making you want to more deeply explore the life and work of Thelonious Monk. — Josef

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

Powers is a veteran of the war in Iraq, where he was a machine-gunner, who just happens to hold an MFA in poetry. The author knows firsthand the unique context of Middle-East warfare and writes about it in terms both raw and poetic, for a moving portrait of the profound and lifelong effects of this unprecedented type of warfare on oh-so-young men and women. This short novel will fuel your empathy for those who have served, suffered and returned home to a world that can never understand what they have experienced. — Jimmy

The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher

A breath of fresh horror — if you ever had a childhood dream of stumbling on a portal to another world, this book will firmly destroy it. Its weird, Lovecraft-inspired psychological and physical horror is supremely entertaining. — Susannah

On Truth and Untruth by Friedrich Nietzsche

Nietzsche remains one of the most relevant and provocative philosophers of all time. On Truth and Untruth is a collection of his writings on truth and its relation to language. He humorously criticizes how we invent names and concepts, yet turn back to them as if they exist separately from us. This is an easy read and a good introduction to his thinking. — Maria

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