August 2021
On the Shelves
Peregrine Book Co

On the Shelves August

Tips from the Peregrine Book Co. Staff

Kangaroo Notebook: A Novel

by Kobo Abe

This book is a surrealist romp, a bizarre fever dream that would be similar conceptually to Kafka and the Marx Brothers on their way to a dinner party at Dante Alighieri's place.

— David

The Third Policeman

by Flann O'Brien

A criminal act spirals into a surreal world of comedic terror and isolation.

— Josef

The Priory of the Orange Tree

by Samantha Shannon

Hit me with those 800 pages of high fantasy, 'cause that's the only acceptable way to murder me, fyi.

— Susannah

Fathers and Sons

by Ivan Turgenev, translation by Peter Carson

As many of the classic Russian writers, Turgenev was a great psychologist and existential philosopher, but also a masterful storyteller. You can never really tell if he makes fun of or praises his most famous character, the nihilistic Bazaro. It's probably a bit of both, which removes any sense of tedious lecturing from his thoughtful work.

 — Maria

Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye, Vol. 1: Going Underground

by Gerard Way and Jon Rivera, illus. By Michael Avon Oeming

It's the story of a retired spelunker trying to reconnect with his teenage daughter as they dive deep into another cave adventure that might have something to do with her dead mother. The series blends action, character development and trippy art that makes you feel like you're on acid every time you flip the page. If you like weird, you'll like Cave Carson.

— Aaron

Tips from the Peregrine Bookstore Staff