February 2018

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden

Denis Johnson

The literary world mourned Denis Johnson’s death last year, a blow that was somewhat lightened by the impending release of this story collection. These stories represent the final works of a brilliant author who will live on as one of the most important writers of our time through his singular storytelling chops.

The Monk of Mokha

Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers has become something of a household name. His latest book weaves together the true stories of a coffee farmer, the history of coffee, and the Yemeni civil war to shed light on political injustice and the American dream of one Muslim man. The Monk of Mokha is both suspenseful and uplifting and, with its compulsive narrative pace, will keep readers glued to the page (and reaching for a cup of strong black coffee).

An American Marriage

Tayari Jones

An American Marriage is a highly anticipated novel for anyone who loves being swept up in a beautiful story. It is both a love story and a story about racial injustice, and the subtlety and magic of Jones’s prose will keep you up reading way past your bedtime.

I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death

Maggie O’Farrell

I Am, I Am, I Am creates its own center of gravity and sucks the reader into its atmosphere. The word memoir doesn’t quite capture the universality of this book. Maggie O’Farrell’s brushes with death are gripping and electrifying and are conveyed in stunning prose. This is the most life-affirming book about death ever written.

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