Michaela's Picks

Michaela CarterMichaela Carter’s novel Further Out Than You Thought was recently released 8/5/2014 from William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins. Cofounder of the Peregrine Book Company, she lives with her two inscrutable children and teaches creative writing at Yavapai College. She is frightened of mice and Vegemite, and some of her favorite words are manatee, mariposa, maculate, gibbous, ocean, and home.
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Please Enjoy Your Happiness: A Memoir Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781501151255
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Published: Touchstone Books - August 2nd, 2016

Wise, inquisitive, and heart-breakingly tender, Brinkley-Rogers’ memoir moves seamlessly between the man he is now and the boy he was in 1959 when he was a sailor aboard the USS Shangri-La stationed off Japan. As much about the nature of memory and love as it is about life lived and reflected upon, Please Enjoy Your Happiness weaves poetry and effortless prose into a captivating tale of the beautiful, tragic woman he met in Yokosuka... Read Michaela's complete review in the Daily Courier »


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The Book of Colors Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781609531157
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Published: Unbridled Books - May 12th, 2015

Warning: This book may cause you to fall in love with the world again. In language both simple and beautiful, Barfield, a poet doctor, tells the remarkable story of five impoverished people (and a donkey named Jesus) living by the train tracks in Memphis who find love and grace in their everyday lives. —Michaela


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Welcome to Braggsville Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062302137
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Published: William Morrow & Company - September 8th, 2015

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


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A Muse and a Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781595341938
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Published: Trinity University Press - November 11th, 2014

Beautifully illustrated, A Muse and A Maze delights as it demystifies the craft of writing, likening it to puzzles of all kinds. This has been my go-to book as I near the end of a first draft of my own book. Pick it up and flip through the pages. Turchi's brilliance enables both writers and readers to glimpse the wizard behind the curtain. —Michaela


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Mislaid Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062364784
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Published: Ecco Press - January 26th, 2016

Funny and unconventional in most every way, Zink turns our assumptions about race, sexuality and the American dream on their sides, and spins a tale of missteps and surprises toward a rather Shakespearean zenith. Mislaid is a truly entertaining read! —Michaela


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The Mare Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307379740
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Published: Pantheon Books - November 3rd, 2015

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


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All the Light We Cannot See Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781476746586
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 6th, 2014

Ten years in the writing, Anthony Doerr's new novel, All the Light We Cannot See, is at once intimate and generous, historical and magical, thrilling and gorgeous. It is one of those books I savored, the way I do great poetry. –Michaela

Read Michaela's complete review of the book in Kudos.


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The Enchanted Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062285508
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Published: Harper - March 4th, 2014

With the rhythmic music of her language, Denfeld weaves her spell of enchantment, shining love into the darkest, most brutal of places. This novel surprises, terrifies, and enlightens, and is a spellbinding and rapturous read. –Michaela


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One Hundred Years of Solitude Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060883287
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 1st, 2006

You will never see the world the same way again. You will learn to dream with your eyes open. –Michaela


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Nine Inches: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250034700
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Published: St. Martin's Press - September 10th, 2013

Perrotta's new book of stories measures not only the permissible distance between middle school kids in a slow dance, but that less definable space between responsibility and desire, who we think we are and who we dream of being-- if we dared. Perrota's stories are among the best I've read. Ever. (Apologies to Carver fans.) –Michaela


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The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250063731
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Published: Picador USA - October 28th, 2014

Part travelogue, part criticism, and part memoir, The Trip to Echo Spring examines the lives of Tennessee Williams, Raymond Carver, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, John Cheever, and John Berryman, all of them brilliant and all of them troubled and alcoholic. Shimmering with insights and details, it leaves the reader enriched, educated, and inspired by the words of these great writers as seen through Laing’s insightful lens. –Michaela


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Poems 1962-2012 Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780374534097
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - November 5th, 2013

While Pulitzer Prize winner Louise Gluck, whose father invented the X-acto knife, has favored a lean line throughout the fifty years of her published verse, she has reinvented her voice with each subsequent book, making this collection one of astounding breadth and depth. Drawing from myth and family, from nature and sex and her own body, she addresses her reader directly, with courage and simplicity. To read Gluck's poetry is to face one woman's truth unmasked, in all its fierceness and beauty. –Michaela