Staff Picks April 2017

the name of the wind here I am the way things work plain water pond breakfast at tiffany's catching the big fish

The Name of the Wind
by Patrick Rothfuss

The best fantasy novel in decades, and the best introduction to the genre for any curious minds. The prose is nothing less than musical and the worldbuilding is seamless. This book stands up to dogged theorizing and dissection; there are stories under stories and secrets in the songs. Listen to Kvothe’s tale, but pay attention; things are not what they seem. —Sean, Jon, & David

Here I Am
by Jonathan Safran Foer

An astounding new novel from Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Everything is Illuminated. Foer, again, is pushing the literary envelope in a stunning display of talent and heart. —Jon

The Way Things Work Now
by David Macaulay

No matter your age, interests, or feelings towards woolly mammoths, this book will entertain and teach. Just open it to any page and learn how stuff works. —Sean

Plainwater
by Anne Carson

Both intimate and dazzling, my favorite essay from this collection is Part V: The Anthropology of Water when Carson takes the reader on a pilgrimage in pursuit of water. —Lacey

Pond
by Claire-Louise Bennett

Pond is sharp and compassionate, beautiful and strange – and everything felt turned upside down and inside out after I read it. Claire-Louise Bennett inspires observation and self-awareness. —Lacey

Breakfast at Tiffany’s
by Truman Capote

So you’ve probably seen the movie with Audrey Hepburn. You probably loved it. You know what else you’ll probably love? The inspiration behind the movie. This isn’t a I’ve-seen-the-movie-so-I-don’t-have-to-read-the-book situation, because (spoiler) the ending is different! Capote’s literary charm gives you so much more to adore about the iconic characters you already (probably) love. —Hannah

Catching the Big Fish
by David Lynch

Yes, it’s a book by the film director David Lynch. Sparsely & minimally, Lynch explores the creative process by honing in on the idea of sparking the fire from within. Surrealism & Transcendental Meditation collide! —Joe