Staff Picks February 2018

the greatest story ever told sputnik's guide stages of rot transformations
women and power autumn debriefing some kind of happiness

The Greatest Story Ever Told — So Far
by Lawrence Krauss

This gem by famous physicist and Arizona resident Krauss is easy and fun to read. I guarantee you’ll learn something — but I promise it won’t hurt! —Jon

Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth
by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Prez, a silent boy from the Children’s Temporary foster home, meets Sputnik, an alien disguised as a dog, in this touching book for young readers. Sputnik and Prez embark on a mission to save the Earth that has a lot in common with The Hithchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It’s just as funny while also dealing with some very difficult topics. —Veri

Stages of Rot
by Linnea Sterte

This is a beautiful limited edition of Swedish artist Linnea Sterte’s debut graphic novel. Her illustrative skill is unique. This lyrical exploration of what happens to the underwater carcass of a whale belongs in the hands of any art lover or true sequential art enthusiast. —David

Transformations
by Anne Sexton

A modern take on the Brothers Grimm though poetry; dark and twisted. —Lacey

Women & Power
by Mary Beard

The brilliant, hilarious, charismatic Mary Beard, a Cambridge professor and scholar of the Classical world, tackles the thorny relationship between women and Western cultural structures of power in this brief and potent new book. Like a glass of really good whiskey, it bites, braces, and warms all at once. Beard’s message is a tonic for the times, needed now more than ever; in the confused and vitriolic political climate, her humor and good sense are a balm. Absolutely required reading. —Reva

Autumn
by Karl Ove Knausgaard

Norwegian author Knausgaard, best known for his acclaimed cycle of autobiographical novels, My Struggle, pens a series of completely absorbing letters to his unborn daughter. In each he fixes some aspect of the material world — tin cans, snakes, the mouth — and describes it with reverent detail. These little missives fill me with a solemn sense of the holiness of everyday things and experiences. —Reva

Debriefing: Collected Stories
by Susan Sontag

Sontag is the clear, precise voice of a generation and the hardships they endured. —Lacey

Some Kind of Happiness
by Claire Legrand

This may be the best coming of age tale for girls. Young Finley deals with her parents’ looming divorce, a terrible family secret, navigating new friendships, and much more – yet the book stays lighthearted and fun. —Veri