Staff Picks July 2017

the wrenchies the quiet america heart of europe beneath the wheel ancestor whatever happened trophic cascade

The Wrenchies
by Farel Dalrymple

Mr. Dalrymple does it all. Penciled, inked, watercolored, written, and lettered by the man himself. It is truly awesome. —David

The Quiet American
by Graham Greene

This melancholy classic, redolent with the damp heat and grenade-jarred grace of French-governed Saigon, raises more questions of responsibility, involvement, & guilt than seem possible in such a compact narrative. A disillusioned British journalist covering the progression of the Indochinese War befriends an intense, naive young American aid worker, and in spite of a studied determination not to “get involved” finds himself forced to do just that. —Reva

Heart of Europe
by Peter H. Wilson

Ever heard of a complete history of the Holy Roman Empire? No, you haven’t — luckily, here it is. Grab it for yourself or any history buff you have to entertain for a while. This book is dense and demanding but it includes absolutely everything. —Veri

Beneath the Wheel
by Herman Hesse

Being one of Hesse’s earliest works it differs vastly from favorites like Steppenwolf. However, it doesn’t in the least lack his brilliance and is an absolute must read for Siddartha fans. —Veri

Ancestor
by Matt Sheean and Malachi Ward

Ancestor is an incredible sci-fi comic about a tech guru who sets out to put an end to problems that have long plagued humanity. The team of Sheean and Ward have created a richly illustrated unique book, dealing with “Ascended” humans and multiple civilizations. Originally serialized in the Island Anthology by Image Comics. —David

Whatever Happened To Interracial Love?
by Kathleen Collins

Kathleen Collins was a playwright and filmmaker during the ’70s who died at the young age of 46. As such, her small collection of short stories wasn’t published until 2016, and reading it is like time traveling to intimate moments in strangers’ lives. Each story reads like a short film — simple, vivid, and moving. I loved each one, but right off the bat Interiors had me hooked. —Hannah

Trophic Cascade
by Camille T. Dungy

What poems. Dungy conveys fragments of individual human experience so perfectly they become universal- then takes the universal and makes it shocking, intimate and new. Her evocations of physical things and nature sink into the tongue and press the skin. —Reva