Staff Picks November 2017

the second sex the book of emma reyes in the cafe of lost youth the trial sanctuary the boys from brazil
finnegans wake no exit made to kill a perfect  union of contrary things the complete stories of leonora carrington

The Second Sex
by Simone de Beauvoir

Along with The Feminine Mystique, de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex is one of the quintessential tomes on mid-century women’s liberation. —Lacey

The Book of Emma Reyes
by Emma Reyes

Reading The Book of Emma Reyes is like holding the key to a secret door. An incredible story of self-discovery, resilience, and courage. —Lacey

In the Cafe of Lost Youth
by Patrick Modiano

Master of the hauntingly beautiful, Modiano weaves a world you won’t want to leave. Skillfully layered with the themes of emotion, identity, and human behavior. —Lacey

The Trial
by Franz Kafka

Waking up to being accused of a crime and not being told what it is, to supposedly being under arrest but not apprehended and taken to jail, is an odd way to start the day. —Joe

by William Faulkner

This is my favorite in Faulkner’s oeuvre. Part Southern Gothic, part noir, and strangely elegant. Sanctuary is the book to read on a late summer night. —Joe

The Boys from Brazil
by Ira Levin

A Nazi hunter plays detective, searching for Josef Mengele, who is rumored to be in South America concocting a frightening experiment. (As absurd as it sounds, this book is a thrilling page turner). —Joe

Finnegans Wake
by James Joyce

The stigma surrounding the pretension of this book is infamous. However, I personally use it as a kick-starter for ideas. Randomly turn to a page and read a sentence. Coincidentally, this book of a man’s descent pairs well with the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Many of its pieces are taken straight from it. —Joe

No Exit
by Jean-Paul Sartre

A play about three people occupying a room in Hell. There is no devil. No inferno. Just two women and a man driving one another crazy with their selfish behavior. This is where the phrase “Hell is other people” originated. —Joe

Made to Kill
by Adam Christopher

A retro-futuristic sci-fi noir filled with a robot detective, stars of the silver screen, murderous super computers. If you like detective stories or sci-fi, this book combines them beautifully. —David

A Perfect Union of Contrary Things
by Maynard James Keenan

For fans of the bands Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer. Also for those of you who drink wine. —Jon

The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington
by Leonora Carrington

Deliciously peculiar, delightfully perverse. A perfect pairing with tea and crumpets. —Michaela