Staff Picks October 2017

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The Ice Virgin
by Hans Christian Andersen

This recently translated novella by the master of the modern fairy tale contains passage after passage of exquisite beauty and psychological profundity that made me understand, for the first time, Andersen’s enduring place in world literature. A Swiss alpinist most at home in the mountain wilderness courts a sophisticated village girl, in defiance of the ferocious Ice Virgin who waits to claim him as her own. —Reva

The Outrun
by Amy Liptrot

A woman returns to her childhood home in the windswept Orkney Islands to recover from devastating alcoholism in this sensuously vivid memoir. To save herself Liptrot throws herself into astronomy and cold-water swimming with compelling determination and openness to the chilling natural beauty of the remote islands. —Reva

Taco Loco
by Jonas Cramby

A cookbook that takes you to the streets of Mexico and introduces the very best of their street foods: Tacos. Learn to make all the essentials and enjoy the beautiful pictures. —Susannah

Pachinko
by Min Jin Lee

An engrossing, emotional, and richly detailed story that spans both world wars. Follows four generations of Koreans on their journey and the struggles of surviving in exile from their homeland — it all feels painfully real. —Susannah

Desert Solitaire
by Edward Abbey

No other author I’ve found writes more eloquently about the Southwest — in this tribute to the wilderness, Abbey is the Thoreau of the desert. A funny, mesmerizing, and insightful look into the land we rely and live upon. —Susannah

Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d’Art
by Christopher Moore

Always a good one for laughs. A little bit of art, a bit of history, intrigue, and mystery. A fun and easy read, but packed with enough wit, weirdness, and cleverness to keep readers immersed. I won’t spoil the surprise. —Susannah

The Stories of Paul Bowles
by Paul Bowles & Robert Stone

Bowles writes with ruthless unsentimentality, creating chilling and ironic stories that haunt you long after you finish reading them. —Lacy

I Love Dick
by Chris Kraus

A young woman’s infatuation with a man she barely knows spins out of control not long after it begins. Funny, strange, and hard to put down. —Lacy