Staff Picks September 2017

plainwater too much and not the mood true stories my dyslexia
catching the big fish summerlong visit from the goon squad half-earth

Plainwater
by Anne Carson

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

Too Much and Not the Mood: Essays
by Durga Chew-Bose

With intense lyricism, Chew-Bose ruminates on moments of her childhood and what it means to be a creative woman today. Both memoir and cultural criticism, Too Much and Not the Mood is poignant, philosophical, and deeply personal. Lacey

Sophie Calle: True Stories
by Sophie Calle

As a writer, photographer, installation artist, and conceptual artist, Sophie Calle presents something unique, absorbing, and honest with True Stories. Lacey

My Dyslexia
by Phillip Schultz

Required reading for anyone who has ever been made to feel broken or unimportant due to a learning disability. Schultz will revive your belief in the beauty and extraordinary intelligence that come thanks to, rather than in spite of, learning disabilities. Bekah

Catching the Big Fish
by David Lynch

Yes, it’s a book by the film director David Lynch. Sparse and minimal, Lynch explores the creative process by homing in on the idea of sparking the fire from within. Surrealism and Transcendental Meditation collide! Joe

Summerlong
by Dean Bakopoulos

A novel of surburban love both marital and extramarital. Tender, funny, and irresistible. Michaela

A Visit from the Goon Squad
by Jennifer Egan

Powerful, emotionally riveting linked short stories that spiral through the music scene. Highly recommended! Michaela

Half-Earth
by E. O. Wilson

Wilson is one of the true giants of our time, who somehow manages to always find a path forward. This is one of the only books in print to suggest a real, ecologically-based solution to the global environmental crisis! —Ty