Staff Picks July 2018

investigations of a dog

Investigations of a Dog
by Franz Kafka

Full of labyrinthine hiding places, walking nightmares, and absurd humor. —Lacey

the dream and the underworld

The Dream and the Underworld
by James Hillman

A case could be made that a book like this could only be alluring to academics or the intellectual crowd. However, I think it bridges a gap between the casual reader and the scholarly when it comes to delving deep into the realm of darkness and dreams.—Joe

varina

Varina
by Charles Frazier

A captivating and transportive new tale of the Civil War from the author of Cold Mountain. Fans of Frazier will not be disappointed. As for newcomers, prepare to be bewitched.—Bekah

old possum's book of practical cats

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats
by T. S. Eliot

Ever wonder what the musical Cats was based on? T. S. Eliot’s light-hearted departure from his more serious works (Prufrock, anyone?) is a series of fun cat-themed poems well worth a lazy hour with a feline companion on your lap. —Susannah

the honey farm

The Honey Farm
by Harriet Alida Lye

Not a summer goes by when the bees are not … doing what they do. The same could be said about humans, right? There’s a correlation there, for sure, in this twisty psychological drama about trouble on a bee farm during one hot, dry summer.—Jon

an apology for idlers

An Apology for Idlers
by Robert Louis Stevenson

This slim jewel of a book by the author of Treasure Island collects his essays on: the virtues and pleasures of slowing down; love; youth and age; a forest. Each chapter is a deep poetic meditation. —Reva

oothar the blue

Oothar the Blue
by Brandon Reese

An utterly adorable geek bedtime story about a paunchy, lovable barbarian who wakes up one day to find that fantasy warfare has lost its sparkle. Packed with details from classic fantasy tabletop role-playing games, this is the perfect gift for that special nerd in your life. If that nerd in your life is you, all the better! —Reva, Sean, Jon, & David

Ace Science Fiction
by Walter Goralski

An extremely entertaining review of hundreds of forgotten sci-fi novels from the ACE paperback series. —Sean