Staff Picks March 2018

Debriefing some kind of hapiness the fifth season a gentleman in moscow
catwings the house of the scorpion feel free italian folktales

Debriefing: Collected Stories
by Susan Sontag

Sontag is the clear, precise voice of a generation and the hardships they endured. —Lacey

Some Kind of Happiness
by Claire Legrand

This may be the best coming of age tale for girls. Young Finley deals with her parents’ looming divorce, a terrible family secret, navigating new friendships, and much more — yet the book stays lighthearted and fun. —Veri

The Fifth Season
by N. K. Jemisin

A refreshing new(ish) voice in epic fantasy. Part epic fantasy, part urban fantasy, part sci-fi. You’ll see … just check it out.—Jon

A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles

An enchanting narrative with a very charming character. If you’re looking for a nice work of historical fiction with well-drawn characters, this is it. A good book for a relaxing day. —Susannah

Catwings
by Ursula LeGuin

I read this wonderful series when I was a kid, long before I knew anything about LeGuin’s better-known oeuvre. The story is sweet and subtly deep. A magical story … without magic. —Susannah

The House of the Scorpion
by Nancy Farmer

In the not-so-distant future, there is a land overrun with hackneyed dystopian “Young Adult” novels, where the citizens cower before the ever-present threat of yet another book about a girl who really wants to snog a lame vampire. Just kidding, the time is NOW, and the place is HERE. Read The House of the Scorpion if you want to live. —Susannah

Feel Free
by Zadie Smith

Smith’s words are razor-sharp as she dissects cultural and political topics. —Lacey

Italian Folktales
by Italo Calvino

Darkly funny, full of wonder and magic. —Lacey