Staff Picks May 2018

small homes pocket atlas meeting the shadow the girl who loved tom gordon
the house on mango street golden hill the alienist

Small Homes Grand Living
by Gestalten Press

Are you one of those people who derives furtive yet intense pleasure from leafing through photobooks of soothing minimalist design and modern small spaces? Your secret’s safe with me. Take a peek at this one and sigh a happy sigh. —Reva

Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands
by Judith Schalansky

What a queer little book. Subtitled Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will, this pocket-sized yellow volume feels like a relic from a bygone age of exploration, speculation, and mystery. —Reva

Meeting the Shadow
edited by Connie Zweig and Jeremiah Abrams

This is a collection of scholarly essays exploring the darker depths of the human psyche. Themes range as widely as Life, Death, Sex, and even Work. It’s an excellent source for understanding one’s own shadow self, and broaches the age-old question: “What are we hiding?” —Joe

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
by Stephen King

A terrifyingly accurate though moving depiction of childhood and the innately human fear of the dark. —Bekah

The House on Mango Street
by Sandra Cisneros

A series of short vignettes gives soaring voice to a multitude of characters whose stories would otherwise be left unheard. The House on Mango Street stands out with simple yet awe-inspiring writing with a powerful message duly delivered. —Susannah

Golden Hill
by Francis Spafford

Spafford’s witty and vivid prose eases you into the New York of 1746. Full of diverse people and sticky situations, this is what a historical novel ought to be. —Veri & Jon

The Alienist
by Caleb Carr

A dark mystery and wonderful historical fiction, The Alienist is positively the most gripping book I’ve read in a long time! Be sure to read this before you watch the show. —Susannah