Staff Picks - Todd

 
Lover of literary fiction and creative nonfiction. Hiker, backpacker, and travel bug-bitten daydreamer. Fearless photographer and daredevil grub-maker in the kitchen. An intrepid experimentalist in the art of making up nonsense songs. The guy who will cross the busiest intersection in town just to pet a cute dog. A great big dork, pretty much.
 

$14.99
ISBN: 9780062248459
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - July 29th, 2014

I've always been a sucker for cross-generational tales of intertwined lives and the unexpected glues which hold them together, but sometimes they sadly feel contrived. Not so with Van Booy's dazzling story of random acts of kindness and mercy and their unexpected ramifications; this is a restrained, poetic message brimming with love and wonder. --Todd


By Malcolm Lowry, William T. Vollmann (Afterword by), Stephen Spender (Introduction by)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061120152
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - April 10th, 2007

Simultaneously horrific and blindingly beautiful, Lowry's masterwork of alcoholic annihilation-- set against the backdrop of the Day of the Dead in Mexico-- charges along with frightening intensity and wild-eyed, feverish delivery. Highly challenging, yes, and occasionally uncomfortable, but definitely worth it. --Todd


By Breece D'J Pancake, James Alan McPherson (Foreword by), John Casey (Afterword by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780316715973
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - July 2002

Gritty, bloody-knuckled snapshots of broken households and lonely souls in rural Appalachia-- these studies of the long-term effects of grinding poverty were written with keen psychological insight and an occasionally surprising tenderness. Vivid, evocative language, too. --Todd


$18.00
ISBN: 9780140286014
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - June 2001

 Ah, I do love a good meander, and exquisite essayist Solnit leads us on a great number of lovely ones in this collection of meditations on the best way of keeping the feet busy. Drawing from a wowing range of inspirations and disciplines, this savvy cultural history quite often tickles the noggin in delightfully unexpected ways. --Todd


By Stefan Zweig, Anthea Bell (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781782271482
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pushkin Press - May 5th, 2015

Tales of Longing and Liberation, by Stefan Zweig. True mastery of the short story form-- Zweig's delicately-nuanced, pitch-perfect explorations into heartbreak and exile wield a quiet but mighty power. Gorgeous writing with an enormous heart and a tremendous amount of psychological insight. Fun fact: Zweig delivered a eulogy at Sigmund Freud's funeral; the two were friends and mutual admirers. --Todd


$15.95
ISBN: 9780679744719
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - December 1992

A raw, bloody, teeth-baring powerhouse of a novel-- Baldwin spares us no punches in his desperate vision of post-war New York and the boozing, swinging, quarreling cast of artists and dreamers at the story's core. Bubbling and boiling away with racial, sexual, and socioeconomic tensions, there's a white-hot current of relentlessness that, frankly, makes this pretty much unputdownable. --Todd


$15.00
ISBN: 9780374533403
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 24th, 2012

$15.95
ISBN: 9780393342581
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 2nd, 2012

$16.00
ISBN: 9781439190142
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - October 9th, 2012

$15.95
ISBN: 9780307744869
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor Books - July 10th, 2012

$16.00
ISBN: 9780679745358
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - June 1st, 1993

$14.95
ISBN: 9780385494243
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor Books - November 1st, 1999

$15.00
ISBN: 9781400031672
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - January 6th, 2004