My Phantoms by Gwendoline Riley

Staff Pick

If you suffer from parenting your parents, this book is for you. Following Bridget--who has a man-child father and an overbearing mother--Riley writes with a wit that lets the prose fairly float, even as she creates scenes that make readers feel they are right there when, for instance, Bridget's father explains why his marriage to her mother had to end. The book will make you want to jump into the pages and tell Bridget, “Don’t worry--my parents are just as bad.” 


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ISBN: 9781681376813
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Published: New York Review Books - September 13th, 2022

Pretend I'm Dead by Jen Beagin

Staff Pick

Beagin may try to scare you off in the first few pages with her protagonist's engagement to a drug dealing pimp she charmingly calls "Mr. Disgusting," but I urge you to read on. Mona proves to be quite silly; she's a maid and does as thorough a job cleaning her clients' toilets as she does snooping in her employer's daughter's diary. Beagin's wonderfully crafted debut will have you laughing out loud--and her talented flame continues to burn with her second novel, Vacuum in the Dark, and her most recent bestseller, Big Swiss.

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ISBN: 9781501194429
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Published: Scribner - January 8th, 2019

The Course of Love by Alain de Botton

Staff Pick

De Botton's story of Rabih and Kirsten from their first meeting to their falling in love and building a life together is full of brilliant insights. For instance, keeping the house cold isn’t just one partner's silly assertion of power, but reflects how trauma seeps into the most mundane details of daily life. This novel offers a guide for connecting with those you love--and what is life about, if not human connection?

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ISBN: 9781501134517
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Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - June 20th, 2017