Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves by Glory Edim

Staff Pick

I’ve anticipated the release of Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves (Ballantine, $20) by Glory Edim. Edim is the creator of the popular New York Book Club that goes by the same name. This anthology is a collection of essays where black women authors are placed together in one book to express when, where, and how they first saw themselves represented in literature. In many comparable anthologies where influential books are discussed, black women and other women of color are rarely mentioned or are left off the list. Edim stays true to her mission and keeps black women at the center of the conversation. Not only was I introduced to new black women authors, I was also able to get a glimpse into the literary lives of some of my favorite writers, such as, Jesmyn Ward, Tayari Jones, and Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn. I’m sure this will make a great holiday gift for the book lover in your life looking to explore more authors and new perspectives on reading.

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ISBN: 9780525619772
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 30th, 2018

J.D. Salinger Boxed Set

Staff Pick

There’s a handsome new J.D. Salinger Boxed Set (Little, Brown, $100), containing the author’s four published books, The Catcher in the Rye, Nine Stories, Franny & Zooey, and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour—An Introduction.  These clothbound books in their durable case deserve this beautiful treatment and will last a long time in anybody’s library.

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ISBN: 9780316450713
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 13th, 2018

The Tale of Genji: A Visual Companion

Staff Pick

In terms of in uence, longevity, and sheer popularity in its country of origin, The Tale of Genji is probably unmatched by any other literary work. Japan’s, and likely the world’s,  first novel, it was written sometime during the Heian period (794-1185) by a noblewoman known only as Murasaki Shikibu. The original manuscript has been lost—the earliest extant text is a set of fifty-four illustrated scrolls from the
twelfth century—but the tale itself has been so thoroughly absorbed in Japanese culture that its characters and events exist in centuries’s worth of paintings, dramas, puppet theatre, and manga.  The beautiful The Tale
of Genji: A Visual Companion
(Princeton, $45), written by Melissa McCormick, professor of Japanese art and culture at Harvard, continues the illustrated tradition of this classic literary work, presenting full-color reproductions of the only complete Genji album pre-dating 1600, along with brief essays. McCormick provides a running summary of Genji’s complicated plot as well as illuminating commentary on the episodes chosen for representation in this particular album.

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ISBN: 9780691172682
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Published: Princeton University Press - November 6th, 2018