Staff Pick

In a narrative that examines the cost and consequences of bearing witness, Sarah Perry introduces a new figure to the cast of characters that haunt children at bedtime. Melmoth, or Melmotka to the citizens of Prague— the city where translator and principal character Helen Franklin lives— is an ancient wanderer, doomed to track a path through some of the darkest chapters of history on bleeding feet. The cobbled-together chronicle of Melmoth that is given to Helen by a friend who is convinced he has begun to see the same ghastly presence forms the bulk of the story, weaving together historical moments of moral crisis: a German boy living in Nazi-occupied Prague, an airport where a gay man is being deported from France to Kinshasa, and a hospital room in Manila where a woman lies in terrible pain from an acid attack. The gothic style which Perry mastered in The Essex Serpent is on full display in this engrossing follow-up.

Melmoth: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062856401
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Published: Custom House - October 1st, 2019

Staff Pick

Although Daniel Mallory Ortberg has been the voice and pen behind Slate’s “Dear Prudence” column since late 2015, Ortberg’s new book will be more familiar to fans of The Toast, a feminist satire website he co-founded. Within the pages of this book you will find an episode of House Hunters that wouldn’t be out of place in The Twilight Zone, several Christian parables, and an extremely close reading of William Shatner’s cameo on Columbo. The true heart of this book, though, is Ortberg’s thoughts on transition and his own complicated relationship to masculinity, rounding out this funny, sad, and at times revelatory book.

Something That May Shock and Discredit You Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982105211
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Published: Atria Books - February 11th, 2020