Staff Pick

Akhtar, a highly acclaimed playwright, writes yet another brilliant piece on his experience as an American with Pakistani family roots. As with his protagonist here, Akhtar's vivid and thought-provoking memories before and after 9/11 have played a huge role in his writings. In this work of auto-fiction, he has imagined just what every young Muslim during that period must have thought of: his identity, roots, family, and his future in this country. His father, a physician to Donald Trump, opposed his son's political opinions often, and as this work shows, the two men struggle to live with their differences as Akhtar's protagonist goes into business with a wealthy Pakistani-American hedge fund manager and earns a fortune. While based in fact, this book succeeds brilliantly as fiction.

 

 

Homeland Elegies: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316496421
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 15th, 2020

Staff Pick

Funny Weather is a collection of essays documenting Laing’s adventures as an art aficionado, an ardent reader, and a compassionate writer. The book discusses loneliness in the age of digital dependencies, the making of a family in times of gender fluidity, the impact of art on the lives of famous musicians and writers, and tracks Laing's fascination with gardening, art making, and writing in tumultuous times. She is touched by everything that is human and thought provoking in the realm of art and creative expression. Her empathetic writing on the work of artists lost to the AIDS crisis reminds us of the solace art brings in a difficult time. Her encounter with Chantal Joffe, an artist who paints Laing's portrait while confessing to having read her book, The Lonely City, is an ingenious exchange on art between two creative souls, and my favorite moment in the book. "Feral" is another beautiful essay about Laing's brave abandonment of her "consumer" and "social" selves, one that invites readers to imagine their own lives without consumerism. The book is humble, yet powerful.

Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781324005704
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 12th, 2020