Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton

Staff Pick


Catton follows her Booker Prize-winning The Luminaries with an eco-thriller set in her native New Zealand. Unfolding solidly within today's political zeitgeist, the narrative features characters from a wide range of socio-economic spheres, among them the drone billionaire Robert Lemoine and the activist Mira Bunting, a member of the eponymous guerilla gardening group. As the different interests meet and clash, Catton explores how to face the climate crisis through collective actions--without running afoul of personal ambition and the flawed human heart; and all the while she keeps the action building to a rip-roaring finish.

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ISBN: 9780374110338
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 7th, 2023

My Stupid Intentions by Bernardo Zannoni

Staff Pick

Translated from the Italian, Zanonni's fable recalls Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Wind in The Willows as it recounts the experiences of Archy, a beech marten whose mother trades him for the price of one-and-a-half hens to Solomon, a fox known as the Lender. Solomon's greatest treasure is the written word--and particularly the word of God--and as he develops a more complex relationship with Archy, the tale explores questions of morality and what it means to be human and/or animal through the creature's shift from instincts to judgment, all under an overarching Divinity--though not, perhaps, for the better.






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By Bernardo Zannoni, Alex Andriesse (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781681377285
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Published: New York Review Books - June 13th, 2023

Second Star, by Philippe Delerm

Staff Pick

Whether you call this flash fiction or bite-size essays--it's a delight. By simply noticing the world around him--from a grandfather watching a grandson read for the first time to the delicate act of peeling and consuming a clementine--Delerm conjures a series of fictional musings, presented with the grace and gravity of Taoist sayings.  As the French writer remarks, "Let’s remember the present," and there's no better way than by reading and rereading this humble jewel of a book.


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By Philippe Delerm, Jody Gladding (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781953861542
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Published: Archipelago - May 16th, 2023