Land of Milk and Honey by C. Pam Zhang

Staff Pick

With language so lush it drips its own atmosphere, this novel piques your hunger—then curdles it. Set in the near future where most of the world subsists on a chemical replacement of food, the story follows one young chef who lies her way into an elite kitchen where she cooks foods she'd thought were extinct. Zhang's is not only a beautiful addition to the genre of environmental fiction, but it asks important questions, such as what lies at the end of our need to consume? There's nothing more human than the desire to eat …but what if it comes at a high cost? Queer, haunting, and meditative, this narrative has stuck with me long after the last page.


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ISBN: 9780593538241
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 26th, 2023

State of Paradise by Laura van den Berg

Staff Pick

in just 200 pages, van den Berg accomplishes something few novelists have managed: she captures the surreal feeling of a post-pandemic world as it emerges politically, socially, and physically.  With the sharpness of a fever dream, this book works like an ax, each chop leaving the narrator more isolated as she faces her past, her family, unsettling new technologies, and Florida. In the immediate wake of the pandemic we follow her attempts to make sense of an increasingly senseless world: her neighbors knife each other's trucks, sinkholes appear overnight, her sister is obsessed with a creepy virtual reality meditation, and the governor is… the governor of Florida. Van den Berg's speculations have the ring of truth and they tell us much about the world we live in now; her beautiful writing is mesmerizing as the scales of a submerged reptile--one that took a bite out of me.

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ISBN: 9780374612207
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - July 9th, 2024

Last of Her Name by Mimi Lok

Staff Pick

The intimacy of Lok's beautiful story collection reflects her skillful narrative weaving of heart, understanding, and empathy. While the pieces range in subject, they center on people we are likely to forget--overlooked women--and the group is bound in the quiet way Lok’s characters search for connection through the pervasive loneliness, displacement, and misunderstanding that colors the way we view both strangers and those we hold dear. You will lose yourself in Lok's prose and emerge more conscious of every person’s deep inner life; though we may forget each other in the day-to-day whirl, this book is a powerful reminder of the nuance that each person’s story holds. I couldn’t put it down. It left me aching, yet full of hope.

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ISBN: 9781885030610
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Published: Kaya Press - October 22nd, 2019