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Award-winning artist Shaun Tan is well known for the provocative images of his books. Within The Singing Bones he commits his talents to the timeless Brothers Grimm fairytales with eerie, surreal, and exotic sculptures. He has distilled each tale to its essence, often in no more than a paragraph, while affirming the Grimms’ haunting and dark slant. The accompanying images suggest an aboriginal style; rounded and subtly detailed, yet all the while reminiscent of Dali or Ernst. This is a wonderful introduction to folklore and a stunning addition to any home library. -Holly
Anne Carson's new collection, Float, contains 22 chapbooks in a slipcase. Certain works, such as "Pinplay" and "Stacks,” were created in collaboration with painter Elliott Hundley and dancer/choreographer Jonah Bokaer. These are performance pieces intended to stand alone, but the chapbook arrangement also invites readers to move freely between the individual works in a manner not really possible in a volume of poems. Here we encounter list poems, prose poems in the form of short talks, a lecture in the form of 15 sonnets, and choral works. Float is a brilliant addition to Carson's experiments with poetic form. -Graham
In a utopian book universe, all books about space would be created equal. Every one would be well-written and genuinely compelling. Well, I have bad news and good news. First, the bad news: we don’t live in a utopian book world. Some books about space are bad. But the good news is that you are looking at a book written by Neil Degrasse Tyson, Michael Strauss, and J. Richard Gott, three of the world’s leading astrophysicists, and it is AMAZING. It's based on an introductory course they used to teach at Princeton University, so it manages to feel simultaneously brilliant and very comprehensible. 10/10; would recommend reading in Neil's voice. -Hilary
From working-class London, where a love of dance is shared with a strong-willed friend, to her superstar boss's opulent world, to the impoverished West African village to which she's sent, a young biracial woman is emotionally adrift in a complex, fast-paced life. By finding her innate strengths and beginning to understand her vibrant, overbearing mother, she finally begins the process of controlling her destiny. The politics of race, class, and global aid are skillfully embedded in this story of a gradually unfolding self-awareness. This mesmerizing novel is provocative, ambitious, and shot through with humor and wisdom: vintage Zadie Smith. -Erica