Hilary is a professional popcorn hoarder by day and a grinning bookseller by night. She likes books about darkness, magic, trouble, and physics. Ask her about her JFK impression and which comics she's devouring at the moment!
Ever wanted to take a long walk through a snowy pine forest? This book can take you there, and you might get lost, and you might love it. I did.
Have you ever wanted to step inside your favorite book? What if you did, and things started to go wrong? Oyeyemi crafts a beautiful, whimsical story about an author who steps into his own books to see how his characters feel.
Forget Disney, fairy tales used to be straight up NUTS. And creepy. And awesome. This collection of old fairy tales made new is all of those things and more.
Remember choose-your-own-adventure books? Well, Ryan North, creator of Dinosaur Comics, has come up with one about Hamlet, and it is AMAZING and HILARIOUS and features art from, like, every internet comics artist, ever. It’s just the best and you should have one.
If you don't know about Lindy West, it's time to get your life together. Fortunately, Shrill, her new collection of essays, is the perfect introduction. West, a Seattle native, has written for The Stranger,Jezebel, and is now a columnist for The Guardian. She has consistently proven herself to be one of the most important and hilarious voices in modern feminism, and this collection is no exception. From the first essay, “Lady Kluck,” in which she lists the media role models she had as a young fat girl, to my personal favorite, “The Tree,” West weaves a tale of growth and strength.
A choose-your-own-adventure book blurb: you are a reader! You pick up a cool-looking book and see that it’s about Shakespeare. You: (option A) think, “Cool, but I’ll only read this if it’s STRAIGHT SHAKESPEARE, no funny stuff.” Skip to sentence A; (option B) think, “Wouldn’t it be great if I could do my own thing in a Shakespeare world?” Skip to sentence B.
A: Cool, you like the classics! FORTUNATELY, Ryan North gets you. He made a path in this Romeo and Juliet choose-your-own-adventure that’s exactly like the play!
B: THIS BOOK IS PERFECT FOR YOU. HOLY COW.
When I was a kid, I thought sharks swam in my bedroom floor when my parents turned out the light. I convinced myself I could see their shapes moving beneath my rug in the dark. When I read Evie Wyld’s brilliant Everything is Teeth, I learned that I wasn’t the only nervous child obsessed with those rare and violent beasts. Evie processed her confusion about her stressful familial situation in a sideways manner—in her case, through studying sharks. Joe Sumner’s brilliant illustrations frequently have sharks following Evie throughout her life—in the background, in the corner, in the rug. A touching and beautiful book.
When James Baldwin released The Fire Next Time in 1963, his essays painted a painful and necessary portrait of race in the United States. His words reached back into the history of race relations, delved into his own experiences, and looked to the future. Jesmyn Ward (National Book Award winner for Salvage the Bones) compiled this new collection to remold Baldwin’s sentiments to apply to the current contentious atmosphere in our country. With a collection including essays from Claudia Rankine, Kevin Young, and Isabel Wilkerson, she undoubtedly created something incredible.
The closest that most of us will get to time travel is through art—books, movies, and TV shows that transport us to the past or the future (or both—thanks, McFly!). James Gleick’s Time Travelmoves through history to the present to look at instances of time travel in art and science. From a young H.G. Wells and his book, The Time Machine, to a dashing Time Lord using his sonic screwdriver to solve the universe’s problems, time travel has fascinated us for centuries. Don’t wait for your future self to come by and tell you how awesome this book is—read it now!