Staff Picks - Molly
Molly, Newsstand Manager
The White Album is my most favorite of all of my worldly possessions. I'm not kidding. If my apartment were on fire, I would grab my dog and this book. Do with that information what you will.
Houllebecq does it again! Submission is a work of political satire set in the future, yet its revelations hit all too close to home. This man is a genius with words, a poet even in prose, and his dark humor will make you want to cry and laugh at the same time, which is the most delightfully confusing predicament a book can put one in.
Four Reincarnations is urgent, stunning, raw. Written part in New York and part in Los Angeles over a long battle with terminal cancer, unfortunately this -- his first book of poetry -- was also his last. America needs more young and brilliant poets like you, Ritvo. Thank you for writing this stuff down.
The Stranger is an indisputable classic and one of my favorite books, but A Happy Death has served to completely change my perception of it. If you liked The Stranger, read this. If you've never read The Stranger, read this first! You'll die happy.
Yuknavitch is the writer all writers should strive to be. I've been obsessed with her since reading her heart-wrenching memoir The Chronology of Water, but The Book of Joan is a completely different (yet equally as lovely) experience entirely with its fluidity of sex/gender and the idea that we need art in order to survive. Prose at its finest, truly. One of the best books so far in 2017 - and trust me, I read A LOT.