Something New Under the Sun, by Alexandra Kleeman

Staff Pick

Alternate realities, simulated realities, mimicked realities—Kleeman’s novel bristles with simulacra satirizing the varied unreal realties we have imposed on society and on our lives. So at what point does the unreal supersede the real? What is even real to begin with? These questions take on immediate urgency in a world so beset by environmental disaster that it is literally burning up. Deftly weaving critical issues into a Pynchonesque narrative, what Kleeman gives us is no light-hearted romp, but a timely, necessary tale that's a pleasure to read. 


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ISBN: 9781984826305
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Published: Hogarth - August 3rd, 2021

A Children's Bible, by Lydia Millett

Staff Pick

"It's like, if you have a nice garden to live in, then you should never leave it." If there were an FDA label for books, I might recommend it for Millet's A Children's Bible. Utterly engrossing and mind-altering, consuming too much in too little time might cause some serious side effects (in a good way). Millet's apocalyptic tale sneaks up on you, portraying humankind's slow but sure demise as witnessed by an unlikely passel of teenagers. True to the book's title, the book is rife with biblical themes, which, in a modern context, are revealed for all of the horror, devastation, and bloodshed they hold.

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ISBN: 9780393867381
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 16th, 2021

The Idiot, by Elif Batuman

Staff Pick

Nominated for the Pulitzer, Batuman's 2017 The Idiot may seem like it was published a lifetime ago by Information Age standards. That said, this sprawling account of a Harvard freshman circa 1995 makes readers feel like they've bought a one-way ticket to a prehistoric era. It's a world full of Chekhovian emails sent from campus libraries, anticlimactic love-triangles, and sad dining-hall food. Timeless, though, is the unique sense of existential dread and fruitlessness shared by all college freshman. As protagonist Selin notes: "I hadn't learned what I had wanted to about how language worked. I hadn't learned anything at all."

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ISBN: 9780143111061
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Published: Penguin Books - February 13th, 2018