Staff Pick

Equal parts Harry Potter and David Cronenberg, Vita Nostra is a magical school story that is also an intense psychodrama. As a child, Sasha Samokhina is recruited by a mysterious man into a college that teaches how to understand and control space and time. If she fails, her parents will suffer. If she succeeds, her body and mind will change beyond recognition. What lies on the other side of the final examination? You'll have to read to find out...and you won't be able to stop.

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ISBN: 9780062694591
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Harper Voyager - November 13th, 2018

Staff Pick

Look! You, who holds this Holiday Newsletter in your hands, are briefly taken aback by this sudden declaratory statement. What might distinguish this brief piece from the rest that clutter this inventory of précis? Nothing at all—nothing, that is, but this: the moment that passes as you follow this sentence to the end is the last when you know nothing of Melmoth (Custom House, $27.99), Sarah Perry's follow-up to 2016's sleeper hit The Essex Serpent. It is a novel that ranges from Prague to the Philippines, Cairo to Constantinople. An index of the horrors of fascism and society's cowardice; a map of the scars self-inflicted by the desperately penitent. It is the story of one Helen Franklin, whose search for a friend gone missing leads her down a trail of witness reaching back centuries. And it is the account of the spectral being that watches her, be it illusion or god, whose hands reach across space and time towards those who have given up hope. A gothic page-turner that is, in its own way, an aggressively contemporary book.

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ISBN: 9780062856395
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Custom House - October 16th, 2018

Staff Pick

The night after finishing The Changeling, I had a nightmare so bad that I lashed out with my left foot while asleep and smashed my big toenail. Such is the degree that this book got under my skin. An inspiration for short story writers like Kelly Link and Karen Russell, The Changeling is essential reading on its own merits as a story about parenting, animals, the mundane and the starkly and horrifically transcendent.

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ISBN: 9781941040898
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Published: Tin House Books - April 10th, 2018