Will

Will likes to read any fiction with a differet spin on it.

Will's Staff Picks:


 

Amazed Cover Image
By Aleksandra Artymowska (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781786270511
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Published: Laurence King - September 5th, 2017

Bookseller: Will
Title: Amazed

Comments:

As a semi-adult, I do not spend my time doing maze books, BUT this one is eye-catching.  Once I opened it, I was hooked.  The mazes themselves are fun, but the artwork is really beautiful as well.  Fun stuff!!


Heather, the Totality Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780316435314
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Published: Little Brown and Company - November 7th, 2017

Bookseller: Will
Title: Heather, the Totality

Comments: 
One look at the back cover, and you realize Matthew Weiner has some pretty heavy hitters going to bat for his debut novel. Most people are familiar with Weiner through his work in television, specifically Mad Men, which he created and wrote for. The story here is one we're familiar with... the crumbling façade of the perfect Upper East Side family, BUT Weiner's plot takes the form of a thriller. It's a quick read that I found myself holding my breath for the greater part of. Similar to Mad Men, Weiner's writing thrives through exposition. There's nothing superfluous here, and this succinct style only heightens one's anxiety. Highly recommended for a quick, fun Sunday read by the fire.


Her Right Foot Cover Image
By Dave Eggers, Shawn Harris (Artist)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781452162812
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 19th, 2017

Bookseller: Will
Title: Her Right Foot 

Comments: This is one of my favorite books of the year.  Growing up in New York, one might think that I knew the basics on the Statue of Liberty. NOPE! This book shares all of the facts you might find on an episode of "How It's Made." Once you're pretty sure you know every fact there is to know, Dave Eggers pulls a Dave Eggers. He reminds us that the Statue is not merely a giant woman you stand on line and take a boat to see. This book is an important reminder for all ages of the values we stand for and aspire to as Americans.  The timing could not be more appropriate.


Heroes of the Frontier Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101974636
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Published: Vintage - June 27th, 2017

Bookseller: Will
Title: Heroes of the Frontier

Comments:
Have you ever felt the urge to shirk all of your responsibilities and live off the grid?  Leaving the mundanity and bureaucracy that comes to rule our lives...The hope is that on the other side of this disconnecting that we may find a simplified, idyllic life far from the constructed "phoniness" and hypocrisy of what has come to be known as "the American Dream."  With tones of Holden Caulfield and echoes of Franzen, Eggers explores these themes of dissatisfaction and escape through our protagonist (?) Josie.  Josie, a former dentist, loses her practice then picks up her life in middle class middle America to travel Alaska with her two children by way of RV.  Driven by comedic cynicism, this is the tightest and most focused I've read of Eggers.  Altogether a thought provoking read about freedom, escape, and the questioning the goods we've been sold. (American Dream)


Men Without Women: Stories Cover Image
By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translator), Ted Goossen (Translator)
$25.95
ISBN: 9780451494627
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 9th, 2017

Bookseller: Will
Title: Men Without Women

Comments:
Unlike Murakami's other stories/books ,the title tells all. This is a collection of 7 stories literally about men without women, but also heartbreak. Murakami throws machismo to the wind as he explores debilitating, and at times fatalistic heartbreak from the male perspective. These stories are also about an interesting meditation on the modern heteronormative relationship, and what exactly constitutes one. Fans of Murakami will recognize the author's typical use of magical realism - just in a more digestible short format. For the curious newbie to Murakami, this might be the perfect way to ease your way in!


Night Animals Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780425288566
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 5th, 2017

Bookseller: Will
Title: Night Animals 

Comments: 
​​​​​​​At 25, I'm still scared of the dark, so I found myself in cahoots with our night critter protagonists.  Our fears are based on expectations, and this book has fun with flipping those expectations on their heads.  Really fun, quick with cute illustrations.  Highly recommend!!!


Maurice the Unbeastly Cover Image
By Amy Dixon, Karl James Mountford (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781454919537
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - September 5th, 2017

Bookseller: Will
Title: Maurice the Unbeastly

Comments: 
Maurice is a beast, BUT he is not beastly.  He enjoys organic kale kabobs (who doesn't?)and singing with his voice as "refreshing as dandelion lemonade."  Maurice is sent to school by his parents to become more beastly, but he does not fit in.  Eventually, his classmates come to appreciate Maurice's differences.  Maurice is unbeastly and that is perfectly okay! - Very sweet, cool illustrations, and the all important lesson that being different is more than okay...it's cool!


The Chronology of Water: A Memoir Cover Image
By Lidia Yuknavitch, Chelsea Cain (Introduction by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780979018831
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Published: Hawthorne Books - April 12th, 2011

Bookseller: Will
​​​​​​​Title: The Chronology of Water: A Memoir 

Comments: 
​​​​​​​I spent the past two days reading this book with every free moment I had. I couldn't put it down. At first you'll think it's structured bizarrlely, but the 3-5 page chapters serve as fluid short stories that are at once spare and concise but also incredibly raw...lik crawl out of your skin raw. 

Yuknavitch is really all I never knew I wanted in a writer. She follows no structure, yet the voice sounds so natural. As fellow Staff-Picker Laura said, there are no words but the feelings are very real. Just read it.


Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062402363
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - October 10th, 2017

Bookseller: Will
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Title: Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic

Comments: 
​​​​​​​Graphic novels have always been a tough sell for me.  I struggle with the continuity from frame to frame.  This book reads more like a traditional novel, but every few pages there is beautiful artwork.  The illustrations look as though they've come straight from a Pixar storyboard.  On top of that, the story is just flat out cool.  Imagine Pirates of the Carribean meets Tron meets Harry Potter...a strong pitch I know.