The Course of Love by Alain de Botton

Staff Pick

De Botton's story of Rabih and Kirsten from their first meeting to their falling in love and building a life together is full of brilliant insights. For instance, keeping the house cold isn’t just one partner's silly assertion of power, but reflects how trauma seeps into the most mundane details of daily life. This novel offers a guide for connecting with those you love--and what is life about, if not human connection?

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ISBN: 9781501134517
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Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - June 20th, 2017

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

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You loved The Bee Sting, so what's next? If you haven't already read it, Murray's 2010 Booker-prize nominated coming-of-age classic is set in an all-boys boarding school where a group of friends is reeling from the mysterious death of their pal Skippy. What led to his collapse is the endpoint of a hilarious journey that takes in the usual teenage boy concerns of weed and porn, as well as World War I, influencers, and the rest of the great big world waiting to devour their adult selves. This is a heart-rending but also eye-wateringly funny masterpiece.

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ISBN: 9780865478619
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 30th, 2011

The Making of Incarnation by Tom McCarthy

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Rife with paranoia and operating where technology and mythology collide, Incarnation is a new kind of thriller.  But the search for a mysterious artefact whose record of "the perfect movement" promises to change everything, leads to a nightmare world where gesture is on the verge of being copyrighted and human passion is subsumed by what we do rather than who we are. McCarthy pairs this thematic ingenuity with a prose style of Ballardian smoothness and Pynchonian playfulness that may herald the literature of the future.

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ISBN: 9780593314050
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Published: Vintage - June 20th, 2023