Loot by Tania James

Staff Pick

James's Loot is one of the most engaging novels I’ve read in a long time.  It centers on Tipu’s Tiger, an actual artifact that was taken from Mysore in Southern India after the British invaded and killed Sultan Tipu.  James follows Abba, a 17-year-old woodcarver who is conscripted into service to help a French clock maker carve this figure of a life-sized tiger mauling a British man--a tiger that contains a working organ.  As Abba's life is upended during the project, the story moves across the ocean to France. James's mix of facts and fiction makes for an amazing tale.  


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ISBN: 9780593535974
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Published: Knopf - June 13th, 2023

Biography of X by Catherine Lacey

Staff Pick

Lacey's novel is a genre-defying chameleon—a powerhouse of labyrinthine plot, complex characters, and unique worldbuilding that will appeal to all readers, regardless of literary taste. It begins with the death of “X” — a tortured genius whose life is shrouded in mysteries—and unfolds as X’s widow reconstructs her late wife’s forbidden history, which also takes us through a US divided into theocratic and secular territories and teeming with its own dark secrets. From recording with David Bowie to attempting treason, the truth of X' s life comes to light, as does the depth of her immense cruelty. Offering the thrill of a mystery, the thoughtfulness of literary fiction, and the meticulousness of nonfiction, this is a book not to be missed. 



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ISBN: 9780374606176
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 21st, 2023

The Anthropologists by Aysegul Savas

Staff Pick

This masterpiece of the mundane follows Asya and Manu, expats of unnamed countries, as they hunt for a new apartment in a city also unnamed. Asya spends her days preoccupied with the minutiae that fills the lives of the people around her, channeling that curiosity into a documentary of daily life in a local park. At home, she ponders the private culture she has sown with Manu, the husband with whom she shares inside jokes and secret words, but no mother tongue. Savas’s narrative style is luminous and enchanting, reflective without being bogged down by melancholy.   

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ISBN: 9781639733064
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - July 9th, 2024