Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin - Timothy Snyder

Staff Pick

In Bloodlands, Timothy Snyder argues that the Holocaust is just one part of a larger tragedy: that of the deaths of 14 million--not one a result of combat--in the vast area between Berlin and Moscow. Snyder not only provides an excellent account of World War II on the Eastern front but illuminates the humanity in the countless lives lost due to Hitler’s and Stalin’s cruel policies. Snyder asks each of us not just to condemn but to understand the motivations behind these14 million deaths--so that we make sure we neither forget nor repeat these horrors.

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ISBN: 9780465031474
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Published: Basic Books - October 2nd, 2012

Calypso - David Sedaris

Staff Pick

David Sedaris hardly needs another endorsement, but it’s impossible not to praise his new book, Calypso. The tales range from lamentations about the election—refreshing recollections, despite all the other post-election literature —to surprisingly moving passages about his deceased sister. Sedaris will have you both laughing and crying throughout this book, and, more often than not, within the same essay. In fact, the best way to heal—as Sedaris proves again and again—is through introspection and laughter. One warning: only read on the Metro if you are comfortable laughing maniacally in front of strangers.

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ISBN: 9780316392389
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 29th, 2018

The Pisces - Melissa Broder

Staff Pick

Writing in her unique, lyrical and witty style, Melissa Broder gives us a very grown-up (some scenes NSFW, yet mesmerizing), very realistic take on a woman falling in love with a merman. (Why should literary relationships with merpeople always be man/mermaid, after all?) We feel for Broder’s protagonist, Lucy, through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, the most passionate of declarations and the most painful of arguments, and the fullest of experiences and emptiest of nights alone that only obsessive love can inspire. Although the ending is very unexpected, it will continue to stay with you long after you finish reading.

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ISBN: 9781524761554
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Published: Hogarth - May 1st, 2018