Hild, by Nicola Griffith

Staff Pick

With prose as rich as frankincense and clear as good spring water, Griffith's version of 7th-century Anglo-Saxon Britain is rendered in riotous, loving detail through the eyes of the child Hild, seeress at the ascendant court of Edwin, her uncle and the first king of Northumbria. Griffith excels at immersing the reader in Hild's world, where the change of seasons and movements of animals can augur a strong harvest and full bellies or the fall of a kingdom, and where Hild interprets patterns in the complicated weave of political intrigue that surrounds her and leverages her keen intuition to navigate both court and the end of her childhood.




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ISBN: 9781250056092
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Published: Picador - October 28th, 2014

Once Upon a Tome, by Oliver Darkshire

Staff Pick

Darkshire stumbled sideways into the world of antiquarian bookselling when he chanced into a job as the sole apprentice at Henry Sotheran Ltd., a London bookshop established in 1761 (with an organizational system that hasn't changed much since). Darkshire takes us on a playful tour of this world, where you might find anything hidden among the winding stacks or tucked away in a forgotten cabinet, not to mention the myriad curiosities consigned to the Other Cellars. He also introduces us to the eccentric staff and always colorful, sometimes sinister, clientele. Anyone who's worked at a bookstore or spent time in one will delight in his frank and witty assessment of the perks and drawbacks of the business, as well as insight into the ways of the rare book trade.


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ISBN: 9781324092070
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 14th, 2023

Nothing but the Rain, by Naomi Salman

Staff Pick

The rain in Aloisville is deadly and unceasing. A single drop steals memories; get caught in a downpour and you could lose yourself entirely. Pragmatic, reclusive Laverne uses her journal to record her experiments with this precipitation and piece together her fragmented memories even as she gives up hope of rescue. The unsettling gaps in her recall and the enveloping terror of her isolation will have you reading this novella in a single sitting: it’s a propulsive, disquieting book that drums on the psyche relentlessly….as rain.

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ISBN: 9781250849809
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Published: Tordotcom - March 14th, 2023