"Maybe I’m out of touch, but I’d rather go to an actual shop—preferably a small one—than to a harshly lit superstore, or, worse still, a website. I don’t want to buy my books and my toilet paper and my clothing all under the same roof. I want beauty in my life. I want charm. I want contact with actual people. It is, for me, a large part of what makes life worth living."
If a bookshelf and a comfy chair met in a bar, hit it off, and had a baby, the result would be this chair, from furniture company Nobody & Co. It’s called the Bibliochaise, and for lazy readers (aren’t we all?), it’s the library of the future. The Bibliochaise — which really looks more like a throne — holds five meters of books, which works out to about 300 of your favorite classics. (via The Bibliochaise Bookshelf Chair Is a Miniature Library for Your Apartment | Swimmingly)
"A story of second chances, D’Erasmo has meticulously crafted a work that, with the exception of a small lull midnovel, constantly builds, yet often feels incredibly casual. Days and shows pass, but within this routine, a transformation slowly creeps into the narrative: that of commitment, and, perhaps, hope for the future." (via Fiction Book Review: Wonderland by Stacey D’Erasmo. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $22 (256p) ISBN 978-0-544-07481-1)
Join us on Tuesday, May 6 to celebrate the launch of this wonderful novel with Stacey D’Erasmo, Elissa Schappell, and musician Rachel Yamagata! More info.
"Allegory can reveal what realism can’t — and vice versa. What Oyeyemi does here is mix their powers, filleting the American landscape by setting this fairy tale inside of it, and the resulting novel is by turns quixotic, bewitching, funny and intense, a revelation."
I am about 85% into Boy, Snow, Bird and can assure you it is walking-while-reading good.
"You realize that anything you have to say is going to annoy some stranger, so you might as well speak your mind." Teju Cole in Teju Cole: By the Book - NYTimes.com
"It wasn’t until my second reading of Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, over a decade after it first had been assigned to me by my public high school English teacher, that I understood that Jake’s dick didn’t work."
Remember when we were like hey, where are the ladies on this BuzzFeed list? BuzzFeed made a second list from our recommendations!
"When we, as young women, are given the space to read, the act becomes a happy, private corner we can return to for the rest of our lives. We develop this love of reading by turning to stories that speak to the most special, secret parts of us."
- The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood (198 pgs)
- Lucy Gayheart by Willa Cather (195 pgs)
- The Awakening by Kate Chopin (195 pgs)
- An Accident in August by Laurence Cosse
- Sweet Tomb by Trinie Dalton
- Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion (213 pgs)
- The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers by Delia Falconer (133 pp.)
- Marbles by Ellen Forney (256 pgs but a graphic novel)
- Ayiti by Roxanne Gay
- Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson
- The City Is a Rising Tide by Rebecca Lee (208 pp.)
- The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers (163 pgs)
- Who Will Run the Frog Hospital by Lorrie Moore
- Sula by Toni Morrison (192 pgs)
- Fear and Trembling (144 pgs) and The Book of Proper Names (122 pgs) by Amelie Nothomb
- Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls by Alissa Nutting
- How to stay sane by Phillipa Perry
- Bonjour Tristesse by Francois Sagan
- Lucinella by Lore Segal (160 pgs)
- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (160 pgs)
- The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd
- The Weight by Jeannette Winterson
- Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto (152 pgs)
I will add to this if/as y’all suggest more. Original post. And remember, now you can by little and big books as Kobo eBooks from Housing Works! Support independent bookstores AND fight homelessness and AIDS.