John's Staff Picks

ISBN: 9780385539258
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Published: Doubleday Books - March 10th, 2015

This is the best book I've read of 2015. Yes, it's 700 pages. Yes, you don't have time. But, I guarantee, once you take the plunge, you'll turn off Netflix, let your phone die, forget your name. This book is deep, dark truth. 

ISBN: 9780871408839
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - March 23rd, 2015

A sublime novel about a man with a dark past he's trying desperately to forget, only problem is it keeps knocking at his door. Christian Kiefer is a true lyricist, and there are passages in this terrifyingly moving novel that read with a cinematic urgency you won't soon forget. For believers of second chances, lovers of karmic realities, and everything in between—don't let this book slip through the cracks. 

ISBN: 9781455599875
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 21st, 2015

The Light of the World will break your heart. Twice. Elizabeth Alexander's love song for her deceased husband is as powerful emotionally as it is lyrically. A poet's prose always finds new ways to straddle the two genres, and this book follows in that path. A necessity to read! 

ISBN: 9781846946769
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Published: Zero Books - August 16th, 2011

For anyone who has ever been fascinated by the supernatural, Eugene Thacker has written this neat book on 21st century thought and the horror genre. From witch trials to Faust to black metal, Thacker delves deep into our society's obsession with the macabre, our secretive love affair with the morbid! Not for the faint of heart. 

By Bernard Malamud, Kevin Baker, Kevin Baker (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780374502003
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - July 7th, 2003

Don't let another season go by without your having read this modern baseball classic. Don't let Robert Redford be the only thing you know about Malamud, he wields sentences like Roy Hobbs wields "wonderboy." The Natural is a Shakespearean tragedy, an american necessity. 

ISBN: 9780871404381
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - April 6th, 2015

Philip Glass, the foremost American classical composer of the twentieth century, has written a memoir that's just as precise and exacting as his symphonies. From working at his father's record store in Baltimore, to the 1950s art scene in New York City, to working in Paris with renown composer Nadia Boulanger, Glass relates stories that tell how he came to be the lauded international phenomenon he is today.