Friday Book Debrief Vol 39

By The Book Slut

By The Book Slut

The Glass Hotel

Emily St John Mandel

$26.95 $24.79

Although I’m only a couple of chapters in, I can already feel that this book has the dramatic pull and other-worldly feel that Station Eleven had. Mandel effortlessly weaves between years, even decades in the space of a few pages and already I have such a sense of who the characters are, but no idea where the story is going to go. - Alice Rae

Station Eleven

Emily St John Mandel

$16.95 $15.59

Do you ever wish that Lord of the Flies had been written with roughly 1000 times the nuance and compassion, and that it also had a more diverse cast of characters in almost every way possible, including but by no means limited to their individual psychology and responses to stress? And that it might address dynamics between kids and adults rather than just between kids? And that it might take place in space on the way to a distant Earth-like planet that no one's really sure exists through the entirety of the book? And that it was just way better? This is the book for you. - Aleks

Do You Dream of Terra-Two?

Temi Oh

$16.99 $15.63

Do you ever wish that Lord of the Flies had been written with roughly 1000 times the nuance and compassion, and that it also had a more diverse cast of characters in almost every way possible, including but by no means limited to their individual psychology and responses to stress? And that it might address dynamics between kids and adults rather than just between kids? And that it might take place in space on the way to a distant Earth-like planet that no one's really sure exists through the entirety of the book? And that it was just way better? This is the book for you. -Aleks

Circe

Madeline Miller

$16.99 $15.63

This book was slow to start, but now I am 100 pages in and can’t wait to see where it goes. I love Greek mythology from my humanities days in high school. This is perfect for anyone who loves magic, mythology, and witchcraft. - Maggie

After the Last Border: Two Families and the Story of Refuge in America

Jessica Goudeau

$27.00 $24.84

Compiled here are two very different but equally difficult stories of families fleeing danger in their home countries in order to survive as refugees elsewhere, ultimately in America. To drive home the weight of their situations, the author intersperses the chapters on the families with a history lesson on how accepting (or not) the Western world has been to refugees. - Mel

Bezoar: And Other Unsettling Stories

Guadalupe Nettel

$15.95 $14.67

When Samanta Schweblin blurbs a novel as "a delicate, magnetic carousel" you know that something special is coming your way. This is my second Nettel and I am so excited to read this collection of short stories. I am constantly thrown off by her stories, she shakes me, she makes me think, and she leaves a bruise I want to touch every time I leave her pages. This truly is the perfect collection for my literary voyeuristic heart. - Karen

The Lying Life of Adults

Elena Ferrante

$26.00 $23.92

Here’s the thing about this book that was released this week and I meant to have an entire thorough review for by Sep 1st: it had a printing error! I got to page 180 and the next page was not 181 but 146, and then the pages continued repeated until page 216. I had to await a new copy to get back to reading. And that’s what I shall spend my weekend doing, and hopefully with that entire thorough review, going between the marginalia of two different books. The story’s delectable, per usual. Just ask Natalie Portman. - Jessica Maria