Friday Book Debrief Vol 40

By The Book Slut

By The Book Slut

Sorrow and Bliss

Meg Mason

$26.99 $24.83

This book is wonderfully insightful into the realities of living and coping with mental health, knowing something is wrong but not being able to pinpoint it exactly. It jumps from present day back to our main character Martha’s childhood, giving us a broad idea of the spectrum of her struggle. As the title suggests there are moments of deep sadness and blissful hilarity. I’m really enjoying what I’ve read so far and cannot wait to delve further into Martha’s life! - Courtney

The Human Fly and Other Stories

T C Boyle


It's been a minute since I've read a short story collection, and this one by T.C. Boyle has been a fun, colourful reentry to the genre. These stories are bold and plot-centric, packed with playful language and a mastery of prose that's a joy to read. Makes me super excited to read his novel The Terranauts, which I've had on my shelf for a couple of years now! - Nikki

The Terranauts

T Coraghessan Boyle


Every Note Played

Lisa Genova

$16.99 $15.63

I've been a fan of Lisa Genova since I read Still Alice, and I'm fascinated with her talent for writing fiction based around the human mind. In this particular story, main character Richard is an accomplished concert pianist who can never play again after an ALS diagnosis. The plot is heartbreaking for a number of reasons, and each character is interesting in their own way. It's great so far! - Melissa

Still Alice

Lisa Genova

$16.99 $15.63

Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why: Essays

Alexandra Petri

$25.95 $23.87

A book full of barely believable parodies of Trump and his cronies (barely believable because the reality is already bordering on surreal) this is a must-read for anyone in need of some comic relief. - Mel

A Children's Bible

Lydia Millet

$25.95 $23.87

This has the same extremely readable & extremely clever feeling to it as Jenny Offill or Miriam Toewes. I loved it. - Victoria

The Artist's Way (Anniversary)

Julia Cameron

$17.00 $15.64

Today I am going to start reading The Artist's Way since I have felt more down and not very creative. So I want to go back to my old self, full of energy and willing to write, and I think that help in the form of a book is the best way to find myself. - Alexandra

Daddy: Stories

Emma Cline

$27.00 $24.84

Emma Cline dazzled me with The Girls and I was prepared to be unimpressed with her short stories, but damn if they aren’t just as shiny and even more honed in on the details of human existence—namely the nature of men, generational divides, California—than her debut. Delicious collection halfway through. Also, I love a thinly veiled Tobey Maguire burn.- Jessica Maria