Underland: A Deep Time Journey Edge Case Interior Chinatown Memorial Fake Accounts Luster Edie Richter Is Not Alone
Edie Richter Is Not Alone Crying in H Mart: A Memoir A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life Unearth [The Flowers] Build Your House Around My Body The Wall A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life
Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco Fake Accounts Mouthful of Birds: Stories Build Your House Around My Body How to Be an Antiracist The Night Always Comes Memorial
Homeland Elegies Crying in H Mart: A Memoir Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague Edge Case A Burning What Makes the Monkey Dance: The Life and Music of Chuck Prophet and Green on Red The Night Always Comes

Green Apple's Books of the Month

By Green Apple Books

By Green Apple Books
Edge Case

Edge Case

YZ Chin

$26.99 $25.10

I could not stop thinking about YZ Chin's Edge Case. It follows Edwina, a young Malaysian woman working in tech in New York City who comes home one day after work, takeout sushi in hand, to discover that her husband has left her. The story floats between the present, as she desperately searches for where he is, the story of how they met and how their relationship began to crumble. Their immigration status is tentative, she's stuck in an awful tech job that oozes sexual harassment, racism, and classic tech-world toxicity-- and Edwina is convinced that the only way to get out of this awful situation is to find her husband again and convince him to stay. Chin's writing is unflinching and sharp and will stay with you long after you finish the last page. — August 2021

Build Your House Around My Body

Build Your House Around My Body

Violet Kupersmith

$27.00 $25.11

This is the perfect, engulfing novel that is meant to be read during the summer over long hours, in hot and sticky weather. Like Allende did for Chile in The House of the Spirits, Kupersmith writes a sweeping, suspenseful novel that draws from decades of Vietnamese history and folklore. It slowly unfurls a mystery, and we, the reader, get to piece it together page by page. It was an experience of a book, delightfully unsettling and beautifully composed. — Kar, July 2021

Crying in H Mart: A Memoir

Crying in H Mart: A Memoir

Michelle Zauner

$26.95 $25.06

Michelle Zauner, aka Japanese Breakfast tells her story of returning home to take care of her mother during cancer treatment as an adult, after leaving as an angry and difficult teenager. It's a story of love and grief, anger, heartache, food, and identity. Crying in H Mart makes you wish you were still small, sitting in a warm kitchen while someone you love cooks you a hot meal. Zauner unflinchingly gives us a story of the brutal reality of watching someone you love suffer, softened by the ribbons of deep, fierce maternal love. Anyone who has ever experienced love or loss will feel Zauner’s story heavy in their soul. — May 2021

The Night Always Comes

The Night Always Comes

Willy Vlautin

$26.99 $25.10

Willy Vlautin's milieu is telling the stories of ordinary people facing extraordinary hardship. His characters are always rendered with great sympathy and a big heart. In The Night Always Comes, we meet Lynette as her world is crumbling around her. She has worked hard, battled many setbacks, righted her life and is working towards the goal of owning a home when the rug gets pulled out from under her. Rather than crumple, she sets off to claim what she feels is hers, by any means necessary. Seriously. This is the story of a good person pushed to extremes by the brutalities of gentrification and the American Dream. — kpr, April 2021

Edie Richter Is Not Alone

Edie Richter Is Not Alone

Rebecca Handler

$23.00 $21.39

Edie Richter is turning to fog. Edie Richter is longing to feel. Edie Richter is carrying a secret that is eating her up. Edie Richter is going to burst. Edie Richter is expertly paced, keenly observant, bitingly funny. Edie Richter is a well of empathy. Edie Richter is transporting. Edie Richter is an exceptional read. — Kar, March 2021

Fake Accounts

Fake Accounts

Lauren Oyler

$26.00 $24.18

darkly funny take on the residue from the Trump era, including the pleasures of lying and the comfort found in conspiracy theories. After our narrator learns her boyfriend has a secret life as an online right-wing crank, she decamps for Berlin where she tries on new personalities of her own among strangers. For fans of Ottessa Moshfegh and Zadie Smith, and those in doomed relationships with their phones. Oyler is the best literary critic of her generation and now one of its best novelists, too. — Benjy, February 2021

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life

George Saunders

$28.00 $26.04

Refreshing, warm, and educational in the best sense of the word. For me, the best non-fiction books—like the best teachers—open your eyes in an engaging way, with personality and passion. And as Saunders takes us through six short stories by Russian masters, we learn to read differently; we slow down; we feel his passion; and we ask questions. Any reader will enjoy this time spent back in school with a smart, kind teacher. — January 2021

Memorial

Memorial

Bryan Washington

$27.00 $25.11

Benson and Mike have been together for four years, but now they're mired in silence and resentment, and find their lives spinning in different directions as each grapples with a father they barely know. Washington manages not only to salvage the great American theme of Fathers & Sons, but also to make something new and beautiful out of it. Both protagonists are painted in precise and unromantic prose as they struggle apart from one another. Neither Benson nor Mike is the bad guy, even though they're both guilty of causing cracks in their relationship. The story never favors either of them, it simply acknowledges their achingly human faults as they come to terms with their fathers and the life they've built together." —Mikayla, November 2020.

Homeland Elegies

Homeland Elegies

Ayad Akhtar

$28.00 $26.04

"Homeland Elegies is the best book so far to grapple with the cause and effects of the current administration and political climate. There are more than a few uncomfortable moments in Homeland Elegies. There are also moments where I disagreed with the author/narrator. And there are moments of revelation; such as the narrator's visit to Pakistan, the country his parents immigrated from. Watching first and second generation immigrants grapple with what each perceives to be the American dream (and they are always going to be different visions) is what makes Homeland Elegies leave a lasting impression - unlike the flash flood of other books on this administration." —Martin, October 2020

What Makes the Monkey Dance: The Life and Music of Chuck Prophet and Green on Red

What Makes the Monkey Dance: The Life and Music of Chuck Prophet and Green on Red

Stevie Simkin

$22.95 $21.34

This could be subtitled How the West Was Won. Chuck Prophet is an SF legend via Nixon's Whittier and Los Angeles' Americana punk scene. The creator of many great records with Green on Red and his own solo work, the man has six degrees of separation with everyone who is anyone in the business. Read the book. Hear the music. The rest is history. —FS, September 2020

Luster

Luster

Raven Leilani

$26.00 $24.18

Leilani’s debut novel about a black 20-something woman navigating her way through a white couple’s marriage is addled, rattled, and incredibly lucid. Each meandering sentence is like a frayed nerve being stretched to its end. You can’t help but rush to the end of the page with the same anxiousness and fervor felt by the narrator. This is a stream of consciousness narrative for the digital age of online dating and the gig economy. But even though the setting is up to the minute modern, Leilani is examining old, tangled truths about human connection, insecurity, attraction, and maybe even love. -- ME, August 2020

Unearth [The Flowers]

Unearth [The Flowers]

Thea Matthews

$16.00 $14.88

Thea Matthews' debut collection is as stunning as it is powerful. A deeply-rooted work of the spirit, Matthews' poems are both resistant and resilient. It unearths and re-earths us, moving the reader in a way that's nearly cosmic. What a pleasure to share time with a voice like Thea Matthews'. —Kar, July 2020

A Burning

A Burning

Megha Majumdar

$25.95 $24.13

This novel shows us how speaking against oppression can be made to look like terrorism. It shows us how easy it is to be seduced by the promises of politicians and become complicit in their crimes. It shows how survival is work we do every day. A Burning is a powerful, polydhonic novel, both critical and enveloping, with some truly chilling moments set amid rising heat. Majumdar will move you. -- Kar, June 2020

Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco

Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco

Alia Volz

$27.00

Alia Volz's parents are what you would call real hippies, not just the tie-dye and flowers-in-your-hair kind of hippies. Her father was a self-professed psychic, and her mother Meridy rarely made a decision large or small without consulting the I Ching. Meridy is the star of this show, an everywoman of the Summer of Love. A wide-eyed innocent from Wisconsin, she inherited a marijuana brownie business. Her charm, open heart, and natural business acumen turned a small time operation into a citywide force. Home Baked is a sweet and loving portrait both of Volz's parents and of San Francisco in the '70's. Her depiction of the pre-AIDS Castro captures a wondrous moment in time of love and freedom before it came crashing down. -- KPR, May 2020

Interior Chinatown

Interior Chinatown

Charles Yu

$27.00 $25.11

We all make choices throughout our lives, choosing different paths to follow, different roles to play. But who selects the options we choose from? Interior Chinatown is like a rapier taken to stereotypes that inhabit society's attitudes towards Asian Americans. The main character, Willis Wu, is a minor actor in an ongoing cop drama who wants to be more than a generic Asian male in the background, maybe even someday becoming "Kung Fu Guy." The novel bounces back and forth between the script Wu is inhabiting and an interior monologue. And one of the strengths of this book, for this reader, is how thin the line sometimes feels between these stereotypical roles that Willis is acting, and the ridiculousness of the particular situations. Interior Chinatown is a brilliant novel, one that challenged this reader in the best possible ways. -- Martin, February 2020

How to Be an Antiracist

How to Be an Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi

$27.00 $25.11

Award-winning writer Ibram Kendi takes us on a personal and historical journey through racism. He also incorporates science, law, and ethics as he updates the definition of racism, explores its negative effects (on whites, too!), and helps teach readers to be anti-racist (rather than a neutral "not racist."). We can all do better, and Kendi is here to help. -- Pete, September 2019

Underland: A Deep Time Journey

Underland: A Deep Time Journey

Robert MacFarlane

$27.95 $25.99

Incredibly well-written & totally engaging, it would be an understatement to say this book covers a broad territory. Landscape, travelogue, memoir & literary criticism... But also science & history. Each section could be a brilliant short book. Together they form something grounded & sublime. I particularly enjoyed the underlands of Paris. To encounter Macfarlane running with a pack of subterranean guerilla explorers while at the same time meditating on Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project...What could be better? -- E.H., June 2019

Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague

Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague

David K. Randall

$26.95 $25.06

Black Death at the Golden Gate is a fast-paced, fascinating narrative of local history. Centering on cases of The Plague in early San Francisco, it's a story about epidemiology, racism, public health versus individual rights, a burgeoning California, and bacteriology. Don't let the "ologies" turn you off, though. This is not too technical. More just a lively history. -- Pete, May 2019

The Wall

The Wall

John Lanchester

$25.95

So, let's say we build a wall. A great big beautiful wall all around the country. What then? A wall without soldiers is just a physical barrier, not very hard to cross. So we staff the wall with an appropriate amount of soldiers. And to make the soldiers effective, they'll need ammunition, and a clearly defined set of orders to defend the homeland at all costs. What does that say about a country, that it is so afraid of 'the other' that it is willing to kill to defend what it sees as its rightful way of life? And what does one do with the 'others' who make it across the border? Sometimes the only difference between "us" and "them" is pure chance and luck. John Lanchester writes a tale eerily appropriate for our not so distant future. -- Martin & Jessica, March 2019

Mouthful of Birds: Stories

Mouthful of Birds: Stories

Samanta Schweblin

$26.00

Samanta Schweblin's short story collection brings the same, stunning strangeness we came to expect of her in Fever Dream. Arresting and peculiar, these tories will engross you in their brutal irony, restored hope, and magical logic. Schweblin's work carries the deftness and surrealist satisfaction of writers like Julio Cortázar and Kelly Link. Eerie and enticing, you might need to close this book, if only for a moment, before reaching for it hungrily. -- Kar, January 2019