Staff Pick

“The world is at the start of something new. We are the shaping spirits of our destiny. And though I am not an inventor of machines I am an inventor of dreams. Yet I wish I had a cat.” Frankissstein,(Grove, $27), by Jeanette Winterson, is deft and lean, weaving together several stories in a meditation on the nature of life and intelligence. We start in 1818 during a rainy Swiss summer, following Mary Shelley as she begins to write the masterpiece that invented an entirely new genre of fiction. Then we move to today, where Dr. Ry Shelley, a trans man, is falling in love with Victor Stein, a pioneer in AI technology. The two stories parallel each other, Ry being both the analog for Mary Shelley and the monster from the story, and introduce us to a cast of loveable, hilarious, and occasionally infuriating characters. From body horror to sexbots, musings on eternal life to transhumanism, Winterson's witty and sexy book (which was long-listed for the Booker Prize) is a love story in every sense of the word: a love between people, between a creator and their work, and for the nature of life itself.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780802129499
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Published: Grove Press - October 1st, 2019

Staff Pick

The Wolf and the Watchman, Niklas Natt och Dag's new mystery, combines the historical sensibilities of Hillary Mantel and C.J. Sansom with the noir instincts of Steig Larson and Jo Nesbo. In 1793 Stockholm, a watchman pulls a mutilated body from bog. What follows is a taut and gripping thriller with a pair of mismatched detectives: an ornery alcoholic veteran with the wooden hand and a consumptive, idealistic, meticulous lawyer. As their investigation takes them all over the city, we begin to see a web of deception, crime, and cruelty that stains even the most pure. As the proverb goes, homo homini lupus est - Man is wolf to man.

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781501196782
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Published: Washington Square Press - October 1st, 2019

Staff Pick

Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson is a love story. The love between people. The love a creator has for their work. A love of innovation and progress. And a love for life itself. But, much like love, this novel is also witty, sexy, charming, infuriating. Deftly weaving Mary Shelley's own story of writing her most famous novel with a story about a trans doctor and a visionary professor navigating the murky ethics of the cutting edge of AI technology and of their relationship. Winterson's novel is wise, hilarious, and heartbreaking and a perfect reimagining of the world's first horror novel.

Frankissstein Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802129499
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Published: Grove Press - October 1st, 2019

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