What We’re Reading

Hello readers!

Time is flowing strangely and we’re already in July??? And we haven’t done some What We’re Reading blurbs since April??? Didn’t we just do one of these? I guess not. Time is squiggly right now, and that’s okay.

Anyway, here’s what some of us are currently reading as summer rushes on!

MetaMaus, by Art Spiegelman


Maus I and Maus II remain seminal works in both the areas of graphic novels and Holocaust narratives. Through interviews and archival material, MetaMaus traces why and how Spiegelman made the choices he did in creating the Maus saga, and the struggles he encountered along the way. Richly bursting with contextualizing biography, parental tributes, first-hand witness accounts, and fascinating descriptions of an artist’s temperament, methodologies, successes and failures, MetaMaus offers rare insight into one artist’s creations and their lasting impact, giving the lie to the notion that analyzing creative works robs them of what makes them worthwhile.



What Lies Between Us, by John Marrs


Maggie has hurt Nina in ways that are irreparable, so Nina has kept her chained up in the attic for the past two years. Nina doesn’t know the truth about why Maggie has done what she has done.  This fast paced thriller is sure to keep you surprised and guessing until the very end.



Freshwater, by Akwaeke Emezi


I knew this was going to be an unusual book, but I didn’t how much I was going to love it! I’ve never read a beautiful book like this.  It can be a bit confusing at first because the story is told from various viewpoints of the different selves of protagonist Ada, but readers will figure out what is going on. Or they won’t but still enjoy the chaotic beauty. This book will give insights on mental health and open minds to the different sense of “self” that people can have. I highly recommend this book but understand it may be too strange for everyone.



The Scapegracers, by Hannah Abigail Clarke


Voicey and loud, full of raw edges and the screaming void of deep-breath lungs, The Scapegracers is an anthem for teenage girls. This book is full of red anger and the harrowing that comes for men who dare to hurt women, the soft gold of friendship and the overwhelming pain of high school, black grief and the terrifying, awesome discovery of your own queerness. Truly, there is nothing I did not like about this book. It dug deep under my skin like a splinter and scratched an itch I didn’t even know I had for high quality girl gang content; angry, brave women and the complex, complicated friendship that holds them together and makes them their own. Out in September, pre-order yours now!



The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, by V.E. Schwab


This book is a melancholy and elegiac departure from Schwab’s usual fast paced offerings…and I couldn’t be more delighted. A meditation on what makes a life worth living, the fleeting quality of time, and how we connect with each other and the world around us. This book is a the crown jewel in Schwab’s oeuvre and the perfect fall read. Addie LaRue appears on shelves this October and you can pre-order your copy now!


You can purchase any of these books online by clicking on their titles above, or you can call the store between 10am and 2pm! Curbside, delivery, and shipping are all available!

Happy reading!

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