Book Passage boasts a staff of knowledgeable booksellers and savvy readers! Here, Book Passage staff members share some of their favorite books.
Aziz Ansari long ago established himself as one of today's best comedians, from his numerous stand-up specials to his role as Tom on NBC's Parks and Recreation. But in Modern Romance, Ansari proves himself a skilled sociologist and observer as he takes readers across the often daunting, somewhat perplexing, but ultimately encouraging landscape of dating in 2015. Drawing on focus groups across the United States, as well as Tokyo, Buenos Aires, and Paris, he charts the evolving course of how people find love, and what inspires them to keep it or throw it away. His hilarious voice is the anchor of a text filled with graphs, analysis, and references to more then a few hip hop stars of 90s. Modern Romance is Aziz Ansari at his best: taking the mundane and making it profound through humor and careful observation.
What do we do with the time we have? Who will remember us when we're gone? These are the questions that plague David Smith, a sculptor in search of an audience and inspiration. Then he strikes a deal with death: for 200 days he can make anything he desires, but once those days expire, he will die. Given the powers he has always coveted, Smith instead finds that what he may want most of all is someone to share it with. Scott McCloud's illustrations are like a silent film, speaking endless words with a single expression. This stunningly gorgeous story of life, legacy, and love will leave readers asking if McCloud himself hasn't struck a pact with a supernatural force to create such a masterful story. --Zack
Daniel Galera's first novel to be translated into English, Blood-Drenched Beard, is beautiful, thought provoking and completely original in content and premise. A novel that the characters linger and the sense of place linger in your psyche long after you have finished the book.--Calvin
Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Chris Scotton is an epic novel, sophisticated and beautifully told with a rhythm that hearkens my heart and imagination to a book equally as impacting as Where the Red Fern Grows was for me as a child, but instead of hunting dogs we navigate a declining township, an collapsing industry, the health of the environment and the well being of the people that inhabit and depend on the hope of the survival of these things. --Calvin
Cary Elwes' new memoir, about the making of the cult classic "The Princess Bride," is as delightful as the man himself. Elwes, still handsome in his fifties and a born storyteller, held court recently at our Ferry Building. His book is full of drop-dead-funny stories featuring himself, Andre the Giant, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Billy Crystal, director Rob Reiner, and Wally Shawn. A must-have for fans of the movie -- otherwise, "Get used to disappointment." --Dana
Egg and Spoon is the clever story of two young girls who are wealthy and poor in different ways: Elena, rich in hope and belief in the fantastical, has to share an apple with 3 other people in order to eat at all; and Kat, monetarily wealthy, can't seem to understand her friend's sureness of Baba Yaga and fairy tales.
Then, what they could have never imagined happens, their worlds are flipped, and they are both trapped in what never existed before: food and new clothes, or a witch and a house on chicken legs.
Elena and Kat travel separately and by very different means (see: house with chicken legs), but they share a common goal of fixing what's wrong, while restoring Russia to its former glory. (For middle grades and up!) --Brittany