Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Staff Recommendations, Week of January 17, 2023

A light week of recommending, with just one new book for you to consider. Hopefully you've got a book or two from last week's big release day to tide you over and keep you reading along with this rec!

Daniel Goldin suggests you check out the first novel from Slate editor and podcaster (and former Milwaukee-area bookseller!) Dan Kois - Vintage Contemporaries. Daniel says: "After moving from Wisconsin to New York, Emily takes a job as an assistant in a literary agency and finds herself in two transformative friendships, with an older, overlooked writer (Lucy) and a hyper-charged wannabe theater director (also named Emily). The first thing local readers need to know is that this author and Slate editor was once a bookseller in Milwaukee - that semi-familiar minor character’s name is not an accident, and yes, at one point, lunch on a family trip back home is served at the legendary Coffee Trader. The other thing to keep in mind is that this book is packed with inside-publishing ephemera that shouldn’t irritate casual readers but make the story extra fun if you’ve been there, including homages to beloved authors (Lucy is a take on one of my favorite writers) and cover designers (an alternate universe take on the famed VC designer Lorraine Louie) and lots of only-in-New-York detail, like a deep dive into the Lower East Side squatter wars. But that’s still all icing - the cake is a moving story about friendship, purpose, and finding yourself."

We're hosting a virtual event featuring Kois this week, too! In partnership with Flyleaf Books of Chapel Hill, NC, we present Dan Kois in conversation with author Jami Attenberg on Thursday, 1/19, at 6 pm central. Click here for more info and to register to tune in.

We'll meet you back here next week with more books. Until then, read on.

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