Nick, Floor Manager, Brooklyn
Most recent staff pick: Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest by Hanif Abduraraqib
This is a stunningly well rendered work of auto-criticism. I now know more about A Tribe Called Quest (and 90s hip-hop generally) than I ever expected to, but fandom is not a prerequisite to deeply enjoying this book. I was pulled along by rich autobiographical tangents, skilled analogies, deep emotion and top-notch critical prose. Abdurraqib's writing on music and memory will steal your breath; just read the first page and you'll get what I'm talking about. “Maybe you don’t care about the way a good bass kick can briefly stop the heart before it starts again,” he writes. If you do care, you should read this book.