Stephanie

Stephanie, manager emeritus, Brooklyn
All-time favorites: The Phantom Tollbooth, The Grapes of Wrath, Bombadiers, Vanity Fair, James Agee, E. Lockhart, The Best of Everything, The Westing Game, Louise Erdrich.
Utter fangirl for: Alan Moore, Mark Bittman, Nigella Lawson, and Jules Feiffer.

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Story of My People: Essays and Social Criticism on Italy's Economy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781590515549
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Published: Other Press - May 7th, 2013

In Story of My People, Edoardo Nesi takes the grand story of the global economy and boils it down to just one place: Prato, an Italian city long devoted to the creation of textiles, where his family owned a factory for years. Nesi, who was a well-known Italian novelist before he wrote this book, in addition to part-owner of the factory, brings his frustration and concern to the page with a stunning clarity and scope. His writing is pristine even when filled with rage, but Nesi is not just looking to place blame -- he, like so many readers, wants to know what’s next, and if all the benefits we’ve gotten from globalization are worth what what we’re faced with now. The book has the driving force of a polemic but the wisdom of a novel, and is the only book about the global recession I’d recommend to anybody, though you need have no interest in the economy to pick it up. It is one of the best books I’ve read all year without question. (Stephanie)


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Gone Girl: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780307588364
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Published: Crown - June 5th, 2012

I haven't read a book so quickly in ages (and I'm not alone--everyone I know who's read this book finished in one or two days). Devoured it. I'm a fan of Flynn's earlier books, but this one blows them, and almost all other literary thrillers, out of the water. I don't want to say too much about it because I don't want to spoil anything for you, so you'll just have to trust me. It's creepy and haunting, it's chilling, it's hilarious, it's required reading this summer. (Stephanie)


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The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812992793
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Published: Random House - January 10th, 2012

In this great novel, Johnson has taken the bizarre Kim Jong Il anecdotes and the horror stories of defectors and combined them into a book that reminds us that behind the lives we can barely imagine, there are people who want the same things we do. (Stephanie)


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Thinking, Fast and Slow Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374275631
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 25th, 2011

This is a book that you can really only read slowly, not ever fast, but it will change the way you think about your thinking, and also the way you think about how you think about your thinking. We all know that's it's easier to judge other people's actions than to step back and examine our own, but this book gets at the heart of why, what to do about it, and many other mental quandries. (Stephanie)


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Zone One: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385528078
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Published: Doubleday - October 18th, 2011

For people who like zombies: Dude. It's a book about zombies. Zombies in MANHATTAN. Killing zombies and surviving and killing more zombies. Read it already. For people who don't like zombies: Ah, ignore the zombies. Feel free to see them as a useful metaphor if you must. But don't miss this book. Whitehead is at the top of his game. There are many pages of writing so good, you'll feel like a zombie just ate your heart out and your life is slowly fading before your eyes. Wait! I mean, ignore the zombies. (Stephanie)


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Season for Temptation Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781420118957
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Published: Zebra Books - October 1st, 2011

Fantastic Regency read, even when it's not the holidays. Spicy and fun and a total page-turner. (Stephanie)


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Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky: A London Trilogy Cover Image
By Patrick Hamilton, Susanna Moore (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781590172568
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Published: NYRB Classics - February 19th, 2008

This is a book that could out-British any other book it met. It Britishes to beat the band. Unrelated: would be a fine reading companion for a nasty breakup. (Stephanie)


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Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061707810
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 5th, 2011

Thought-provoking and important. I will be giving this as (perhaps the world's rudest) engagement present to all newly-affianced coupled from now on. (Stephanie)


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The Chairs Are Where the People Go: How to Live, Work, and Play in the City Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780865479456
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - July 5th, 2011

This book is part philosophy, part self-help, part business, but without any of the bullshit you probably associate with those categories. Heti worked with Glouberman to write down his thoughts on cities, education, art, love, charades, and other important things, in short, smart chapters that cohere closer and closer as the book goes on. Full of sharp insights and never boring. Next time you find your brain needing a jumpstart, this is the book to dive into. (Stephanie)


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Tales of the Madman Underground Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142417027
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Published: Speak - January 6th, 2011

Absolutely devoured this. Hard to stop reading a book when the voice is this good and the characters are so bizarre that they're almost normal. Like King Dork in the 70s, except maybe a little weirder. Lovable and gross. Definitely only for older teens and up. (Stephanie)


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Once Upon a River: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393079890
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 5th, 2011

Doesn't that book cover look docile? Don't let it fool you. This book is no joke. It's as fierce as its protagonist, a teenage girl who leaves home and finds a new life along the river. You'll understand and love her on every page even when you want to wring her neck. Total page-turner. (Stephanie)


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We, the Drowned Cover Image
By Carsten Jensen, Charlotte Barslund (Translated by), Emma Ryder (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780151013777
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - February 9th, 2011

One of my favorite novels of the year so far. A really fantastic work of historical fiction. I'm sure it's historically accurate and everything, but the real heart of the book is in the characters, who are as real as anybody reading this. It's a book of incredible strength. Sure to be loved by fans of MOBY-DICK or war novels, but I hope it finds a wider audience as well, because it really deserves it. (Stephanie)


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Winner of the National Book Award: A Novel of Fame, Honor, and Really Bad Weather Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780312424237
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Published: Picador - October 1st, 2004

The darkest humor is the funniest and Jincy Willett is its master. (Stephanie)


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The Gone-Away World (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307389077
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Published: Vintage - August 11th, 2009

Still one of the best novels of the new millennium. (Stephanie)


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The Days of Abandonment Cover Image
By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translated by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781933372006
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Published: Europa Editions - September 1st, 2005

Only read this book if you have time to read it from start to finish and don't mind going temporarily insane along with the main character, because that is basically what happens to everybody who reads it. (Stephanie)


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Edinburgh Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312305031
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Published: Picador USA - November 9th, 2002

A gorgeous and subtle book with every sentence in exactly the right place. (Stephanie)


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The City & The City: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345497529
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Published: Del Rey - April 27th, 2010

Mieville is probably one of the five smartest people alive on the planet at the moment, and this, his latest novel, will blow your mind like all the others. (Stephanie)


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Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307277947
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Published: Anchor - September 8th, 2009

A portrait of one of our greatest presidents so compelling that I actually cried when (spoiler alert!) FDR died at the end. (Stephanie)


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The Food of a Younger Land: A portrait of American food from the lost WPA files Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594484575
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 6th, 2010

The subtitle kinda says it all, except that this is THE book of the year for food lovers, history lovers, and that rare hybrid food-history lover. (Stephanie)


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Asterios Polyp (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9780307377326
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Published: Pantheon - July 7th, 2009

I know people who read comics are already sick of hearing about how awesome this book is, but I'm going to keep banging the gong for it anyway, because it's a masterpiece and everybody should read it. (Stephanie)


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Promethea, Book 1 Cover Image
By Alan Moore, J.H. Williams (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781563896675
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Published: WildStorm - July 1st, 2001

I'm completely in the tank for Alan Moore, but I think even an unbiased reader will admit that this series is worth the time of anybody who cares about books, art, and other cool things like that. (Stephanie)


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Achewood Volume 2: Worst Song, Played on Ugliest Guitar Cover Image
By Chris Onstad, Chris Onstad (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781595822390
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Published: Dark Horse Books - September 22nd, 2009

Okay, so start here, and read the archives for a few hours; the book sells itself at that point. (Stephanie)


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Tender Morsels Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780375843051
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Published: Ember - February 9th, 2010

This book is so edgy at times that I am shocked it got published as YA; can't wait for it to start getting banned from school libraries so it can gain the popularity it deserves. (Stephanie)


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Big Rabbit's Bad Mood Cover Image
By Ramona Badescu, Delphine Durand (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780811866668
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 25th, 2009

You will love this book, I promise! (Stephanie)


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Never Smile at a Monkey: And 17 Other Important Things to Remember Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780618966202
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 19th, 2009

Though this book would have scared the shit out of hyper-imaginative-scaredy-cat-7-year-old me, I think every other kid in the world will be amazed by it. (Stephanie)


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Grumpy Bird Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780439851473
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Published: Scholastic Press - April 1st, 2007

Yes, I have a thing for books about unhappy animals, but I have read this book at least one hundred times and it is still funny. (Stephanie)