Wilson Josephson recommends:
Annihilation: A Novel by Jeff VanderMeer
Right now, I’m reading Jeff Vandermeer’s “Annihilation” in the hopes of spoiling the new film adaptation for myself. I certainly have qualms, but it’s a relief to be reminded that there are things far beyond us–inexplicable things that are larger and weirder than we might want to imagine.
Benjamin Lee recommends:
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Haunting of Hill House is the Gothic classic horror tale that has inspired the haunted house genre. Jackson’s fine prose and masterful storytelling grips the reader until the very end. This is a classic that is worth reading.
Claire Hopple recommends:
[m]otherhood by Anna Lea Jancewicz
This story collection is about to be released and is currently available for preorder. From drag racing with the devil to wearing Halloween masks in skating rinks to getting away with murder, these tales demand attention. With elements of both Poe and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but with a style all her own, Jancewicz’s prose packs in a whole lot of maternal instinct and a whole lot of metal.
Kyle Flak recommends:
HAIRDO, by Rachel B. Glaser
This poetry book is even more fun than the best summer you ever had, the one where you made out with your imaginary friend on a speedboat while listening to Don’t You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds and then ate a whole pepperoni pizza by yourself right before watching Back to the Future for the first time in a breezy little TV room with lots of charming beach sand all over the carpet. This book is awesome, weird, wild, funny, and smart. I love it soooooo much! Thank you thank you thank you Rachel B. Glaser for writing this fantastic book!
Greg Zorko recommends:
What About the Rest of Your Life by Sung Yim
Sung Yim’s 2017 debut memoir is an engaging and deeply honest examination of identity, trauma, family and the messy ways in which we are bound to other people. Refreshing in its openness and honesty about the difficulties and limits of overcoming trauma, What About The Rest Of Your Life is a must read contemporary memoir.
Mallory Smart recommends:
I Don’t Think of You (Until I Do) by Tatiana Ryckman
After a several-month-long reading dry spell, I finished this beautiful novella from Future Tense Books. Tatiana Ryckman’s writing is both fierce and discontinuous in a way that makes this novella something you won’t want to miss.