GHOSTS, ZOMBIES, & SELLOUTS
our reading list for June 2015
A zombie movie screenplay is intercut with the unfortunate adventures of Josh Levine, the man who is writing said zombie movie screenplay. Warning: there aren’t any actual zombies in this novel; the wars that haunt the narrator – the Gulf War, the Bosnian War – are real, all too real.
THE GHOST NETWORK by Catie Disabato
One minute the insanely famous pop singer Molly Metropolis is on her way to a major performance in Chicago, and the next, she’s gone. A journalist who’s been covering Molly starts an increasingly desperate search to find her, guided by clues hidden in her songs —all of which seem to point to an abandoned line in the Chicago subway system and a secret, subterranean cult.
THE SELLOUT by Paul Beatty
The Sellout is a sensation. As The New York Times says, “[t]he first 100 pages are the most caustic and the most badass of an American novel...in at least a decade. It reads like the most concussive monologues and interviews of Chris Rock, Richard Pryor and Dave Chappelle wrapped in a satirical yet surprisingly delicate literary and historical sensibility."
HOLD STILL: A MEMOIR WITH PHOTOGRAPHS by Sally Mann
Mann is best known for photographing her three young children as they roamed the family’s sprawling and near-Edenic property in the Virginia hills. Family, mortality, and the storied landscape of the American South – these are the persistent themes of her art, and they are all here in her book, a personal history that has the page-turning drama of a great novel.
THE URBAN CYCLING SURVIVAL GUIDE by Yvonne Bambrick
An accessible, straight-forward pocket guide that helps cyclists who are new to the urban environment negotiate all the challenges, obstacles, and rules — spoken and unspoken — that come with riding on city streets.
THE ARGONAUTS by Maggie Nelson
The goal of The Argonauts is to think through – and beyond – the language we use to describe gender, marriage, sexuality, and difference. In pondering the significance of queer family-making, Nelson makes you rethink the meaning of family entirely.
THE ROAD IN IS NOT THE SAME ROAD OUT by Karen Solie
A new collection from the Griffin Prize-winning poet, who happens to be one of Type’s very favourites. Quill & Quire says of the collection: "The tone, for the most part, is reflective. Joy is subdued and temporary, but it exists.”
SUPER MUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY by Jillian Tamaki
A graphic novel about unrequited love, underage drinking, and teen angst at a high school for mutants and witches. Paranormal abilities take a backseat to everyday teen concerns as science experiments go awry, bake sales are upstaged, and the new kid at school is a cat who will determine the course of human destiny.
BOOKS OF INTEREST - Miriam Toews dropped by the Queen Street West store and signed copies of All My Puny Sorrows, A Complicated Kindness, and Irma Voth – get them while you can!
A fantastic New Yorker profile on Nell Zink and her new novel Mislaid has also sparked a renewed interest in her first book, the wonderful The Wallcreeper.
Type Forest Hill bookseller Liz can't stop recommending the newly reissued Complete Patrick Melrose Novels by Edward St. Aubyn – five darkly funny books in one.
GRADS & DADS
Father figures are celebrated and students are graduated.
HOW TO MAKE COFFEE by Lani Kingston
The ultimate guide to understanding the chemistry of good coffee: why water has to be at a certain temperature, how roast affects taste, what happens when you add cream, and which bean you should start out with.
THE KINGS COUNTY DISTILLERY WHISKEY NOTES
Perfect for the connoisseur and newcomer alike, this is a hardcover journal with pages for putting down tasting notes, and a fold-out poster of the American Family Tree of Whiskey. Cheers!
THE WARD edited by Lorinc, McClelland, Scheinberg & Taylor
From the 1840s until the Second World War, waves of immigrants to Toronto settled in “The Ward.” Crammed with rundown housing and small shops, this district, bordered by College and Queen, University and Yonge streets, was home to bootleggers, dogged peddlers, and workers from the nearby Eaton’s garment factories. The city considered it a slum, and bulldozed the area in the late 1950s to make way for a new civic square. Its history is finally told.
LITTLE BOOKS OF INSPIRATION - We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by JK Rowling are perfect little gifts for the soon-to-be grad in your life.
THE KIDS' ROOM
Some fun stuff for the toddler set.
WILLIAM AND THE MISSING MASTERPIECE by Helen Hancocks
The Mona Cheesa painting is missing and only cat-detective William can solve the crime. Full of Parisian landmarks, cheesy puns, satiric faux newspaper stories, and the clever feline painting knock-offs of familiar masterpieces by the likes of Munch, van Dyck, Seurat, Manet, Matisse, Picasso, and Dalí. Ages 3-7
MAPS ACTIVITY BOOK by Aleksandra Mizielinska
An activity book bursting with fascinating facts and puzzles from around the world. Informative and inspiring, there is something new to draw, decorate and design on every pull-out page. Ages 7-10
HER IDEA by Rilla Alexander
Sozi's brain is just brimming with ideas, ready to burst, but what to do with them all? Experience her elation, struggle, and triumph of making ideas happen. It won't be easy, but Sozi is ready for any obstacle that may stand in her way. Ages 6-8
3D BUBBLE WRITER by Linda Scott
A typography book for the little ones. Let the kiddies learn how to draw loads of great new bubble alphabets with letters that pop off the page with perspective. Ages 8-11
THE FANGIRL'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Sam Maggs
Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs. It’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. A fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. Ages 12+