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Gwyneth, Vanessa, and the Devil

our reading list for February 2015


The Devil You Know  by Elisabeth de Mariaffi
This thrilling debut brings a decade-old murder back to haunt a rookie reporter.

The Girl on the Train  by Paula Hawkins
A Gone Girl-esque thriller has readers across the continent hopping aboard.

If I Fall, If I Die  by Michael Christie
Christie's debut story collection,  The Beggar’s Garden, scooped up prizes and rave reviews in 2011. His debut novel has been eagerly awaited ever since.

Outline  by Rachel Cusk
A novel in ten conversations that explores storytelling, self-revelation, and telling fictions about our own lives.

Vanessa and Her Sister  by Priya Parmar
Capturing the London life of sisters Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf in a novel stuffed with familiar faces from literary history.

We Are Pirates  by Daniel Handler
Lemony Snicket has penned a pirate novel for grown-ups. Seriously. What more could you possibly need to know? 


Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong about Everything?  by Timothy Caulfield
The author takes Her Goop-ness to task on…well, on everything, really, and hilariously immerses himself in all things celeb-culture in the process.

Sapiens  by Yuval Harari
A brief history of humankind challenges the things we think we know about being human. Meaty reading.


How to Love  by Thich Nhat Hanh
The Zen Master offers advice on how to love. The latest in the Mindfulness Essentials series is the subject of  our Valentines window.

Letter to a Future Lover  by Ander Monson
A collection of  brief pieces written in response to library ephemera and addressed to readers past, present and future. A beautiful contemplation of the intimate physical relationship that exists between reader and book.

Mid-Century Modern Complete
Desirable objects for the object of your desire. The people, places and ideas of an enduring design movement are illustrated here with 1,000 gorgeous photographs.


All the Bright Places  by Jennifer Niven
The Fault in Our Stars  meets Eleanor & Park  in this heart-wrenching read for teens.

The Darkest Part of the Forest  by Holly Black
Hazel and her brother Ben find themselves doing battle with the faeries in this middle reader/YA fantasy story to rival Legend  or The NeverEnding Story.

The Terrible Two  by Mac Barnett & Jory John
Pranks and hijinks abound in a hilarious and boldly illustrated novel for middle readers.


The Bernadette Watts Collection: Stories and Fairy Tales
Beloved classics by the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Aesop et al, fantastically illustrated by Bernadette Watts. We love this book!

Elmer’s Treasury 
Five fabulous stories featuring the famous patchwork elephant, now in one colourful volume.

Pippi Won't Grow Up  by Astrid Lindgren 
Latest graphic-novel reissue of stories of the world’s strongest girl sees Pippi get into and out of a fresh set of scrapes.


The Year of Magical Thinking  by Joan Didion, recommended by Allison
Allison says: When it was announced last month that Joan Didion will be the new face of French fashion brand Céline, I was inspired to revisit her 2005 memoir. Her examination of loss is a theme we can all relate to, as are her accounts of how grief can manifest, causing us to think and act in irrational, often magical ways.

Under the Ocean  by Anouck Boisrobert, recommended by Serah-Marie
Serah-Marie says: I'm always excited to see new titles from Tate (one of my very favourite kids’ book publishers) but this one put me over the top. Under the Ocean came out just before the holidays and promptly sold out everywhere. Luckily, it's now been reprinted and we've got a stack in the kids’ room. Each pop-up page reveals what's going on below and above the waves – captivating for kids, but also a great gift for design-minded adults.