PUNKS, PIZZA, POETRY, AND POPEYE'S LOUISIANA KITCHEN
Our September 2017 Reading List
Here are some books to keep your eyes peeled for this September.
CONVERSATIONS WITH FRIENDS by Sally Rooney
Lust, jealousy, fiction, and female friendship abound in this whip-smart novel that reads like an Elena Ferrante homage rewritten by someone only slightly older than Selena Gomez. Of course, the plot kicks off – as all exciting stories do – at a poetry reading.
MADE FOR LOVE by Alissa Nutting
Nutting's novel captures that feeling when you ditch your megalomaniacal tech CEO husband (because he suggests melding your minds through his new brain-embedded microchips) and move in with your grandfather and his hyper-realistic sex doll so authentically, you can almost smell the thermoplastic elastomer.
A LIFE OF ADVENTURE AND DELIGHT by Akhil Sharma
Not only is the title how we staff describe our days at Type Books, it's a dazzling collection of short stories by the author of Family Life featuring, among other things, a woman who decides to live life guided by advice from women's magazines and a man whose cousin-hate turns to cousin-understanding.
EAT ONLY WHEN YOU'RE HUNGRY by Lindsay Hunter
Following middle-aged Greg on his tour of Taco Bells, KFCs, gas-station Slurpee stations, sticky strip-club floors, and Cracker Barrels as he searches for his missing addict son, Hunter's novel is like Supersize Me meets Jesus' Son: a study of addiction, perseverance, and the struggle to change – with a size of fries.
WHY POETRY by Matthew Zapruder
Good question, Mr. Zapruder! But our author has an answer. If you're afraid of mixing up your Rilkes and your Rankines, confront your feelings of poem inadequacy as Matthew Zapruder makes the case for poetry as eminently accessible and (maybe) the only thing that can save North America (!).
CURRY by Naben Ruthnum
Vikram Vij, Apu from The Simpsons, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Russell Peters get stirred up with some turmeric and coconut milk in this short, incisive combination of memoir and cultural analysis that looks at eating, reading, and race, shattering the ubiquitous Indian meal as an iffy but persistent symbol for brownness.
OCTOBER by China Mieville
Does your concept of the Russian Revolution come primarily from the animated film Anastasia and Boney M? Fret no longer, comrade. Leftist purveyor of weird fiction China Mieville leaves the humanoid scarab beetles and scabmettlers behind for a gripping, two-fisted retelling of the world's most famous Marxist uprising.
F-BOMB: DISPATCHES FROM THE WAR ON FEMINISM by Lauren McKeon
Toronto journalist McKeon investigates why women are ditching the concept of feminism faster than they would a man with a tiger in his Tinder profile pic. (A heteronormative comparison, we realize.) Women are heading anti-feminist PR campaigns, silencing the victims of campus rape, and joining in Gamergate. But why? Get caught up on the story from the trenches of the gender wars.
TORONTO EATS by Amy Rosen
Ever wanted to make Patois's ackee 'n' saltfish cakes at home? What if you could impress your partner and friends by whipping out Pizza Libretto's margherita pie? Amy Rosen's Toronto Eats compiles 100 signature dishes from some of the city's best chefs, so you can recreate your favourite restaurant meals at your very own dining table, kitchen table, or milk crate placed in front of the television.
THE TEACHER'S PET by Anica Mrose Rissi and Zachariah Ohora
SCHOOL'S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL by Adam Rex and Christian Robinson
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL by Benjamin Chaud and Davide Cali
Despite what you may have heard from Alice Cooper and other ne'er-do-wells, school is back in! If there's a youngster in your life anxious about the start of another (or their first) school year, we've got a wide selection of books that cover first days back in class – including one where the school itself experiences first-day jitters!
THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK by Cecilia C. Pérez
Zine legend Pérez's first novel looks at the fight for one's right to be punk. Imagine Footloose for middle grade readers, but the school administration hates skanking specifically. This fun novel should be relatable to every kid who's ever loved one or all of the following: punk rock, skateboarding, zines, and Soyrizo (hold the cilantro).
THE EXPLORERS: THE DOOR IN THE ALLEY by Adrienne Kress
Local talent Adrienne Kress has just published the first book in a new adventure series that should be loved by fans of The Mysterious Benedict Society, full of hired thugs, a hidden box, famous explorers, and – most importantly – a pig in a teeny hat.