Sections

Brooklyn bookstore staff picks for June 13

What to read this week

The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

Greenlight Bookstore’s pick: “More Happy Than Not” by Adam Silvera

Young people looking for realistic fiction, LGBTQ youth looking to see themselves on the page, and teens from the Bronx should all seek out Adam Silvera’s “More Happy Than Not.” Silvera is a new voice in young adult literature, and he captures the immediacy of being a teenager. Aaron Soto, our narrator, wants to forget all his bad memories and is interested in a new procedure that will let him do that. Then he meets Thomas and a friendship unfolds.

— Jess Pane, Greenlight Bookstore [686 Fulton St. between S. Elliott Place and S. Portland Avenue in Fort Greene, (718) 246–0200, www.greenlightbookstore.com].

Karl Ove Knausgaard’s autobiographical series “My Struggle” has created more awareness of Norwegian authors, like these two picked by our bookstore experts:

Word’s pick: “Against Nature: The Notebooks” by Tomas Espedal, translated by James Anderson

So you are out of Knausgaard until next year. Consider Espedal, whose “Notebooks” project is strikingly similar in concept to the more famous Norwegian’s multi-volume biography-as-novel. There are differences between the two, particularly on the sentence level (where Knausgaard describes a child’s birthday party for 80 pages, Espedal might drop a single, heart-rending sentence), but the larger goals of these multi-book projects are nearly identical — to describe daily experience and, in doing so, express some version of freedom. “Against Nature,” Espedal’s second notebook, (“Against Art” is the first) is a compendium of labor — in love, in factories, and in writing — and it is totally sad and magnificent.

— Chad Felix, Word [126 Franklin St. at Milton Street in Greenpoint, (718) 383–0096, www.wordbrooklyn.com].

Community Bookstore’s pick: “Shyness and Dignity” by Dag Solstad, translated by Sverre Lyngstad

Suffering from a “My Struggle” hangover? Pick up “Shyness and Dignity” by Dag Solstad, a fellow countrymen often cited, before Knausgaard’s world takeover, as Norway’s best. Solstad’s novel reveals a decisive day in Elias Rukla’s life, one marked by a passionate engagement with literature and a deep-seated alienation from contemporary culture. With its breezy pacing and meticulous detail, “Shyness & Dignity” has a remarkable digressive quality that is as formally innovative and psychologically gripping as anything by Knausgaard. And at a trim (and slightly grim) 150 pages, it is the perfect summer travel companion!

— Hal Hlavinka, Community Bookstore [43 Seventh Ave. between Carroll Street and Garfield Place in Park Slope, (718) 783–3075, www.communitybookstore.net].

Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

Reasonable discourse

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not BrooklynPaper.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to BrooklynPaper.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Don’t miss out!

Stay in touch with the stories people are talking about in your neighborhood:

Optional: Help us tailor our newsletters to you!