When not at the Maritime Academy, Chris works in our coffee bar and is very knowledgable about books.
Vonnegut’s vision of a dystopian America is shockingly prescient considering it came out in the early 1950’s. His first novel, Player Piano, has the hallmark wit and vision that he would go on to perfect throughout his prolific career. Vonnegut constructs a world where everyone is split into three professions, Managers, Engineers and Civil servants. Most work has been automated and the society must learn to cope with their new reality. The greatest part of any Vonnegut novel is how accessible his writing is, yet still thoughtful, clever and marvelously crafted.
The perfect novel to curl up with in these (hopefully) waning days of winter. This story, from the renowned author of the Moomin childrens series, is set in a small, bitter cold village in Scandinavia and explores how the paths of two women cross, and their lives become entangled as snow deepens and soon recedes. As the title suggests, this is a story about deception, written simply and translated beautifully. I stumbled upon this almost by accident and loved every word. These New York Review Book Classics are beautiful editions and this one in particular I cannot recommend enough.
I First started reading Darnielle's fiction because I am a huge fan of his band, The Mountain Goats. His unique style of story telling is on full display in his second novel, Universal Harvester. This story is set in Iowa in the fall and winter so it's a perfect book for this time of year in the Midwest. As unnerving as it is heartwarming, we follow Jeremy, a clerk at a video store who begins seeing something very disturbing on the VHS videos he brings home to watch with his father. This novel is, at it's center, about a family and loss and how we move forward.