First Few Pages

First Few Pages: The Memory Police
First Few Pages

First Few Pages: The Memory Police

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa, translated by Stephen Snyder On an unnamed island off an unnamed coast, objects are disappearing: first hats, then ribbons, birds, roses—until things become much more serious. Most of the island’s inhabitants are oblivious to these changes, […]

First Few Pages: Trick Mirror
First Few Pages

First Few Pages: Trick Mirror

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion By Jia Tolentino Trick Mirror is an enlightening, unforgettable trip through the river of self-delusion that surges just beneath the surface of our lives. This is a book about the incentives that shape us, and about […]

First Few Pages: House of Salt and Sorrows
First Few Pages

First Few Pages: House of Salt and Sorrows

In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed. Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor with her sisters and their father and stepmother. Once there were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the […]

First Few Pages: The Porpoise
First Few Pages

First Few Pages: The Porpoise

Mark Haddon’s breathtaking novel begins with a harrowing plane crash: Maja, the pregnant wife of the unimaginably wealthy Philippe, is killed, but their daughter Angelica survives. Philippe’s obsession with the girl’s safety morphs into something sinister and grotesque as she […]

First Few Pages: Hole in the Middle
First Few Pages

First Few Pages: Hole in the Middle

Morgan Stone was born with a hole in her middle: a perfectly smooth, sealed, fist-sized chunk of nothing near her belly button. After seventeen years of hiding behind lumpy sweaters and a smart mouth, she decides to bare all. At […]

First Few Pages: Gods of Jade and Shadow
First Few Pages

First Few Pages: Gods of Jade and Shadow

The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in […]