D+Q Picks of the Week: Mark Haddon retells a myth, escaped slave history, surreal graphic romance, and more!

June 27, 2019

D+Q Picks of the Week: Mark Haddon retells a myth, escaped slave history, surreal graphic romance, and more!
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Angola Janga

Marcelo D'salete

An independent kingdom of runaway slaves founded in the late 16th century, Angola Janga was a beacon of freedom in a land plagued with...

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Angola Janga (Marcelo D’salete)

Eisner winning comic artist Marcelo D’salete is back, this time telling the thrilling story of Angola Janga, the iconic community of runaway slaves that fiercely opposed Dutch and Portuguese colonial powers in Brazil for over a hundred years. Fugitives, raids, and power struggles populate the pages of this essential history, beautifully told.

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Gates Of Plasma

Carlos Gonzalez

A semi-truck driver meets a mysterious woman while participating in a research study for a pharmaceutical corporation. Romance blooms, but they are separated when...

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Gates of Plasma (Carlos Gonzalez)


In this unlikeliest of romances, a semi-truck driver meets a woman with mysterious ear secretions while participating in a pharmaceutical study. Together, they must brave a cult-like inner circle dabbling in untested drugs, plastic surgery, and the theatre. A dreamy, creepy tale, Gates of Plasma does credit to Gonzalez’s previous body of work, a mainstay in the underground comics and music scenes.

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The Porpoise

Mark Haddon

From the acclaimed author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time comes this stunningly ambitious, fantastical novel that reworks Shakespeare's Pericles...

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The Porpoise (Mark Haddon)


From the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time comes a retelling of the legend of Antiochus and Appolinus of Tyre. A fierce, ambitious follow up to his previous celebrated novel, it is a tale of female agency stolen, of voyages both mythic and real, of the importance of storytelling.

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I Like to Watch

Emily Nussbaum

From The New Yorker’s fiercely original, Pulitzer Prize-winning culture critic, a provocative collection of new and previously published essays arguing that we are what we...

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I Like to Watch (Emily Nussbaum)

Pulitzer prize-winning writer Emily Nussbaum has been the New Yorker’s resident TV critic since 2011 (and, before that, for New York magazine). In this collection of essays and reviews (including two previously-unpublished pieces), Nussbaum presents nothing less than a new way of looking at television, intimately attuned to the ins and outs of the so-called “Golden Age” of prestige TV in the era of streaming services.

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How Could She

Lauren Mechling

"Brilliant. . . . The perfect summer read." --Nylon"[A] compulsively readable page-turner." --CosmopolitanNamed a most anticipated novel of the summer by Vogue, Entertainment Weekly,...

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How Could She (Lauren Mechling)


Lauren Mechling is a prolific reporter and columnist who has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and Vogue. Her debut novel is a savagely funny story of female friendship set inside the catty, cutthroat world of New York media, hopping from rooftop parties to downtown art galleries as its protagonists navigate the world of influencers while trying to juggle life as writers, mothers, and wives.

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