This month Steph reviews
City on Fire
by Garth Risk Hallberg

It sparked a manuscript bidding war which reached $2 million dollars! It contains interludes with handwritten pages and vintage photos! And it’s been compared to A Little Life by Yanagihara! Unlike Yanagihara’s character-focused work, Hallberg takes the story of two young men and draws us into something so much bigger. It’s 1977 in New York; the city is squalid and spray-painted, there’s fireworks, a blizzard and a shooting, and we see how these events bring together elites and heirs, punks and squatters. And then the lights go out across the city. You can see why we’re so excited by this debut novel.

This month Karma reviews
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl

by Carrie Brownstein


Carrie Brownstein’s new memoir has been eagerly anticipated by many. It’s not surprising. Brownstein captures moments so clearly: from her artistic impulses, her family life, to her experiences being a music fan and feeling the sound charge through her, igniting inspiration for her own career as a vocalist and guitarist for riot grrrl rock band, Sleater-Kinney. Brownstein begins the memoir with: ‘My story starts with me as a fan. And to be a fan is to know that loving trumps being loved’. Hunger Makes me a Modern Girl is an endearing, perceptive, and sharply-written memoir that is thoroughly engrossing.

RRP $32.99
Online Price: $29.69

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