Sky F

Books By The Foot

Sky Friedlander is from the middle of Pennsylvania, specifically the perplexingly-named State College, PA. She went to school for art in Baltimore and English at Penn State. In her non-bookstore moments, she likes to draw, mostly dogs and people with dogs. She just recently moved to New York, and still gets a thrill to see the Empire State Building lit up at night (although sometimes confuses it for the Chrysler Building, does anyone else do that?)

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Sky F's Reviews

The Queen of the Night

by: Alexander Chee

Ethereal, fantastically researched and surprising! The way Alexander Chee describes gowns from 1800's France...swoon!!

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Through the Woods

by: Emily Carroll

Spooky and gorgeous. Like Angela Carter or Neil Gaiman, plus incredible digital illustrations. Don't read this right before bedtime.

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A Time of Gifts

by: Patrick Leigh Fermor, Jan Morris

A fascinating and moving portrait of 1930’s Europe. Fermor walked from Holland to Istanbul at 19 and recalls his trip many years later, losing none of his youthful verve and curiosity. Will make you yearn to travel!.

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Vivian Maier: Street Photographer

by: Vivian Maier

Maier is immensely popular right now, in the mythical artist way: after her death. There is a fascinating story to the creation of this book, and the documentary Finding Vivian Maier, which is out now; John Maloof found stacks and stacks of her photographs at a yard sale, and proceeded to champion the work and direct the documentary. It turns out, no one close to Maier knew she was a photographer, and we get an idea of her as a silent observer with an incredibly compassionate eye for human emotion. One photograph has stuck in my brain for several months; a little girl, wedged next to her mother's hip, sobbing.

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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

by: Michael Chabon

This is the kind of book you can sort of fall into, or rather can sink into like a cartoon cloud or a pile of soft blankets. From the first sentence the characters rise, fully and complexly carved, from a sprawling, spellbinding world. To sketch the basic plot: Jewish artist/ magician Josef Kavalier escapes Prague shortly before WWII and finds his way to his cousin, the writer and scheming dreamer Sammy Klayman's Brooklyn apartment. They are kindred souls and strike up a fortuitous and profitable partnership as comic book creators. But this hardly does justice to the scope of this novel, which roves from the bottom of the Moldau river to an Antarctic army base, from the beginnings of American suburbia to the lonely underground office of the Under-Assistant Cataloguer of Decommissioned Volumes in the imaginary Empire City Public Library. If you have an interest in Golden Age comics, World War Two, the American Jewish experience, pulpy pop culture from the '40's and '50's, Harry Houdini, dramatic radio programming, really horrible cooking, or heartbreakingly realistic human relationships that will make you feel less alone, read this book immediately.

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  • 'Who Could That Be at This Hour?' (All the Wrong Questions : Book 1)

    By Lemony Snicket

    Our Price: $8.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780316123082
    • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    • Published: October 2012
    A first entry in a planned four-part series by the creator of A Series of Unfortunate Events books recounts his suspenseful experiences in a fading town where an apprenticeship with a shadowy organization is rendered dangerous by his investigations into local mysteries. Illustrated by the award-winning artist of Palookaville. One million first printing.
  • Never Let Me Go

    By Kazuo Ishiguro

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781400078776
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: March 2006
    A Gothic tour de force of innocence, knowledge and loss. As children, Kathy, Ruth and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysteriousrules - and teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were. Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life, and for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what is it that makes them so special. A New York Times Notable Book; Man Booker Prize Finalist. 288p.
  • Reborn: Journals and Notebooks, 1947-1963

    By Susan Sontag

    Our Price: $8.95 - $9.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780374100742
    • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
    • Published: December 2008
    This volume, the first of three to publish Sontag's journals and notebooks, presents a constantly and utterly surprising record of a great mind in incubation. It begins with journal entries and early attempts at fiction from Sontag's years as a university and graduate student, and ends in 1964, when she was becoming a participant and observer of the artistic and intellectual life of New York City. Illus., b&w photos. 317p.
  • The Maid's Version

    By Daniel Woodrell

    Our Price: $11.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780316205856
    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
    • Published: September 2013
  • Why We Broke Up

    By Daniel Handler

    Our Price: $15.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780316127264
    • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    • Published: December 2013
    Sixteen-year-old Min Green writes a letter to Ed Slaterton in which she breaks up with him, documenting their relationship and how items in the accompanying box, from bottle caps to a cookbook, foretell the end.

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