The Best Stonehenge Springtime Reads
April 10th, 2018
Since springtime is refusing to be at all warm and sunny, there’s a good chance you’re still spending a lot of your days indoors. There’s no better way to pass the time than with a good book. Stonehenge NYC is here to introduce you to some of the best new books of 2018. Curl up with one of these great reads and those warm days will be here before you know it. Unless you graduated very recently, there’s a good chance high school today is very different from how you remember it. Teenagers who grow up with smartphones navigate an ever-changing and overly-connected world. Mary Choi invites us into this world and introduces us to Penny Lee, a young woman who wants very little to do with the drama of high school social media. As she move on to college with high hopes, she become unexpectedly entangled with a college drop out who works at her local coffee shop. What seems like a cookie-cutter teen romance quickly reveals itself as a blistering examination of the rapidly changing world of human relationships. You won’t find more relatable or realistic characters anywhere else this year. Those of us who left our hometowns probably left some good friends behind. Drifting apart from your old friends is a natural part of life, but if we’re lucky we reconnect with them as the years pass. The Gunners is a tale of one such reunion, though the circumstances are somewhat grim. Thankfully, that makes for great drama. In The Gunners Mikey Callahan returns home for a funeral and finds himself sucked back into his old circle of childhood friends. This moody but engaging novel is filled with dark secrets and stellar characters. As fascinating childhood events are uncovered, Mikey and ‘The Gunners’ finally begin to face the trauma that drove them apart in the first place. We all know the story of The Little Mermaid but what if Ariel wasn’t a beautiful sea nymph? What if she was a swamp dwelling aquatic monster? So begins the story of The Merry Spinster; a fresh take on this classic tale. If this sounds like the kind of story you’d enjoy, you should unquestionably check out Mallory Ortberg’s new collection of spine-tingling tales. You’ll enter a weird world of classic children’s stories that have been updated in strange and horrifying ways. Ortberg doesn’t just reinvent these classics; she reveals many of the complex and unexpected messages buried deep within them. If you like a little politics with your weird-horror, The Merry Spinster will absolutely be your cup of tea. It’s not an original observation to point out that our culture, while being more connected than ever before-- is also more fractured. Between the 24-hour news cycle, online trolls, and endless political mudslinging, it can be hard to find peace of mind in the world today. Sally Kohn spent years as a liberal political commentator on cable news, hashing out arguments against pundits she vehemently disagreed with. She prided herself on her ability to have a rational, respectful conversation with anyone, but as the years passed she found her patience waning and her anger growing. Realizing that her own inner hatred was growing out of control, Sally set out on a journey to truly understand the troubling feelings that were blossominging around her and inside of her. She traveled across the world, speaking to everyone from former terrorists to human behavioral experts. She wanted to understand where prejudice and hatred come from and why people fail to live up to their own moral standards. Seeking to help us understand one another, The Opposite of Hate is an important book for everyone, no matter their political opinions. Long ago, humans feared wolves. They were a constant threat to our livelihoods and even our lives. When the Americas were settled, wolves were hunted to near extinction and driven to the fringes of our wilderness. Most people slept a little better knowing they were gone. Jim Dutcher thinks we made a big mistake. For six years, Jim and his wife lived alongside a pack of wolves. Slowly but surely, they gained their trust and came to understand wolves in a whole new way. In the end, it was on their recommendation that wolves were reintroduced into our world. Far from being scary monsters of the night, Jim proves that wolves are empathetic, thoughtful creatures. Their societies are not unlike our own and Jim argues that we might even have something to learn from them. In this compelling novel, Jim tells the tale of his friendship with these majestic creatures and reveals the true wisdom of wolves.