July Book Launches
Featuring Made For Love by Alissa Nutting, Love Her Wild by Atticus and Hum If You Don't Know The Words by Bianca Marais.
Hazel has spent the last decade of her life with her husband, Byron Gogol who is the CEO and founder of a massive corporation working to make its products pervasive and indispensable. Think vital-tracker helmets to make sure you get a perfect sleep and chips inserted in your brain. Hazel’s had enough of the surveillance and genuinely fears her husband’s ambitions, so she leaves to join her father in his trailer park home. Hilarity and problems ensue. First, Hazel must come face to face with her father’s new companion—a very lifelike sex doll named Diane. Which is the least of her problems when she realizes that Byron is using all the technology at his disposal to get Hazel back—and will go to great lengths to make sure she doesn’t divorce him. - Alexandra Donaldson, Contributing Editor
The Lines That Divide
A historic uprising by black students in 1970s apartheid-era South Africa has devastating consequences for both Beauty Mbali and Robin Conrad. Beauty, a mother who leaves her home and family in the black-only region of Bantustan in search of her missing daughter, fears the worst. Nine-year-old Robin’s parents were killed during the violence, and she must leave her sheltered, white, upper-class privilege to live with her free-spirited aunt. Beauty’s frantic search during the political upheaval of apartheid, and Robin’s discovery of life outside of her narrow experience make these two unlikely allies, but as Beauty is hired to care for Robin, they both come to terms with what they are willing to do to set things right. - AD
The anonymous poet behind the pseudonym Atticus has amassed almost 400,000 Instagram followers for his short, but heartfelt, poems. He is a man of few words, literally. This collection manages to capture the triumphs and struggles that you’ve had trouble putting into words. Think the woes of love, adventure youth transformed into a few simple lines of prose. The book marries photographs, artwork and poetry in a collection separated into three chapters based on each word of the title. Love (self-explanatory), Her (the many sides of women) and Wild (adventure and hope). In one of my favourite poems from the book, Atticus compares the pitfalls of falling in love to exploring an old cobbled path, and makes it seem like something to look forward to. - Renee Allen, editorial intern
Love Her Wild (Simon & Schuster) by Atticus, $33.