• The cover of the book The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (with bonus content)

    The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (with bonus content)

    SIGHT — Chabon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel addresses many issues: World War II and the Holocaust, Jewish and gay identities, and the American Dream via New York City. But the most visceral parts of the novel are when Joe Kavalier and Sammy Clay actually sketch out their comic—Sam with the ideas, Joe with the pencil and ink strokes—which breathes life into their hero the Escapist and his allies and rogues gallery.

     
  • The cover of the book The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

    The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

    TASTE — On her ninth birthday, Rose discovers she possesses a fascinating and awful gift: She can taste people’s emotions in what they cook or bake. The first emotion she’s hit with? Her seemingly cheerful mother’s despair. While initially horrified, Rose tries to embrace her gift as she grows up, using her unique insight into others’ most private lives to better understand the personal interplays happening around her.

     
  • The cover of the book Perfume

    Perfume

    SMELL — Born without a scent, Jean-Baptise Grenouille becomes obsessed with bottling the odors of virginal young women and using them to create the greatest perfume the world has ever made. While his motivations and methods are horrific, the novel examines how smell is tied to humanity: Grenouille is shunned for lacking a natural odor, and his perfumes are tools for manipulating others to his twisted desires—which stem, ultimately, from wanting to be happy for once.