The Seasonal Edit - Quarterly Subscription
The Seasonal Edit subscription program brings three curated titles to your door every season! Each book set is curated by our expert curator, Elizabeth Lane, and wrapped in Juniper Books jacket designs that are exclusive to subscription members.
About the Fall Edit 2020:
This season's box includes three critically acclaimed novels: The Dragons, The Giant, The Women: A Memoir by Wayétu Moore, Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami, and Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan. The book set comes wrapped in custom jackets featuring aspen leaves gently floating across a painterly backdrop of burnished reds.
Along with the book set, we will be making a donation to PEN America for each subscription.
The novels in this season's box, you will receive three excellent books that are diverse in both subject, writing style and scope. In a present reality that is increasingly stranger than fiction, we’ve found there is no better time to pick up a book and dive into another’s story. As writer Neil Gaiman has so wisely said, “Fiction gives us empathy: it puts us inside the minds of other people, gives us the gifts of seeing the world through their eyes. Fiction is a lie that tells us true things, over and over.”
This sentiment sums up why we are so honored to send out our Seasonal Edit each quarter -- a selection of books that we hope rounds out those already on your nightstand or TBR pile. We hope to bring you new voices, new perspectives and celebrate the stories that connect us, author and reader alike, bonded by the written word.
The books in the Fall Edit are published by Europa Editions, Graywolf Press, and Alfred A. Knopf. Choose your look! Every seasonal box comes with the original publisher jackets as well as our exclusive jackets.
About the Fall Edit 2020:
- The Dragons, The Giant, The Women: A Memoir by Wayétu Moore
- Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami
- Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan
More about the books:
The Dragons, The Giant, The Women: A Memoir by Wayétu Moore
While we usually stick with fiction for The Edit, I just couldn’t pass by an opportunity to highlight this stunning memoir by author Wayétu Moore, author of She Would Be King which we included in our very first selection of books in December 2018, and told the story of Liberia re-imagined through a lens of history and magical realism.
Yet here, in her memoir, Moore recounts her own story – fleeing Liberia at age 5 during the first Liberian Civil War, and then leaping ahead a quarter century to her early adulthood in Brooklyn, as she reconciles her past and the legacy of war for both her family and her homeland. A compelling section is then written in the voice of her mother, a technique which beautifully rounds out Moore’s story.
Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami
Breasts and Eggs tells the story of three working class women: the thirty-year-old Natsuko, her older sister, Makiko, and Makiko’s daughter Midoriko. In the first part of the novel, Makiko has traveled to Tokyo in search of an affordable breast enhancement procedure. She is accompanied by Midoriko, who has recently grown silent, finding herself unable to voice the vague yet overwhelming pressures associated with puberty. Her silence proves a catalyst for each woman to confront her fears and frustrations.
On another hot summer’s day ten years later, Natsuko, on a journey back to her native city, struggles with her own indeterminate identity as she confronts anxieties about growing old alone, without a child. With vignettes that are equally wry, humorous, emotionally complex and riveting, Kawakami’s stunning novel explores core aspects of womanhood, touching upon issues surrounding reproductive rights, friendship, class and the female body. A phenomenon in her native Japan, Breasts and Eggs is Mieko Kawakami’s first novel to be published in English.
Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan
Elisabeth, an accomplished journalist and new mother, is struggling to adjust to life in a small town after nearly twenty years in New York City. Alone in the house with her infant son, she feels uneasy, unmotivated and adrift. Enter Sam, a senior at the local women’s college, whom Elisabeth hires to babysit. Sam is struggling to decide between the path she’s always planned on and a romantic entanglement that threatens her ambition. In short order, the two grow close. But when Sam finds an unlikely kindred spirit in Elisabeth’s father-in-law, the true differences between the women’s lives become starkly revealed and a betrayal has devastating consequences.
A remarkable exploration of motherhood, power dynamics, and privilege in its many forms, Friends and Strangers reveals how a single year can shape the course of a life.
About the Donation
In the three months since our last shipment of The Edit, the world has changed dramatically. Many individuals are struggling, as are many organizations. For The Fall Edit you hold in your hands, we decided to forego the non-book items we traditionally would have included in the subscription box. For each subscription, we are making a donation to a non-profit we believe in - PEN America.
PEN America, founded in 1922, is a non-profit organization that works to defend and celebrate free expression in the United States and worldwide through the advancement of literature and human rights. At Juniper Books, we recognize that it takes a global village of writers, readers, artists, publishers, and organizations including PEN, to keep the past, present, and future of books alive and well.
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How do I purchase a subscription as a gift?
Simply sign up for The Edit Subscription and checkout like a normal purchase, but change your shipping address to the recipient’s address. We cannot gift wrap subscription boxes.
When will I be charged for the subscription?
If you are ordering for a current box, your first charge will be the day you sign up, subsequent boxes will be charged following the pattern below. If you place your order before the 15th of the month for the first shipment, your box will be shipped in the first shipment. If you place your order after the recurring charge date for the season, your box will ship in the second shipment. The payment and shipment dates for our quarterly boxes are as follows:
Recurring charge date May 15th
First shipment will go out in the last week of May
Second shipment will go out in the last week of June
Recurring charge date August 15th
First shipment will go out in the last week of August
Second shipment will go out in the last week of September
Recurring charge date November 15th
First shipment will go out the last week of November
Second shipment will go out the last week of December
Recurring charge date February 15
First shipment will go out the last week of February
Second shipment will go out the last week of March
*Pease note: if you order a current box after the initial charge date, your box will be shipped in the second shipment.
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Shipping is not included in the cost of your box. As a membership perk, current subscription members receive free shipping on orders from juniperbooks.com.
Do you charge sales tax?
We charge applicable sales tax on any purchase shipped to an address in the state of Colorado.
Can I subscribe if I live outside the United States?
For the time being, we are only able to offer our subscription program within the United States.
Can I choose the books in my subscription?
We carefully curate the book selections in our subscription boxes for you. We are very thoughtful with our curations, each selection will feature three novels that we are confident you will love.
Can I purchase a single box rather than the subscription?
We have created this offering as a subscription program to bring the best of our design and curation abilities to you with each box. We feel this is best done as a long term commitment, and we feel you will enjoy watching your library grow beautifully over the next 12 months!
Can I cancel my subscription or change the shipping address if I need to?
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What is your return policy?
We will exchange damaged or defective books up to 14 days from the date of shipment for replacement. We are unable to offer refunds.
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