Editor’s Note: Introducing The Staff Recommends

Or The Bygone Bureau sells out. But in a good way.

We know you love books. But we also understand that unless you’re Michiko Kakutani, it can be hard to know what’s worth reading. Don’t worry, The Staff Recommends is here to help.

Alongside The Morning News and The Millions, two sites we’ve long admired, we have the pleasure of introducing The Staff Recommends, an advertorial network that promotes only the books we like and we think you’d enjoy as well. The selections are made by a small team led by John Warner. You might know him as a commentator for The Morning News’s Tournament of Books, an editor at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, or perhaps by the clever nickname that illustrates his uncanny book-recommending expertise, the Biblioracle. Trust us: you are in good hands.

The first TSR selection is Paul Murray’s wonderful Skippy Dies, which will delight you in that funny-while-breaking-your-heart sort of way. I adored this book, and I laughed so hard that spit up my coffee all over page 173. But you don’t have to take my word for it. — Editor Kevin Nguyen