Anna's Picks: Best of the Decade

By White Whale Bookstore

By White Whale Bookstore

Her Body and Other Parties: Stories

Carmen Maria Machado

$16.00 $14.72

A collection of short stories that's also a collection of queer feminist riffs on the horror/thriller genre. My favorite is the novella in the middle that puts Detective Benson of Law and Order: SVU at the center of a terrifying sci-fi whodunnit with no real end. ADORED this book.

Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War

Viet Thanh Nguyen

$18.50 $17.02

Both a deeply researched and reported book, and an intimate, personal look at how the Vietnam (or American) War affected not only the policy and culture but also memory and history. Essential reading for anyone interested in the impacts of American engagement abroad.

Freshwater

Akwaeke Emezi

$16.00 $14.72

Every now and then, we're blessed with a book like this that turns inside out what you may imagine literature to be. A child, Ada, understands at a young age that she is made of many selves, most of which her Nigerian family tries to cancel. The jaded edges of Emezi's writing will cut you to the bone.

Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

Ross Gay

$17.00 $15.64

This is the kind of poetry collection that you can't help but savor, can't help but read straight through without stopping, can't help but read with tears in your eyes because it inspires the full spectrum of human emotion. It's a full meal, a whole life lived and loved, in just 98 pages.

The Faraway Nearby

Rebecca Solnit

$17.00 $15.64

This book changed what I thought both memoirs and essays could do and made me fall in love with Solnit forever. She is so good, one of the very best, at capturing place, relationships, and storytelling in clear, precise ways, and I love how this hybrid work in particular captures intense emotions about family and the self in astonishing ways.