The Great Believers The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics Good Poems for Hard Times Freedom When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times Swing Time A Children's Bible
Bewilderment Bewilderment Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life (Revised) Hamnet Matrix Between the World and Me Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays The Interestings Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting Writers & Lovers Americanah My Salinger Year Matrix
Poser An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club) East of Eden: (Penguin Orange Collection) Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life Fleishman Is in Trouble Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life Hamnet

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Matrix

Matrix

Lauren Groff

$30.00 $27.90

Groff writes like her hands are on fire, and I admire it so much. Her novel Fates and Furies was a favorite of mine (and President Barack Obama when it came out), and her short story The Midnight Zone, which appeared in The New Yorker, is spectacularly dark and vivid and unputdownable. I am so excited for The Matrix, which is one of the most anticipated books of the year, longlisted for a National Book Award, and next on my personal TBR pile.

Bewilderment

Bewilderment

Richard Powers

$27.95 $25.99

It's hard to follow up the success of a book as remarkable as Powers's last release, The Overstory, but it appears he's done that and more with Bewilderment. Released in September, Bewilderment is longlisted for the National Book Award and sure to delight established and new readers, including Rozzie residents. If the Arnold Arboretum feels like sacred grounds to you, Powers might be your guy.

Hamnet

Hamnet

Maggie O'Farrell

$26.95 $25.06

I am reading this now, and holy moly, it's incredible. Set in a global pandemic (sound familiar?) in 1590, it's a fictional account of Shakespeare's real life, including the devastating loss of a son named Hamnet. Like O'Farrell, I was astounded by this historical fact when I learned it as a English Literature major with a focus on Shakespeare's canon in college. But the way O'Farrell weaves this story in stunning prose, heartrending detail, and quippy dialogue that feels both at home in the 16th century and remarkably current make clear that she can breathe life into the darkest of times. You may not think you want to read a story set in a plague, but I assure you you are mistaken. It's a MUST!

A Children's Bible

A Children's Bible

Lydia Millet

$15.95 $14.83

The Children's Bible is a brilliant, searing, bitingly funny, and haunting read. You will not put it down, and you will not forget it. It's both a riveting story and artfully rendered alarm of the climate crisis.

Fleishman Is in Trouble

Fleishman Is in Trouble

Taffy Brodesser-Akner

$17.00 $15.81

At the point in the pandemic when this book came out (June 2019), I was exclusively reading fiction. The real world was too much! Fleishman is in Trouble brought me back to life I think. It's so sharp and funny and racy and unapologetic. I don't know how a book about divorce can be so much fun, but it is.

Writers & Lovers

Writers & Lovers

Lily King

$17.00 $15.81

I am like a one-woman MLM for this book; I recommend it to all my friends. I loved it so much.

An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club)

An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club)

Tayari Jones

$16.95 $15.76

If a book can be bingeworthy in the way of great TV, it's this one. Trust me.

The Great Believers

The Great Believers

Rebecca Makkai

$18.00 $16.74

Set in the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, this book broke my heart and soothed it all at once.

The Interestings

The Interestings

Meg Wolitzer

$18.00 $16.74

One of my favorite novels of all time. The end.

Swing Time

Swing Time

Zadie Smith

$17.00 $15.81

It might be a crime to recommend just one book by Zadie Smith because they're all fanastic. Smart social commentaries, often on race, class, and culture, folded into stories that drop your jaw, make you guffaw out loud, or pause on their precise language. Swing Time is about the fragile nature of friendship, which is something many of us can relate to now, at a time when we've seen less of those we love.

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

Pema Chodron

$16.95 $15.76

A lot has fallen apart lately, and when it does, I often turn to Buddhist nun and teacher Pema Chodron. This classic reminds us of what abides, what restores us, and how even if suffering our nature is one of compassion and connection.

Americanah

Americanah

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

$18.00 $16.74

Freedom

Freedom

Jonathan Franzen

$20.00 $18.60

East of Eden: (Penguin Orange Collection)

East of Eden: (Penguin Orange Collection)

John Steinbeck

$19.00 $17.67

My Salinger Year

My Salinger Year

Joanna Rakoff

$15.95 $14.83

You know the game with friends about who would play you in a movie? I can't play that game with my friend, local author Joanna Rakoff. She already knows because her international best-selling memoir My Salinger Year recently became a film starring Sigourney Weaver and Margaret Qualley-- who plays Joanna.

Poser

Poser

Claire Dederer

$22.00 $20.46

I suppose people call this a yoga memoir, but it is so much more. Dederer's more recent memoir Love and Trouble, which is about middle age, is also brilliant, as well as fearless and the best first page of a book I've read in a while. Dederer is an author who will command and hold your attention.

Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates

$26.00 $24.18

A writer I admire. Read anything he writes. Start here.

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays

Alexander Chee

$15.99 $14.87

I wrote my second book with a notecard pinned to the bulletin board by my desk with a quote by Chee from this beautiful essay collection. He writes about hard things with great ease. A Korean-American gay man who grew up in Maine, he has a unique perspective and yet, his work is deeply empathetic and relatable.

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Anne Lamott

$17.00 $15.81

Did you catch the reference to this legendary book on writing and life in Season 1 of Ted Lasso?

Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life

Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life

Judith Hanson Lasater

$14.95 $13.90

This sweet little yoga book delivers a rare level of relatability, philosophical depth, nuance, and warmth for the genre. Lasater was one of the founders of Yoga Journal, the preeminent yoga publication. She has been teaching since 1971. "Respect."

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life (Revised)

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life (Revised)

Jon Kabat-Zinn

$17.99 $16.73

The father of the mindfulness movement in the West, anything by JKZ is well worth your mind's real estate. This one is my favorite though.

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Brené Brown

$17.00 $15.81

She's a meme for a reason. This book is essential reading for how to live, lead, parent, and love.

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Daniel James Brown

$18.00 $16.74

A true story written in cinematic style. I was casting the "boys" in my mind as I read. And now George Clooney is slated to direct the actual film. The book makes a great gift for the hard to shop for dad in your life.

Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting

Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting

Lisa Genova

$26.99 $25.10

Lisa Genova made her name as a novelist, most notably for Still Alice, which became an Oscar-winning film starring Julianne Moore. But she's also a neuroscientist. Talk about multi-talented! Her newest book represents her first foray into nonfiction, entitled Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting. There will be aspects of life right now that we'll want to remember and, indeed, many we hope to forget. This book has that guidance and more.

Good Poems for Hard Times

Good Poems for Hard Times

$21.00 $19.53

I was supposed to be holiday shopping last year but bought this beautiful collection of poetry for myself instead at Joanne Rossman's boutique on Birch Street. From Grace Paley to Wendell Berry to Emily Dickinson, it shares poems as salves for the heart. This makes a lovely gift, too.