By Katydid It

THE BOOKS YOU'LL BE GLAD YOU READ

Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist)

Min Jin Lee

$16.99 $15.63

From its beautiful cover, you might think Pachinko is a place, but no, it is a gambling game. A game that affects a Korean family in both wonderful and terrible ways as they move through generations and geographies.

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Ocean Vuong

$26.00 $23.40

A son writes a letter to his illiterate mother. The writing, like the reading, is beautiful, difficult, poignant and ultimately healing. Not sure if this is good or bad for mother/son relationships on the rocks.

Ask Again, Yes

Mary Beth Keane

$27.00 $24.30

What's the best and worst part of every neighborhood? The neighbors, of course. If you grew up knowing your neighbors, you will recognize the complicated, beautiful, and sometimes tragic, ways people's lives become intertwined. Ultimately, this is a story of love and forgiveness.

The Topeka School

Ben Lerner

$27.00 $24.30

Thought-provoking. Delves into education, race, parenting, socio-economics, ambition, and change, but it is what you learn about debating that will change the way you see the world.

Nothing to See Here

Kevin Wilson

$26.99 $24.29

Fun and literary. A book about friendship, ambition, sacrifice and the power of paying attention. You will be rooting for the kids, and the unlikely, parenting savant.

The Body in Question

Jill Ciment

$24.95 $22.46

A twist on the usual courtroom drama. This book focuses on the moral decisions and consequences of two jurors. You may consider the Econolodge a character.

A Gentleman in Moscow

Amor Towles

$17.00 $15.64

Worthy of the name. An intergenerational story that is a true delight. It is also historic, if you like that kind of thing.

The Heart's Invisible Furies

John Boyne

$17.00 $15.64

I can't resist books about the complexity of Irish families. One of the best books I read this year.

Boy, Snow, Bird

Helen Oyeyemi

$16.00 $14.72

The most thought-provoking book I've ever read about race. They say it is a retelling of a fairy tale but I missed the connection. This is a book you'll reflect on for months, maybe years, after you've read it.

Circe

Madeline Miller

$27.00 $24.30

So beautifully written that language lovers will stop over and over again to say sentences out loud and marvel at the ideas they contain.

Lincoln in the Bardo

George Saunders

$17.00 $15.64

An imaginative novel about grief that will make you reflect on your own ability to let go. You will never think about Abraham Lincoln in the same way again.

Washington Black

Esi Edugyan

$16.95 $15.59

Get ready to think differently about slavery, friendship, and the shifting nature of life.

The Most Fun We Ever Had

Claire Lombardo

$28.95 $26.06

Anyone who grew up in a family with infuriating, ungrateful, or wonderful siblings will relate to this book.

The Dearly Beloved

Cara Wall

$26.99 $24.29

A quiet book about young two couples who grapple with their faith, families, society, and one another. Gentle and honest. A rare find. You will end the book admiring all four characters.

Weather

Jenny Offill

$23.95 $21.56

Timely. Funny. A look at the world through the eyes of an accidental librarian and advice columnist with a likable but troubled brother. The weather in this short and unique novel exists both inside and outside of its characters.

Nutshell

Ian McEwan

$16.00 $14.72

Have you ever wondered if fetuses can hear what goes on outside the womb. Ian McEwan thinks so, and in this novel a nine-month-old fetus shares terrific commentary on life and love while listening to his mother plot to kill his father. So much more uplifting than it sounds.