Olivia Laing$16.95 $15.59
A collection on the importance and power of art during tumultuous times, it is both inspiring and comforting. Compiling pieces from the past five years and reflections on those before us, it asks the immortal questions of why we create and why those creations matter. Recommended by Kari.
Sigrid Undset$30.00 $27.60
An epic story of one woman's life from birth to death in 14-century Norway, this book is Middlemarch with more passion and drama. Kristin is headstrong and charming, and Undset's research into the time is impeccable. Don't be intimidated by the size; it's an addictive read that will be over far too soon. Recommended by Cari.
Christopher Moore$16.99 $15.63
If you want to laugh your butt off (and aren’t afraid of a little sacrilege), this book is for you. It’s hilarious, but underneath it’s about an undying love between two friends and how stories get twisted through time. Recommended by Bronwen.
Marjan Kamali$16.00 $14.72
A beautiful story about lost romance. Wonderfully descriptive with unforgettable characters. Poignant, and heartfelt. Simply lovely. A favorite of mine this year! You may want to grab your tissues for this one! Recommended by Anna.
Rupi Kaur$14.99 $13.79
A compilation of poetry that deals with different pain such as heartache, Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look. Recommended by Ivan.
Naomi Alderman$16.99 $15.63
THE POWER is speculative fiction at its best, because Naomi Alderman is astonishingly attuned to today's zeitgeist. What would happen, she wonders, if all of a sudden, women held all the power. This is not a feminist manifesto, though, but a riveting meditation on the nature of power. One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017. Recommended by Francoise.
Max Brooks$17.00 $15.64
"Devolution" takes a small isolated environmentally conscious "Smart Community" that relies on technology for its means of communication, travel and supplies. Places them in a desperate situation where they come face to face with Sasquatches. Told through a set of found journal entries and investigative reporter's research on the events that unfolded that would be known as the "Rainier Sasquatch Massacre". Recommended by Ivan.
Chelsey Johnson$15.99 $14.71
"All of us were refugees of the nuclear family . . ." An original anti-romance about making bad decisions, friends who are family, and 90's nostalgia. Recommended by Anna.
Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette$17.95 $16.51
This is a fictional account of the author's grandmother, who abandoned her child in order to pursue the life and art she loved so much. It's poetic and fragmented, built from the scraps of information provided by a private investigator. What does it mean to be a mother, she asks, and how does that change what it means to be an artist or a woman? This reckoning with the past and family should be read by anyone who has ever dreamed of being something more. Recommended by Cari.
Simon Kurt Unsworth$16.95
Hell's detective, Thomas Fool is sent by the Hellish Powers to investigate murders that coincide with visits from Heaven's delegation. The deeper he digs, the higher the stakes and the body count. And what he discovers will shake the foundations of Heaven and Hell. Recommended by Thomas.
Tj Klune$18.99 $17.47
If you’ve ever felt trapped and wondered if you can choose your life. If you’ve ever found a family and wanted nothing more than to protect it. If you ever thought that, hey, the anti-christ can’t help who his parents are, maybe we should cut him some slack. If you ever wished you were surrounded by love somewhere with bluer skies, this one’s for you. Recommended by Kari.
Maggie O'Farrell$16.95 $15.59
This is a book about grief, love, marriage, and Shakespeare--beautifully combined and written, deeply affecting, and unforgettable. Maggie O'Farrell has taken liberties with what is what little known about Anne Hathaway Shakespeare and turned her into a remarkable and three-dimensional character worthy of a play by the Bard himself. I cried, I sighed, I paused in wonder. Recommended by Cari.
Erin Morgenstern$16.95 $15.59
Beautifully written shrouded in mystery, The Starless Sea is about the magic of stories. It's impossible not to sink into it, to get lost in the enchanting world that Morgenstern has created. It will leave you feeling hopeful and weightless. Recommended by Bronwen.
Akwaeke Emezi$9.99 $9.19
"How do you share the truth when the world around you is in denial"? There are no more "monsters" anymore, or are there? A beautiful and hauntingly written YA novel about friendship and family in a time when "monsters" are supposed to be extinct. For YA, LGBT, Fiction, and Fantasy lovers of all ages! Recommended by Anna.
Ann Patchett$17.00 $15.64
This book is a testament to familial love, a slow but riveting story of two siblings and their journey to find peace with the world. Dark but redemptive, it's a gorgeous read and easily Ann Patchett's finest novel to date. It's the book I'll be talking about all season to everyone who will listen and even those who won't - plan to buy copies for everyone you know. Recommended by Cari.
Ernest Cline$17.00 $15.64
Loved Ready Player One? Love sci-fi, aliens, and video games? Then this book is a must read for you! Recommended by Anna.
Kassandra Montag$27.99 $25.75
Remember Kassandra Montag's name: After the Flood marks the birth of a major literary talent! The story takes place in a world remodeled -flooded- by climate change and explores what remains of our humanity after everything has been taken away from us, and we have to reinvent survival itself. It is also the story of a mother's fierce love for her daughters and the choices she faces to protect one or the other. It is a brilliantly imagined, fast-paced page turner, despite its length. I could not put it down. Recommended by Francoise.
Judy Blume$9.99 $9.19
I read this book as a young girl -oh- at least 50 times! It got me through my adolescence, and maybe even my adulthood. Recommended by Anna.
Vera Caspary$13.95 $12.83
LAURA by Vera Caspary is a first-person narration by several different characters. The stories revolve around the murder of Laura, a wealthy woman living on the Upper East Side. The detective investigating the crime, Mark McPherson, begins falling in love with her; when some unexpected details are revealed, the story keeps you on your toes for the rest of the novel! Recommended by Jessica.
Mitch Albom$16.99 $15.63
This is the beautiful story an orphan raised by a blind musician who becomes the greatest guitar player who ever lived and the six lives he changes with his six magical blue strings. Recommended by Anna.
Casey McQuiston$16.99 $15.63
For a long time, I thought I didn't like romance novels, but it turns out I just hadn't been reading the right ones. Steeped in queer history, this book is the perfect amount of escapism from the current political climate, plus a reminder that being true to yourself can change the world. That makes it sound serious, but really it's just a lot of fun with characters you're going to love. Recommended by Kari.
It starts in snow: A man is in the middle of picking up the pieces of his life; he wanders into a bar and hears a song that snaps him out of his own headspace (maybe). One of the best-written novels about what it's like when three minutes of music can change your mind about anything, THE SONG IS YOU fulfills the promise of Arthur Phillips' debut novel PRAGUE, focusing on just two characters and capturing entire worlds within them. Recommended by Ken.