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I've been a bookseller for 15 years and a reader my whole life. I lean towards fiction, but I love any book that fully immerses me, no matter what genre. Reading is like breathing to me!
In Red at the Bone, Jacqueline Woodson once again takes her understanding of people - their love and their pain - and commits it to the page. She lays it all out, yet there are spaces between the words that say even more. Beautiful prose from a brilliant writer.
This book surprised me in so many ways, mostly that a book that is a mere conversation could be so riveting and meaningful. The women each have their own voice, their own power. I couldn't put it down, I needed to know their fate as they took it into their own hands. Absolutely stunning.
Circe has everything a great story should - engaging characters, grand adventure, and beautiful prose. Madeline Miller has somehow told an ancient tale with a freshness that left me giddy with excitement. And if you get the chance to listen to the audio, you will be completely spellbound.
There There is the type of novel that readers dream about - something unexpected on every page, whether in terms of the characters Orange introduces throughout or the language he uses to bring the story alive. It's a debut that is sure to garner well-deserved attention and praise.
I'M OBSESSED. Sittenfeld has created a nuanced character portrait and an explosive page-turner speculating what would have happened if Hillary and Bill had broken up and not gotten married. This ultimate what-if leads the novelized Hillary down some very surprising paths that you will want to travel with her.
Such a Fun Age is a wonderful novel about friendship that I really needed right now. I quickly became obsessed with Alix and Emira's personal dramas, but the story also engages in a much deeper way. It's fresh, funny, smart and doesn't let you off the hook to self-examine your own biases. A must read as we go into 2020!
It is rare for me to read literature set in my home place of the Texas panhandle. Parsons drew up memories that I thought I had long lost, but even if I didn't have this connection to her stories, her characters each have their own form of vulnerability that makes them so easy to empathize with. She's created something raw and so beautifully human.
Inland is a novel that you want to live inside of. Its landscape and characters will envelop you into their magic. Obreht proves her masterful storytelling once again with her exploration of the American West.
Equal parts hilarious and vulnerable, I Might Regret This is about understanding that you don't know everything and sometimes pretending that you do. Whether you're a Broad City fan or have never seen an episode, you'll leave this book feeling like Abbi is your new best friend.
Bird's title character grabbed my attention from the very first page with her bold voice. She lead me down a path of history I knew little about and through a most pleasurable reading experience.
Sometimes a writer seems to be peering into your life and peaking into your soul, instead of the other way around. And while she lays herself bare on the page, Mailhot also stripped away my own pretense of holding it together. As I turned each page, I felt just as lost as she. She writes of love and pain, and how love can be painful. While these themes don't make for an easy read, her words have an urgency and necessity that will connect readers to their own humanity.
The Gold siblings captivated me straight from the prologue. Benjamin has given a distinct voice not only to each character, but also each time period she writes about as the Golds hurtle toward their fated destinies. This is truly a story for every bookworm to cherish.
I was absolutely enthralled by The Line Becomes a River. As a Mexican-American who has worked in border patrol, Cantu has a unique perspective about our country's immigration issues. He doesn't hold back in discussing his very personal feelings about becoming lost in the job and yearning not to forget the humanity of migrants. This is a must-read for our times.