Staff Picks: Our Favorite Books of 2019

Adult Fiction

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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel By Ocean Vuong Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525562023
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Published: Penguin Press - June 4th, 2019

Little Dog comes of age in this astonishing work, traversing the rocky terrain of masculinity, race, class, addiction and violence across an American backdrop. With beautifully written and brutally honest prose, this work carries the weight of one family's survival, identity, and history asking the question others are rarely brave enough to ask: How do we heal without forsaking who we are?


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The Dutch House: A Read with Jenna Pick By Ann Patchett Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062963673
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Published: Harper - September 24th, 2019

The Dutch House is a deeply moving family saga, set over the course of five decades, that explores the dynamic of splintered family who understands themselves and their past through their relationship with a childhood home. It is a story of love, inheritance, forgiveness (or lack thereof). It digs into important questions of identity: how do we want to see ourselves? How do we discover who we really are? And how do we understand our relationships with those closest to us?


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Girl, Woman, Other: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner) By Bernardine Evaristo Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802156983
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - November 5th, 2019

I truly couldn't put this book down. It had me laughing and sighing and celebrating alongside it's richly written characters. It's a busy book: the main characters are a cadre of interconnected women who each get a chapter, and who introduce us to their friends, families, lovers, etc. It's also about life in London and multiple generations of women try to find their way in a quickly changing cityscape. The book is written in hybrid form—it sometimes feels like prose, sometimes poetry, and other times like song lyrics—that made me fly right through it and won Bernadine Evaristo the 2019 Man Book Prize. 


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Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) By Marlon James Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780735220171
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2019

Is Leopard a man who can turn into a cat or a cat that turns into man? Is “Tracker” a murderer, hunter, man, or child? Marlon James’ Black Leopard Red Wolf is a story of about two characters who reject the literal and figurative boxes others try to put them in. This NBA nominated book does that by taking the fantasy genre and diagrading your standard European tropes of Knights-and-Dragons. It proves that labels don’t matter, all that matters is being dope at being yourself.


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The Water Dancer: A Novel By Ta-Nehisi Coates Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590597
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Published: One World - September 24th, 2019

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The Other Americans: A Novel By Laila Lalami Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781524747145
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Published: Pantheon - March 26th, 2019

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Disappearing Earth: A novel By Julia Phillips Cover Image
$26.95
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ISBN: 9780525520412
Published: Knopf - May 14th, 2019

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Stalingrad By Vasily Grossman, Robert Chandler (Translated by), Elizabeth Chandler (Translated by) Cover Image
By Vasily Grossman, Robert Chandler (Translated by), Elizabeth Chandler (Translated by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781681373270
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Published: NYRB Classics - June 11th, 2019

Massive in scope, and yet startlingly intimate historical novel about the siege of Stalingrad.


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Dominicana: A Novel By Angie Cruz Cover Image
$26.99
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ISBN: 9781250205933
Published: Flatiron Books - September 3rd, 2019

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Lost Children Archive: A novel By Valeria Luiselli Cover Image
$27.95
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ISBN: 9780525520610
Published: Knopf - February 12th, 2019

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Thirteen Months of Sunrise By Rania Mamoun Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781910974391
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Published: Comma Press - July 25th, 2019

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The Nickel Boys (Winner 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction): A Novel By Colson Whitehead Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780385537070
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Published: Doubleday - July 16th, 2019

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Celestial Bodies By Jokha Alharthi, Marilyn Booth (Translated by) Cover Image
By Jokha Alharthi, Marilyn Booth (Translated by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781948226943
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Published: Catapult - October 8th, 2019

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Travelers: A Novel By Helon Habila Cover Image
$25.95
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ISBN: 9780393239591
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 18th, 2019

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Will and Testament: A Novel By Vigdis Hjorth, Charlotte Barslund (Translated by) Cover Image
By Vigdis Hjorth, Charlotte Barslund (Translated by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781788733106
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Published: Verso Fiction - September 10th, 2019

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Baron Wenckheim's Homecoming By László Krasznahorkai, Ottilie Mulzet (Translated by) Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780811226646
Availability: Backordered: may take 2-4 weeks.
Published: New Directions - September 24th, 2019

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Ducks, Newburyport By Lucy Ellmann Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781771963077
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Published: Biblioasis - September 10th, 2019

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The Dishwasher (Biblioasis International Translation) By Stéphane Larue, Pablo Strauss (Translator) Cover Image
By Stéphane Larue, Pablo Strauss (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781771962698
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Published: Biblioasis - August 20th, 2019

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The Shadow King: A Novel By Maaza Mengiste Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393083569
Availability: Out of Print
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 24th, 2019

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Olive, Again: A Novel By Elizabeth Strout Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812996548
Availability: Backordered: may take 2-4 weeks.
Published: Random House - October 15th, 2019

Olive Kitteridge returns!  In "Olive, Again" Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout offers a second, brilliant collection of linked stories that illuminate the inner lives of the indomitable Olive and her neighbors in the seaside town of Crosby. Maine.  Filled with many insightful  gems, and not a few laughs. - Eileen W.