Staff Picks: Our Favorite Books of 2019

Adult Nonfiction 

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What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062684301
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Published: Ecco - March 26th, 2019

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Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781101947869
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Published: Knopf - May 7th, 2019

I love To Kill a Mockingbird (in written and Gregory Peck form), I love true crime and documentaries, and I love behind the scenes looks at famous people and famous situations so I completely loved this book. And proceeded to tell all my friends about it. The story focuses on an infamous homicide and insurance fraud scandal in 1970's Alabama—and Harper Lee's attempt to novelize it, emulating Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. The book that emerges is a little about the case, a little about southern history, and a little about the biography of Harper Lee pre and post critical acclaim. It's a true gem.


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Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781501134616
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 12th, 2019

The first hand-account of the Chernobyl meltdown that you never knew you needed. Deeply researched, it's a must-read for anyone who is, like me, obsessed the recent HBO mini-series.


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In the Dream House: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781644450031
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 5th, 2019

You’ve probably been hearing about this book nonstop since its publication date, and for good reason. I devoured this genre-spanning memoir in a single weekend. It is a book that, as a queer woman, I need to hold close to my heart, not in spite of the fact but because it serves as a reminder that not allowing narratives of “the punctured dream” that is queer domestic abuse disavows us to fully examine complexity of queer experiences.


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The Book of Delights: Essays Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9781616207922
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 12th, 2019

Ross Gay's Book of Delights is a unapologited force of positivity. It is a book of celebrations. It makes you want to high five a stranger, pick fresh fruit, take a lense to the world and find what delights you.


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Underland: A Deep Time Journey Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393242140
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 4th, 2019

You'll see the dark in a new light.


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Disturbance: Surviving Charlie Hebdo Cover Image
By Philippe Lançon, Steven Rendall (Translator)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781609455569
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Published: Europa Editions - November 12th, 2019

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The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525576709
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Published: Tim Duggan Books - February 19th, 2019

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The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781948226424
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Published: Catapult - September 3rd, 2019

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Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781477316481
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Published: University of Texas Press - February 1st, 2019

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A Primer for Forgetting: Getting Past the Past Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374237219
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - June 18th, 2019

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Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385542197
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Published: Doubleday - August 6th, 2019

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How to Be an Antiracist Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525509288
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Published: One World - August 13th, 2019

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Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525510543
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Published: Random House - August 6th, 2019

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Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385521314
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Published: Doubleday - February 26th, 2019

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Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781571313782
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Published: Milkweed Editions - July 9th, 2019

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The Yellow House: A Memoir (2019 National Book Award Winner) Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802125088
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Published: Grove Press - August 13th, 2019

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The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781594633157
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 22nd, 2019