Becky's Picks

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Matrix: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781594634499
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 7th, 2021

Lauren Groff's latest is an absolute masterpiece. Slice of life historical fiction, every sentence carefully crafted. The book follows the life of Marie in 1158 as she enters an abbey in crisis and transforms it into a thriving community. 


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O Beautiful: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250274328
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Published: St. Martin's Press - November 9th, 2021

An incredibly powerful and timely book set in a small North Dakotan town that's in the middle of an oil boom. Yun turns this small town into a condensed version of America. It felt like a modern gold rush novel. Totally brilliant. 


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Fight Night Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781635578171
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - October 5th, 2021

Our two main characters, Swiv and her grandmother are an absolute riot, and unforgettable. There were so many moments in this that had me laughing out loud and the ending is an absolute punch in the gut. LOVED this book. 


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Fault Lines: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063099807
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Published: Custom House - September 7th, 2021

I loved this book from beginning to end. It's about a Japanese housewife who has a love affair, but also not about that at all. It's about motherhood and difficult choices and so spot-on and expertly handled. I wouldn't change a word of it. 


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The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316592550
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 26th, 2021

Set in the arctic between the world wars - this historical fiction book is outstanding! I did not expect to love a book about a man living in isolation in the arctic as much as I did. It is a reflection on the importance and endurance of human relationships. 


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Memorial: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593087282
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 26th, 2021

I loved this book so much. Though it's about the ending of a relationship, it is ultimately hopeful and uplifting. Beautifully written, with some extremely loveable, but flawed characters. 


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Unsettled Ground Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781951142483
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Published: Tin House Books - May 18th, 2021

Less of a thriller and more of a character study, this book was absolutely brilliant. Both the setting and the characters are so richly imagined. I came away feeling like I had personally taken part in their story. My favorite read of the year so far. 


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How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316492935
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 1st, 2021

I have so much respect for this book and this author. It's a book that everyone should read. A blend of history, memoir, essay, and poetry. It is such an important book. 


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Once There Were Wolves Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250244147
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Published: Flatiron Books - August 3rd, 2021

Atmospheric and compelling - I couldn't stop reading this book. The characters were flawed and fascinating, the story was one that crossed genre in all the best possible ways. 


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$27.00
ISBN: 9780593085684
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 5th, 2021

Clearly drawing inspiration from Toni Morrison, this is a stunning debut, deserving of all the attention it has been getting. It's a slave narrative, focusing mainly on the relationship between the two boys who care for the animals on the plantation. Groundbreaking and beautiful. 


A Master of Djinn (Dead Djinn Universe #1) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250267689
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Published: Tordotcom - May 11th, 2021

A fast-paced, steampunk, police procedural - so basically, everything you could ask for from a good fantasy novel. Descriptive and visual with a memorable cast of badass characters, this is a solid fantasy. Loved it. 


Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735220188
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 4th, 2020

One of my favorite books in the last decade. This book is like nothing I've read before. Set in an Africa-like fantasy world, Tracker is called on to find a missing child. Unforgettable characters and richly imagined worlds and customs move this book into a category of its own. I loved it and can't wait for the next installment! 


Sharks in the Time of Saviors: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250787316
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Published: Picador - March 2nd, 2021

An absolutely gorgeous family drama set in Hawaii. A really solid debut - I am looking forward to reading more from Kawai Strong Washburn in the future! 


The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781324091059
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Published: Liveright - October 19th, 2021

The rich, descriptive details and thorough research used to paint the portrait of the charismatic Malcom X really drive this narrative. Some of the scenes are written with a heart-stopping intensity. 


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Interior Chinatown: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307948472
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Published: Vintage - November 17th, 2020

This book is so different, so unlike any other novel I've read. It's laugh out loud funny and incredibly poignant. A satire about Hollywood and what it's like to be an Asian-American actor. This is a solid read, and an important one! I absolutely loved it. 


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The Survivors: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250232427
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Published: Flatiron Books - February 2nd, 2021

Set on the Australian coast, this mystery is atmospheric, quiet, and so memorable. Harper has quickly joined Tana French at the top of my list of favorite mystery writers. Her settings are consistently as unforgettable as her characters. I absolutely loved this book. 


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The Tenant Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781982127589
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - September 1st, 2020

A police procedural that ticks all the boxes - depressed, recently divorced detective, a twisty plot, and a genuinely surprising ending. Everything you could ask for in a good mystery. 


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Florida Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594634529
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 21st, 2019

This book of short stories by the author of Fates and Furies is one of those books that left me feeling utterly changed. It's rare to encounter an author so willing to dive into the darkness of the human experience. This book is raw, brave, honest. It evokes such a sense of place that you can almost feel the Florida humidity. Such a powerful read. 


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Things in Jars: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982121297
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Published: Washington Square Press - September 29th, 2020

Bridie Devine is a female detective in Victorian London. With the help of a dead man, she goes in search of a kidnapped child. This book is a ton of fun. I loved every second of it. 


Migrations: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250204035
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Published: Flatiron Books - July 6th, 2021

This is a novel about climate change, but framed within the more personal narrative of Franny as she follows the last Arctic Terns on their migration. This is an absolutely stunning book that will stay with me for a long time. 


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Winter in Sokcho Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781948830416
Published: Open Letter - April 27th, 2021

This book subverts expectations at every turn. I read it in one sitting! There is so much to unpack in such a short book. Nominated for the National Book Award for translated fiction. 


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By An Yu
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802148728
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Published: Grove Press - April 20th, 2021

Debut author An Yu absolutely kills it with this novel. When a young woman's husband dies leaving no note, just a sketch of a mysterious fish man, she goes on a bit of a quest to find out what happened. For fans of Murakami! This book was strange and lovely. A fantastic debut. 


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Strange Beasts of China Cover Image
By Yan Ge, Jeremy Tiang (Translated by)
$25.99
ISBN: 9781612199092
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Published: Melville House - July 13th, 2021

This was such a strange and compelling read. Full of mystery, melancholy, and wonder. Truly unique. One of those books you'll be so glad you stumbled across. 


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Before the Coffee Gets Cold Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781335430991
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Published: Hanover Square Press - November 17th, 2020

A very light and uplifting novel. Set in a cafe in Tokyo where people have the chance to go back in time - with the caveat that they will never be able to change the future. It's a quiet, but beautiful little book. A comfort read, and one I'll come back to again and again. 


Tales from the Cafe Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781335630988
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Published: Hanover Square Press - October 12th, 2021

More stories from your favorite time-traveling cafe in Tokyo! I loved this one as much, if not more than the first book. And my coworker Andrew agrees! These books are perfect comfort reading. 


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The Western Wind Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802147721
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Published: Grove Press - October 15th, 2019

A mystery told in reverse over the course of four days - this book is unlike anything I've ever read. For fans of hisorical fiction, mysteries, or just really great, well told tales. 


The Idiot: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143111061
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Published: Penguin Books - February 13th, 2018

A year in the life of a Harvard freshman, Selin - awkwardly tall & charmingly self-aware. This book is so so funny with moving insights on language and identity. One of my new all-time favorites!

--Becky


Death in Her Hands: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984879356
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Published: Penguin Press - June 23rd, 2020

One of the strangest "mysteries" I've ever read. It's both disturbing and strangely delightful and has one of the best main characters of all time. I couldn't get enough of it and was a bit devastated when it ended. 


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$17.00
ISBN: 9781641291934
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Published: Soho Press - September 1st, 2020

A story of a woman struggling with depression written with empathy and a healthy dose of humor. It's such a compelling story with vivid characters helping to move the narrative along. I read it in a single sitting. 


The World Doesn't Require You: Stories Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781631497889
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Published: Liveright - August 25th, 2020

Interconnected stories centered around a fictional town in Maryland. It reminded me of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man and has become one of my favorite books of the last few years. 


The Woman in the Purple Skirt: A Novel Cover Image
By Natsuko Imamura, Lucy North (Translated by)
$23.00
ISBN: 9780143136026
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Published: Penguin Books - June 8th, 2021

An intimate little book about one woman's obsession with another - an examination of the power we exert over others and ourselves. Fascinating and absorbing. 


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Love in the Big City Cover Image
By Sang Young Park, Anton Hur (Translator)
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802158789
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Published: Grove Press - November 16th, 2021

This book is so smart and witty and a total delight to read. Full of surprising and hilarious moments and our main character, Young, navigates life and love in the big city of Seoul. 


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