Becky's Picks

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


Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780812982282
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - October 3rd, 2017

This is such a well written biography of a fascinating and complicated monarch. So easy to read - an absolute delight!

--Becky


Moshi Moshi Cover Image
By Banana Yoshimoto, Asa Yoneda (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781640090156
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - November 14th, 2017

The novel follows a young woman as she tries to rebuild her life after her beloved fathers violent death. It's a slow-moving but gorgeous story about grief, identity, and place.

--Becky


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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. 


Leadership: In Turbulent Times Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781476795928
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 18th, 2018

I picked this up because I wanted an escape from the current news cycle and found it so inspiring and  uplifting to read about how we've overcome even darker times and how we've made (imperfect) progress. Well worth a read. 


The Western Wind Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802128287
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Published: Grove Press - November 13th, 2018

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 Feral Detective: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062859075
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Published: Ecco - August 27th, 2019

A rollicking adventure as we follow our heroine off the grid in search of her friend's daughter. I laughed out loud throughout this book - it's one of my favorite books of the year! 


Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781455588237
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Published: Twelve - March 6th, 2018

For anyone suffering from Obama withdrawal/nostalgia, this book is a temporary fix. Written with honesty, and hilariously self-aware, Alyssa Mastromonaco has bested all my favorite episodes of The West Wing with this memoir! 


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Rabbits for Food Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781641290531
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Published: Soho Press - May 7th, 2019

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. 


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China Dream Cover Image
By Ma Jian, Flora Drew (Translator)
$23.00
ISBN: 9781640092402
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 7th, 2019

Ma Jian weaves the history of the Cultural Revolution in China with an intense character study of a high-up official in the communist party struggling with his past self and painful memories. All brilliantly done. Also worth reading the foreword! 


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