Becky's Picks

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! 


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Interior Chinatown: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307948472
Availability: Backordered
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. 


The Idiot: A Novel Cover Image
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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


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Florida Cover Image
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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. 


The Western Wind Cover Image
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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 Feral Detective: A Novel Cover Image
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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! 


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China Dream Cover Image
By Ma Jian, Flora Drew (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781640093867
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - June 9th, 2020

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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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. 


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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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Deacon King Kong: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735216723
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 3rd, 2020

McBride expertly blends humor and pathos in his character driven book set in the Causeway Housing Projects in New York. I have fallen madly in love with every character - he somehow evokes this longing in every single one of them with such lightness. It's such a hopeful book. 


Migrations: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250204028
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Published: Flatiron Books - August 4th, 2020

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. 


Leadership: In Turbulent Times Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476795935
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 1st, 2019

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. 


Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525564171
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Published: Vintage - September 1st, 2020

A book that takes a hard look at some of the poorest regions in America and analyzes the lives of individuals in order to get a bigger picture of some of the problems causing inequality in our country. Written with empathy and compassion, this was an excellent read. 


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By An Yu
$25.00
ISBN: 9780802148711
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Published: Grove Press - April 14th, 2020

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. 


The Glass Hotel: A novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525521143
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Published: Knopf - March 24th, 2020

A character driven story about a Ponzi scheme and its consequences. It's dark and beautiful. Fans of Station Eleven will immediately recognize Mandel's unique writing style. It felt like revisiting a much loved vacation spot. 


Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385543767
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Published: Doubleday - April 7th, 2020

This book was endlessly fascinating. It's about the Galvin family of 12 children, 6 of which were diagnosed with schizophrenia. The book is engaging and written with compassion. It's also a history of schizophrenia research done over the past half century. 


The Very, Very Far North Cover Image
By Dan Bar-el, Kelly Pousette (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781534433427
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - October 6th, 2020

This is a perfect read-aloud for the whole family. I read it with my son and we both loved it and have since given it as gifts to almost every family we know! It's a bit reminiscent of Winnie the Pooh. Each chapter is its own adventure, each character uniquely quirky. This is bound to become a classic! 


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Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316493888
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 4th, 2020

Eva is a semi-magical witch who uses creativity and imagination in tandem with what magic she does have to help the people of her town. Another great read-aloud for the family. My son and I are anxiously awaiting the sequel! 


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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. 


Rabbits for Food Cover Image
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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. 


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The Death of Vivek Oji: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525541608
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 4th, 2020

Absolutely heartbreaking, but beautiful from start to finish. This is such a compelling and important novel. Written with so much compassion and so much heart. I very highly recommend this book. 


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Spindlefish and Stars Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316496018
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 22nd, 2020

A middle-grade read (ages 8-12) and one that definitely does not condescend to it's readers. The writing was stunning, poetic, and a delight to read aloud to my son. It's a book that creates a whole new mythology about the creation and maintenance of the world. Full of puzzles and mystery. 


Death in Her Hands: A Novel Cover Image
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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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The Magical Language of Others: A Memoir Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781951142278
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Published: Tin House Books - January 19th, 2021

Memoirs written by poets really can't be rivaled. This was such a pleasure to read. For anyone who loves to linger with words. 


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The Silver Arrow Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316539531
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2020

First kid's book by Lev Grossman, author of the Magicians trilogy. This was such a fun read aloud adventure. My six-year-old absolutely loved it and we both laughed our way through most of it. Two kids are gifted a magical train by their uncle and embark on an adventure that teaches them responsibility - both for their own choices and for the environment. It's delightful, and not a bit heavy-handed. 


Sky Song Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534438552
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Published: Aladdin - November 17th, 2020

If you love "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" then check out this new stand-alone fantasy epic by Abi Elphinstone. This book was so much fun from start to finish. It had us on the edge of our seats. 


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