Maggie’s Favorite Shortish Works for Short Attention Spans 2021

My Monticello: Fiction Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250807151
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - October 5th, 2021

These are stories to read right now, in this time and place. Hard to read but unforgettable.


New Teeth: Stories Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316536684
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - July 27th, 2021

Will make you laugh out loud, and who doesn’t need that right now? Rich has written for SNL, The New Yorker, The Simpsons, and won the Thurber Prize for American Humor.


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

This jewel of a novel is filled with vivid descriptions of issues both sacred and profane. It transports readers back hundreds of years, in a very readable, historical style like that of Hilary Mantel or Sarah Waters, to a Medieval nunnery and its leader, Marie de France. Her passions, struggles, and visions turn her into an incredible feminist trailblazer, elevating the lives of hundreds of people (esp women) in her community...and it makes for a gripping read


Now You Know It All (Pitt Drue Heinz Lit Prize) Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780822946991
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - October 5th, 2021

I can’t get these dark, twisty and beautifully crafted stories out of my head. Perfect for fans of Lauren Groff’s Florida, Eudora Welty, and Shirley Jackson.


The Anthropocene Reviewed (Signed Edition): Essays on a Human-Centered Planet Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525555216
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Published: Dutton - May 18th, 2021

My family and I loved listening to this audiobook on car trips this summer.


Love and Other Thought Experiments Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780593314302
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Published: Vintage - September 28th, 2021

If you like philosophy, slipstream realities, science fiction, and pioneering ants, as experienced by a sympathetic British family, this is the perfect - and unconventional - book for you!


Once Upon a Time I Lived on Mars: Space, Exploration, and Life on Earth Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250796660
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - July 13th, 2021

Reading these essays in 2021 after my own year of isolation was eerie but also comforting. This book gave me solace and lots to think about in our new space race era.


The Best of Me Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316242400
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 7th, 2021

Again, it’s always good to read something funny, and David is always good.


Vesper Flights Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802158673
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Published: Grove Press - July 13th, 2021

Gorgeous writing, poignant and very moving, these essays will make you put down your phone and take a look around you more often.