30 Books to Read Now

30 ideas to help you answer the question of what to read next .... click here to see a list of our most eagerly anticipated books of the season.

Last updated January 19.

The Uncollected Stories of Allan Gurganus Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780871403780
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Published: Liveright - January 12th, 2021

This book makes living right here and right now all worth it. Here's a real writer: style and heart and wit and depth--nothing's missing. His great talent: reminding you and me of joy. These stories, collected from The New Yorker and Harper's and more, describe fathers and sons, country doctors, rural cops, and miracles, and once you read one, you'll re-read it in your mind forever. The Uncollected Stories of Allan Gurganus is a true beauty from one of our greatest writers. --Erica (Signed bookplates available!)


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

(Limited signed copies available.)
I am at a loss for words. How can words even begin to describe the breathtaking language in the story that Robert Jones Jr. has gifted us with his debut novel, The Prophets? How can I begin to explain how he achieves a feat so marvelous, it almost seems impossible? Well, that's the key word: almost. From his innovative restructuring of the Bible through the lens of America's history with slavery to characters that leap off the page with colorful grace and dignity, Robert Jones Jr. masterfully weaves a narrative that serves as a warning from the past, a prophecy for the future, and a testament to the present. His writing defies all Great American Novels that have come before, and in doing so, becomes one of the Greatest I've ever had the pleasure of reading. I can't wait for everyone to be as spellbound by this book as I am; it will stay with me forever. --Gage


The Dutch House: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780062963680
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 5th, 2021

Now in paperback! Dear Ann Patchett, Some years ago, I wrote you a letter telling you about how I read Bel Canto aloud to my mother as she was recovering from eye surgery, and how much it meant to us to be so lifted up—she and I have spent our lives with books, and it’s always been via books that we have been our best selves to each other. She’s pretty ancient now, and so it’s the perfect time for me to read The Dutch House, aloud to her. She could read it herself, but your novel—with its layers of what families do to each other: how they love one another, how they repeat mistakes, how they reach past the past, how they live in fear and fury and then, if they’re lucky, forgiveness (not the smarmy kind but instead the real kind)-- is the way I’ll link myself to her, my mother, here in her very old age. So: my thanks. --Erica


The Fortunate Ones Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781616206802
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Published: Algonquin Books - January 5th, 2021

Signed copies available. Join us on Thursday, January 28, for a discussion with the author. More details here.


The Children's Blizzard: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399182280
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Published: Delacorte Press - January 12th, 2021

Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062938336
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Published: Harper - January 19th, 2021

Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780593189481
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 2020

Hands down, this was the most comforting book I read during the (ongoing) COVID pandemic. Full of wisdom pulled from literature, mythology, nature, and science, Wintering is an exquisitely beautiful, and ultimately uplifting, book about living through difficult times. -Jen


Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in a Tibetan Town Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812998757
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Published: Random House - July 28th, 2020

My Autobiography of Carson McCullers: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781951142292
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Published: Tin House Books - January 5th, 2021

As the title suggests, this book is both a memoir and a biography—an intimate experiment in nonfiction that simultaneously explores two identities at once. Jenn Shapland knows that the figures that occupy our minds – especially writers, in my experience, who particularly seem to make a nest of my brain – are not entirely independent of us. The mythic figures that live somewhere between the pages of history and our own imaginations are as much a part of our narrative as the world's. Shapland didn't know McCullers but she knows a version of her, one that this book posits as potentially as real as the 'real' author herself. Gorgeously queer, superbly honest, and ultimately a beautiful tribute, Shapland's trailblazing form shines without dulling either her own story or Carson's. An exquisite debut. --Ryan


How to Hold Animals Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781982155919
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Published: Scribner - November 3rd, 2020

The Duke and I: Bridgerton (Bridgertons #1) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780062353597
Availability: Backordered
Published: Avon - December 30th, 2019

If you loved the Netflix show or just want a good romance, look no further.


Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781982132071
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Published: Atria/One Signal Publishers - October 6th, 2020

Run Me to Earth Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501154058
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 19th, 2021

Accidentally Wes Anderson Cover Image
By Wally Koval, Wes Anderson (Foreword by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780316492737
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Published: Voracious - October 20th, 2020

Stuff You Should Know: An Incomplete Compendium of Mostly Interesting Things Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250268501
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Published: Flatiron Books - November 24th, 2020

The Switch: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250769862
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Published: Flatiron Books - August 18th, 2020

Grandmother and granddaughter swap homes in this delightfully British novel. Having thrown herself into her work following her sister's death, Leena's debilitating grief threatens to catch up with & overwhelm her. Her boss tells her to take a month away from the office and do some proper processing. Meanwhile, her grandmother Eileen is itching for a new romance, one that she feels unlikely to find in her rural village. So Eileen ventures into the big city, leaving Leena to house-sit and take over her gran's parochial Neighborhood Watch responsibilities. Charming & heartwarming experiences ensue for both women. --Talia


The Best American Essays 2020 (The Best American Series ®) Cover Image
By André Aciman (Editor), Robert Atwan (Editor)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358359913
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Published: Mariner Books - November 3rd, 2020

A World Beneath the Sands: The Golden Age of Egyptology Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781324006893
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 20th, 2020

What Could Be Saved: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982150617
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Published: Atria Books - January 12th, 2021

Signed copies available.


Hello, Habits: A Minimalist's Guide to a Better Life Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781324005582
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 5th, 2021

The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small Cover Image
By Kath Stathers (Editor)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780789332691
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Published: Universe - April 4th, 2017

Dare to dream.


The Hunting Party: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062868916
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 3rd, 2020

Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062915801
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Published: Amistad - January 5th, 2021

Wilmington's Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780802148650
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Published: Grove Press - January 19th, 2021

Collected Stories Cover Image
By Shirley Hazzard, Brigitta Olubas (Editor), Zoë Heller (Foreword by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374126483
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 3rd, 2020

Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393609844
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 24th, 2020

Answers in the Form of Questions: A Definitive History and Insider's Guide to Jeopardy! Cover Image
By Claire McNear, Ken Jennings (Foreword by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781538702321
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Published: Twelve - November 10th, 2020

R.I.P. Alex Trebek


The Queen's Gambit: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781400030606
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Published: Vintage - March 11th, 2003

Aftershocks: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982111229
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 12th, 2021