Sneed's Reads 2018

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Beastie Boys Book Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812995541
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - October 30th, 2018

I can’t recommend this book enough. Even if you’re not a huge Beastie Boys fan there’s plenty enough here to satisfy. Alternating between biography, personal tributes (from Colson Whitehead, Amy Poehler & more) and beautiful full-color photos – there’s even a mini-Roy Choi cookbook – this loving tour through the band’s career is a must-have for all music fans, and really for anyone who enjoys a good story.

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ISBN: 9780525520047
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Published: Knopf - October 9th, 2018

A new Haruki Murakami novel! It’s long and beautiful and full of everything you love about his books. Killing Commendatore is more or less an homage to The Great Gatsby but the feel of the book is classic Murakami. 1Q84 came out in 2011 and if you’ve been waiting for the next sprawling epic then you won’t be disappointed here.

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ISBN: 9780374279486
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 6th, 2018

If there’s one unimpeachable fact of the universe it’s this – you cannot go wrong with Lucia Berlin. If you read A Manual for Cleaning Women and loved it – because of course you did – then do yourself a favor and pick up Evening in Paradise: More Stories, a new posthumous collection of beautiful semi-autobiographical short stories.

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ISBN: 9781681777955
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Published: Pegasus Books - May 1st, 2018

William Boyle might be my favorite current thriller author. His latest book The Lonely Witness tells its story in the moments outside of those that would normally make up a standard crime novel. His characters feel more human and the consequences of their actions have real weight to them. A young woman witnesses a murder and has to deal with the person she becomes as a result. Read his last book Gravesend too, it’s amazing!

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ISBN: 9781476763835
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 10th, 2018

This may not sound like the perfect book for the holidays but I promise it is! For the true-crime buff in the family, The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple tells the misunderstood and complex story behind the infamous cult and its enigmatic leader. The history of Jim Jones is told with sobering clarity and the story of a man driven insane by power and paranoia feels relevant today.