This gorgeous story of death, family, food, and culture invites everyone to feel deeply. When tragedy strikes, Zauner communicates devastation. With a bawdy joke, she brings us laughter. And with a mouth-watering description of food, she tells us how small moments of presence can flavor our healing.
Part one involves clever use of social media language to demonstrate the dissolution of modern communication and identity. Part two involves familial heartbreak. Together, they illuminate the power of human connection in a remarkable story. I’m still trying to figure out how Lockwood stuck the landing.
Binet reimagines some of the most garish points in colonizer history in this funny, weird, and entertaining alternate history. It starts with Leif Erikson’s sister blowing right past Newfoundland and discovering Chichen Itza. You’ll never guess how it ends.
From Ichiro to Babe Ruth, Posnanski gives colorful accounts of the careers of his self-ordered list of the 100 greatest baseball players of all time. A must-have for both baseball obsessives and casual fans alike.
Ishiguro’s first novel after receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature. This one pairs nicely with No One is Talking About This. And also with a glass of cabernet.
Every Everett book ends up in my TBR pile eventually. This, his newest, is yet more proof that he’s one of the most vital American novelists working today.
Aching from Game of Thrones/Lord of the Rings/Insert High Fantasy Story Here withdrawals? Look no further than this real life account of wars, palace intrigue, world domination, and a cocky monarch who makes reform his mission.
Bon Appetit/Molly Baz fans unite! It’s all here: the quintessential cae sal. The potates. The lemony dilly noods. The Tuna snaps. (Does this all sound like gibberish to you? Welp, you’ll just have to cook your way into understanding!)
One of the greatest novels in the English language (and one of my personal favorites), but with all sorts of added goodies, knick-knack facsimiles, and juicy details! The perfect gift for the English major in your life.