Craig's 2021 Holiday Book Recommendations

Crying in H Mart: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525657743
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Published: Knopf - April 20th, 2021

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.


No One Is Talking About This: A Novel Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780593189580
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 16th, 2021

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.


Civilizations: A Novel Cover Image
By Laurent Binet, Sam Taylor (Translated by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374600815
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 14th, 2021

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.


The Baseball 100 Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781982180584
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - September 28th, 2021

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.


Klara and the Sun: A novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593318171
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Published: Knopf - March 2nd, 2021

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.


The Trees: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450642
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 21st, 2021

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.


God's Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781324091028
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Published: Liveright - August 31st, 2021

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.


Cook This Book: Techniques That Teach and Recipes to Repeat: A Cookbook Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780593138274
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Published: Clarkson Potter - April 20th, 2021

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!)


The Annotated Mrs. Dalloway Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781631496769
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Published: Liveright - August 31st, 2021

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.