Jane Harper writes deeply satisfying Australian mysteries. If you love Tana French or Kate Atkinson grab this! Harper has a keen eye for human nature and she weaves it deftly into gripping stories. Here she grapples with the damage we do to ourselves and others when we try to live up to the expectations of our families and the world in chilling and insightful ways.
John Hodgman is one of today's great American philosophers. Touching and hilarious, this is a must read for anyone who's ever become an adult. Come for fun, stay for Hodgman's glittering prose and poignant insights.
Yet another beautiful examination of memory and the way the stories we tell ourselves shape our lives from Michael Ondaatje. No one gazes into the formation of identity and the construction of personal geography as insightfully as he. This story of WWII era betrayal and regret will carry you along to the very last page and leave you room to reflect and expand on the story you just read.
Chandler is one of the originators of the literary detective novel. He's a must read for anyone who loves noir or language or both. This is my personal favorite, it contains some of Chandler's greatest characters. The story opens with the search for a rich man's missing wife and expands into an elegy on loneliness and loss.
Erik Larson excels at writing narrative history. Here he tells a story filled with amazing day to day detail about a nation and its leaders living through a long term crisis. Churchill and his associates leap off the page. I thought I knew this period well and I learned so much!
Jemisin weaves a beautiful fairytale/superhero story of contemporary NYC. She renders everything that New York is in the loving detail of a family member and reckons with race, class, misogyny, and of course H.P. Lovecraft. This is the beginning of what's sure to be another amazing trilogy from her.
Lucy Knisley is one of the great practitioners of the graphic memoir. Here she is telling a lightly fictionalized story of a girl grappling with her parent's divorce, a dramatic move, and a new family. No one captures life breathing details like Lucy, you're not going to want to miss this!
A really lovely counting book that features lots of starlings but also lots of little everyday life details kids love to spot and identify.
A really cool re-illustration of a Margaret Wise Brown classic. A must own for "things that go" enthusiasts.
A beautiful little story based on evening walks the author takes with her son. Again, lots of everyday life in a city details that kids enjoy.
A must have for every curious toddler. The page with the octopus is recommended in particular!