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Our Favorite Books of 2019

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Underland: A Deep Time Journey Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393242140
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 4th, 2019

Part history book, part travelogue, Macfarlane explores humanity's relationship to the world below, from Paris' catacombs to salt mines to nuclear storage facilities. - Andrew


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In the Dream House: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781644450031
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 5th, 2019

I love, love, love Carmen Maria Machado and her memoir did not disappoint. Stunning, clever, and heartbreaking, this is a must-read exploration of the history of abuse and the lesbian experience. - Anja


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Know My Name: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735223707
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Published: Viking - September 24th, 2019

I was hesitant to read Know My Name because of the painful subject matter but I am so glad I did. Chanel's story is one of resilience and hope, and I will never forget her name. - Cathy


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Gods of Jade and Shadow Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525620754
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Published: Del Rey - July 23rd, 2019

A stunning fantasy road trip set in 1920's Mexico, perfect for fans of Spinning Silver and American Gods. - Cecilia


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Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385521314
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Published: Doubleday - February 26th, 2019

Thrilling, moving, and unforgettable, Say Nothing explores memory and trauma through the lens of the Troubles and the lives it affected. - Chris


Star-Crossed: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781984822826
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Published: Crown - May 21st, 2019

Delightful story; beautiful writing. A fairytale for grownups in all the best ways! - Claire


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Where the Crawdads Sing Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735219090
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - August 14th, 2018

A dysfunctional family, small town ignorance, amd the power and kindness of good people. What sets this story apart is the magical depiction of the marshland setting and its role in the life of the main character, Kya. - Dana


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Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525654971
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Published: Knopf - October 15th, 2019

Thrilling and insightful, this memoir reads like fiction; fast-paced and engaging. If you like audiobooks, check it out on Libro.fm!! Read by the author. - Danny


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The Nickel Boys: A Novel Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780385537070
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Published: Doubleday - July 16th, 2019

I read this book in a single sitting and it all but destroyed me. Not overhyped, truly one of the best books of 2019. - Destinee


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Marilou Is Everywhere: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525535249
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 30th, 2019

The most underrated novel of the year! It suprised me, challenged me, and delighted me on every single page. - Emilie


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Red at the Bone: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525535270
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 17th, 2019

Woodson's spare yet rich language paints a vivid picture with heart. So many fantastic books this year, Red at the Bone fed my soul. - Jennifer


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The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781984802439
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Published: Berkley - February 19th, 2019

In this powerful debut, three sisters come to understand themselves and each other as they face a family crisis. - Karen


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Ninth House Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250313072
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 8th, 2019

This book totally blew me away. It's basically a dark horror version of Harry Potter! The magnetic characters and clever plot suck you in from the first line to the very last page. Definitely my favorite hardback book this year! - Kate


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Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781524798628
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 5th, 2019

Such a fun and great book. I picked it up one afternoon and didn't put it down until I finished! Rock n' roll and so much more!! - Kathy


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The Starless Sea: A Novel Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385541213
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Published: Doubleday - November 5th, 2019

Hands down my favorite book of 2019! (Just ask my coworkers - I talked of nothing else all year.) It is full of magic, mystery, and romance. - Keith 


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Other Words for Home Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062747808
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 28th, 2019

Stunning! This left me breathless! We are all looking for a warm, safe place to belong and call home. - Keiana


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Normal People: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781984822178
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Published: Hogarth - April 16th, 2019

Sally Rooney writes young people with so much empathy and kindness. In her follow up to the excellent Conversations with Friends, Connell and Marianne are shoved together and pulled apart in a way that feels true and special. A must read! - Kelsey


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Lights All Night Long: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525558736
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Published: Penguin Press - April 2nd, 2019

A compelling story that so powerfully conveys the despair of a Russian exchange student's hometown, his discomfort with his American host family's easy affluence, and his complicated relationships. Unforgettable. - Margo


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Dominicana: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250205933
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Published: Flatiron Books - September 3rd, 2019

This wonderful book is an evocative immigrant story that contrasts the bustle of NYC with the sun-drenched routines of life in the Dominican Republic. It's a powerful coming-of-age story of Ana CanciĆ³n, one of the best characters I've read. In short - a great read!! - Laurie


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How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501132735
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 8th, 2019

If you read one memoir this year, make it Saeed's. His coming-of-age story is brilliant and heart-wrenching; we should be thankful that he shared these words with us. - Mary


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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982106980
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Published: Scribner - May 28th, 2019

A beautiful story of the lasting effects of trauma and the power of forgiveness. This should be required reading for anyone looking to live in a just and loving world - Morgen


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We Set the Dark on Fire Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062691316
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - February 26th, 2019

Action, danger, latinx, romance -- this is an amazing book for anyone who loves dystopian YA novels! A very original story that takes on current political issues. - Shani


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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525562023
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Published: Penguin Press - June 4th, 2019

A novel written in the form of a letter from a Vietnamese-American son and poet to his illiterate mother. In reckoning with the past and history that made him, the inherited violence and trauma, Vuong captures the feeling of memory on the page and wrestles with the possibilities and failures of the language and storytelling. Breathtaking! - Sophie


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Where the Crawdads Sing Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735219090
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - August 14th, 2018

A dysfunctional family, small town, ignorance, and the power and kindness of good people. What sets this story apart is the magical depiction of the marshland setting and its role in the life of the main character, Kya. - Dana


SHOUT Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780670012107
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 12th, 2019

20 years after releasing Speak, Auntie Laurie is back with her powerful memoir in verse about her own experience and rage at a society that still refuses to address rape culture. This book is brave inspiration + blazing call to action, filled with lines that continue to echo in my mind and soul months later. - Ashleigh