Becky

The handful of books I am currently most excited about are right here on this page. I read widely, though, and hate to ever remove a book from my list of suggestions, so I've categorized my archived picks. Scroll down and click on the links to find more of my recommendations!

Notes on a Silencing: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316491556
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - July 7th, 2020

Though I was not raped at my elite New England boarding school, my experiences there were such that nothing about Lacy Crawford's story surprised me, and yet everything about it shook me to the core. Crawford's brutal honesty, her willingness to be as frank about her drive to belong as she is furious about St. Paul's response to her assault, makes for an incredibly powerful read. 


Mrs. Everything: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501133497
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Published: Washington Square Press - April 7th, 2020

I loved this story of two sisters raised in Detroit in the middle of the 20th Century. Weiner spins a good yarn, while touching on a number of femisist themes and giving the reader access to her characters' deepest feelings. Perfect summer reading!


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A Good Neighborhood: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250237279
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 10th, 2020

I fear that Fowler may have lost some sales to the white-lady-writing-about-brown-people problem, but I really loved this book and wish it had had more readers. It's an unfortunately timely story about how white people wield their power over Black folks in every corner of our communities, even the "good neighborhoods." My heart broke for the mother and son at the center of this novel and I despised with equal intensity the man who derails their hard-fought ascent. This is a thoughtful, engaging novel that will also not make you work too hard–to my mind a perfect summer read.


Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062699879
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Published: Ecco - May 14th, 2019

Going After Cacciato: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780767904421
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Published: Broadway Books - September 1st, 1999

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A Little Life Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780804172707
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Published: Anchor - January 26th, 2016

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog Cover Image
By Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781933372600
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Published: Europa Editions - September 2nd, 2008

Twelve years after reading it, this remains one of my all-time favorite novels. Set in a grand Paris apartment building, it's a truly charming story of unlikely connections between people of different age, class, and culture. 


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Life After Life: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780316176491
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 7th, 2014

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The Great Believers: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735223530
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Published: Penguin Books - June 4th, 2019

The Snow Child: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316175661
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Published: Back Bay Books - November 6th, 2012

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101981214
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Published: Penguin Books - November 7th, 2017

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You Think It, I'll Say It: Stories Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525508700
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 5th, 2019

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The Winter Soldier Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316477598
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 17th, 2019

The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780393355871
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 5th, 2018

The Flight Attendant: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525432685
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Published: Vintage - January 8th, 2019

What a page-turner! Who knew that Chris Bohjalian, who has so excelled at historical and contemporary issue-driven fiction had a real thriller in him? This may be my favorite of his books, the genre seeming to be his sweet spot, just right for his enthusiasm and eagerness to engage millions of readers. The Flight Attendant is fast-moving, cinematic, and just a bundle of fun.


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