Book Recommendations

This list is a combination of my all-time favorite books and books I’ve found to be generally stunning.  These are the books I’ve reread, the books I’ve raved about on Goodreads, the books I can’t stop thinking about.  These are the books I would try to force into your hands if you came to visit me and even hinted at needing something to read.

Note that some of these books are elaborated on in regular posts.  I’ve linked where applicable.

Fiction:

The Circle, by Dave Eggers

 The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski

The Signature of all Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood

Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro

Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell

Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes

All Virginia Woolf, but especially Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel

Wolf in White Van, by John Danielle

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, by Anthony Marra

Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel

The Saga series, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Euphoria, by Lily King

Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders

The North Water, by Ian McGuire

History

John Adams, by David McCullough

At Home, by Bill Bryson

The Bully Pulpit, by Doris Kearns Goodwin

In the Heart of the Sea, by Nathaniel Philbrick

Playing Ourselves: Interpreting Native Histories at Historic Reconstructions, by Laura Peers

The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright, by Ann M. Little

A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on her Diary, 1785-1812, by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Dispossessed Lives: Enslaved Women, Violence, and the Archive, by Marisa Fuentes

What Can and Can’t be Said: Race, Uplift, and Monument Building in the Contemporary South, by Dell Upton

Other Nonfiction

Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer

Coop, by Michael Perry

When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi

The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls

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