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Staff Picks: The Best Books of 2018


We’re excited to share our favorite books of 2018! Check out our favorites below, and click the “read more here” button to learn more about why we chose these books! If they spark your interest, they’re all available for purchase here on our website and in the store.


  • Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kerns Goodwin (Simon & Schuster)

  • The Perfume Burned His Eyes by Michael Imperioli (Akashic Books)

  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (Putnam Books)

  • Fashion Climbing by Bill Cunningham (Penguin)

  • Battleship Yamato by Jan Morris (Liveright Publishing)


  • There There by Tommy Orange (Knopf)

  • Not Here by Hieu Minh Nguyen (Coffee House Press)

  • After the Winter by Guadalupe Nettel (Coffee House Press)

  • Mrs. Caliban by Rachel Ingalls (New Directions)

  • Everything by Maggie Nelson, but specifically The Red Parts, The Argonauts, Bluets, and Something Bright Then Holes (Graywolf Press, Wave Books, Soft Skull)

  • Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Knopf)

  • Night Moves by Jessica Hopper (University of Texas Press)

  • Stoner by John Williams (NYRB)

  • How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee (Mariner Books)

  • Rising by Elizabeth Rush (Milkweed Editions)


  • Everything Under by Daisy Johnson (Graywolf Press)

  • Still Lives by Maria Hummel (Counterpoint)

  • Virgin by Analicia Sotelo (Milkweed Editions)

  • All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung (Catapult)

  • I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara (Harper)

  • Severance by Ling Ma (FSG)

  • Back Talk by Danielle Lazarin (Penguin)

  • Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller (Tin House)

  • Idiophone by Amy Fusselman (Coffee House Press)

  • Riddance by Shelley Jackson (Black Balloon)

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