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Nate Marshall

One World



Bryan Washington

Riverhead Books


Memorial Drive

Natasha Trethewey

Ecco Press


For Now

Eileen Myles

Yale University Press


Having and Being Had

Eula Biss

Riverhead Books



Jorie Graham

Ecco Press


How Should One Read a Book?

Virginia Woolf

Laurence King


The Searcher

Tana French



Just Us: An American Conversation

Claudia Rankine

Graywolf Press


Think Least of Death

Steven Nadler

Princeton University Press


"An immersive and captivating read, one that is nearly impossible to put down. Gyasi is among the best writers of her generation--her prose is delicate and stunning, her characters well-developed and uncannily human, and her grace in writing of intergenerational trauma and the lingering mental illness stigma in immigrant communities is perhaps unmatched." - Meghana, Co-op Bookseller

Transcendent Kingdom

Yaa Gyasi

Knopf Publishing Group



Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America

Okwui Enwezor

Phaidon Press


Angela Davis: Seize the Time

Gerry Beegan,

Donna Gustafson

Hirmer Verlag GmbH


GLORY: Magical Visions of Black Beauty

Kahran and Regis Bethencourt

St. Martin's Press


Revolution or Death: The Life of Eldridge Cleaver

Justin Gifford

Lawrence Hill Books


Stakes Is High: Life After the American Dream

Mychal Denzel Smith

Bold Type Books


White Negroes

Lauren Michele Jackson

Beacon Press


You Next: Reflections in Black Barber Shops

Antonio Johnson

Lawrence Hill Books



The Conservatory: Gardens Under Glass

Alan Stein, Nancy Virts Princeton Architectural Press $60.00

Bisa Butler: Portraits

Erica Warren

Art Institute of Chicago


Hilma af Klint: Artist, Researcher, Medium

Iris Muller-Westermann

Hatje Cantz


Goya: A Portrait of the Artist

Janis Tomlinson

Princeton University Press


Golem Girl

Riva Lehrer

One World


Latinx Photography in the United States: A Visual History

Elizabeth Ferrer

University of Washington Press


Island Zombie: Iceland Writings

Roni Horn

Princeton University Press


Joan Mitchell

Katy Siegel

Yale University Press



Max Siedentopf: Home Alone: A Survival Guide

Max Siedentopf

Hatje Cantz


Matisse: The Books

Louise Rogers Lalaurie

University of Chicago Press


Monet: Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Katie Hanson

MFA Publications


Textures: The History and Art of Black Hair

Tameka Ellington, Joseph L Underwood

Hirmer Verlag GmbH


Walker Evans: Starting from Scratch

Svetlana Alpers

Princeton University Press


A Promised Land (Crown Publishing Group)
Barack Obama

In the first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world. A Promised Land is the story of one man’s bet with history, the faith of a community organizer tested on the world stage. Yet Obama never wavers from his belief that progress is always possible. This book captures Barack Obama’s conviction that democracy is not a gift from on high but something built together, day by day.


The Obama Portraits (Princeton University Press)
Taina Caragol, Kim Sajet, Dorothy Moss, Richard Powell

The portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama have become two of the most beloved artworks of our time. The Obama Portraits is the first book about the making, meaning, and significance of these remarkable artworks. This book offers insight into what these paintings can tell us about the history of portraiture and American culture. The volume also features a transcript of the unveiling ceremony. A reversible dust jacket allows readers to choose which portrait to display on the front cover. This book speaks to the power of art—especially portraiture—to bring people together and promote cultural change.

Becoming (Crown Publishing Group)
Michelle Obama

As First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls around the world. In her memoir, Obama chronicles the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive, to her time spent at the White House. Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.


Chicago Apartments: A Century and Beyond of Lakefront Luxury

Neil Harris

University of Chicago Press


The City in a Garden

John Mark Hansen

University of Chicago Press


I Am Somebody: Why Jesse Jackson Matters

David Masciotra

I. B. Tauris & Company


Mayor Harold Washington: Champion of Race and Reform in Chicago

Roger Biles

University of Illinois Press


Sun Ra's Chicago: Afrofuturism and the City

William Sites

University of Chicago Press


The Opening of the American Mind: Ten Years of The Point

The Point

University of Chicago Press



Émigrés: French Words that Turned English

Richard Scholar

Princeton University Press


The Look of the Book: Jackets, Covers, and Art at the Edge of Literature

Peter Mendelsund, David J Alworth

Ten Speed Press


Garner's Quotations: A Modern Miscellany

Dwight Garner

Farrar, Straus, and Giroux


Ex Libris: 100+ Books to Read and Reread

Michiko Kakutani

Clarkson Potter Publishers


Kant's Little Prussian Head & Other Reasons Why I Write

Claire Messud

W. W. Norton & Company


The Best of Me

David Sedaris

Little, Brown and Company



Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath

Heather Clark

Knopf Publishing Group


The Power of Adrienne Rich: A Biography

Hilary Holladay

Nan A. Talese


Sister Outsider

Audre Lorde

Penguin Group


This Is Not My Memoir

André Gregory, Todd London

Farrar, Straus and Giroux


This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing

Jacqueline Winspear

Soho Press


Venus and Aphrodite: A Biography of Desire

Bettany Hughes

Basic Books


Philip and Alexander: Kings and Conquerors

Adrian Goldsworthy

Basic Books



Wolf Hall (Picador USA)
Hilary Mantel

England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell: a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people, and implacable in his ambition.

Bring Up the Bodies (Picador USA)
Hilary Mantel

The sequel to Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel's 2009 Man Booker Prize winner and New York Times bestseller, Bring Up the Bodies delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne Boleyn. 

Mantel Pieces (Fourth Estate)
Hilary Mantel

In 1987, when Hilary Mantel was first published in the London Review of Books, she wrote to the editor, Karl Miller, 'I have no critical training whatsoever, so I am forced to be more brisk and breezy than scholarly.' This collection of twenty reviews, essays and pieces of memoir from the next three decades, tells the story of what happened next. Her subjects range far and wide: Robespierre and Danton, the Hite report, Saudi Arabia where she lived for four years in the 1980s, the Bulger case, John Osborne, the Virgin Mary as well as the pop icon Madonna, a brilliant examination of Helen Duncan, Britain's last witch. There are essays about Jane Boleyn, Charles Brandon, Christopher Marlowe and Margaret Pole, which display the astonishing insight into the Tudor mind we are familiar with from the bestselling Wolf Hall Trilogy. Her famous lecture, 'Royal Bodies', which caused a media frenzy, explores the place of royal women in society and our imagination. Here too are some of her LRB diaries, including her first meeting with her stepfather and a confrontation with a circus strongman.

The Mirror and the Light (Henry Holt & Company)
Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with her peerless, Booker Prize-winning novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.


Before the Coffee Gets Cold

Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Hanover Square Press



François Dominique

Bellevue Literary Press


The Ancestry of Objects

Tatiana Ryckman

Deep Vellum Publishing


Bring Me the Head of Quentin Tarantino

Julian Herbert

Graywolf Press


Card Catalogue

Alistair Ian Blyth

Dalkey Archive Press


Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey

Kathleen Rooney

Penguin Books


The Distance

Ivan Vladislavic

Archipelago Books


Detransition, Baby

Torrey Peters

One World


The Dark Library

Cyrille Martinez

Coach House Books



Gun Island

Amitav Ghosh

Picador USA



Sayaka Murata

Grove Press


A Girl is a Body of Water

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

Tin House Books


In Love with George Eliot

Kathy O'Shaughnessy

Scribe US


Homeland Elegies

Ayad Akhtar

Little, Brown and Company


High as the Waters Rise

Anja Kampmann



The Lost Writings

Franz Kafka

New Directions Publishing Coroporation


Leave the World Behind

Rumaan Alam

Ecco Press



Jonas Lüscher

Farrar, Straus and Giroux


Pride and Prejudice (Chronicle Books)
Jane Austen, Barbara Heller

This deluxe edition brings to life the letters exchanged among Jane Austen's characters in Pride and Prejudice.Glassine pockets placed throughout the book contain removable replicas of 19 letters from the story.

Jane Austen (USA Oxford University Press)
Tom Keymer

Jane Austen wrote six of the best-loved novels in the English language. Her books pioneered new techniques for representing voices, minds, and hearts in narrative prose, and, despite some accusations of a blinkered domestic and romantic focus, they represent the world of their characters with unsparing clarity. Here, Tom Keymer explores the major themes throughout Austen's novels, setting them in the literary, social, and political backgrounds from which they emerge, and showing how they engage with social tensions in an era dominated by the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. 


Austen Years (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Rachel Cohen

In the turbulent period around the birth of her first child and the death of her father, Rachel Cohen turned to Jane Austen to make sense of her new reality. For Cohen, simultaneously grief-stricken and buoyed by the birth of her daughter, reading Austen became her refuge and her ballast. She was able to reckon with difficult questions about mourning, memorializing, living in a household, paying attention to the world, reading, writing, and imagining through Austen’s novels. Austen Years is a deeply felt and sensitive examination of a writer’s relationship to reading, and to her own family, winding together memoir, criticism, and biographical and historical material about Austen herself. 


Home (Picador USA)
Marilynne Robinson

The Reverend Boughton's hell-raising son, Jack, has come home after twenty years away. Artful and devious in his youth, now an alcoholic carrying two decades worth of secrets, he is perpetually at odds with his traditionalist father, though he remains his most beloved child. As Jack tries to make peace with his father, he begins to forge an intense bond with his sister Glory, herself returning home with a broken heart and turbulent past. Home is a luminous and healing book about families, family secrets, and faith from one of America's most beloved and acclaimed authors. 

Jack (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson’s mythical world of Gilead, Iowa and its beloved characters have illuminated and interrogated the complexities of American history, the power of our emotions, and the wonders of a sacred world. Jack is Robinson’s fourth novel in this now-classic series. In it, Robinson tells the story of John Ames Boughton, the prodigal son of Gilead’s Presbyterian minister, and his romance with Della Miles, a high school teacher who is also the child of a preacher. Their deeply felt, tormented, star-crossed interracial romance resonates with all the paradoxes of American life, then and now. 

Lila (Picador USA)
Marilynne Robinson

Lila, homeless and alone, steps inside a small-town Iowa church and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the life that preceded her newfound security. Neglected as a toddler, Lila was rescued by Doll, a canny young drifter, and brought up by her in a hardscrabble childhood. Together they crafted a life on the run. Despite bouts of petty violence and moments of desperation, their shared life was laced with moments of joy and love. When Lila arrives in Gilead, she struggles to reconcile the life of her makeshift family and their days of hardship with the gentle Christian worldview of her husband which paradoxically judges those she loves. 

Gilead (Picador USA)
Marilynne Robinson

In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames's life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forebears. Ames is the son of an Iowan preacher and the grandson of a minister who, as a young man, saw a vision of Christ bound in chains and came west to Kansas to fight for abolition. Reverend Ames writes to his son about the tension between his father--an ardent pacifist--and his grandfather, whose pistol and bloody shirts may be relics from the fight between the abolitionists and those settlers who wanted to vote Kansas into the union as a slave state. And he tells a story of the sacred bonds between fathers and sons, which are tested in his tender and strained relationship with his namesake, John Ames Boughton, his best friend's wayward son. 


The Sun Collective

Charles Baxter

Pantheon Books


The Seventh Mansion

Maryse Meijer

FSG Originals


The Perfect Nine: The Epic of Gikuyu and Mumbi

Ngugi Wa Thiong'o

New Press


African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song

Ed. Kevin Young

Library of America


That Time of Year

Marie NDiaye

Two Lines Press


What Are You Going Through

Sigrid Nunez

Riverhead Books


Light for the World to See

Kwame Alexander

Houghton Mifflin



Sumita Chakraborty

Alice James Books



Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Dey Street Books)
Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg never asked for fame. But something funny happened: she won the internet. Notorious RBG, inspired by the Tumblr that amused the Justice herself, is more than just a love letter. A hybrid of reported narrative, annotated dissents, archival photos and documents, and illustrations, the book tells a never-before-told story of an unusual and transformative woman who transcends generational divides. As the country struggles with the unfinished business of gender equality and civil rights, Ginsburg stands as a testament to how far we can come with a little chutzpah.

My Own Words (Simon and Schuster)
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mary Hartnett, Wendy W. Williams

In this collection Justice Ginsburg discusses gender equality, the workings of the Supreme Court, being Jewish, law and lawyers in opera, and the value of looking beyond US shores when interpreting the US Constitution. This book’s sampling is selected by Justice Ginsburg and her authorized biographers, who introduce each chapter and provide biographical context. Witty, engaging, serious, and playful, My Own Words is a glimpse into the life of one of America’s most influential women and “a tonic to the current national discourse” (The Washington Post). 

Decisions and Dissents of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Selection (Penguin Books)
Ed. Corey Brettschneider

This collection includes key concurrences, dissents, and selected writings by Justice Ginsburg that address gender equality and women’s rights, reproductive health care, and voting and civil rights. The volume includes Justice Ginsburg’s landmark Supreme Court opinions for cases including Bush v. Gore (2000), Lily Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (2007), Shelby County v. Holder (2013), Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (2014), and more.


Memory Rose into Threshold Speech

Paul Celan

Farrar, Straus, and Giroux


Make Me Rain: Poems & Prose

Nikki Giovanni

William Morrow & Company


The Lost Spells

Robert MacFarlane, illus. Jackie Morris

Anansi International


That Was Now, This Is Then

Vijay Seshadri

Graywolf Press


Taught by Women: Poems as Resistance Language

Haki R. Madhubuti

Third World Press


On the Way Out, Turn Off the Light

Marge Piercy

Knopf Publishing Group


The World That Belongs to Us: An Anthology of Queer Poetry from South Asia

Ed. Aditi Anigras, Akhil Katyal



The Eighth: Mahler and the World in 1910

Stephen Johnson

University of Chicago Press


Beethoven: A Life in Nine Pieces

Laura Tunbridge

Yale University Press



She Come By it Natural (Scribner Book Company)
Sarah Smarsh

Growing up amid Kansas wheat fields and airplane factories, Sarah Smarsh witnessed firsthand the particular vulnerabilities--and strengths--of women in working poverty. Meanwhile, country songs by female artists played in the background, telling powerful stories about life, men, hard times, and surviving. And no one provided that language better than Dolly Parton.
Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Dolly Parton (Media Labs Books)
Editors of Media Labs Books

Insights into how to handle dozens of challenges, from managing heartbreak and succeeding at work, to raising children and responding to inequality.
Dolly Parton: In Her Own Words (Agate B2)
Ed. Suzzanne Sonnier

This collection of quotes has been carefully curated from Parton's numerous public statements--interviews, speeches, social media posts, and more. It's a comprehensive picture of her legacy as one of America's most recognizable music superstars, whose considerable impact can be felt well beyond popular culture.

Unlikely Angel: The Songs of Dolly Parton (University of Illinois Press)
Lydia R Hamessley

 Dolly Parton's success as a performer and pop culture phenomenon has overshadowed her achievements as a songwriter. But she sees herself as a songwriter first, and with good reason. Parton's compositions like "I Will Always Love You" and "Jolene" have become American standards with an impact far beyond country music. Lydia R. Hamessley's expert analysis and Parton's characteristically straightforward input inform this comprehensive look at the process, influences, and themes that have shaped the superstar's songwriting artistry.

Dolly Parton, Songteller

(Chronicle Books)

As told by Dolly Parton in her own inimitable words, explore the songs that have defined her journey. 


Silences So Deep: Music, Solitude, and Alaska

John Luther Adams

Farrar, Straus and Giroux


All the Devils are Here

Louise Penny

Minotaur Books


Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music

Alex Ross

Farrar, Straus and Giroux


Wendy Carlos: A Biography

Amanda Sewell

Oxford University Press


One by One

Ruth Ware

Gallery/Scout Press


The Devil and the Dark Water

Stuart Turton

Sourcebooks Landmark


The Kingdom

Jo Nesbo

Knopf Publishing Group



Prefecture D: Four Novellas Set in the World of Six Four

Hideo Yokoyama

MCD x FSG Originals


The Thursday Murder Club

Richard Osman

Pamela Dorman Books



John Banville

Hanover Square Press


The Disappearing Ox: A Modern Version of a Classic Buddhist Tale

Lewis Hyde, Max Gimblett

Copper Canyon Press


Eat a Peach

David Chang, Gabe Ulla

Clarkson Potter Publishers


When No One Is Watching

Alyssa Cole

William Morrow and Company


The Gifts of Imperfection

Brené Brown

Random House


Games for Your Mind: The History and Future of Logic Puzzles

Jason Rosenhouse

Princeton University Press



The Man Who Ate Too Much: The Life of James Beard

John Birdsall

W. W. Norton and Company


Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter

Curtis Jackson

Harper Collins Publishing Group


An Onion in My Pocket: My Life with Vegetables

Deborah Madison

Knopf Publishing Group


You Belong: A Call for Connection

Sebene Selassie



Feline Philosophy: Cats and the Meaning of Life

John Gray

Farrar, Straus and Giroux


Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History

Paul Farmer

Farrar, Straus and Giroux


Scholarship and Freedom

Geoffrey Galt Harpham

Harvard University Press


Philosophy for Polar Explorers

Erling Kagge

Pantheon Books



Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers, a series by Princeton University Press, presents the timeless and timely ideas of classical thinkers in lively new translations. Enlightening and entertaining, these books make the practical wisdom of the ancient world accessible for modern life.

How to Give: An Ancient Guide to Giving and Receiving


To give and receive well may be the most human thing you can do, but it is also the closest you can come to divinity. So argues Seneca (c. 4 BCE-65 CE) in his longest and most searching moral treatise, "On Benefits" (De Beneficiis). James Romm's new translation of essential selections from this work conveys the heart of Seneca's argument that generosity and gratitude are among the most important of all virtues. 

How to Be a Bad Emperor: An Ancient Guide to Truly Terrible Leaders


Nearly 2,000 years ago, Suetonius wrote Lives of the Caesars, perhaps the greatest negative leadership book of all time. In How to Be a Bad Emperor, Josiah Osgood provides new translations of Suetonius's briskly paced, darkly comic biographies of the Roman emperors Julius Caesar, Tiberius, Caligula, and Nero. Entertaining and shocking, the stories of these ancient anti-role models show how power inflames leaders' worst tendencies, causing almost incalculable damage. 

How to Drink: A Classical Guide to the Art of Imbibing

Vincent Obsopoeus

In sixteenth-century Germany, Vincent Obsopoeus (ca. 1498-1539) witnessed a culture of bingeing, hazing, peer pressure, and competitive drinking. Alarmed, he wrote The Art of Drinking (De Arte Bibendi) (1536), a manual for drinking with pleasure and discrimination. In How to Drink, Michael Fontaine offers the first proper English translation of Obsopoeus's text, rendering his poetry into contemporary prose and uncorking a forgotten classic that will appeal to drinkers of all (legal) ages. 

How to Be Content: An Ancient Poet's Guide for an Age of Excess


Horace (65-8 BCE) has been cherished by readers not only for his wit, style, and reflections on Roman society, but also for his wisdom about how to live a life of contentment in a world of materialistic excess and personal pressures. In How to Be Content, Stephen Harrison provides fresh, contemporary translations of poems from Horace's works that continue to offer important lessons about the good life, friendship, love, and death. 


A History of the Second World War in 100 Maps

Jeremy Black

University of Chicago Press


Wanderers: A History of Women Walking

Kerri Andrews

Reaktion Books


War: How Conflict Shaped Us

Margaret MacMillan

Random House


The Babur Nama


Everyman's Library


Howard Thurman & the Disinherited: A Religious Biography

Paul Harvey

William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company


Love Is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times

Bishop Michael Curry

Avery Publishing Group


Judaism for the World: Reflections on God, Life, and Love

Arthur Green

Yale University Press



Cheeky: A Head to Toe Memoir

Ariella Elovic

Bloomsbury Publishing



Jason Lutes

Drawn & Quarterly


Redbone: The True Story of a Native American Rock Band

Sonia Paoloni, illus. Thibault Balahy

IDW Publishing


The Sacrifice of Darkness

Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver



Solutions and Other Problems

Allie Brosh

Gallery Books


A Wealth of Pigeons: A Cartoon Collection

Steve Martin, illus. Harry Bliss

Celadon Books


The Times I Knew I Was Gay

Eleanor Crewes

Scribner Book Company


Welcome to the New World

Jake Halpern, illus. Michael Sloan

Metropolitan Books



The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

V E Schwab

Tor Books


Black Sun

Rebecca Roanhorse

Gallery/Saga Press


Master of Poisons

Andrea Hairston




Susanna Clarke

Bloomsbury Publishing


The Ministry for the Future

Kim Stanley Robinson



On the Origin of Species and Other Stories

Bo-Young Kim

Kaya Press



Rian Hughes

Overlook Press


To Hold Up the Sky

Cixin Liu

Tor Books


Rhythm of War

Brandon Sanderson

Tor Books



The Best Writing on Mathematics 2020

Ed. Mircea Pitici

Princeton University Press


Black Hole Survival Guide

Janna Levin, illus. Lia Halloran

Knopf Publishing Group


The Kinfolk Garden: How to Live with Nature

John Burns

Artisan Publishers


Metazoa: Animal Life and the Birth of the Mind

Peter Godfrey-Smith

Farrar, Straus and Giroux


Nose Dive: A Field Guide to the World's Smells

Harold McGee

Penguin Press