Chris's Best of the Year

My top 10 was greatly influenced by the book club I started this year. I have never read with such attention and focus in my life. I prepared for each book club by reading each story three times and writing meticulous notes about each story. This attention to detail truly opened my eyes to the mechanics behind stories. I loved coming up with theories about the stories I just read, backing up those theories with textual proof, presenting those theories to the book club, and debating them. No matter how much time I spent analyzing a story, someone from the book club would inevitably have a fresh perspective. The last few years of my life I leaned towards non fiction books in a major way. This year revamped and reignited my passion for literature, and I am so grateful for that. 

Chris, Jersey City


 

Complete Stories By Clarice Lispector, Katrina Dodson (Translated by), Benjamin Moser (Editor) Cover Image
By Clarice Lispector, Katrina Dodson (Translated by), Benjamin Moser (Editor)
$21.95
ISBN: 9780811227933
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Published: New Directions - June 26th, 2018

One of the most phenomenally acclaimed and successful books of recent years is now available as a paperback—with three just-discovered stories 


A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life By George Saunders Cover Image
$28.00
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ISBN: 9781984856029
Published: Random House - January 12th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the Booker Prize–winning author of Lincoln in the Bardo and Tenth of December comes a literary master class on what makes great stories work and what they can tell us about ourselves—and our world today.


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Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons By George Pendle Cover Image
$20.95
ISBN: 9780156031790
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Published: Mariner Books - February 6th, 2006

Now a CBS All Access series created by Mark Heyman with executive producer Ridley Scott.

ROCKET SCIENTIST KILLED IN PASADENA EXPLOSIONscreamed the headline of the Los Angeles Times.


Bobcat and Other Stories By Rebecca Lee Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616201739
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 11th, 2013

"Wise and funny . . . [A] near-perfect collection."
—Entertainment Weekly


Rebecca Lee, one of our most gifted and original short story writers, guides readers into a range of landscapes, both foreign and domestic, crafting stories as rich as novels.


The Forever War By Dexter Filkins Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307279446
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2009

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER • NATIONAL BESTSELLER • The definitive account of America's conflict with Islamic fundamentalism and a searing exploration of its human costs—an instant classic of war reporting from the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist.


Her Body and Other Parties: Stories By Carmen Maria Machado Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977887
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 3rd, 2017

Finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction

“[These stories] vibrate with originality, queerness, sensuality and the strange.”—Roxane Gay

“In these formally brilliant and emotionally charged tales, Machado gives literal shape to women’s memories and hunger and desire. I couldn’t put it down.”—Karen Russell


Battleborn: Stories By Claire Vaye Watkins Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594631450
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 6th, 2013

The extraordinary debut collection from the Guggenheim Award-winning author of the forthcoming Gold Fame Citrus
 
Winner of the 2012 Story Prize
Recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters 2013 Rosenthal Family Foundation Award
Named one of the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" fiction writers of 2012


Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus By Rick Perlstein Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781568584126
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Published: Bold Type Books - March 17th, 2009

Acclaimed historian Rick Perlstein chronicles the rise of the conservative movement in the liberal 1960s. At the heart of the story is Barry Goldwater, the renegade Republican from Arizona who loathed federal government, despised liberals, and mocked "peaceful coexistence" with the USSR.


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Exhalation By Ted Chiang Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101972083
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Published: Vintage - June 30th, 2020

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR Nine stunningly original, provocative, and poignant stories—two published for the very first time—all from the mind of the incomparable author of Stories of Your Life and Others


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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir By Michelle Zauner Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525657743
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Published: Knopf - April 20th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • From the indie rock sensation known as Japanese Breakfast, an unforgettable memoir about family, food, grief, love, and growing up Korean American—“in losing her mother and cooking to bring her back to life, Zauner became herself” (NPR) • CELEBRATING OVER ONE YEAR ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER LIST