A lot of books came out this year, y’all. It’s utterly impossible to read them all, even among a building full of booksellers. While it’s easy to fall into the gamification of reading goals, it’s also important to take a step back and enjoy stories that are precious to us – which is what we’re doing with this list, as we look back throughout the year to the stories that really stuck with us.
Throughout 2022, we kept hearing from customers the same heartwarming sentiment: “I’m so glad we’re able to gather together again!” As we’ve lengthened operating hours, expanded cafe seating, and turned our events programming back in-person, we’ve loved seeing local authors and readers show up to browse, read, eat, and shop. Let’s take a look back at what we’ve been up to this year: Banned Camp in the summer, events nearly every day, community partnerships, and, of course, the incredible books we read.
Bookseller Jaimie, an avid romance reader, gets us hyped for Bookstore Romance Day with this heartfelt look at the Brown Sisters trilogy by Talia Hibbert.
Everybody needs a laugh, Uriel included. He's looking forward to the joy of a new Phoebe Robinson essay collection later this year! 2020 was messy, and if you're still mad about it: join the club. I'm personally over folks trying to make sense of it (S___ is f'ed!), but if there's anyone's commentary I want to hear, it's Phoebe … Continue reading Books I’m Excited About: ‘Please Don’t Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes’
New Ottessa Moshfegh. That's it. That's the post. Stop the presses. Drop everything you're doing. There's a new Ottessa Moshfegh on the horizon. The digital ink on this news hasn't even had time to dry, but I want you to know about it first. I have a few tasty morsels of information (thank you, LitHub) to report … Continue reading Books I’m Excited About: ‘Lapvona’
Richard Powers returns this fall with a novel about our dying world and the bewildering prospect of raising a child in it. Uriel hasn't and won't soon forget it. Read more and see why. Psst. Can I tell you a secret? I just finished the new Richard Powers book. Yes, that Richard Powers. The Overstory Richard Powers. Pulitzer Prize and … Continue reading Books I’m Excited About: ‘Bewilderment’
Readers love big historical novels for a reason. The best of them bring the past to life and have a lot to say about the present despite the period they're set in. Here's one Uriel thinks you should have on your radar! What's better than books? Big books. I love getting lost in a hefty … Continue reading Books I’m Excited About: ‘Great Circle’
Fall 2021's a distant dream, but Uriel's still looking forward to all the wonderful book's we'll be getting when we finally get there. In a year when so many standout authors are making a splash, there's one title he's most stoked for. Read on for more! Colson Whitehead's done it all. He's penned historical novels, a … Continue reading Books I’m Excited About: ‘Harlem Shuffle’
If you're into music + feeling things, Uriel's got just the book for you! I love Hanif Abdurraqib. The way his mind works, his taste in music and sports, his aura, just everything. And his work—an alchemical blend of criticism and poetry—is some of the very best I've ever read. Yes, I'm prone to hyperbole, … Continue reading Books I’m Excited About: ‘A Little Devil in America’
Sci-fi lovers, here's a book you should be looking forward to! Out next month! I wasn't able to truly get into sci-fi writing until I stumbled across Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach Trilogy sometime in 2014. Comprised of Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance, it tells of an ecological l wasteland known only as Area X and the scores of scientists and … Continue reading Books I’m Excited About: ‘Hummingbird Salamander’