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  1. Slade House by David Mitchell
    This is the adult equivalent of a perfectly scary story told by campfire during the only trip you took where you remember actually enjoying sleeping outside. E-read this one if you have an e-reader because the gigantic square hole in the cover makes it annoyingly unholdable.
  2. Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
    AUDIOBOOK THIS. It's incredibly performed by Kathleen Wilhoite, who illuminates every line of this fun book. Maria Semple has written for your favorite shows - after hearing it vs reading the print edition, it seems meant to be performed.
  3. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
    What has kept you from reading this weird classic? Let it unkeep you. I want to say that this is not for those who are squeamish about bugs, but get over it. It's a book.
  4. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
    This book is devastating and redemptive and will make you want to disappear into the woods: all qualities I look for in a book. Read the words on the page and don't see the movie first. Cheryl Strayed has a way.
  5. The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra
    Interwoven short stories painting (pun) complicated but seemingly accurate vignettes of Russia then and now. Worth it for the first story especially.
  6. Tournament of Books / National Book Award winner The Sellout by Paul Beatty
    An incredibly written, acrobatic satire of race in Los Angeles as witty as it is shameful. I spent most of the time reading this wishing no would read over my shoulder and get the wrong idea about me. Uses the never-before-seen magic of being INCREDIBLY OFFENSIVE to achieve brilliance. impossible not to feel embarrassed and offended, but also impossible not to laugh here or there about the implausibility, the absolute insanity, the ridiculous and over-the-top hilarity and genius of the author.
  7. Two AM at the Cat's Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino
    Sort of a Catcher In the Rye meets Midnight in Paris? It reads like the 50's, but there are smartphones. When I think about how I'd love to live in the 50's, this is the exact kind of compromise I'm looking for.
  8. Static
    I made this ✔️