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10 Delightful Reads For When The Winter Weather Is Frightful

Hello, book clubbers! I don’t know about you, but this time of year, all I want is food ordered in, blankets wrapped tight, and books stacked high! I like using this quieter time of year to catch up on books I’ve missed. Here is the list that I’m tackling this season:

  1. The Underground Railroad
    (Novel/Historical Fiction)

    Author:
    Colson Whitehead
    Publisher: Penguin Random House, 2016
    The Story:
    This was 2016’s National Book Award winner—and it is an honor that is well-deserved. Take the journey with Whitehead’s characters—you will be forever changed by it.

  2. American Housewife
    (Short Stories)

    Author:
    Helen Ellis
    Publisher: Penguin Random House, 2016
    The Story:
    Just finished this one, and it was an absolute scream! Helen Ellis snaps modern problems into a sharp and funny focus. A quick read, and one that you’ll wish wasn’t!

  3. The Mothers
    (Novel/Literary Fiction)

    Author:
    Brit Bennett
    Publisher: Penguin Random House, 2016
    The Story:
    This extraordinary debut novel, about a young girl’s coming of age in Southern California, is chock-full of pull quotes—pearls of great wisdom. One of my favorites: “All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we'd taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unripe secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season.” A spellbinding read.

  4. Faithful
    (Novel/Literary Fiction)

    Author:
    Alice Hoffman
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2016
    The Story:
    Have I mentioned that Alice Hoffman is one of my favorite writers of all time? Well, she is, and I cannot wait to dive in to her latest. I have only read every single book she has ever written! From the publisher: “What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion—from dark suffering to true happiness—a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world.”

  5. The Nix
    (Novel/Literary Fiction)

    Author:
    Nathan Hill
    Publisher: Penguin Random House, 2016
    The Story:
    One of the buzziest books of last year is teetering atop my to-be-read pile. It’s a tome (640 pages!) but I love a good long read during these short winter days. From the publisher: “From the suburban Midwest to New York City to the 1968 riots that rocked Chicago and beyond, The Nix explores—with sharp humor and a fierce tenderness—the resilience of love and home, even in times of radical change.”

  6. Some Possible Solutions
    (Short Stories)

    Author:
    Helen Phillips
    Publisher: Macmillan, 2016
    The Story:
    I love short fiction—it may be my favorite form of storytelling. And Helen Phillips writes some of the most imaginative narratives I have ever read, all with a unique wit. Must read!

  7. The Tao of Bill Murray: Real-Life Stories of Joy, Enlightenment, and Party Crashing
    (Nonfiction)

    Author: Gavin Edwards
    Publisher: Penguin Random House, 2016
    The Story:
    You know what I love almost as much as Bill Murray? Books about Bill Murray. This latest entry in the canon on this greatest of our national treasures (in my opinion) was the best Christmas gift I got this year. What would Bill Murray do? This book has your answer.

  8. A House of My Own: Stories from My Life
    (Memoir)

    Author: Sandra Cisneros
    Publisher: Penguin Random House, 2016
    The Story:
    The Queen City’s Mercantile Library was graced with a visit from Cisneros last fall. What a gift it was! She is an enthralling speaker, and a beautiful writer. This collection of essays and reflections is a must-read for lovers of her work, or for anyone who has had to make their way in this crazy, mixed-up world of ours.

  9. Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls
    (Memoir and everything in between)

    Author: Lauren Graham
    Publisher: Penguin Random House, 2016
    The Story:
    Oh boy! A memoir from a Gilmore girl? Yes please! I love Lauren Graham, and everything she’s ever done. This book is no exception. Pick it up as fast as you can!

  10. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
    (Memoir)

    Author: Amy Schumer
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2016
    The Story:
    Love her or hate her, Amy Schumer always keeps it interesting and funny. Her memoir is no exception. Like her stand-up, this one isn’t for the faint of heart. I happen to love Schumer’s let-it-all-hang-out style. Refreshingly honest, bitingly funny. Sure to snap you out of the winter doldrums.

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