17 Books you should consider this Christmas

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez
Cristina Henríquez’s debut novel tells the story of immigration in America by following the lives two teenagers in love and their families.

Euphoria by Lily King
Euphoria is a historical novel that imagines the details of iconic anthropologist Margaret Meade’s love triangle while researching in New Guinea.

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
A Brief History of Seven Killings is a fictional account of turbulent times in Jamaica that begins with the 1976 assassination attempt on Bob Marley and spans three decades.

The Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood
The beloved science fiction author is back with a collection of short stories.

Stone Mattress: Nine Wicked Tales * Margaret Atwood

Thrown by Kerry Howley
Essayist Kerry Howley’s debut book is an engrossing work of literary nonfiction told from the perspective of a philosophy student who immerses herself in the world of mixed martial arts.

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
Surgeon Atul Gawande examines our broken healthcare system — particularly people who need longterm care.

Texts From Jane Eyre by Mallor Ortberg
The Toast editor Mallory Ortberg imagines modern conversations with famous literary characters.

Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay
Roxanne Gay’s collection of essays is a hilarious, inclusive take on modern feminist theory.

The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
This posthumous collection of writing from Marina Keegan, a promising young writer whose life was cut tragically short 5 days after her college graduation.

Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals by Patricia Lockwood
Twitter’s favorite poet released a hilarious new collection this year.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Ng’s debut novel tells the story of a Chinese-American family in the 1970s after their daughter’s body is found at the bottom of a lake.

One More Thing by B.J. Novak
The Office’s B.J. Novak’s charming book of stories shows promise for his post-Dunder Mifflin life.

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs
Hobbs examines race and class in America by telling the story of Robert Peace, a young man with a promising future whose life was cut tragically short.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
Murakami’s latest novel follows a 36 year old man on a quest to seek answers from people who rejected him in the past. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage – Haruki Murakami

Flash Boys by Michael Lewis
The the true story of Wall Street rebels who trying to fix a market rigged to benefit insiders.

Citizen by Claudia Rankine
Poet Claudia Rankine latest book is a powerful examination of race and privilege.

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
The girl behind Girls covers all the topics you would expect — her career, sex, therapy, friendship, body image, and existential dread in her collection of essays.

Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton
Heti, Julavits and Shapton polled 639 women about their relationship with clothing. It’s less a book about fashion and more a book that uses fashion and an entry point to explore the lives of women across the world.

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