The Greats

This is a list of the best books I’ve read recently. They aren’t in any order. There are no criteria, other than “everyone should read this.”

Fiction

  • The Good Lord Bird by James McBride.
    • A rollicking antebellum adventure about a boy, pretending to be a girl, who falls in with the abolitionist John Brown before the raid on Harper’s Ferry. The first chapter is dynamite and you won’t be able to stop.
  • Lush Life by Richard Price
    • So hard-boiled you wonder how the words didn’t evaporate off the page.
  • The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
    • A powerfully written fantasy about a society that enslaves its magic users. Has an intriguing structure.
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
    • Maybe the most beautiful book I have ever read.
  • Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
  • All Involved by Ryan Gattis
  • Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

Non-Fiction

  • Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe
  • The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

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