Season’s Readings 2018

Sending our warmest salutations and our best book recommendations to you and yours this holiday season. There’s something here for everyone on your list — including yourself.

The Collector’s Apprentice by B. A. Shapiro: A beguiling story of art, history, and mystery set in 1920s Paris.The bestselling author of The Art Forger and The Muralist delivers a page-turning historical thriller of art and revenge, of history and love, that will transport readers to 1920s Paris and America.This is an unforgettable tale about the lengths to which people will go for their obsession, whether it be art, money, love, or vengeance.


Minding the Store: A Big Story about a Small Business by Julie Gaines, illustrated by Ben Lenovitz: This charming tale by the founder of iconic housewares shop Fishs Eddy is the story of starting a business and staying true to one’s path while trying to make it in the Big City. A great gift for anyone who has ever dreamed of opening a little business—or anyone with any kind of dream—Minding the Store offers wisdom, inspiration, and an exceedingly entertaining story.


The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose: This international award-winning novel, set at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, is a cleverly captivating work that explores where life ends and art begins. Inspired by famed performance artist Marina Abramovic’s “The Artist Is Present,” Rose wrote a guidemap for the sort of artistic life she wanted to lead. As it says in the novel, “Art will wake you up. Art will break your heart. There will be glorious days. If you want eternity you must be fearless.”


The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World’s Great Drinks by Amy Stewart: This fascinating concoction of biology, chemistry, history, and mixology is packed with drink recipes and growing tips for gardeners. Perfect for throwing or going to any cocktail party. Stewart explores the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol over the centuries.


Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall by Tim Mohr: This thrilling history of the punks who brought down the Berlin Wall—three chords at a time—is a rollicking story of extraordinary bravery in the face of one of the most oppressive regimes in history. Punk rock was a life-changing discovery. The buzz-saw guitars, the messed-up clothing and hair, the rejection of society and the DIY approach to building a new one: in their gray surroundings, where everyone’s future was preordained by some communist apparatchik, punk represented a revolutionary philosophy—quite literally, as it turned out.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones: A New York Times Notable, this bestseller is one of the most recommended books of 2018, a timely and transcendent story of love and forces beyond our control. Packed with complicated questions about race and class, An American Marriage is simply unforgettable. As AppleBooks put it in naming this novel the Best Book of 2018, “This may be the most moving love-triangle story we’ve ever read.”


A Room Away from the Wolves by Nova Ren Suma: This mesmerizing gothic novel about the world of dark secrets teenager Bina discovers is the latest must-read from the New York Times No. 1 bestselling author of The Walls Around Us.



Here to Stay by Sara Farizan: This powerful story of prejudice is also a humorous page-turner, following Bijan Majidi as he finds racism and resentment simmering at his high school once he becomes the surprise star of the basketball team.



(Don’t) Call Me Crazy edited by Kelly Jensen: This is for anyone who has ever struggled with mental health, or anyone who knows someone who has. Thirty-three writers and celebrities contributed to this conversation starter and guide.



The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill: This Newbery Medal winner is the gorgeously written novel for middle-grade children that is destined to become a classic—not to mention, a beloved gift.

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