Annie Philbrick is the owner of both bookstores and the adult book buyer.
Here are her favorite 12 books that she read in 2018.
Raised by survivalists, Tara did not set foot in a classroom until she was 17. This memoir of her path to earning a PhD in her 30s is a powerful work of compassion and kindness.
A lovely short story collection set in Florida and all linked in one way or another. Groff is such a wonderful writer, and these stories will delight and satisfy any reader.
Ottolenghi is one of my favorites! Most of this elemental cookbook’s recipes can be made in 30 minutes or less. A perfect gift for anyone who loves to cook.
Wow! What a propulsive, immersive and heartbreaking love story. Frey is raw and honest, and you will cry and finish this novel feeling exhausted and complete.
I loved Dark at the Crossing and now have fallen in love with this gem of a read. It’s tough and will slay you, and the writing is so sparse and full at the same time.
This was a fascinating read and offers a whole new view of what it means to be an urban Native American. Tommy Orange is a brilliant new voice in modern literature.
A fictionalized story of the origin of the Barnes Museum collection. This novel makes one of my favorite collections even more fascinating!
Written with a lyrical, exquisite voice, Owens’ debut is a bit mystery, a bit love story, set in the magical Outer Banks of North Carolina.
This book tells the story of Derek Black and how he renounced his white supremecist upbringing. A fascinating view into a world I knew little about.
An incredibly honest memoir about economic inequality, single mothers, abusive husbands, poverty and success. Everyone in America should read this book.
I loved this book so much. The elegant, aristocratic private eye Celine is quite a character and someone I would love to have dinner with some day if she were real.
The memoirist re-creates Alexander Mackenzie’s 1789 voyage in 2016, meeting native tribes and battling the elements. An amazing journey!