Annie's Favorite Books of 2018

Annie Philbrick is the owner of both bookstores and the adult book buyer.

Here are her favorite 12 books that she read in 2018.

 

 

 

 

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Educated: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590504
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Published: Random House - February 20th, 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. 
 


Florida Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594634512
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 5th, 2018

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 Simple: A Cookbook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781607749165
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 16th, 2018

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.
 


Katerina Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781982101442
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - September 11th, 2018

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.
 


Waiting for Eden: A novel Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781101947395
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Published: Knopf - September 25th, 2018

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.  
 


There There: A novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780525520375
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Published: Knopf - June 5th, 2018

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. 
 


The Collector’s Apprentice: A Novel Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781616203580
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 16th, 2018

A fictionalized story of the origin of the Barnes Museum collection. This novel makes one of my favorite collections even more fascinating!  
 


Where the Crawdads Sing Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735219090
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - August 14th, 2018

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. 
 


Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385542869
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Published: Doubleday - September 18th, 2018

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.
 


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Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501133091
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Published: Scribner - September 18th, 2018

An incredibly honest memoir about economic inequality, single mothers, abusive husbands, poverty and success. Everyone in America should read this book.
 


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Celine: A novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101973486
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Published: Vintage - January 2nd, 2018

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. 
 


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Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385541626
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Published: Doubleday - March 13th, 2018

The memoirist re-creates Alexander Mackenzie’s 1789 voyage in 2016, meeting native tribes and battling the elements. An amazing journey!