Annie's Top 12 Books of 2019

Hollow Kingdom Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538745823
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - August 6th, 2019

I grew up with two domesticated crows in the family, and the cursing, brilliant crow narrating this hugely original debut stole my heart. An apocalyptic retelling of The Incredible Journey set in the Pacific Northwest.

Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451497017
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 22nd, 2019

Best cookbook ever. Simple, delicious and creative recipes, from Roasted Chickpeas with Frizzled Onions and Feta to Iceberg Salad with Olives, Pecorino and Pickled Chile.

The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538715284
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 5th, 2019

The true story of a Stanford professor who sent healthy people into asylums pretending they were mentally ill. A bit thriller, a bit historical, and riveting to the end. From the author of Brain on Fire.

Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me Cover Image
ISBN: 9781328519030
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 15th, 2019

A painful, pinching memoir of secrets in Waspy New England that will keep you reading until the very end. A daughter keeping secrets for her mother; an affair that threatens to destroy all they have.

This Tender Land: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476749297
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Published: Atria Books - September 3rd, 2019

Love this. A beautifully written story about a terrible time for Native American children, who were taken from their families to a boarding school that is harsh and cold.

Disappearing Earth: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525520412
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Published: Knopf - May 14th, 2019

A dazzling novel by a talented writer, set on the cold, grey and stark Kamchatka Peninsula, this book centers around the disappearance of two young girls. Phillips shows us a world unlike any other.

Good Husbandry: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501111532
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Published: Scribner - October 15th, 2019

I loved this book! Kristin is a great writer who shares her insights, thoughts and struggles so well in this memoir about running a small farm and taking care of her family.

How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501132735
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 8th, 2019

Jones is a poet who whose honest, unflinching memoir describes growing up in Texas as a gay black man. You will learn the struggles and hopes of one man living between different worlds. 

Follow Your Heart Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385316576
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Published: Delta - August 1st, 1996

This is my all-time favorite—a letter from an Italian grandmother to her estranged granddaughter in the U.S. encouraging her to follow her heart. This is a wonderful gift for anyone.

The Siberian Dilemma (The Arkady Renko Novels #9) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439140253
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 5th, 2019

Arkady Renko from Gorky Park heads to Siberia to fight shadowy political figures and oligarchs all embroiled in corruption.

Travel Light, Move Fast Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594206740
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Published: Penguin Press - August 6th, 2019

Fuller writes about her wild and talented father, Tim Fuller, in this memior. The ending is so moving, it brought me to tears.

Territory of Light: A Novel Cover Image
By Yuko Tsushima, Geraldine Harcourt (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780374273217
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 12th, 2019

The writing and descriptions are exquisite. A novel of a woman in Japan who wants to leave her husband, but traditions are against her.