Welcome back to Part 2 of our Third Place Bookseller favorites of 2019!
The end of the year is upon us and, as you might expect, we booksellers read a fair number of books. So, just for fun, we're compiling lists of our top ten favorite books of the year. This is just part one, and I'm putting them in alphabetical order starting with....
Here's one of two quick and dirty gift guides for those on your list who cook, who love to cook, who need to learn how to cook, who just love cookbooks. This one is all about books that came out this year; stay tuned for next week's Pantry Staples, the ones no cook should be without.
11 New Cookbooks to Put Under the Tree
Every book we read is no doubt affected by our reading history – the books we’ve read before and those we read after. One of the pleasures of being among so many books as a bookseller is that I come to see them as constellations, each book shining brightly on its own, adding to and becoming something more expansive when connected to other books.
Dear Book Doctor,
I’m in the middle of my first National Novel Writing Month and I knew it would be hard, but I didn't know it would be THIS hard! How am I supposed to last the month?
Dear Weary Writer,
First of all, YES, in this house we LOVE National Novel Writing Month! A bunch of Third Place Booksellers are participating too (for better or for worse). We’re all in the trenches together!
In the opening epigraph of All You Ever Know, author Nicole Chung quotes C.S. Lewis’s The Four Leaves, “What? You too? I thought I was the only one.” This was my very thought when I first saw Nicole’s book in front of me.
Circe by Madeline Miller is one of my favorite books of the year, which is really no surprise to anyone that knows me. A feminist retelling of a classical myth? An in-depth examination of an infamous witch? I don’t know why you wrote a book specifically for me Madeline Miller, but THANK YOU.
In 1994, in a southern Baptist household on a dead-end street of nine houses, I felt one way and one way only: alone. Where I grew up, queer was a crime. If you were lucky you were ignored and if your luck ran out, you were punished. It felt like the only option was to keep your head down and mouth shut. I was fifteen years old and knew exactly who I was but struggled to articulate my identity.
Dear Book Doctor,
I just graduated and am really missing school now that September is around the corner. Can you recommend some fun books to recapture the back-to-school spirit?
-Never Going Back to School
Dear Never Going Back to School,