Here are our recommendations for the literary adult in your life including, fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and more.
After her father's funeral, a former Mossad agent empties her bank account and disappears. Now her former handler must find her.
Lucia is your new favorite character, the person we wish we were as teenagers. This intelligent, touching coming-of-age story is perfect for the weird kids.
Herman Melville balances his family, the brilliant novel he’s sure he could turn out if he just had the time to write it, and his love for Nathaniel Hawthorne.
During the siege of Leningrad, an unlikely duo have a chance to avoid execution—find eggs for a powerful Soviet to use in his daughter's wedding cake. This is a gripping adventure and coming-of-age story that ricochets between comedy and tragedy on a single page.
With delicious, gorgeously written descriptions of wine and food, this novel combines the ease of a beach read with stunning passages that will leave you salivating.
A brilliant exploration of intelligence, art, identity, parenthood, and Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai, DeWitt’s debut is a carnival of styles and ideas. The perfect book everyone accused of being too smart for their own good.
A gritty, noir-y, Juarez rendition of Romeo and Juliet. Herrera’s prose is strange and beguiling. He is quickly becoming one of Mexico’s great writers.
A present-day researcher solves a mystery from 1700s Scotland, with plenty of romance in both timelines.
Ada has a unique upbringing as the only daughter of a brilliant but awkward computer scientist. She loses him to dementia as a teenager, but as an adult returns to finish his work in artificial intelligence. A great atmospheric portrait of 1980s Boston, perfect for fans of Soul of a New Machine and The Imitation Game.
A light-skinned black woman passes as white to attend Vassar in the early 1900s in a novel that manages to be both deep and dishy at the same time.
A smart and snappy modern update of Pride & Prejudice.
Set in a crumbling English castle populated by a quirky and delightful cast of characters, the diary entries of the witty, charismatic, and “consciously naïve” Cassandra Mortmain make up an utterly charming coming of age story.
A sparse, poetic novel of a woman looking back on her teen years in 1970s Brooklyn.
Every artist or creative experiences moments when they doubt their work and their abilities. DeAngelis’ approachable book gives readers practices that will help with feelings of doubt and envy.
This is a smart and elegantly argued essay about the necessity of failure, experimentation, and pretending in art and life. A celebration of the weird, the challenging, the ambitious, and everything that makes art, music, pop culture, and life interesting.
This is the luminescent fourth collection from poet Ada Limón. Her lyrical and muscular verse, led in by the magnificent “How To Triumph Like A Girl,” has its fingers on the pulse of 2016. A magical book.
A warm and illuminating portrait of Henry Beston, the author of The Outermost House. But more than that he was an environmentalist and conservationist, the father of beloved poet Kate Barnes, and a WWI ambulance driver and war correspondent in his youth. An inspiring and fulfilling biography of a man not as well known to history as he should be.
Child actress Mara Wilson’s (Matilda, Mrs. Doubtfire) reflections on life in the spotlight are wry, thoughtful, and satisfying.
Using different forms, repeating titles, and borrowing terms from jurisprudence, Youn’s third book is a brilliant poetic object.