Here are our recommendations for the literary adult in your life including, fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and more.
There isn't anything about this book I do not love.
From the author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore comes a book of technology, programming, robotic arms, life-changing artisanal bread, and what makes life worth living.
A strangely riveting story of a young woman trying to make her way in the world. Weirder than it appears on the surface, but, also, weirdly universal.
What do you do when you’ve spent your book advance and still haven’t written your manuscript? Track down your absent vigilante-activist mom, of course.
Ng's second novel has everything that made her first book great, and then some. A gripping meditation on art, family, and truth that pulls no punches.
A departure from Englander's previous fiction, this riveting story weaves together three strands, in Berlin, Paris and Israel, to talk about spies, generals, prisoners, guards and waitresses. A total page-turner.
Don't be put off by its heft - this delicately crafted intertwining of four stories in one is a virtuoso feat of plot and storytelling, and even after 800+ pages you won't want it to end.
While this novel has immigration at its heart, it is about parents and children and fear and China and detention and the underground, invisible lives that illegal immigrants are forced to live.
Beautifully written, emotional and insightful, this historical novel of three women after the war poses deep questions of morality, behavior and family.
An artist navigates the shifting borders of power in another gem by one of Mexico’s greatest living novelists.
When graphic novelist Leia finds herself unexpectedly pregnant at 38, she and her niece head south to check on aging relatives.
A brilliant reimagining of the Western and adventure genres. More pensive than violent, it presents a unique version of the American landscape. For fans of Cormac McCarthy and Eleanor Catton's Booker Prize-winning novel The Luminaries.
Last summer, illustrator Eleanor Davis set out from Texas on her bike. Her goal? To bike all the way home to Georgia. This book collects the beautifully drawn comics she made of her trip.
In one of the most important books of the year, Luiselli eloquently explores the plight and courage of undocumented minors trying to make new lives in America.
The poetry is dark and unsettling but also beautiful and uplifting. Laabi’s voice is one of proud, even exuberant defiance. This collection is a punch to jaw, but the kind of punch that lets you know you’re ready to fight.
Unapologetic, inspiring, humorous, and brave. Lindy West does not back down.
A well-researched and thorough biography elegantly told.
Truly brilliant work on the nature of translation and how powerful the ability to reach across languages can be. One of those rare books you wish you’d read years earlier.
Perhaps the funniest and strangest book this year. You’ll hear Lockwood’s voice for weeks after you finish.
Perennial Nobel hopeful and one of the most important Arabic language writers of the 21st century, Adonis returns from retirement to explore the meaning of the city of Jerusalem.
An exploration of a beautiful poetic form almost impossible to replicate in English. Grappling with these poems is chance to change not just how you read, but also how you think.