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Lost Children Archive

From the two-time NBCC Finalist, an emotionally resonant, fiercely imaginative new novel about a family whose road trip across America collides with an immigration crisis at the southwestern border--an indelible journey told with breathtaking imagery, spare lyricism, and profound humanity.

A mother and father set out with their two children, a boy and a girl, driving from New York to Arizona in the heat of summer. Their destination: Apacheria, the place the Apaches once called home.

Why Apaches? asks the ten-year-old son. Because they were the last of something, answers...
Recommended by Alfred A. Knopf, and 1 others.

Alfred A. KnopfLOST CHILDREN ARCHIVE by @ValeriaLuiselli “is a beautiful, heartbreaking book, one which is determined not to let these children be robbed of their innocence or their humanity, by a cruel bureaucracy laboring to make them feel unwelcome.” (Source)

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Disappearing Earth

Beautifully written, thought-provoking, intense and cleverly wrought, this is the most extraordinary first novel from a mesmerising new talent.

One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the north-eastern edge of Russia, two sisters are abducted. In the ensuing weeks, then months, the police investigation turns up nothing. Echoes of the disappearance reverberate across a tightly woven community, with the fear and loss felt most deeply among its women.

Set on the remote Siberian peninsula of Kamchatka, Disappearing Earth draws us into the world of an...
Recommended by Alfred A. Knopf, and 1 others.

Alfred A. KnopfThanks to the librarians of @nypl, aka the city's best book recommenders, for naming DISAPPEARING EARTH by @jkbphillips one of the top 10 books of the year! 📚 (Source)

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From the author of the nationwide best seller Dept. of Speculation--one of the New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of the Year--a shimmering tour de force about a family, and a nation, in crisis

Lizzie Benson slid into her job as a librarian without a traditional degree. But this gives her a vantage point from which to practice her other calling: she is a fake shrink. For years she has tended to her God-haunted mother and her recovering addict brother. They have both stabilized for the moment, but Lizzie has little chance to spend her new free time with...
Recommended by Cal Flyn, Alfred A. Knopf, and 2 others.

Cal FlynJust out, and another one not to miss, is Jenny Offill’s Weather, her third novel and the follow-up to her wry, intelligent and heart-rending examination of marital infidelity, art and motherhood Dept. of Speculation, which cannot be recommended highly enough. As with Dept. of Speculation, Weather is built from fragments, some koan-esque and oblique, some directly reported, which Offill... (Source)

Alfred A. KnopfYou heard it here first: “the only book you need this February is WEATHER. It might be short, but it invites rereading, filled as it is with jokes, wry asides, brilliant observations, and, you know, pertinent information for surviving the years to come.” (Source)

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A funny, warm, and brilliantly original memoir in which a grandmother speaks to her granddaughter from beyond the grave, telling, with candor and irresistible humor, stories from both their lives--of kinship, loyalty, tenacity, and love.

Bess Kalb--whip-smart, Twitter-famous TV comedy writer and regular New Yorker "Daily Shouts" columnist--has saved every voicemail message her grandmother, Bobby Bell, ever left her. The two were best friends and confidantes. Bobby doted on her granddaughter; Bess adored Bobby. In 2017, nearly ninety, Bobby died.

In this...
Recommended by Alfred A. Knopf, Mike Birbiglia, and 2 others.

Alfred A. Knopf“‘Grandma Bobby’ gave @bessbell gifts of love and language (and lunches at the Plaza!), and in this deeply moving and powerful book, Bess repays her in full.… Deeply moving and powerful.” —@petersagal Learn more about NOBODY WILL TELL YOU THIS BUT ME (Source)

Mike Birbiglia@bessbell @penguinrandom i love this book. i won the sweepstakes. (Source)

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Station Eleven

Set in the days of civilization's collapse, Station Eleven tells the story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time—from the actor's early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams...
Recommended by Alfred A. Knopf, Holly Brockwell, and 2 others.

Alfred A. Knopf“What sets Station Eleven apart from so many other recent dystopian novels is the warmness of @EmilyMandel's writing, the lived-in details of each of these characters’ lives… It’s the kind of book that stays with you.” —@TomiObaro (Source)

Holly Brockwell@nmsonline @katebevan Great book though 🤷‍♀️ (Source)

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