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Book of the Month

"Pretty Things"
by Janelle Brown

Our May Book of the Month

"Pretty Things"
by Janelle Brown

Our May Book of the Month

April: “Actress” by Anne Enright

Actress by Anne Enright Our April 2020 Book of the Month Early in the novel Actress by Anne Enright, our narrator Norah comments on a newspaper clipping from a childhood birthday party, “The headline, the article, it all points to that thing, the actress and her...

March: “The Night Watchman” by Louise Erdrich

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich Our March 2020 Book of the Month To quote a writer, we recently highlighted in our newsfeed, Grace Paley, “ Let us go forth with fear and courage and rage to save the world.” Grace Paley took a lot of time away from writing to be...

February: “Lost Children Archive” by Valeria Luiselli

Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli Our February 2020 Book of the Month This week, Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli, acclaimed as one of the best books of 2019, will be released in paperback. At Literary Affairs we often revisit books that our readers...

January: “Girl, Woman, Other” by Bernardine Evaristo

Girl, Woman, Otherby Bernardine Evaristo Our January 2020 Book of the Month Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo, the British-Nigerian winner of the 2019 Booker Prize, compels me to use the often cliché term tour de force. This brilliant eighth novel outshines...

December: “The Starless Sea” by Erin Morgenstern

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern Our December 2019 Book of the Month I am going to state up front that The Starless Sea is not a Book Club Book and that is precisely and emphatically why I am selecting this enchanting and dreamlike second novel by Erin Morgenstern...

November: “Your House Will Pay” by Steph Cha

Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha Our November 2019 Book of the Month Our selection for November Book of the Month is one that will grip you immediately and keep you reading late into the night. Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha is compelling not only due to a genre...

October: “Trust Exercise” by Susan Choi

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi Our October 2019 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION. In an American suburb in the early 1980s, students at a highly competitive performing arts high school struggle and thrive in a...

September: “Inland” by Tea Obreht

Inland by Téa Obreht Our September 2019 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK In the lawless, drought-ridden lands of the Arizona Territory in 1893, two extraordinary lives unfold. Nora is an unflinching frontierswoman awaiting the return of the men in her life — her...

August: “The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead Our August 2019 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another...

July: “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” by Ocean Vuong

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeousby Ocean Vuong Our July 2019 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK Poet Ocean Vuong’s debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, a first love, and the redemptive power of storytelling… On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a...

June: “Still Life With Monkey” by Katharine Weber

Still Life With Monkey by Katharine Weber Our June 2019 Book of the Month Katharine Weber is one of my favorite Literary Affairs’ writers and with her most recent novel, Still Life with Monkey she has written a book with the same elegance of prose, insight into...

May: “Women Talking” by Miriam Toews

Women Talking by Miriam Toews Our May 2019 Book of the Month I loved every minute of being in Miraval with our amazing writers and readers. However, what stays with me the most are the deep and powerful conversations we had. I had a lovely morning yoga hike with...

April: “Salt in My Soul: An Unfinished Life” by Mallory Smith

Salt in My Soul: An Unfinished Lifeby Mallory Smith Our April 2019 Book of the Month “I have big dreams and big goals. But also big limitations, which means I’ll never reach the big goals unless I have the wisdom to recognize the chains that bind me. Only then will I...

March: “The Great Believers” by Rebecca Makkai

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai Our March 2019 Book of the Month Many of the books we select as our Book of the Month are picked just as they are published, so we can curate for our readers from all the new releases, and so that our book clubs can be the first...

February: “The Age of Light” by Whitney Scharer

The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer Our February 2019 Book of the Month Whitney Scharer’s debut novel, The Age of Light, about the model turned photographer Lee Miller is a delightful work of historical fiction in the genre of favorites Paula McLain and Nancy Horan....

January: “Inheritance” by Dani Shapiro

Inheritance by Dani Shapiro Our January 2019 Book of the Month It is a rare occurrence when Literary Affairs selects non-fiction as our book of the month and this is the second time in three months that we have done so. According to polls many readers over the last...

December: “Washington Black” by Esi Edugyan

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan Our December 2018 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK • TOP TEN BOOK OF THE YEAR: Washington Post, TIME magazine • NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK • WINNER OF THE SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE • FINALIST FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE, THE ANDREW CARNEGIE...

November: “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean

The Library Book by Susan Orlean Our November 2018 Book of the Month Not much to say, except how could any of us at Literary Affairs not read a book about the history of our own Los Angeles Public Library. As a child that walked to the bookmobile every week in...

October: “The Caregiver” by Samuel Park

The Caregiver by Samuel Park Our October 2018 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK From the critically acclaimed author of This Burns My Heart comes a gorgeous, emotionally wise tale about a daughter who unearths the hidden life of her enigmatic mother. Mara Alencar’s...

September: “Improvement” by Joan Silber

Improvement by Joan Silber Our September 2018 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK WINNER OF THE 2018 PEN/FAULKNER AWARD FOR FICTION WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR FICTION One of our most gifted writers of fiction returns with a bold and piercing...

August: “Florida” by Lauren Groff

Florida by Lauren Groff Our August 2018 Book of the Month Our August Book of the Month is the short story collection Florida by Lauren Groff. This book of stories takes Groff’s writing skills to a fever peak. Each story builds on the power of the one that comes before...

July: “There There” by Tommy Orange

There There by Tommy Orange Our July 2018 Book of the Month Edward S. Curtis was commissioned by J.P. Morgan to create a photographic series that became a 24- year obsession to record as much of the Native American culture as he could before it became extinct. There...

June: “The Mars Room” by Rachel Kushner

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner Our June 2018 Book of the Month There is a quiet, deliberate, and flat yet profound narrative voice that gives Rachel Kushner’s novel The Mars Room a chilling effect in a world where everyone seems to be yelling about mass...

May: “Love and Ruin” by Paula McLain

Love and Ruin by Paula McLain Our May 2018 Book of the Month I must start by giving the disclaimer that I am friends with Paula McLain and believe that her success as a historical fiction writer is due not just to her ability to get inside the stories of incredible...

April: “The House of Broken Angels” by Luis Alberto Urrea

The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea Our April 2018 Book of the Month Many reviews of Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest novel use the word messy in relation to the multiple narratives of a large Mexican-American family briefly gathered together for a mash up of...

March: “Memento Park” by Mark Sarvas

Memento Park by Mark Sarvas Our March 2018 Book of the Month The eponymous park in Mark Sarvas’s latest novel Memento Park is an open-air museum in Budapest that two of his characters visit in a pivotal scene in the book. They wander among the massive statues,...

February: “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee Our February 2018 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she...

January: “The Ninth Hour” by Alice McDermott

The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott Our January 2018 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK A magnificent new novel from one of America’s finest writers ― a powerfully affecting story spanning the twentieth century of a widow and her daughter and the nuns who serve their...

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