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Book of the Month

"Infinite Country"
by Patricia Engel

Our April Book of the Month

"Infinite Country"
by Patricia Engel

Our April Book of the Month

March: “Klara and the Sun” by Kazuo Ishiguro

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro Our March 2021 Book of the Month Kazuo Ishiguro was awarded The Nobel Prize in Literature in 2017 as someone, “who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the...

February: “My Year Abroad” by Chang-rae Lee

My Year Abroad by Chang-rae Lee Our February 2021 Book of the Month Babysitter night was my favorite night of the week when I was a pre-teen. It was the only night I could eat with abandon and steal cookies from the heavily guarded cookie jar. My brother and I would...

January: “Outlawed” by Anna North

Outlawed by Anna North Our January 2021 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK The Crucible meets True Grit in this riveting adventure story of a fugitive girl, a mysterious gang of robbers, and their dangerous mission to transform the Wild West. In the year of our Lord...

December: “Before the Coffee Gets Cold” by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi Our December 2020 Book of the Month Before the Coffee Gets Cold is the perfect end of the worst year ever Book of the Month selection. This charming novel by Toshikazu Kawaguchi of time travel, relationships, and life...

November: “Leave the World Behind” by Rumaan Alam

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam Our November 2020 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK From the bestselling author of Rich and Pretty comes a suspenseful and provocative novel keenly attuned to the complexities of parenthood, race, and class. Leave the World Behind...

October: “Homeland Elegies” by Ayad Akhtar

Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar Our October 2020 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK A deeply personal work about identity and belonging in a nation coming apart at the seams, Homeland Elegies blends fact and fiction to tell an epic story of longing and dispossession in...

September: “Transcendent Kingdom” by Yaa Gyasi

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi Our September 2020 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK Gifty is a sixth-year PhD candidate in neuroscience at the Stanford University School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and...

August: “Hamnet” by Maggie O’Farrell

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell Our August 2020 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK England, 1580: The Black Death creeps across the land, an ever-present threat, infecting the healthy, the sick, the old and the young, alike. The end of days is near, but life always...

July: “Mexican Gothic” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Our July 2020 Book of the Month ABOUT THE BOOK After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican...

June: “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett Our June 2020 Book of the Month It is with a heavy heart that I have been watching the events occurring in our country and asking myself on a daily, if not hourly basis, “What can I do to help create a more humane and just world?” I...

May: “Pretty Things” by Janelle Brown

Pretty Things by Janelle Brown Our May 2020 Book of the Month Last week in the New York Times By the Book, the beloved novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, was asked if she counts any books she reads as guilty pleasures. I loved her response which was, “No, because the...

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...

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