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Book of the Month
Loved Book of the Month selections Bohemian Gospel or When Breath Becomes Air? Looking for similar books? We're taking the guesswork away by giving you the books to add to your reading list based on your past favorites. As always, feel free to write us with your suggestions or feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org. Recommendations will not necessarily be featured as Book of the Month Selections."
If you liked The Queen of the Tearling, read January selection Bohemian Gospel and look forward to Jane Steele (March 22nd).
Do you like badass heroines who kick ass and take names? Of course you do! All three books blend history and fantasy and feature a leading lady that is so pissed off that the world can't help but bow down. Kelsea of the Tearling series is wonderful because, even though she's fighting evil to retake control of her kingdom, she's still a teenage girl in so many ways. While you're waiting for the third book in the Tearling series, coming in November, Bohemian Gospel's Mouse is a fantastic companion and one of the most memorable protagonists we've featured in Book of the Month. Jane Steele is a reimagining of the classic Jane Eyre (think Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) that will change everything you think you know about that definitive text: "Reader, I murdered him."
If you liked Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, read February selection When Breath Becomes Air and look forward to The Gene: An Intimate History (May 17th).
Doctors are people too. In all three of these spectacular books, a physician tackles illness and mortality - whether it be his own, his patients', or the worlds' - in compelling and emotional fashion. If you're feeling very ambitious, read these books in this order - Being Mortal, When Breath Becomes Air, and The Gene - for an eye-opening insight into medicine and those that see it up close. Mukherjee's new book is a follow-up to his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of cancer, The Emperor of All Maladies, and is one of the most hotly anticipated nonfiction titles of the year.
If you liked The Night Gardener, read July selection The Whites and look forward to Dodgers (April 5th).
Before he was a writer for TV's The Wire, George Pelecanos was a crime novelist. And before there was Pelecanos, there was Richard Price. If you've never read Richard Price, The Whites is a fantastic place to start. With a hard-bitten NYC detective at its center, Price redefines the genre every time he puts pen to paper. The Whites is Price at his finest, with an equal focus on character and plot, and Bill Beverly's debut coming-of-age crime novel takes its cues from these two masters of the category.
If you liked Bad Behavior, read November selection Barbara the Slut and Other People and look forward to Rich and Pretty (June 7th).
Mary Gaitskill's fiction has long been a bastion of feminism, masked as young women behaving badly (hence the title of her most well-known novel), and Lauren Holmes' short story collection and Rumaan Alam's debut novel do Gaitskill's legacy proud. Learning to be adults in a changing world of feminism and womanhood, the main characters in each of these author's books are honest and authentic. They will each have you shaking your head, marveling that someone poked into your brain and pulled out your deepest, darkest thoughts.
If you liked Just Mercy, read January selection Ghettoside and look forward to Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (March 1st).
In an election year such as this one, the authors of all three of these books provide much needed insight into the state of our cities and its most vulnerable citizens. Bryan Stevenson's groundbreaking look at the state of the criminal justice system from his perspective as a young lawyer is a perfect companion to Jill Leovy's examination of a neighborhood and the police in the aftermath of a violent and tragic crime. Add to that Matthew Desmond's revealing study of poverty in a suffering city, and you'll be hard pressed to find a better picture of modern urban life when you're poor, disenfranchised and subject to the mercy of a system that doesn't see you.
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