Books recommended at the BGL retreat

As has become traditional (see 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 — we unaccountably skipped 2016), here in no particular order are book and author recommendations from folks at this year’s Barry Goldblatt Literary retreat. I may or may not personally endorse all the choices (I haven’t read them all, for one thing) but here they are!

Also note that these aren’t links to buy the books directly; they might be interviews, reviews, info from the author or publisher’s website, Wikipedia entries…so click and discover!

The Smell of Other People’s Houses, Bonnie Sue Hitchcock

Every Heart a Doorway and Down Among the Sticks and Bones, Seanan McGuire

Without You There Is No Us, Suki Kim

Landscape With Invisible Hand, M.T. Anderson

20th Century Boys, Naoki Urasawa

Spain In Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, Adam Hoschild

Vorkosigan saga, Lois McMaster Bujold

Lymond Chronicles, Dorothy Dunnett

Queen of the Night, Alexander Chee

Reality Is Not What It Seems, Carlo Rovelli

Celestial Mechanics, William Least Heat-Moon

Shades of Magic trilogy, V.E. Schwab

This Darkness Mine, Mindy McGinnis

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Theodora Goss

Jade City, Fonda Lee

The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler, Thomas Hager

Annals of the Former World, John McPhee

Black Tides of Heaven and Red Threads of Fortune, J.Y. Yang

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate — Discoveries From a Secret World, Peter Wohlleben

Thick As Thieves, Megan Whalen Turner

The Prey of Gods, Nicky Drayden

The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas

Allegedly, Tiffany Jackson

Monstress, Marjorie Lieu

River of Teeth, Sarah Gailey

Ballad of Black Tom, Victor LaValle

Forever War, Joe Haldeman

Cloud and Wallfish, Anne Nesbet

Girl Mans Up, M.E. Girard

Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari  (audio)

Self-Inflicted Wounds, Aisha Tyler (audio)

HyperObjects, Timothy Morton

A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole

Tananarive Due

Amelia Gray

Kelly Link

Piecing Me Together, Renee Watson

Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir,  Kai Cheng Thom

Borderline, Mishell Baker

Jane Steele, Lyndsay Fae

American Nations, Colin Woodard

Magonia, Maria Dahvana Headley

Carry On, Rainbow Rowell

Mr. Splitfoot, Samantha Hunt

There’s Something Happening Here: The New Left, The Klan, And FBI Counterintelligence, David Cunningham

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, Dr. Carol Anderson

Where Memories Go: why dementia changes everything, Sally Magnusson

Teacup, Rebecca Young, illus. by Matt Ottley

Mother of the Sea, Zetta Elliott

The Jumbies, Tracey Baptiste

Escargot, Dashka Slater, illus. by Sydney Hanson

The Friend Ship, Kat Yeh, illus. by Chuck Groenik

The Arrival, Shaun Tan

On the Edge of Gone, Corinne Duyvis

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Laurence Wright

My Sister Rosa, Justine Larbalestier

The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man’s Quest to be a Better Husband, David Finch

The Great Passage, Shion Miura

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