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Stuff We Love

15 Books We Couldn’t Put Down in 2018

Stuff We Love BY hannah mcintosh 12/21/2018

 

Maybe it’s your goal to read more and spend less time on your phone/staring into space/falling down internet click-holes. Maybe you just want something to dive into RIGHT NOW. Either way, our co-founders are here for you—we’ve compiled the books they tore through and loved over the last year into one juicy list to keep you page-turning deep into 2019.

 

ASYMMETRY BY LISA HALLIDAY

“Struggling to remember the last time a book enticed me to read it as closely and carefully as Asymmetry did.” —claire

 

CHEMISTRY: A NOVEL BY WEIKE WANG

“Confirming that female-scientist-as-narrator is a guaranteed way to lure me into a novel.” —erica

 

EMERGENCY CONTACT BY MARY H.K. CHOI

“Settling right into my new life as a romance-novel enthusiast with the help of Mary H.K. Choi’s Emergency Contact, a YA take that resonated just right with this 34 year old.” —claire

 

THE FEMALE PERSUASION BY MEG WOLITZER

“Wanting everyone to read Female Persuasion so that we can all break it down together. You in?” —erica

 

THE GREAT BELIEVERS BY REBECCA MAKKAI

“Crying through at least the last 40 pages of The Great Believers.” —erica

 

HIPPIE FOOD BY JONATHAN KAUFFMAN

“Giving ample thought to tempeh and macro bowls: Holy hummus, is the book Hippie Food fascinating.” —erica

 

 

 

THE HUNT BY PATRICK PARRISH

“Nodding at the sheer genius of The Hunt a handy, cheeky little guidebook for navigating the world of collecting art and design objects—everything from insider terms to gallery and flea-market etiquette. Just in time for a trip to Brimfield!” —claire

 

LIKE A MOTHER BY ANGELA GARBES

“Tearing through—and tearing up at—the first pregnancy book I’ve read that really seemed to get me.” —claire

 

MY YEAR OF REST AND RELAXATION BY OTTESSA MOSHFEGH

“Marveling at how a book that is entirely about sadness and sleeping manages to be neither depressing nor boring.” —claire

 

NO ONE TELLS YOU THIS: A MEMOIR BY GLYNNIS MACNICOL

“Tearing through this seriously engaging and thought-provoking memoir about what it means to be single and child-free as a 40-year-old woman. (Spoiler: Sounds kinda great?)” —claire  

 

PLAY ON BY JEFF BERCOVICI

“‘Huh!’-ing all the way through this enthralling book on athletes and aging.” —erica

 

SO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT RACE BY IJEOMA OLUO

“Getting a whole lot out of So You Want To Talk About Race, which is exactly what its title says it is and as straightforward and accessible as you want it to be.” —claire

 

THAT KIND OF MOTHER BY RUMAAN ALMAN

“Telling you what: That Kind of Mother deserves every last drop of hype it’s getting.” —erica

 

YOU THINK IT, I'LL SAY IT BY CURTIS SITTENFELD

“Proclaiming that the short stories in You Think It, I’ll Say It are fantastic for any ol’ time—but especially for a hectic commute when you’re in desperate need of a distraction.” —erica

 

WHAT WE LOSE BY ZINZI CLEMMONS

“Vowing to read Zinzi Clemmons’s next book and the one after that after falling for her stellar debut.” —erica

 

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