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Kim Stanley Robinson
Kim Stanley Robinson Red Moon
Mars Trilogy author Kim Stanley Robinson's new sci-fi book, Red Moon, is set 30 years in the future when China is the first nation to establish a permanent base on the moon. In honor of his lunar-themed novel, Robinson is recommending science fiction that takes place just outside our atmosphere.
Samantha Young
Samantha Young Fight or Flight
Are you looking for a man who "straddles the line between irrepressible rogue and brooding alpha?" Then allow Samantha Young, author of this month's Fight or Flight, to introduce you to the Hot Scot.
Kate Morton
Kate Morton The Clockmaker's Daughter
Australian writer Kate Morton has made a career out of weaving tales about secrets that haunt the characters in her books, including The Forgotten Garden, The Secret Keeper, and The Lake House. Now in her sixth novel, The Clockmaker's Daughter, she tells a story of murder, mystery, and thievery.
Leif Enger
Leif Enger Virgil Wander
Peace Like a River author Leif Enger's new novel, Virgil Wander, is set in a small Minnesota community. Books set in tiny towns offer "a rich stew of conflict, betrayal, and misunderstanding, not to mention romantic longings and acts of outsized decency," he says, recommending some of his favorite books.
Sally Field
Sally Field In Pieces
Actress Sally Field has spent more than five decades in front of a camera. Now it's Field's turn to tell her own story, in her own words, in the new memoir. In honor of her book, Field is recommending five more powerful memoirs that have inspired her.
T. Greenwood
T. Greenwood Rust & Stardust
Author T. Greenwood is making her first foray into historical fiction with Rust & Stardust, based on the true story of the 1948 kidnapping of 11-year-old Sally Horner, which reportedly inspired Vladimir Nabokov’s classic novel Lolita. Greenwood recommends four novels (and one story) which were also ripped from the headlines.
Megan Abbott
Megan Abbott Give Me Your Hand
In the new psychological thriller Give Me Your Hand, author Megan Abbott looks at how a life-changing secret can destroy an unlikely friendship. Abbott knows a thing or two about writing about the dark side of female friendships, and here she picks her favorite literary duos.
Ottessa Moshfegh
Ottessa Moshfegh My Year of Rest and Relaxation
In Ottessa Moshfegh's disturbing and darkly humorous My Year of Rest and Relaxation, a young woman in pre-9/11 New York City enters into a self-imposed hibernation with the help of a terrible psychiatrist and copious amounts of prescription drugs. Here Moshfegh shares her favorite New York City novels that inspired her.
Fredrik Backman
Fredrik Backman Us Against You (Beartown, #2)
Swedish author Fredrik Backman first introduced readers to Beartown last year. Now, he's returning to the small, hockey-obsessed village with the second book in the series, Us Against You. "Sports is never just about sports. It's about people. The best and worst in us," he says, recommending his favorite books on the topic.
Lauren Groff
Lauren Groff Florida
Lauren Groff, the bestselling author of Fates and Furies, is back with the short story collection Florida, and each story is marked by a humidity-heavy sense of place. Groff is recommending five more works that take readers around the world from Ghana to Mexico—even into the underworld.
Michael Ondaatje
Michael Ondaatje Warlight
Some books makes such a lasting impression, that readers find themselves returning again and again to their pages. That's certainly true for Michael Ondaatje, the author of The English Patient and this month's Warlight. Here he shares five of his favorite novels to revisit.
Rachel Kushner
Rachel Kushner The Mars Room
In The Mars Room, Rachel Kushner takes us into a California women's prison as her protagonist begins serving two consecutive life sentences. Kushner recommends some memorable miscreants, adding, "Here are a few of my favorite despicables, thinly veiled satans that are also full of human depth, or at least, others’ projections of such."
Madeline Miller
Madeline Miller Circe
In her new book, Madeline Miller set out to create a new and nuanced voice for Homer's powerful goddess who turned Odysseus' men into pigs. Here she recommends five more novels rooted in these ancient stories.
Meaghan O'Connell
Meaghan O'Connell And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready
And Now We Have Everything is an unflinchingly frank motherhood story for our times about having a baby and staying exactly yourself. Here the author recommends five more books that keep it real.
Tom Rachman
Tom Rachman The Italian Teacher
In Tom Rachman's new novel, The Italian Teacher, the son of a great painter strives to create his own artistic legacy. Now Rachman is recommending five more books that give you a peek into the lives of artists, including a journalism exposé and a novel of a tortured genius.
Tessa Gratton
Tessa Gratton The Queens of Innis Lear
The new fantasy The Queens of Innis Lear was inspired by Shakespeare's King Lear. We asked author Tessa Gratton to recommend more novels that take a cue from the classics including Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Arthurian Legend.
Chris Bohjalian
Chris Bohjalian The Flight Attendant
In Chris Bohjalian's new thriller, The Flight Attendant, the title character wakes up next to a dead body after a boozy layover. Buckle up and place your seat backs in their full upright position as Bohjalian picks five more books featuring travel mishaps. It's going to be a bumpy read!
Terese Marie Mailhot
Terese Marie Mailhot Heart Berries
Terese Marie Mailhot is a writer from a small Indian reservation in British Columbia, Canada. Her book Heart Berries illustrates her experience as a First Nations woman who grew up in poverty. Here, she shares five powerful memoirs that she says shaped her own work as a nonfiction writer and teacher.
Tayari Jones
Tayari Jones An American Marriage
Atlanta native Tayari Jones, the author of this month's An American Marriage, is on a mission to celebrate literature of the new South. "When people hear the term 'Southern literature,' they think about the Civil War, grandmothers, and mules," she says. "But the South is more than our past."
Jojo Moyes
Jojo Moyes Still Me
The author of Still Me loves to write about women who seize life. And she's selected some heroines to give you some reading inspiration.
Kathleen Kelly Janus
Kathleen Kelly Janus Social Startup Success: How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up, and Make a Difference
Stanford lecturer Kathleen Kelly Janus has studied nonprofits around the world to find out how they succeed. Here she picks her books that can make the world a better place.
Greer Hendricks
Greer Hendricks The Wife Between Us
In the new domestic thriller The Wife Between Us, coauthors Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen take readers into some seriously complicated relationships. Here they recommend some more messy marriages.
Louise Erdrich
Louise Erdrich Future Home of the Living God
The author of Future Home of the Living God says, "I would rather measure myself against appalling mothers who make a somewhat adequate mom, like me, look good."
Kevin Young
Kevin Young Bunk: The True Story of Hoaxes, Hucksters, Humbug, Plagiarists, Forgeries, and Phonies
"These are some books that helped me think about whether there are more hoaxes these days on my way to understanding why," says the author of Bunk.
A.J. Jacobs
A.J. Jacobs It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree
In It's All Relative, A.J. Jacobs explores the transformation of the modern family, including the impact of DNA tests and his own tangled family tree. Here he shares his favorite "ancestor-seeking" books.
Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Professors Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Maria Tatar have joined forces to compile The Annotated African American Folktales. Tatar recommended some more great fables.
Ron Chernow
Ron Chernow Grant
The author who inspired our Alexander Hamilton obsession is now focusing on the misunderstood President Grant with the aptly titled Grant. Here are his nominations for great presidential biographies.
John Hodgman
John Hodgman Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches
The comedian is back with a look at midlife fatherhood, life in the state of Maine, and the perils of facial hair in Vacationland. Here Hodgman shares his vacation reading list.
Caitlin Doughty
Caitlin Doughty From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death
Los Angeles-based mortician Caitlin Doughty is out to demystify death. She's back this month with her second book, From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death, and provides some unusual coffee table book suggestions.
Robin Sloan
Robin Sloan Sourdough
The author has hit literary gold by setting his novels in the City by the Bay. Now he's sharing his favorite books that take place in San Francisco.
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