San Diego Public Library Recommended Books

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San Diego Public Library staff write short book reviews of their favorite titles for the San Diego Union Tribune, which are published every other Sunday. Here is a selection of the titles we've

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All the Beauty in the World: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Me by Patrick Bringley
2023
Solo Leveling [Manhwa] Vol. 1 by Chu-Gong
2023
Blacksad: Somewhere Within the Shadows by Juan Díaz Canales
2023
Jacket Weather by Mike DeCapite
2023
Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
2023
It's One of Us by J. T. Ellison
2023
Electrify: An Optimists Playbook for Our Clean Energy Future by Saul Griffith
2023
The Devil Takes You Home by Gabino Iglesias
2023
Rebel with a Clause: Tales and Tips from a Roving Grammarian by Ellen Jovin
2023
The Body Keeps The Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk
2023
When I Grow Up: The Lost Autobiographies of Six Yiddish Teenagers by Ken Krimstein
2023
Delicious in Dungeon, Volume 1 by Ryoko Kui
2023
Grey Bees by Andrej Kurkow
2023
Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
2023
The Coward by Jarred McGinnis
2023
Priest of Bones by Peter McLean
2023
Goin' Off: The Story of the Juice Crew & Cold Chillin' Records (3) (RPM Series) by Ben Merlis
2023
Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
2023
Gallant by V. E. Schwab
2023
Edison's Ghosts: The Untold Weirdness of History’s Greatest Geniuses by Katie Spalding
2023
Animal by Lisa Taddeo
2023
She Is a Haunting by Trang Thanh Tran
2023
Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
2023
Malice by Heather Walter
2023
The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle
2022
The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future by Ryder Carroll
2022
Dilla Time: The Life and Afterlife of J Dilla, the Hip-Hop Producer Who Reinvented Rhythm by Dan Charnas
2022
The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
2022
Ultraluminous by Katherine Faw
2022
The Sandman: Book One by Neil Gaiman
2022
Happy Hour by Marlowe Granados
2022
The Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackwith
2022
An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard
2022
Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka
2022
Truffle Hound: On the Trail of the World’s Most Seductive Scent, with Dreamers, Schemers, and Some Extraordinary Dogs by Rowan Jacobsen
2022
Woman, Eating by Claire Kohda
2022
When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamín Labatut
2022
The Ride of Her Life: The True Story of a Woman, Her Horse, and Their Last-Chance Journey Across America by Elizabeth Letts
2022
The Last Party by Clare Mackintosh
2022
Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human by Grant Morrison
2022
The Story of a Goat by Perumal Murugan
2022
Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski
2022
Terciel and Elinor by Garth Nix
2022
Snotgirl, Volume 1: Green Hair Don't Care by Bryan Lee O'Malley
2022
Big Black: Stand at Attica by Frank Smith
2022
The Deeper the Roots: A Memoir of Hope and Home by Michael Tubbs
2022
The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward
2022
From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement by Paula Yoo
2022
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
2022
The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
2021
Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby
2021
Recursion by Blake Crouch
2021
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
2021
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
2021
Citizen Reporters: S.S. McClure, Ida Tarbell, and the Magazine That Rewrote America by Stephanie Gorton
2021
The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson
2021
See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love by Valarie Kaur
2021
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe
2021
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
2021
Obasan by Joy Kogawa
2021
Dusk, Night, Dawn: On Revival and Courage by Anne Lamott
2021
Someone We Know by Shari Lapeña
2021
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
2021
White Dog Fell From the Sky by Eleanor Morse
2021
Little Miss Little Compton: A Memoir by Arden Myrin
2021
Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal by George Packer
2021
Loved and Wanted: A Memoir of Choice, Children, and Womanhood by Christa Parravani
2021
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
2021
Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities by Andre M. Perry
2021
Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
2021
Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson
2021
Battle Born: Lapis Lazuli by Maximilian Uriarte
2021
Beyond the Gender Binary (Pocket Change Collective) by Alok Vaid-Menon
2021
All Systems Red by Martha Wells
2021
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
2021
The Secret Guests by Benjamin Black
2020
The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care by Anne Boyer
2020
The Deviant's War: The Homosexual vs. the United States of America by Eric Cervini
2020
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
2020
Highfire: A Novel by Eoin Colfer
2020
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
2020
Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
2020
Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America by Conor Dougherty
2020
Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep
2020
The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery, and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird by Joshua Hammer
2020
Paul Simon: The Life [Deckle Edge] by Robert Hilburn
2020
Our Dogs, Ourselves: The Story of a Singular Bond by Alexandra Horowitz
2020
Only Killers and Thieves by Paul Howarth
2020
Chase Darkness with Me: How One True-Crime Writer Started Solving Murders by Billy Jensen
2020
Me: Elton John Official Autobiography by Elton John
2020
After the People Lights Have Gone Off by Stephen Graham Jones
2020
The Dinner by Herman Koch
2020
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
2020
Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
2020
There There by Tommy Orange
2020
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
2020
Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez
2020
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
2020
The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine F. Weiss
2020
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
2020
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
2020
The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen
2019
Welcome Home: A Memoir with Selected Photographs and Letters by Lucia Berlin
2019
Those People by Louise Candlish
2019
In the Distance by Hernan Diaz
2019
Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian by Scott Douglas
2019
Sabrina by Nick Drnaso
2019
The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel
2019
Every Note Played by Lisa Genova
2019
Feast Your Eyes by Myla Goldberg
2019
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
2019
An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks
2019
In Extremis: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent Marie Colvin by Lindsey Hilsum
2019
What to Do When I'm Gone: A Mother's Wisdom to Her Daughter by Suzy Hopkins
2019
My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King
2019
Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive by Stephanie Land
2019
Horizon by Barry Lopez
2019
Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
2019
The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna
2019
The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney
2019
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
2019
JELL-O Girls: A Family History by Allie Rowbottom
2019
Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush
2019
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker
2019
Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag
2019
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams & Reaching Your Destiny by Robin Sharma
2019
Flights by Olga Tokarczuk
2019
Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness by Edward Abbey
2018
13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad
2018
First in Line: Presidents, Vice Presidents, and the Pursuit of Power by Kate Andersen Brower
2018
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
2018
America Is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo
2018
The Bookshop on the Corner: A Novel by Jenny Colgan
2018
100 Amazing Facts About the Negro by Henry Louis Jr Gates
2018
The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon
2018
The Great Risk Shift: The New Economic Insecurity and the Decline of the American Dream by Jacob S. Hacker
2018
Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
2018
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
2018
The Boy Who Loved Too Much: A True Story of Pathological Friendliness by Jennifer Latson
2018
Roughneck by Jeff Lemire
2018
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
2018
Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars From 4Chan And Tumblr To Trump And The Alt-Right by Angela Nagle
2018
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
2018
The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman
2018
The Common Good by Robert B. Reich
2018
Congratulations, by the way: Some Thoughts on Kindness by George Saunders
2018
Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story by Caren Stelson
2018
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
2018
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
2018
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
2018
The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money Are Challenging the Global Economic Order by Paul Vigna
2018
Cherry by Nico Walker
2018
Fifty-Nine in '84 : Old Hoss Radbourn, Barehanded Baseball, and the Greatest Season a Pitcher Ever Had by Edward Achorn
2017
The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict
2017
First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies by Kate Andersen Brower
2017
The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui
2017
Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? A Memoir by Roz Chast
2017
The Giving Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini
2017
The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance by David Epstein
2017
The Way of the Runner: A Journey into the Fabled World of Japanese Running by Adharanand Finn
2017
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
2017
The Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav Hašek
2017
The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
2017
Mr. Kafka: And Other Tales from the Time of the Cult by Bohumil Hrabal
2017
Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age by Susan Jacoby
2017
The Private Life of Mrs Sharma by Ratika Kapur
2017
The Hike: A Novel by Drew Magary
2017
The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial by Maggie Nelson
2017
KooKooLand by Gloria Norris
2017
Close Enough to Touch: A Novel by Colleen Oakley
2017
A Personal Matter by Kenzaburō Ōe
2017
Singing School: Learning to Write (and Read) Poetry by Studying with the Masters by Robert Pinsky
2017
Love Hurts: Buddhist Advice for the Heartbroken by Lodro Rinzler
2017
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
2017
The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan
2017
Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle
2017
Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat by Patricia Williams
2017
Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M. T. Anderson
2016
City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong
2016
The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
2016
The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them by Elif Batuman
2016
How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alain de Botton
2016
Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
2016
The Rope Swing: Stories by Jonathan Corcoran
2016
A Wild Swan and Other Tales by Michael Cunningham
2016
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
2016
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
2016
Desert City Diva: A noir P.I. mystery set in California (A Rolly Waters Mystery) by Corey Lynn Fayman
2016
Flanagan's Smart Home: The 98 Essentials for Starting Out, Starting Over, Scaling Back by Barbara Flanagan
2016
The Trespasser by Tana French
2016
The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu
2016
The Boy in His Winter by Norman Lock
2016
H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
2016
Reporting at Wit's End: Tales from the New Yorker by St. Clair McKelway
2016
The Whispering City by Sara Moliner
2016
Ray and Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald's Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away by Lisa Napoli
2016
Mothers Who Think: Tales Of Real-life Parenthood by Camille Peri
2016
Behave by Andromeda Romano-Lax
2016
Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
2016
One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway by Åsne Seierstad
2016
Family Life by Akhil Sharma
2016
The Door by Magda Szabó
2016
Night Life by David C. Taylor
2016
The Blue Guitar by John Banville
2015
A Little Lumpen Novelita by Roberto Bolaño
2015
Jillian by Halle Butler
2015
Marshall McLuhan: You Know Nothing of My Work! by Douglas Coupland
2015
Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age by Cory Doctorow
2015
Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future by Ed Finn
2015
Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog by Kitty Burns Florey
2015
Distrust That Particular Flavor by William Gibson
2015
Live Alone and Like It: The Classic Guide for the Single Woman by Marjorie Hillis
2015
This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead by Blair Jackson
2015
The Wizard of Sun City: The Strange True Story of Charles Hatfield, the Rainmaker Who Drowned a City's Dreams by Garry Jenkins
2015
At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Stories by Kij Johnson
2015
The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
2015
The Two Hotel Francforts: A Novel by David Leavitt
2015
Lanterne Rouge: The Last Man in the Tour de France by Max Leonard
2015
Harpo Speaks! by Harpo Marx
2015
Embers by Sándor Márai
2015
The Illuminations by Andrew O'Hagan
2015
The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
2015
In the light of what we know by Zia Haider Rahman
2015
The Turquoise Ledge: A Memoir by Leslie Marmon Silko
2015
Soldier of Change: From the Closet to the Forefront of the Gay Rights Movement by Stephen Snyder-Hill
2015
The Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy
2015
Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin
2015
The Dying Grass by William T. Vollmann
2015
The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone
2015

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