WAMC Book Picks List

These are the books recommended by bookseller Connie Brooks on WAMC's The Roundtable on January 5, 2021. 

The House on Vesper Sands Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781951142247
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tin House Books - January 12th, 2021

Named an Indie Next Pick, Library Reads Pick, Apple Books' Best Book, Powells’s Pick, Amazon Fiction & Literature's “Best of the Month," and one of Oprah Daily's Best Historical Novels of 2021

"Funny, eerie, tender, haunting and unsettling, smokily atmospheric, and fantastically enjoyable." —Helen MacDonald, author of Vesper Flights


The Devil and the Dark Water Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781728206028
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-6 Days
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - October 6th, 2020

Compulsively readable.--New York Times Book Review

Named a Best Book of 2020 by The Guardian, Daily Mail, Financial Times, The Independent, Publishers Weekly, and more.


The Liar's Dictionary: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385546775
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - January 5th, 2021

Winner of the 2021 Betty Trask Award
Shortlisted for the 2021 Desmond Elliott Prize

“An audacious, idiosyncratic dual love story about how language and people intersect and connect, and about how far we'll go to save what we're passionate about.”—NPR


The Decameron Project: 29 New Stories from the Pandemic Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781982170790
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-6 Days
Published: Scribner - November 10th, 2020

A stunning collection of short stories originally commissioned by The New York Times Magazine as the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, from twenty-nine authors including Margaret Atwood, Tommy Orange, Edwidge Danticat, this year's National Book Award winner Charles Yu, and more.

When reality is surreal, only fiction can make sense of it.

In 1353, Giovanni Bocca


Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780593189481
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 2020

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! AS HEARD ON NPR MORNING EDITION AND ON BEING WITH KRISTA TIPPETT


The Way Past Winter Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452181554
Availability: Usually Ships in 3-6 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - October 6th, 2020

The Way Past Winter is a riveting adventure about magic, an eternal winter, and one girl's unbreakable determination to reunite her family.

Mila, her sisters, and her brother, Oskar, live in a small forest cabin, surviving in a world gripped by frost and snow.


Legacy: Women Poets of the Harlem Renaissance Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781681199443
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - January 5th, 2021

From Children's Literature Legacy Award-winning author Nikki Grimes comes a feminist-forward new collection of poetry celebrating the little-known women poets of the Harlem Renaissance--paired with full-color, original art from today's most talented female African-American illustrators.