If you're looking for a new book to read, who better to turn to for a recommendation than someone who works with books all day, every day? Whether you're in the mood for an epic historical fiction, a tender family saga, a riveting fast-paced thriller, or a swoon-worthy romance, we've rounded up new book recommendations from bookshops across the country. Once you take a look at these new book recommendations 2019, your to-be-read pile will double! Publishers' descriptions
Recommendation: Alecia N. at Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, DC, says, "Normal People by Sally Rooney is an addictive and exciting coming-of-age story that follows young Connell and Marianne through their school and college years. Although this novel is a touching and honest account of friendship and first love,
Recommendation: Serena at Copperfish Books in Punta Gorda, FL, says, "Oh man, what a ride! OK, I guess I'm the right demographic for this book: I love rock and I grew up in the 70s. So I wanted to like it… instead, I loved it! Yes, it's 'sex, drugs, and rock n roll.' But it's also got wonderfully complex characters that I cared about even if I didn't like how they acted."
Recommendation: Katherine M. at Powell’s City of Books in Portland, OR, says, "On the Come Up is a wonderful, wonderful, WONDERFUL book. You're going to love Bri as much as I do, and let me tell you one thing: I will never doubt Angie Thomas again."
Recommendation: Katie at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA, says, "I loved this even more than The Wife Between Us! It was hard not to root for Jessica — a young woman working hard to help support her family, dealing with the guilt of a long ago incident."
Recommendation: Betsy Burton at The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City, UT, says, "I fell instantly under the spell of The Far Field. Reading the first couple of pages of regrets expressed for things that had happened six years before, seeing a sleeping mother, a mysterious visitor, I wanted to know more."
Recommendation: Virgie at Off the Beaten Path in Steamboat Springs, CO, says, "What a creative way to reminisce your life! Find five people to thank, and it will retell your life story!"
If you had to pick five people to sum up your life, who would they be? If you were to raise a glass to each of them, what would you say? And what would you learn about yourself, when all is said?
Recommendation: James at Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville, NC, says, "Butler's tale of millennial burnout is rife with acidic humor and awkward charm. The New Me features Millie, a misanthropic 30-year-old perpetually bouncing between temp jobs. She is relatable in an almost cringe-worthy way, reminding readers how funny we can be at our moments of weakness."
Recommendation: Charlotte at Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI, says, "I assumed (very briefly) that this was going to be a New York Love Story — full of self-consciousness and cigarettes. It is decidedly much much more than my initial assumption
Recommendation: Melissa S. at Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, MA, says, "This is a powerful book, written by a powerful woman, and narrated by three powerful sisters... I'm already expecting this to be one of my favorite books of 2019."