The Best of Books

Welcome to the bookstore! This is a curated collection of my favorite titles featured by AWB.

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Little Women

Louisa May Alcott

This book introduces the four March sisters and their struggle balancing freedom and desire with societal expectations. A feminist classic.

The Sun Also Rises

Ernest Hemingway

This first novel by Hemingway is a leisurely (though sometimes profane and problematic) trip through Spain, France, and love.

The timeless tale of one boy’s adventure down the Mississippi river—but also of the American frontier (and its racism).

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)

An equally timeless tale of boyhood adventure, this one involving fence painting, graveyards, and…murder! With Huck Finn, required reading.

Death of a Salesman

Arthur Miller

A quintessential American play about deferred dreams and the lies we tell ourselves. A must-read (and must-see) dramatic work.

The Left Hand of Darkness

Ursula K. Le Guin

A groundbreaking work of science-fiction about a space ambassador and a world without gender. Page-turning, relevant, and surprising.

Victory

Joseph Conrad

Conrad’s tale of a man who cut himself off from the world and from pain, only to end up inevitably finding both again—as you do.

Gone with the Wind

Margaret Mitchell

The Pulitzer Prize-winning tale of Scarlett O’Hara, the civil war, and “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” An American icon.

Moby Dick; or, The Whale

Herman Melville

The book that started it all: a gripping, challenging tome about hunting the white whale (and so, so much more). A must-read.

1984

George Orwell

The must-read origin of concepts like “Big Brother” and “thought crime,” and a pillar of dystopic fiction. Necessary and still relevant.

Meltwater

Claire Wahmanholm

Short, haunting, and beautiful poetry collection from one of the US’s premiere modern poets. A must-have for poetry likers.

Consider the Lobster

David Foster Wallace

A wildly variable collection of essays from one of the most unique writers to pick up the pen. Maddening and frustrating as often as rewarding.

Titus Groan

Mervyn Peake

A dreamlike, gothy-type story (the first in a series!) with macabre rituals, spooky characters, and all the dark corridors you could desire.

One woman’s investigation into her online doppleganger leads to a deep-dive of the “mirror world” of the alt-right and its creators.

An absolute classic wintery thriller featuring instant-icon Lisbeth Salander and plenty of twists and turns—I read this almost every year.

A Lot of People are Saying

Russell Muirhead and Nancy L. Rosenblum

A detailed breakdown of the rising trend of “conspiracies without the theory,” and how this trend is wielded against the uninformed.