Daniel Goldin's 2020 Picks

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A message from Daniel Goldin: I have nothing to say about 2020. But I do have some books to recommend that I love.

 

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The Second Home: A Novel Cover Image
$21.59
ISBN: 9781250239341
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Published: St. Martin's Press - June 2nd, 2020

A smart family drama about three Wisconsinite siblings fighting over a family vacation home on Cape Cod that's also a love letter to Milwaukee. Perfect vacation book for any time of year!


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The King of Confidence: A Tale of Utopian Dreamers, Frontier Schemers, True Believers, False Prophets, and the Murder of an American Monarch Cover Image
$23.20
ISBN: 9780316463591
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - July 14th, 2020

An Eric Lason-esque tale about a confidence man who claims to be the heir to Joseph Smith and sets up a kingdom on an island in Lake Michigan.


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Crooked Hallelujah Cover Image
$20.80
ISBN: 9780802149121
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Published: Grove Press - July 14th, 2020

Linked stories explore the complicated bonds of three generations of Cherokee women. I didn't want this book to end!


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We Ride Upon Sticks: A Novel Cover Image
$21.56
ISBN: 9781524748098
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Published: Pantheon - March 3rd, 2020

A high school field hockey team starts winning games when they create a book of witchcraft. An eighties-infused feminist comic novel.


The Story of a Goat Cover Image
By Perumal Murugan, N. Kalyan Raman (Translator)
$14.40
ISBN: 9780802147516
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - December 10th, 2019

A political allegory set in the farm lands of India about a young, lost animal and the dangers of a world it naively misunderstands.


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Such a Fun Age Cover Image
$20.80
ISBN: 9780525541905
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - December 31st, 2019

A wiser-than-she-thinks-she-is heroine anchors this provacative page-turner, touching on race, class, gender, dating, motherhood, and lots of bad advice.


Hamnet Cover Image
$21.56
ISBN: 9780525657606
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Published: Knopf - July 21st, 2020

A Hilary Mantel-ian take on Shakespeare's family and how his work might have been impacted by his son's death from the bubonic plague.


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The Paris Hours: A Novel Cover Image
$21.59
ISBN: 9781250307187
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 5th, 2020

Four characters in search of meaning, all in one day in Paris in 1927.  A little Proust, a little puppetry, a bit of art, and American expats. Magnifique!


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The Coyotes of Carthage: A Novel Cover Image
$21.59
ISBN: 9780062951663
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Published: Ecco - April 14th, 2020

A literary thriller about a young Black man who has a quarter million in dark money to sway a small South Carolina town's election.