Well, the holidays are upon us and there’s nothing quite like a well-told story for seeking refuge from the chaos or a little too much quality time with family. A lot of big-name authors had terrific new titles out this year, but we have a fondness for books that don’t get full page ads or window displays – call it the literary equivalent of the island of misfit toys – great books waiting for a good home; you just have to know that they are there.
With us today are two seasoned purveyors of overlooked books. Michele Filgate is a writer and critic as well as the events coordinator at community bookstore in Brooklyn. Liberty Hardy is events coordinator at Riverrun bookstore in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She’s also contributing editor for Book Riot.
Here is a list of the books discussed in the segment:
The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane
White Girls by Hilton Als
Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail by Kelly Luce
Unmastered: A Book on Desire, Most Difficult to Tell by Katherine Angel
Save Yourself by Kelly Braffet
Instructions for a Heat Wave by Maggie O'Farrell
Reality Boy by A.S. King
Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown
The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell
Duplex by Kathryn Davis
Submergence by JM Ledgard
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud