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Books of 2019

01. "Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It" by Maile Meloy

02. "Partners and Stranger's" by Michael Don

3. "A People's History Of The United States" by Howard Zinn

04. "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" by Jonathan Safran Foer

5. "The Black Hand" by Stephan Talty

6. "Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion" by Robert B. Cialdini



Malie Meloy

"Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It"

Set mostly in the American West, the stories explore the moral quandaries of love, family, and friendship and examine the tensions between having and wanting, as small-town lawyers, ranchers, doctors, parents, and children try to keep hold of opposing forces in their lives: innocence and experience, risk and stability, fidelity and desire.



Michael Don

"Partners & Strangers"

Dark, enigmatic, and sometimes comic, the stories in Partners and Strangers unite intimate anxieties with public dangers. Its characters embody grief, deviance, and the repressed...The collection highlights a contemporary age characterized by loneliness and alienation.



Stephen Talty

"The Black Hand"

A non-fiction read about an extraordinary man who became the first Italian-American detective in the New York Police Department and his battle against The Black Hand. Petrosino was "the greatest Italian detective in the world," declared the New York Times, the "Italian Sherlock Holmes," according to popular legend back in the old country.



Jonathan Safran Foer

"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"

The book's narrator is a nine-year-old boy named Oskar Schell. In the story, Oskar discovers a key in a vase that belonged to his father, a year after he is killed in the September 11 attacks. The discovery inspires Oskar to search all around New York for information about the key and closure following his father's death.



Howard Zinn

"A People's History of the United States"

I want young people to understand that ours is a beautiful country, but it has been taken over by men who have no respect for human rights or constitutional liberties. Our people are basically decent and caring, and our highest ideals are expressed in the Declaration of Independence, which says that all of us have an equal right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." The history of our country, I point out in my book, is a striving, against corporate robber barons and war makers, to make those ideals a reality — and all of us, of whatever age, can find immense satisfaction in becoming part of that.