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East City Bookshop Staff Picks

East City Bookshop Staff Picks

Politics, History, Fiction, Essays, and Beyond: these are the titles staff are reading and recommending in the store.

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My Struggle, Book 1

My Struggle: Book #1

By Karl Ove Knausgaard
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
Length: 16 hours 10 minutes

My Struggle: Book One introduces American readers to the audacious, addictive, and profoundly surprising international literary sensation that is the provocative and brilliant six-volume autobiographical novel by Karl Ove Knausgaard. It has already been anointed a Proustian masterpiece and is the rare work of dazzling literary originality that... Read more »

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Interpreter of Maladies

By Jhumpa Lahiri
Narrated by: Matilda Novak
Length: 6 hours 15 minutes

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Navigating between the Indian traditions they've inherited and the baffling new world, the characters in Jhumpa Lahiri's elegant, touching stories seek love beyond the barriers of cultures and generations.

In A Temporary Matter, published in the New Yorker, a young Indian-American couple faces the heartbreak of a... Read more »

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Dept. of Speculation

By Jenny Offill
Narrated by: Jenny Offill
Length: 3 hours 9 minutes

Dept. of Speculation

“This one isn’t for everyone, but it is right up my alley, and there are many people who love it – hence its presence of many, many “best of 2014” lists. I think of it as a cross-genre prose poem/memoir of a marriage. Beautiful, heart-breaking, eminently quotable. Sometimes there is a reason everyone is climbing on the same bandwagon.”

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Tell the Wolves I’m Home

A Novel

By Carol Rifka Brunt
Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
Length: 11 hours 46 minutes

In this striking literary debut, Carol Rifka Brunt unfolds amoving story of love, grief, and renewal as two lonely people become theunlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you don’t know you’ve lostsomeone until you’ve found them. 1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-oldJune Elbus, and that’s her...

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The Book of Strange New Things

A Novel

By Michel Faber
Narrated by: Josh D. Cohen
Length: 19 hours 25 minutes

A monumental, genre-defying novel that David Mitchell calls "Michel Faber’s second masterpiece," The Book of Strange New Things is a masterwork from a writer in full command of his many talents.

It begins with Peter, a devoted man of faith, as he is called to the mission of a lifetime, one that takes him galaxies away from his wife, Bea. Peter... Read more »

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Seventh Heaven

By Alice Hoffman
Narrated by: Hillary Huber
Length: 8 hours 48 minutes

Nora Silk doesn’t really fit in on Hemlock Street, where everyhouse looks the same. She’s divorced. She wears a charm bracelet and high heelsand red toreador pants. And the way she raises her kids is a scandal. But astime passes, the neighbors start having second thoughts about Nora. The women’sapprehension evolves into admiration. The men’s...

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The Book Thief

By Markus Zusak
Narrated by: Allan Corduner
Length: 13 hours 55 minutes

The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.
Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

When Death has a...
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Bel Canto

By Ann Patchett
Narrated by: Anna Fields
Length: 11 hours 17 minutes

Now a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe.

“Blissfully Romantic….A strange, terrific, spellcasting story.” — San Francisco Chronicle

“Bel Canto…should be on the list of every literate music lover. The story is riveting, the participants breathe and feel and are alive, and throughout this elegantly-told novel, music pours...

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Motherless Brooklyn

By Jonathan Lethem
Narrated by: Geoffrey Cantor
Length: 10 hours 9 minutes


From America's most inventive novelist, Jonathan Lethem, comes this compelling and compulsive riff on the classic detective novel.

Lionel Essrog is Brooklyn's very own Human Freakshow, an orphan whose Tourettic impulses drive him to bark, count, and...

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Blood, Bones & Butter

The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

By Gabrielle Hamilton
Narrated by: Gabrielle Hamilton
Length: 10 hours 3 minutes

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Miami Herald • Newsday • The Huffington Post • Financial Times • GQ • Slate • Men’s Journal • Washington Examiner • Publishers Weekly • Kirkus Reviews • National Post • The Toronto Star • BookPage • Bookreporter

“I wanted the lettuce and... Read more »

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The Secret History

By Donna Tartt
Narrated by: Donna Tartt
Length: 22 hours 3 minutes

In this brilliant novel, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Donna Tartt gives us a richly textured and hypnotic story of golden youth corrupted by its own moral arrogance.

Richard Papen had never been to New England before his nineteenth year. Then he arrived at Hampeden College and quickly became seduced by the sweet, dark rhythms of campus life --...

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The Girls from Corona del Mar

A novel

By Rufi Thorpe
Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
Length: 9 hours 35 minutes

“Why did Lorrie Ann look graceful in beat-up Keds and shorts a bit too small for her? Why was it charming when she snorted from laughing too hard? Yes, we were jealous of her, and yet we did not hate her. She was never so much as teased by us, we roaming and bratty girls of Corona del Mar, thieves of corn nuts and orange soda, abusers of lip... Read more »

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The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

By Ayana Mathis
Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo, Bahni Turpin & Adam Lazarre-White
Length: 10 hours 15 minutes

The newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection.
The arrival of a major new voice in contemporary fiction. 
A debut of extraordinary distinction: Ayana Mathis tells the story of the children of the Great Migration through the trials of one unforgettable family.

In 1923, fifteen-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping... Read more »

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Man’s Search for Meaning

An Introduction to Logotherapy

By Viktor E. Frankl
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Length: 4 hours 44 minutes

Man’s Search for Meaning is the chilling yet inspirational story of Viktor Frankl’s struggle to hold on to hope during the unspeakable horrors of his years as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on...

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Under a Painted Sky

By Stacey Lee
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 10 hours 11 minutes

Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you're a girl, and harder still if you're Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life.

With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for... Read more »

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Court of Fives

Court of Fives: Book #1

By Kate Elliott
Narrated by: Georgia Dolenz
Length: 11 hours 40 minutes

In this imaginative escape into enthralling new lands, World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott's first bestselling young adult novel weaves an epic story of a girl struggling to do what she loves in a society suffocated by rules of class and privilege.

Jessamy's life is a balance between acting like an upper-class Patron and dreaming of the... Read more »

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American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition

Full Cast Production

By Neil Gaiman
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 19 hours 39 minutes

Now a STARZ® Original Series produced by FremantleMedia North America starring Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, and Pablo Schreiber.

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to...

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The Bone Clocks

By David Mitchell
Narrated by: Jessica Lauren Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, Steven Crossley, Laurel Lefkow & Anna Bentinck
Length: 24 hours 31 minutes

David Mitchell is an eloquent conjurer of interconnected tales, a genre-bending daredevil, and a master prose stylist. His hypnotic new novel, The Bone Clocks, crackles with invention and wit-it is fiction at its most spellbinding and memorable. Following a scalding row with her mother, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old... Read more »

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The Fifth Season

The Broken Earth: Book #1

By N. K. Jemisin
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 15 hours 27 minutes

The Fifth Season

“The Fifth Season is an amazing, dark, and gripping work that will hook you from the first sentence. I cannot express to you how much this book stunned me. Robin's narration is well paced and engaging. While I wish this was a book for everyone to listen to, it isn't; destruction, trauma, and rage follow the women and girls who tell their stories. This book is about the end of the world, that you actually don't want to stop reading.”

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