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East City Bookshop Staff Picks

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

My Struggle, Book 1

By Karl Ove Knausgaard
Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini /  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 /  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 /  3 hours 9 minutes

Jenny Offill's heroine, referred to in these pages as simply 'the wife,' once exchanged love letters with her husband postmarked Dept. of Speculation, their code name for all the uncertainty that inheres in life and in the strangely fluid confines of a long relationship. As they confront an array of common catastrophes - a colicky baby, a... Read More »

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Tell the Wolves I'm Home

A Novel
By Carol Rifka Brunt
Narrated by Amy Rubinate /  11 hours 46 minutes

In this striking literary debut, Carol Rifka Brunt unfolds a moving story of love, grief, and renewal as two lonely people become the unlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you don't know you've lost someone until you've found them. 1987. There's only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that's her... Read More »

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The Book of Strange New Things

A Novel
By Michel Faber
Narrated by Josh Cohen /  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 /  8 hours 48 minutes

Nora Silk doesn't really fit in on Hemlock Street, where every house looks the same. She's divorced. She wears a charm bracelet and high heels and red toreador pants. And the way she raises her kids is a scandal. But as time passes, the neighbors start having second thoughts about Nora. The women's apprehension evolves into admiration. The men's... Read More »

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The Book Thief

By Markus Zusak
Narrated by Allan Corduner /  13 hours 55 minutes

DON’T MISS BRIDGE OF CLAY, MARKUS ZUSAK’S FIRST NOVEL SINCE THE BOOK THIEF.

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.


When Death has a story to tell, you listen.


It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its... Read More »

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Bel Canto

By Ann Patchett
Narrated by Anna Fields /  11 hours 17 minutes

“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 forth so splendidly that the reader hears it and is overwhelmed by... Read More »

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Motherless Brooklyn

By Jonathan Lethem
Narrated by Geoffrey Cantor /  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 rip apart language in startling and original ways. Together with three veterans of the St.... Read More »

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Blood, Bones & Butter

The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef
By Gabrielle Hamilton
Narrated by Gabrielle Hamilton /  10 hours 3 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

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 /  22 hours 3 minutes

The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.

In this brilliant debut novel, 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... Read More »

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The Girls from Corona del Mar

A novel
By Rufi Thorpe
Narrated by Rebecca Lowman /  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 /  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 /  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. Through every waking moment of his ordeal, Frankl's training as a psychiatrist lent him a remarkable perspective on the psychology of survival. As a... Read More »

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Under a Painted Sky

By Stacey Lee
Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller /  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 the... Read More »

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Court of Fives

Court of Fives: Book #1
By Kate Elliott
Narrated by Georgia Dolenz /  11 hours 40 minutes

A New York Times bestseller!
In this imaginative escape into enthralling new lands, World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott's first 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... Read More »

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American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition

Full Cast Production
By Neil Gaiman
Narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, George Guidall & Neil Gaiman /  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... Read More »

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The Bone Clocks

By David Mitchell
Narrated by Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, Steven Crossley, Laurel Lefkow & Anna Bentinck /  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 /  15 hours 27 minutes

"Intricate and extraordinary." - New York Times on The Fifth Season (A New York Times Notable Book of 2015)

WINNER OF THE HUGO AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL 2016

This is the way the world ends...for the last time.
A season of endings has begun.

It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out... Read More »

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