Favorite books of 2018

Happy New Year, and welcome to the new website! I’m finally appropriate for mobile devices.

I thought I’d mention a few of the books I loved last year (though they were not necessarily published in 2018).

In Semiosis, Sue Burke imagines what might happen if humans end up on a new planet—not necessarily the one they’ve chosen to colonize. I’m excited to see that a sequel is due out in October 2019.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie paints one Nigerian immigrant’s experience in vivid, gripping prose. I did not want to put this book down.

Beth Ann Fennelly has written a stunning collection of “micro-memoirs” called Heating & Cooling.

Lucia Berlin’s Manual for Cleaning Women is a collection of raw, mesmerizing stories about love, family, and addiction.

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke is the book I recommended most in 2018. I bought copies for so many people, I’ve lost count. Darren Mathews is a black Texas Ranger at the scene of a crime in East Texas, and the tension is palpable on every page.

Happy reading (and writing) in 2019!

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Heidi Bell