The best books Emily read in 2014

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To the River: A Journey Beneath the Surface Cover Image
Not available to order
ISBN: 9781847677938
Availability: Out of Print. Not available to order.
Published: Canongate Books - April 5th, 2012

A beautiful, melancholy tour down the Sussex river, the river in which Virginia Woolf drowned herself in 1941. Laing blends Woolf's history with stories of her own heartbreak, while also looking at the powerful role this shared landscape played in shaping both their lives. At once a breathtaking piece of nature writing, literary criticism and history. It is a book I did not want to end. 


Nobody Is Ever Missing: A Novel Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780374534493
Availability: ON HAND in at least ONE of our stores. Click through or call for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: FSG Originals - July 8th, 2014

My copy of this book is completely dogeared and underlined. I've forced it onto friends and family and recommend it to everyone who comes in the store. Lacey's writing style is unlike anything I have every read before, and she writes about our hidden desires for escape and invisibility in a way that is poignant and heartfelt, while never falling prey to sentimentality (this book is definitely dark, in the best possible way). A haunting debut from a very, very talented writer. 


Sidewalks Cover Image
By Valeria Luiselli, Christina Macsweeney (Translator), Cees Nooteboom (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566893565
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Published: Coffee House Press - May 13th, 2014

Mysterious, fragmented dreamscapes. The essays in Sidewalks exist in a place that moves a little slower, meditations and obsessions on empty spaces, new apartments and collapsing buildings, a glimpse of the world through the eyes of a poet. Luiselli has the remarkable ability to make connections, such as comparing her search for the writer Joseph Brodsky’s grave in Venice to the thrill of anticipation when meeting a stranger in a hotel lobby, seem not only natural, but obvious.