Because you might be interested to ask your pharmacist what she takes for a headache, we asked booksellers at three independent Brooklyn bookstores what the best book they’ve read this year is.
“The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman. It’s awesome.”
“10:04 by Ben Lerner. I usually don’t go for metafiction because it can be so… well, meta [laughs] but it was really good. And so many books that take place in New York City don’t even acknowledge that people of color exist here, so that was nice.”
“I’m not sure yet, but I think it’s going to be Murder in Memoriam by Didier Daeninckx, put out by Melville House. Put that down as tentative.”
—Dante, Greenlight Bookstore
“Oh, that’s such a hard question… Probably the new Donald Antrim, The Emerald Light in the Air.”
—Halley (“Spelled like the comet.”), Greenlight Bookstore
“I’m trying to think back to earier this year… Orfeo by Richard Powers. And Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by David Shafer.”
—John, Community Bookstore
“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, definitely. There was all that buzz and then it fell off. People will have no idea what they’re missing! Also, Redeployment by Phil Klay and The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt.”
—Sam, Community Bookstore
“We’ll speak for one of the store’s owners, too, who really loved Euphoria by Lily King.”
—the aforementioned John and Sam, Community Bookstore
So there you have it: a partial guide to the subjective opinions of six or seven of the borough’s most dedicated and approachable bookmongers.
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