Benedict's Picks

The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois: An Oprah's Book Club Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062942937
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Published: Harper - August 24th, 2021

My book of the year a sweeping historical epic that traces one family from the days before settlement through the dark days of enslavement and into the 21st Century as the current generation struggle with the issues of past and present

Harlem Shuffle: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385545136
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Published: Doubleday - September 14th, 2021

Another change of pace for this amazingly talented author. Taking place in Harlem NY in the 1950s and 60s this charts the life of a furniture seller and part time fence as he struggles for respectability and a chance at a better life. From heists to riots this has it all

The Magician: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476785080
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Published: Scribner - September 7th, 2021

Colm Toibin looks at the life of one of Germany's most famous authors Thomas Mann. Feted at a young age for his literary talent he hides a secret love that could upend his life. Elsewhere the storms of war threaten his peace and he finds himself a man out of time and place.

The Secret to Superhuman Strength Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544387652
Availability: Backordered
Published: Mariner Books - May 4th, 2021

The third graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, following Fun Home and Are You My Mother?, looks at her lifelong obsession with exercise and its effect on her life. From Cross Country Skiing through Karate and Yoga and beautifully illustrated throughout she charts the highs and lows of a life dedicated to working out.