Staff Picks

Two of our favorite books come out in paperback editions today. We’ve got big stacks of them in the store.

Roberto Bolano’s magnum opus 2666 was published in paperback already, it’s true. But the new edition is smaller, more manageable, and–let’s be frank–cheaper. Now you have no excuse not to read the 2008 National Book Critics Circle’s Best Book of the Year. Jonathan Lethem called it “a landmark in what’s possible for the novel as a form” (NYT).

Marilyn Robinson’s novel Home was another NBCC nominee last year. Her story of a prodigal son’s return also won the Orange Prize (2009) and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. It was named “Best Book of the Year” by the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Washington Post It’s available in paperback today.–David E