“Read. Recommend. Repeat.” That’s more than just a motto here at Off the Shelf. Sharing the books we love is a big part of how we move through the world. Bonding over our favorite authors is how we connect with new people and how we get closer to those we love most. In that spirit, here are 9 books we can’t stop talking about.
After eight books of short stories and essays, finally, George Saunders has written a novel based on the death of President Lincoln’s son, Willie. “The Bardo” refers to the purgatory-like place that Willie finds himself in along with a gaggle of ghosts. I recommend listening to the audio edition of this compelling and humorous novel for maximum enjoyment. It’s read by a stellar cast of 23, including David Sedaris, Julianne Moore, Ben Stiller, Don Cheadle, and Susan Sarandon. —Chris
George Saunders is an acclaimed short story writer of collections THE TENTH OF DECEMBER, PASTORALIA, and more. His first novel, LINCOLN IN THE BARDO, is a mesmerizing blend of historical fact and fiction. It is the story of the death of Abraham Lincoln’s son, Willie, told almost entirely through the voices of the spirits in the graveyard where Willie is laid to rest and where Lincoln returns to hold his son’s body. —Erin