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In honor of today’s Big Give Day with the Willamette Week Give!Guide, during which one lucky donor who gives $10 or more will win a $500 gift card to Powell’s books, YRJ has compiled a list of book recommendations from our staff. This fun tradition highlights fiction, nonfiction, YA and children’s books that our staff have enjoyed this year. Some relate to our work, while others are just fun reads! Enjoy this list and let us know, what books are you recommending this year?

  • I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
  • Impostor Syndrome: A Novel by Kathy Wang, “It’s an edge of the seat thriller, set in the world of Big Tech. It is a fascinating satire about the California dream, the role of women in the workplace and Russian cybersecurity threats.” – Amy
  • Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q Sutanto
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman, “Excellent fiction that blends mythology and magic with a bit of sci-fi. This book maintains relevancy more and more as time goes on. Largely about ancient and old-world cultures and religions coming to an end as they lose power to “new gods” like media and technology.” – Chad
  • Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger, “4 book series. Fantasy Victorian Steampunk with very witty use of language. Also vampires and werewolves.” – Nan
  • Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
  • Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Historical Fiction
  • The Night Watchmen by Louise Erdrich
  • From Hell by Alan Moore
  • Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi – “This novel explores the relationship of faith and science with a backdrop of race, immigration, addiction and family. Completely different from her first book, Homegoing.” – Jennifer Stoller
  • The Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown “Incredible historical non-fiction about the Donner Party. It reads like you’re witnessing the ill-fated journey firsthand. Well researched and well written.” -Chad
  • City of Thieves by David Benioff
Nonfiction & Memoir
Young Adult & Children’s Books