Alex's Book List

Alex George has published seven novels, which have been translated into more than ten languages. A Good American was a #1 Indie Next List pick, a Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers Pick and a national and international bestseller. Setting Free the Kites was published in February 2017 and was also a bestseller (it also won the Missouri Prize for Fiction in 2018.) His new novel, The Paris Hours, was published by Flatiron Books, an imprint of Macmillan, in May 2020, and was an instant national bestseller. All three books were chosen by the nation’s independent booksellers for the “Indie Next List”. He has written for, among other publications, The Washington Post and LitHub. Alex is also the founder and director of the Unbound Book Festival.  He is also an attorney, and runs his own law firm in Columbia. A native of the UK, he moved to Columbia seventeen years ago.

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Homeland Elegies: A Novel By Ayad Akhtar Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316496414
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 25th, 2021

"...when he thought of the place now, America, he found it hard to believe he'd spent so much of his life there. As much as he;d always wanted to think of himself as American, the truth was he'd only ever aspired to the condition." What a superb novel. Brilliant, innovative, and provocative. Can't recmmondend it highly enough.

A Door Behind a Door By Yelena Moskovich Cover Image
ISBN: 9781953387028
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - May 18th, 2021

Unsettling, ferocious, complicated, engrossing, inscrutable. Yelena Moskovich writes like nobody else. Stunning stuff.

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A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life By George Saunders Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984856029
Published: Random House - January 12th, 2021

Of course the analysis is brilliant and illuminating and often very funny. But what shines through this marvelous book is Saunders's reverence for the Russian masters, his love of the act of writing, and his generosity of spirit and humility. For me, the real gold is in the "Afterthoughts" where he really expands on his own appraoch and thinking.

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Be Holding: A Poem (Pitt Poetry Series) By Ross Gay Cover Image
ISBN: 9780822966234
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - September 8th, 2020

Glorious. If you'd asked me whether a. book-length poem about a basketball player I'd never heard of would be my thing, I would probably have said no - but this is Ross Gay, people, and I'll read anything he writes. My reward? A brilliant, beautiful, totally absorbing read. Highly recommended. 

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Crudo: A Novel By Olivia Laing Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393357417
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 3rd, 2019

Olivia Laing is a genius. This strange, lovely novel was deliciously, bewitchingly eccentric and touching.

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Worldly Things By Michael Kleber-Diggs Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571315168
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Published: Milkweed Editions - June 8th, 2021

"But we are strange trees, reluctant in this / forest." Michael Kleber-DIggs does not avert his gaze from what lies before us, and does not allow us to llok away, either. This is a searing, serious, exquisite book.

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Razorblade Tears: A Novel By S. A. Cosby Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250252708
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Published: Flatiron Books - July 6th, 2021

Gripping and fast-paced, this is an immensely entertainning read. The laconic protagonists, on a mission to avenge their sons' murders and to make amends for their own shortcomings as fathers, meet some fantastically nasty bad guys, and the results are deeply satsfying. There is real humanity in the storytelling which elevates this thriller to another league.

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Unsettled Ground By Claire Fuller Cover Image
ISBN: 9781951142483
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Published: Tin House Books - May 18th, 2021

Stunning. Not an easy book to read for sure - there is poverty, injustice upon injustice, and cruelty that takes your breath away. But Clare Fuller has created characters with extraoridnary resilience, and hope, and strength, and therein lies this book's glory. And the writing is drop-dead gorgeous.

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Thick: And Other Essays By Tressie McMillan Cottom Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620975879
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Published: New Press - October 1st, 2019

Not sure how I missed this gem when it came out in 2019, but I've ordered a bunch for the shop as it blew my mind with its brilliance and I want to talk to people about it. It's incredibly smart, funny, brave, and provocative and made me rethink, oh, pretty much everything. I underlined a *ton*. Absolutely required reading.

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Detransition, Baby: A Novel By Torrey Peters Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593133378
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Published: One World - January 12th, 2021

So, I loved this book. It is funny, brave, acerbic in all the best ways and made me (it felt anyway) a smarter person by the end of it. For the assured voice and deft characterization it reminded me of THE MOST FUN WE EVER HAD by Claire Lombardo, and you won't get much higher praise from me. One of the best novels I've read this year.