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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Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780593189481
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 2020

This was a deeply personal, quietly beautiful book, written with grace and immense thoughtfulness. We all go through difficult times; by mulling over her responses to her own misfortunes, the author offers some insight as to how we might think differently about low points in our lives. Instrcutive, inspiring, and ultimately profoundly hopeful. The author will be appearing (online) at Skylark on December 3.


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Luster: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374194321
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 4th, 2020

This book! Devastatingly smart, brilliantly written, funny as hell and it will make you mad, too. I can't wait to see what she writes next. Stunning.


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Upstream: Selected Essays Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143130086
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Published: Penguin Books - October 29th, 2019

This is simply one of the most beautiful books I've ever read. I drew it out as long as I could. It won't ever be far from my side.


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Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (Pitt Poetry Series) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780822963318
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - January 7th, 2015

I'll read anything Ross Gay writes, and this incandescent collection of poems is a marvel.


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Leave the World Behind: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062667632
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Published: Ecco - October 6th, 2020

This is a tense, finely-observed tale that will lure you in with its deft characterizations and smart writing, and then won't let you go.


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The Vanishing Half: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525536291
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 2nd, 2020

Brit Bennett's second book has received rave reviews from all over the place, and rightly so. It's a brilliantly written, thought-provoking tale which is especially resonant in these times. 


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Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780307271013
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Published: Knopf - May 5th, 2020

I come from a family of cooks, so of course I loved this. Buford is a cheerful lunatic, utterly dedicated to his culinary dreams, to the exclusion of (just about) everything else. Funny, touching, and fascinating - if you are interested in both the business and the art of cooking, this is the book for you.


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Becoming Duchess Goldblatt Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780358216773
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - July 7th, 2020

So damn good. Very funny, very smart, and deeply touching. Plus, you know, Lyle Lovett.


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Erasure: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555975999
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 25th, 2011

It's such a treat to find some sharp-edged satire - this novel skewers its intended targets with devastating accuracy, but is also deeply humane. Provocative and quite brilliant.