Hey readers, I’m Anne Bogel.
Welcome to One Great Book, where each week I pull one stand-out selection off my personal bookshelves and tell you all about it.
Station Eleven gets all the attention, but I don’t want you to miss Emily St John Mandel’s 2012 literary mystery The Lola Quartet. Plus a fun story about how this podcast was born.
Ex Libris is a book about books, for book lovers–and one that holds a special place in my heart and on my shelves.
The debut novel from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, one of today’s greatest living writers, doesn’t just display the seeds of greatness. Purple Hibiscus is already great—even though it was published when she was just twenty-six years old.
A Gentleman in Moscow gets all the attention, but it’s Amor Towles’s first book Rules of Civility that I keep coming back to.
Don’t miss out on a good read just because it happens to be in the “wrong” section of the bookstore or the library. Sharon Draper’s Out of My Mind is for every reader who enjoys a (feel-good) story, well told.
A typewriter shattered my destiny.” So begins The Time in Between, Maria Duenas’s sweeping tale of love, high fashion, and espionage.
Not my genre, not my style, not the kind of book I’m interested in, or so I thought. But then I gave Sylvain Neuvel’s Sleeping Giants a try. And… WOW.
Maggie O’Farrell’s This Must Be the Place is a kaleidoscope of a novel: wildly ambitious, emotionally resonant, lushly written and laden with symbolism. And most importantly—it works.
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