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Celebrate Women's Voices for Women's History Month

March is Women’s History Month, an annual celebration of the achievements women have made, and a recognition of their hard-fought progress and historic moments over the course of history. Whether you are looking to educate yourself on the powerful women who have shaped the world, engross yourself in the poetic musings of some of literature’s most influential figures, or open yourself up to a whole world of women’s literature, we have the recommendations for you below.

Stories of Extraordinary Women

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Classic Works by Women Authors

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Contemporary Women's Fiction

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Women in Translation

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Staff Picks

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The School for Good Mothers: A Novel By Jessamine Chan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982156138
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Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - February 7th, 2023

Frida Liu has made a mistake. A mistake that has labelled her a bad mother. But Frida is given the opportunity to show she can be a good mother, a redeemed mother, through a new Big Brother-esque government program, that is not all that it seems. The School for Good Mothers is a critique of both Child Protective Services and how we define motherhood (versus fatherhood). Readers will find hints of Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale, both in the main character’s dry self-reflections and in the dystopian world which controls her every move.   --Gwyn, Detroit

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ISBN: 9780778387114
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Published: Park Row - March 7th, 2023

Wow! I did not expect to stay up until 2am finishing the second half of this book. Sarah Penner has expertly crafted a supernatural murder mystery that will continually rework your theories until the satisfying denouement. Secrets abound within the London Séance Society, a gentleman’s club that specializes in clairvoyance and spiritualism. The president of the organization was recently murdered and the police have been unable to solve the crime. Enter Vaudeline and Lenna, a well-known spiritualist and her apprentice. They are tasked with holding a séance to learn the identity of the murderer, but only if they can avoid the sinister forces at work. -Rebecca, Atlanta

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In the Margins: On the Pleasures of Reading and Writing By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator) Cover Image
By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator)
ISBN: 9781609457372
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Published: Europa Editions - March 15th, 2022

In the Margins is an enjoyable collection of essays on the pleasures of reading and writing, on a life lived on paper, and on the joys of literary adventure. The origin story of a prolific literary figure, these essays outline Elena Ferrante's development as both a reader and writer and some of her major influences. Almost like a behind the scenes tour of her work. -Russell, New Jersey

Celebrate Black History & Culture

February is Black History Month, an annual celebration and recognition of the spectacular contributions and achievements, as well as the overwhelming struggles and hardships, of the African American community. This year we are highlighting powerful Black voices across all genres of literature, from playwrights to poets, pioneers of the Harlem Renaissance to modern writers just making their debut. Understand the history, embrace the culture, and engage in a thought-provoking discussion with our 2023 Black History Month collection.

New Releases & Coming Soon

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Classic Works by Black Authors

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Staff Picks

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Bird Brother: A Falconer's Journey and the Healing Power of Wildlife By Rodney Stotts, Kate Pipkin (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Rodney Stotts, Kate Pipkin (Contributions by)
ISBN: 9781642831740
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Published: Island Press - February 3rd, 2022

"Bird Brother is a candid tale of one man’s journey to becoming a master falconer. This thought provoking story of second chances and following your dreams is one you won’t be able to put down."
-Della, Atlanta

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Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist's Memoir of the Jim Crow South By Winfred Rembert, Erin I. Kelly, Bryan Stevenson (Foreword by) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635576597
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 7th, 2021

"While the horrors of the Jim Crow South have been well documented, Winfred Rembert’s memoir in words and paintings lends immediacy and specificity to their lasting trauma. Rembert’s survival could be described as miraculous if that didn’t seem to discount his own tenacity or absolve his tormentors. Chasing Me to My Grave is painful to read, but it also celebrates beauty and joy and kindness. It is a powerful testament to America’s most shameful history, but even more so to Rembert’s talent and vision as an artist, and to his unique and indomitable spirit."
-Sara, Senior Vice President, Books

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ISBN: 9780316543033
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - March 28th, 2023

"A remarkable poetry collection from the author of How the Word is Passed, these poems explore the power of parenthood and the decision to bring a child into a world rife with social and political turmoil.  Written in a plain yet lyrical language, Above Ground is a passionate, emotional, and accessible ode to the joys of parenthood, the celebration of ancestry, and the importance of remembering."

-Russell, New Jersey

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South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation By Imani Perry Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062977403
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Published: Ecco - January 25th, 2022

"Imani Perry, National Book Award Winner, has not written a history book - as she tells you in her introduction – but a letter. A letter of introduction to us, a love letter to herself, a letter of sympathy for the past. Each chapter covers a different State, Region, or City of “The South”, and within those chapters are dictionary definitions of slang, historic records, insightful interviews, and heartwarming personal anecdotes, as she tries to illustrate the complex story of the Southern United States like you’ve never heard before."
-Gwyneth, Detroit

Best Books 2022

BEST BOOKS of 2022

Thank you for visiting our “Best Books of 2022” page. We hope you find these books as interesting and entertaining as we have. This year’s books were selected by a group of booksellers, book buyers, executives, and other members across Hudson. We had the privilege to review hundreds of books that were published this year and as always it was very difficult to choose which books made the list. If you agree or disagree with our selections please let us know by tweeting with us @HudsonBooks

2022 Book of the Year

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Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

By Gabrielle Zevin
A chance childhood meeting and subsequent bond over a mutual interest in videogames leads to a partnership with the goal of designing a game of their very own. Sam and Sadie’s friendship develops similar to the videogames they create together: they run into bugs and issues that need to be worked out, but the final product is always better than what they originally envisioned. As an avid gamer, I not only enjoyed a glimpse into the game creation process, but it was also a nice reminder that games are not just code; there are people behind the screens. –Rebecca, Atlanta

Best Fiction

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By Hernan Diaz
Comparisons to Edith Wharton’s New York are what drew me to Trust, a multigenerational narrative of the NYC elite in the early 20th century. Trust is told from four different points of view and spans over 100 years. At the heart of the story is one woman who is determined to unravel history’s truths from fiction, finding in the end that not everything is as it seems, especially among the rich and powerful. –Paige, New Jersey

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Book Lovers

By Emily Henry
The perfect lighthearted book for an easy read, with humor, romance, and good storytelling from beginning to end. Make no mistake – this is a rom-com – but if you’re looking for an enjoyable way to spend a relaxing afternoon with a few laughs and tears along the way, you will find all that in Emily Henry’s latest novel. –Cindi, New York

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The Many Daughters of Afong Moy

By Jamie Ford
My favorite author, Jamie Ford, who wrote Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, has outdone himself! The Many Daughters of Afong Moy spans the years between 1834 and 2045, and is a very emotional examination of epigenetics. The trauma inflicted on Afong seems to manifest itself throughout several generations, however, Dorothy is determined to break the cycle and learns that her past is the key to the future. –Sandra, Seattle

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Devil House

By John Darnielle
I’ve never read anything by John Darnielle before, but as a fan of the Mountain Goats I felt it was high time I give him a try. Devil House is a generation-spanning story of gruesome murders, teenage angst, artistic obsession, and the power of a well-told story. A dire warning against the recent true-crime wave sweeping popular culture, Devil House shows what can happen when reality and imagination collide, and the devastating effects of an artistic rendering of the truth. –Russell, New York

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Young Mungo

By Douglas Stuart
I loved this complex and thoughtful coming of age story set in 1990’s Glasgow which, even though far from the Troubles in Belfast, has a history of Protestant and Catholic conflict. Mungo struggles with the local bully who is also his older brother, a mother with her own dreams and desires, and keeping his sexuality hidden. Young Mungo is beautifully written with distinctive voices and characters. –Cathy, Atlanta

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The Family Chao

By Lan Samantha Chang
Recommended by Della, Atlanta

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Savvy Sheldon Feels Good as Hell

By Taj McCoy
Recommended by Shunte, Atlanta

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One Italian Summer

By Rebecca Serle
One Italian Summer is a transcendent jewel of a book that you won’t want to put down. Set among the shores and hills of the Amalfi Coast this stunning work takes on love, loss, and the life we live in between. –Della, Atlanta

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The Candy House

By Jennifer Egan
The Candy House further extends the interwoven narratives in A Visit from the Goon Squad, mirroring the endless ways our connections expand and shift through time and space and culture, and capturing how dizzyingly fast and profound those shifts have felt in the ten-ish years since Goon Squad was published. I love the way all of Egan’s characters radiate with intensity, and the sometimes reckless urgency of their explorations, their quests for experience, for knowledge, for connection, for meaning. I love also that her variety of styles amplifies the range of perspectives and pursuits. The Candy House is a thrilling, thoughtful, and eloquent affirmation of the power and value of authentic experience, true human connection, and the ways in which they are enabled through art and storytelling. –Sara, Atlanta

Best Nonfiction

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Also a Poet

By Ada Calhoun
I came to this book as a Frank O’Hara fan hoping for something like a biography but this one is more along the lines of a Charlie Kaufman-esque book about failing to write that particular book and yet much better for having tried. Certainly, O’Hara and his milieu are ever-present, and you can learn much about O’Hara’s rich and interesting life within these pages but the real joy and sorrow here is expressed in the latter part of the title. This is a beautiful book about a daughter coming to terms with her father, his legacy, and, frankly, the fact that he was kind of a jerk. What Calhoun achieves here is almost three books in one, an O’Hara biography where his life is defined as if by negative space, a memoir, and an ode to her father who may or may not have deserved it. –Matt, Los Angeles

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I'm Glad My Mom Died

By Jennette McCurdy
Not typically big on celebrity memoirs, but the hype is real on this one. Not just for iCarly fans (my younger self being one), but for anyone who grew up watching shows on Nickelodeon. Jennette pulls back the curtain on the life of a child star and reveals the manipulative forces fueling them on their journey. –Russell, New York

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Stories I Might Regret Telling You

By Martha Wainwright
Martha Wainwright "almost didn't make the cut" into this world. Destined to be an artist by her lineage, she writes, "once in the circus, it's hard to get out". That's quite a backdrop to live against. More than the autobiography of an independent songwriter with an incredible voice and explosive musical output, her book is an endearing, humorous and merciless dissection of herself, and a navigation through the complexities we all bring with and to ourselves. Saying that writing it must have been therapeutic sounds like both an understatement and completely missing the point. If you care about the journeys we travel, following one's passion, foolish dreams and compromise, kissing hard, rejection, loss, the smell of New York, and putting yourself first, you may find solace in these words. –Jordi, CEO, Hudson

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By David Sedaris
David Sedaris does it again! In Happy Go Lucky, he balances his specific brand of humor and storytelling as he copes with a more serious topic: the illness and subsequent death of his father. Still, Sedaris manages to find humor in the absurdity as he navigates family relationships and loss in the midst of lockdown in the early days of the pandemic. –Paige, New Jersey

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Finding me

By Viola Davis
Recommended by Brittani, Atlanta

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Bird Brother

By Rodney Stotts
Bird Brother is a candid tale of one man’s journey to becoming a master falconer. This thought provoking story of second chances and following your dreams is one you won’t be able to put down. –Della, Atlanta

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The Monster's Bones

By David K. Randall
A must read for fans of dinosaurs or histories of Gilded Age America. Randall does a wonderful job of weaving the story of the men who discovered the T.Rex (or took credit) and made it the centerpiece of museum exhibits for decades. –Justin, Atlanta

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The Metaverse

By Matthew Ball
If you are going to read one book about the metaverse, Matthew Ball is the expert and this is the one to pick up. I came to The Metaverse as a skeptic. After reading it my opinion that a metaverse, web3, web5 or whatever you want to call it will surpass the internet in the next few years is unlikely. However, the author does lay out a convincing case that decades from now Homo sapiens might be spending more of our time in an altered or virtual reality than we do in the “real” world. –Justin, Atlanta

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By Paul Holes
Recommended by Kimberly, Pittsburgh

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Bomb Shelter

By Mary Laura Philpott
I struggle with a surfeit of adjectives in describing Mary Laura’s writing; she is honest, witty, entertaining, perceptive, moving. She is generous and stylistically concise. Her subject is everyday life, but her work is common only in the sense of shared experience. She worries, a lot. She acts with the hope that love, determination, and hard work will be enough to keep her, and her loved ones safe. When it is, and when it is not, Mary Laura is good company for all of us readers. –Sara, Atlanta

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National Book Awards

2022 National Book Awards

The National Book Award, established in 1950, recognizes excellence in literature across American publishing. Awarded each year by the National Book Foundation, the National Book Award recognizes literary excellence across 5 categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature. With a mission to “increase the readership and appreciation of great writing in America”, the National Book Awards have quickly gained a reputation as one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the world. Here you can find the 5 finalists in each category, and for a limited time you can order any of the finalists for 30% off. Check back here on November 16 to see the winners!

The Finalists

National Book Awards Fiction
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National Book Awards NonFiction
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National Book Awards Poetry
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National Book Awards Translated Literature
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National Book Awards Young People's Literature
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