20 books local experts recommend while you’re social distancing


Local bookstores, like many companies within the state, have closed their doorways to the general public to assist forestall the unfold of COVID-19.

While their retailers are closed, the booksellers are nonetheless doing enterprise on-line, with many providing choices like free delivery and even curbside pickup, for e-book orders. And they’re nonetheless partaking with prospects on social media, providing studying suggestions for these searching for leisure and luxury throughout the coronavirus pandemic. 

Our on-line retailer is small however we’ll be including plenty of nice books to it over the subsequent few days. SHOP OUR FAVORITES which can be already there, and maintain your eyes peeled as we proceed so as to add bestsellers throughout genres😊📚: https://t.co/vjznkF4RvG

— Papercuts J.P. (@papercutsjp) March 17, 2020

A sampling of the orders we’re filling right now. Remember, for those who do not need to come into the shop, we’re providing:

– Free delivery
– Free curbside supply
– Free supply in Acton & adjoining cities
– Free telephone/e mail private purchasing

Order any time at https://t.co/DV5nXBUqcU! pic.twitter.com/A56yijjHTA

— Silver Unicorn Books (@SilUnicornActon) March 16, 2020

We stay open for purchasing from dwelling via our web site and over the telephone, with free curbside pickup and free native dwelling supply.

As all the time, we deeply admire your persevering with assist as all of us transfer collectively via this troublesome time.

— Wellesley Books (@WellesleyBooks) March 15, 2020

We might be closed to the general public efficient March 16th. Please tell us how we may also help you go this time extra meaningfully. Call us, order books via our web site (free media mail delivery!), and keep in contact. Be secure, pals.
-Brookline Booksmith https://t.co/qqkvu5n6p0

— Brookline Booksmith (@booksmithtweets) March 16, 2020

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We requested the employees at Brookline Booksmith, Harvard Book Store, Porter Square Books, and Trident Booksellers & Café to ship us their picks of one of the best books to maintain you firm. Below, the 20 reads they advocate for this period of social-distancing and self-quarantine. 



“My Brilliant Friend” by Elena Ferrante

“I recommend tackling something big in the coming weeks, like My Brilliant Friend and the rest of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Quartet, which is a long, engrossing story of female friendship and a window into the Italy of another time.” — Rachel Cass, Harvard Book Store

“Magic for Liars” by Sarah Gailey

A noir detective story meets Harry Potter in this murder mystery at a magical high school in California. (AKA the read that will have you staying up all night, bringing back memories of reading the new HP you snagged at the midnight release party.)” — Marika McCoola, Porter Square Books

“Rat Rule 79” By Rivka Galchen, Elena Megalos 

“An inventive adventure full of wordplay, riddles, and strangely wonderful characters, this book is an utter delight! For readers of all ages who love The Phantom Tollbooth, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, and Alice in Wonderland.” — Marika McCoola, Porter Square Books

“North and South” by Elizabeth Gaskell 

 “This less-known classic has the longing looks of Austen and the class commentary of Dickens. Also, there’s a several hour mini-series you can watch when you’re done.” — Amy Brabenec, Brookline Booksmith

“Magpie Murders” by Anthony Horowitz

“Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz is an Agatha Christie-style British murder mystery, a book within a book, and a pure, escapist delight.” — Rachel Cass, Harvard Book Store

“Severance” by Ling Ma

“Darkly and dryly humorous, the novel is a zombie horror story, an office satire, a coming of age narrative, an immigrant saga, and a meditation on the perils and pleasures of nostalgia.” — Dina Mardell, Porter Square Books

“The Golden Age” by Roxanne Moreil and Cyril Pedrosa 

“An exiled princess is going to retake her throne and save the kingdom from power-hungry lords in one of the most gorgeous graphic novels to come out in recent years. Read it once to tear through the story then read it a second time to savor the artwork.” — Amy Brabenec, Brookline Booksmith

“The Story of a Goat” by Perumal Murugan, translated by N. Kalyan Raman 

“Meet Poonachi, the young she-goat of a farmer couple in India. This fable offers sly social commentary from an unforgettable perspective.” — Shuchi Saraswat, Brookline Booksmith

“Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng

I loved and would recommend Little Fires Everywhere by local author Celeste Ng at any time, but the Hulu adaptation starts streaming this week, so if you’re stuck at home for a while, it’s the perfect time to catch up.” — Rachel Cass, Harvard Book Store

“Daisy Jones and the Six” by Taylor Jenkins Reid

“If you ever wanted the ‘true’ story behind ‘Almost Famous,’ this is it. Though fiction, the story is told in interview style that reads like an episode of Behind the Music.” — Courtney Flynn, Trident Booksellers & Café 

“Such a Fun Age” by Kiley Reid

“An engrossing story that tackles big issues, from race to gender, to economic status.” — Courtney Flynn, Trident Booksellers & Café 

“The Hating Game” by Sally Thorne  

“Rom-com darlings Lucy and Josh are rival co-workers who delight in the wittiest of banter and making each other miserable … or maybe they just delight in each other?” — Amy Brabenec, Brookline Booksmith

“I Hotel” by Karen Tei Yamashita 

“Yamashita’s innovative, massive, sprawling novel tells the story of the social and political turbulence of San Francisco in the 1960s in a way that respects the anger and conflict that drove so much change, while centering hope and community as the real heroes of the book.” — Dina Mardell, Porter Square Books



“National Geographic Backyard Guides to the Birds of North America” by Jonathan Alderfer

“This month we were already featuring a selection of books on birds, so I’d recommend picking up a bird guide like the National Geographic Backyard Guides to the Birds of North America and making the most of time spent in your own backyard or walking in nature on your own.” — Rachel Cass, Harvard Book Store

“Making Comics” by Lynda Barry 

“Sitting down with this book and materials available at any office supply shop, readers can work through Barry’s course, and learn about abilities they’d forgotten they had. A brilliant, accessible book from an extraordinary person.” — Marika McCoola, Porter Square Books

“A Cook’s Tour” by Anthony Bourdain

“Bourdain’s collection of essays changed how I eat and how I travel. Like all the best travel writing, it is a way to escape the four walls of your room and indulge in the natural curiosity that makes travel so important and rewarding. I’ve read several of them many times so, for me, they bring the comfort of the familiar, while still celebrating the joy of discovery.” — Dina Mardell, Porter Square Books

“Bad Blood” by John Carreyrou

“The true story behind the rise and fall of Theranos and an insight into the intriguing figure that is Elizabeth Holmes.” — Courtney Flynn, Trident Booksellers & Café 

“When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times” by Pema Chodron

“Beloved Buddhist nun Pema Chodron is a source of comfort for many, and over the coming days and weeks I’ll be turning to When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times to help find steadiness in this time of uncertainty.” — Rachel Cass, Harvard Book Store

“Underland: A Deep Time Journey” by Robert Macfarlane

“Robert Macfarlane has spent his career understanding the evolving relationship between humans and the natural world. In Underland he takes us on a journey to the universe beneath our feet. I love spending time with his voice and his mind and Underland is a wonderful book to sink into.” — Shuchi Saraswat, Brookline Booksmith

“All the Sad Songs” by Summer Pierre 

“This graphic memoir gives a glimpse into the role music played in Pierre’s life from college through age 30 — much of which she spent on stages in Camberville. Albums and playlists are included, making this a treasure trove.” — Marika McCoola, Porter Square Books

What books are you turning to for consolation and leisure throughout the virus outbreak? Share with us within the feedback or e mail us at [email protected] and your submission might be featured in an upcoming story. 

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