Happy Holiday Shopping Guide! Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester, the “bigger on the inside” bookstore at 65 James Street, is happy to present our 2018 recommendations of gifts for the winter holidays.
There are many new books coming out these days that belong in the Literary Fiction category. They are usually novels dealing with real life situations and emotions. Many of the new books are either hardcover or trade paperbacks rather than the mass market paperbacks.
Some of these books can be about soul searching, or lost souls. The Butterfly Girl by Rene Denfeld, Queenie, by Candice Carty-Williams, and Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson all have a sense of people trying to figure out who they really are and who they want to be.
There are many new books about the roles of Women, and three novels we have deal with the roles of Women during wartime. The Poppy Wife by Caroline Scott deals with a woman during World War I. The Ambassador’s Daughter by Pam Jenoff and The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Layton are about women in the midst of World War II, and focuses on the roles each of these women played. The Last Train was based on a real woman who saved many children from the Nazis.
Family drama and conflict is always a good topic for a great literary novel, and The Dutch House by Ann Patchett has just that. So does Bowlaway, by Elizabeth McCracken. The House of Brides by Jane Cockran has family intrigue, as well as a suspenseful mystery. And speaking of mystery, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is a murder mystery, but it is also a coming of age story.
Family issues can also be loving and fun (or funny), and Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson fits that bill perfectly. The last new book I will share with you is Olive, Again by New York Times Bestselling Author Elizabeth Strout. Olive, Again Continues the life of Olive Kitteridge, who touches many family members as well as anyone around her.
Just as a reminder, we do also have many more pre-read books in our Literary Fiction section. You can find authors from Austen to Woolf on our shelves. Here’s just a small example.
As you can see, Literary fiction is a also a great gift idea for people who enjoy reading classic novels as well.