Under-the-Radar Books of 2018

Thank you to Michael Coy and Mark Bonney from Third Place Books Ravenna and Marilyn Dahl of Shelf Awareness for sharing their favorite “under-the-radar” books from 2018 at January’s NESTcafé!

Mark Bonney, Michael Coy, and Marilyn Dahl. Photo by NEST staff member Chris Alin.

Looking for a good book to dive into this month? Here are their recommendations:

Michael Coy:
Pulse – Michael Harvey
The Force – Don Winslow
The Power of the Dog – Don Winslow
The Cartel – Don Winslow
The Border – Don Winslow
Wonder Valley – Ivy Pochoda
The Secrets Between Us – Thrity Umrigar
The Spaces Between Us – Thrity Umrigar
Mars Room – Rachel Kushner
French Exit – Patrick de Witt
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI – David Grann
The Late Show – Michael Connelly
Dark Sacred Night – Michael Connell
Less – Andrew Sean Greer
Spooner – Pete Dexter

Marilyn Dahl:
The Map of Salt and Stars – Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar
Lawn Boy – Jonathan Evison
Big Game – Mark Leibovich
The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton
Nighttown – Timothy Hallinan
There, There – Tommy Orange
A Ladder to the Sky – John Boyne
American by Day – Derek B. Miller

Mark Bonney:
A Key to Treehouse Living – Elliot Reed
Mad Boy – Nick Arvin
Craig and Fred: A Marine, A Stray Dog, and How They Rescued Each Other – Craig Grossi
The Man Who Came Uptown – George Pelecanos
Nobody’s Son – Mark Slouka
Looker – Laura Sims
Midwinter Break – Bernard MacLaverty
Theory of Bastards – Audrey Schulman

Audience suggestions:
The Maze at Windermere – Gregory Blake Smith
House Rules – Jodi Picoult
The Road to Little Dribbling – Bill Bryson
Newcomers – Helen Thorpe
All You Can Ever Know – Nicole Chung
Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, its Chaotic Founding… its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-class Metropolis – Sam Anderson
The Keepers of the House – Shirley Ann Grau
Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead
American Sickness – Elisabeth Rosenthal
A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles
The War Before the War – Andrew Delbanco
Varina – Charles Frazier
Bird Box – Josh Malerman
Running in the Family – Michael Ondaatje
The Weight of Ink – Rachel Kadish
Warlight – Michael Ondaatje
Lawn Boy – Jonathan Evison
The Snow Leopard – Peter Matthiessen
Crooked Heart – Lissa Evans
Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime – Ben Blum
The Heavenly Table – Donald Ray Pollock
The Heart’s Invisible Furies – John Boyne
Cutting for Stone – Abraham Verghese
Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing as We Age – Mary Pipher
Sould Weavings: A Gathering of Women’s Prayers – Lyn Klug, editor
Great Cat Tales – Lesley O’Moro, editor

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