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Bookstore Staff Favorites of 2019

Milkweed Staff — 12/19/2019

Revelatory. Humbling. Globe-trotting. Jagged. These are just a few of the ways we’d describe the past twelve months of reading at the Milkweed bookstore. To close out the year, we took on the incredible challenge of choosing five of our favorite books published in 2019; these lists are as exciting and significant as they are daunting and inexhaustive, and while we adore the authors and titles listed below, these are by no means the only books that moved us this year. That said, be assured that the titles on our lists are well-loved—likely by some of you, too!

Thanks for a beautiful trip around the sun, all! See you in 2020.

Much love,
The Milkweed Books Staff ?


“My year in reading was returning, departing, and jagged.”


“My year in reading was globe-trotting, aquatic, and fun.”


“My year in reading was revelatory, youthful, and hopeful.”


“My year in reading was humbling, enlightening, and mostly creative non-fiction.”


“My year in reading was Florida, cowboys, and gay.”


“My year in reading was depressing, inspirational, and queer.”

AND FINALLY: For the full Milkweed Books reading experience, check out our “Songs to Read to” playlist, a genre-crossing collection of tunes lovingly compiled by your favorite Milkweed booksellers. These songs helped set the mood for our year in reading—so grab a book, get comfortable, and hit play!

?Want to fall in love with our most loved books? Come by the store or give us a call ( ?612-215-2540) and mention the 2019 Staff Favorites newsletter for 10% off your next Milkweed Books purchase! (One coupon per visit, please. Not valid with other offers.)​

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