Aggie

Aggie was born in Sarajevo, in the former Yugoslavia, and she holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College. Her top 10 favorite books are (in no particular order):

  1. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
  2. The Lives of Girls and Women, by Alice Munro
  3. They Came Like Swallows, by William Maxwell
  4. Out Stealing Horses, by Per Petterson
  5. One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  6. Housekeeping, by Marilynne Robinson
  7. Disgrace, by J.M. Coetzee
  8. Letters of E.B. White, by E.B. White
  9. Independent People, by Halldor Laxness
  10. As the Birds Bring Forth the Sun, by Alistair MacLeod
Favorite Genres: 
Fiction
Literary Fiction
Memoirs
Mystery
Book Recommendations: 
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Inland: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812992861
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Published: Random House - August 13th, 2019

Great books make us create our own mythology and embark on a journey to ancestral lands that may have never existed. As I was reading Inland by Tea Obreht, I marveled at the beauty of her prose, the exquisite density and luminosity of her sentences. I dare to say, no other book since Beloved by the incomparable Toni Morrison, made me feel such awe at what books can do. You’ll want to reread this spectacular historical novel of the American West over and over again. --Aggie


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Where Reasons End: A Novel Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781984817372
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Published: Random House - February 5th, 2019

When the unimaginable happens, Yiyun Li continues her conversation with her 16-year-old son lost to suicide. If a mother’s grief and words could will Nikolai back into existence, he would be standing here right now. What’s left is only her love shining out of the darkness.  --Aggie


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The Tiger's Wife: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385343848
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - November 1st, 2011

From the very first pages of Tea Obreht's novel The Tiger’s Wife, I felt as if I had just entered a temple, and all of my prayers were answered, at once. This is not an ordinary book; it’s one of those sacred books that brings miracles into people’s lives, page after page bringing me to tears...A passage such as, “and a hazy yellow moon was climbing along the curve of the old basilica on the hill. As it rose, it seemed to be gathering the silence up around it like a net,” feels as if it has been ripped straight from my heart.  Tea’s writing is so evocative, every character, every place that she describes, becomes or already is part of my life. A young doctor Natalia is on a quest to unravel the mystery of her grandfather's sudden departure and his abrupt death not long after he left home (reminiscence of Tolstoy's last days). Read to find out why he went to search for a deathless man (local legend), and what the love story between a young peasant girl and a wild tiger had to do with his disappearance? With her magical storytelling, Tea's resurrecting a whole lost world, a place and a country no longer on the map.--Aggie


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As Close to Us as Breathing: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316384131
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Published: Lee Boudreaux / Back Bay Books - November 1st, 2016

Beautifully written historical novel. From the very first sentence, this multigenerational Jewish family story narrated by Molly, the daughter of one of the three Syrkin sisters, Ada, Vivie and Bec, had me spellbound. It’s about a single tragedy that changed the lives of everyone in the family, and obligation imposed by strong family traditions and expectations. Ultimately, it’s about how family ties can shatter and shelter us, at the same time. --Aggie


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Last Stories Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525558101
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Published: Viking - May 15th, 2018

The most extraordinary stories about ordinary people. --Aggie


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West: A Novel Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781501179358
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Published: Scribner - April 2nd, 2019

An unforgettable historical novel, full of adventure and wonder, longing and hope. Cy Bellman is a 35-year-old widower, living in 1818 Pennsylvania who leaves his 10-year-old daughter Bess in care of his sister, to travel into the uncharted wilderness to search for the mysterious gigantic animals whose giant bones surfaced in a Kentucky swamp.  While young Bess awaits in vain for her father's letters and faces different kinds of dangers at home, Bellman is pursuing his mystical quest, accompanied by a young Shawnee boy. This is a perfect little book, great for book clubs. Oh, and it has one of the most amazing endings I have ever read. --Aggie


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Other People's Love Affairs: Stories Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616207052
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Published: Algonquin Books - August 21st, 2018

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A Lucky Man: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978433
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Published: Graywolf Press - June 4th, 2019

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My Absolute Darling: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735211186
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 26th, 2018

 To read My Absolute Darling is to enter the jungle-like lush world of California's Mendocino coast, overgrown with wild nasturtium, moss, and ferns, where the motherless 14-year-old girl Turtle Alveston lives with her separatist father in a house covered in gnarled rose canes. Nothing can prepare you for the horrors of abuse Turtle must endure, or for the realization that the darkest heart of darkness beats in her father's monstrous chest, or the heartbreaking fearlessness she shows on her hero's journey to the light and freedom. -- Aggie


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The Winter Soldier Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316477604
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 11th, 2018

Daniel Mason's masterful prose is like listening to a church organ's sacred music; every majestic, somber sound is deeply felt in the reader's heart.--Aggie

 


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All the Lives We Never Lived: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982100513
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Published: Atria Books - November 27th, 2018

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Swamplandia! (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307276681
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Published: Vintage - July 26th, 2011

Reading "Swamplandia," by Karen Russell, is to enter a world of such an exquisite and terrifying beauty, where deep, deep in Florida's Everglades, on a remote island, swamp orchids, live oaks and mangroves, lives 13-year-old alligator wrestler Ava with her sister Ossie and brother Kiwi. Their mother had just died, Ossie eloped with her ghost lover, their father Chief Bigtree is away on a business trip, and brother Kiwi is working as a teen janitor for a theme park called the World of Darkness. This is a story about Ava's journey in a fourteen-foot long skiff, with a ghastly Bird Man, looking for her sister through a 1,000,000 acres of wilderness, braving love sickness and ghosts, guided by the terrible longing for her mother and the memory of their love.--Aggie