One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez.
I read Love in the Time of Cholera and The Autumn of the Patriarch and really liked them both. Garcia-Marquez is a beautiful writer and his stories are dripping with relatable human intrigue.
This is a well known novel so if you’ve read it let me know and I’ll withdraw it.
I've read this twice but would read it again. I think it gets better with each read.
All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr.
Sailor Song by Ken Kesey
This epic tale of the north is a vibrant moral fable for our time. Set in the near future in the fishing village of Kuinak, Alaska, a remnant outpost of the American frontier not yet completely overcome by environmental havoc and mad-dog development, Sailor Song is a wild, rollicking novel, a dark and cosmic romp. The town and its denizenscolorful refugees from the Lower Forty-Eight and DEAPs (Descendants of Early Aboriginal Peoples)are seduced and besieged by a Hollywood crew, come to film the classic children's book The Sea Lion. The ensuing turf war escalates into a struggle for the soul of the town as the novel spins and swirls toward a harrowing climax. Writing with a spectacular range of language and style, Kesey has given us a unique and powerful novel about America.
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (I will warn that the author hopes to make this a triology, this is the first).
The Emperor needs necromancers.
The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.
Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead nonsense.
Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. Her characters leap off the page, as skillfully animated as arcane revenants. The result is a heart-pounding epic science fantasy.
Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
The best-selling author of Stiff and Bonk explores the irresistibly strange universe of space travel and life without gravity. From the Space Shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA’s new space capsule, Mary Roach takes us on the surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.
Cathedral Stories by Raymond Carver
Raymond Carver’s third collection of stories, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, including the canonical titular story about blindness and learning to enter the very different world of another. These twelve stories mark a turning point in Carver’s work and “overflow with the danger, excitement, mystery and possibility of life. . . . Carver is a writer of astonishing compassion and honesty. . . . his eye set only on describing and revealing the world as he sees it. His eye is so clear, it almost breaks your heart” (Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World).
The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
They made it into a movie with Nicole Kidman and other really good actors but I the book has a lot of press before the movie came out!
Annie and Buster Fang are the children of famous performance artists who, in the late 80s and early 90s, perform public interactive pieces with audiences who are unaware that they are performers and whose acts typically involve their children whom they film and credit as child A (Annie) and child B (Buster).