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Sip and Savor 2019

Please enjoy this curated reading list, developed by the librarians at the Rye Free Reading Room. Discover a new author based on your preferred wine characteristics, and happy reading!

Acidic – A book that pushes, sharpens, illuminates

  • A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman
  • The Speed of Falling Objects by Nancy Richardson Fischer
  • Himself by Jess Kidd
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Wilder Girls by Rory Power 
  • The Uncollected David Rakoff by David Rakoff (edited by Timothy G. Young)
  • Calypso, by David Sedaris
  • Dry by Neal Shusterman (Young Adult) 

Dry – A book that pares, tightens, pinpoints 

  • The Valedictorian of Being Dead: The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live by Heather Armstrong
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  • The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
  • Less by Andrew Sean Greer
  • The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory
  • Nutshell by Ian McEwan
  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Otessa Moshfegh
  • Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Earthy – A book that grounds, inspires, absorbs

  • What Should be Wild by Julia Fine
  • Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
  • The Sun and her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
  • H is for Hawk, By Helen MacDonald
  • Upstream: Selected Essays, by Mary Oliver
  • The Overstory by Richard Powers
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
  • My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor
  • The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant

Full bodied – A book that lingers, impacts, compels

  • The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown
  • Refugee by Alan Gratz (Young Adult)
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  • When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  • The Grace Year by Kim Ligget (Young Adult)
  • A Marker to Measure Drift by Alexander Maksik
  • The Door by Magda Szabo

Herbal – A book that is digestible, thoughtful, contemplative

  • An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler
  • A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
  • Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande
  • Dry Heart by Natalia Ginzburg
  • A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley (Graphic Novel)
  • Someone by Alice McDermott
  • Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers
  • The Art of War, by Sunzi
  • Stoner, By John Williams

Jammy – A book with sumptuousness, ripeness, brightness

  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow (Young Adult)
  • The Photograph, by Penelope Lively
  • The Witches of New York by Ami McKay
  • Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: the inspiring story of the woman who saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery
  • The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Light bodied – A book that refreshes, energizes, snaps

  • The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
  • Evvie Drake Starts over by Linda Holmes 
  • The Tea Dragon Festival by Katie O’Neill
  • The Passion Dream Book by Whitney Otto
  • Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

Minerally – A book  that shocks, refreshes, cleanses

  • Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
  • Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday
  • A Separation by Katie Kitamura
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (Young Adult)
  • Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaatje
  • Normal People by Sally Rooney
  • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  • Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson

Oaky – A book that is layered, deep, revelatory

  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  • Lovely War by Julie Berry (Young Adult)
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming
  • The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
  • The Seven Good Years: A Memoir, by Etgar Keret
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (Young Adult)
  • Life of Pi, by Yann Martel
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Sweet – A book that delights, comforts, relaxes

  • The other side of air by Jeanne Braselton
  • Can’t wait to get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg
  • Crime and Poetry by Amanda Flowers
  • The Library at the Edge of the World by Felicity Hayes-McCoy
  • At home in Mitford by Jan Karon
  • The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
  • Love among the ruins by Angela Thirkell

Tannic – A book that intrigues, tricks, bedevils

  • Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
  • Open City by Teju Cole
  • House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  • Crossing the lines by Sulari Gentill
  • Whose Body by Dorothy Sayers
  • The Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Takami
  • The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton