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It’s the perfect time to escape into a book. Arts editor Judith Pereira and Western Arts Correspondent Marsha Lederman on the book trends this year, the silver lining of the pandemic’s effect on independent booksellers, and what you should cozy up and read.

All the books mentioned in this episode (in order):

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doer

Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann

Fight Night by Miriam Toews

The Strangers by Katherena Vermette

Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout

All’s Well by Mona Awad

Matrix by Lauren Groff

We Want What We Want by Alix Ohlin

Bewilderment by Richard Powers

Astra by Cedar Bowers

Care Of by Ivan Coyote

Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch by Rivka Galchen

What Strange Paradise by Omar el Akkad

Return of the Trickster by Eden Robinson

Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen

Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder

On Animals by Susan Orlean

Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

Middlemarch by George Elliot