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The Best Books of 2018

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As we prepare to put a ribbon on 2018, it can be easy to get lost in the shuffle of the holidays. However, some time of reflection is as important this time of year as warm fires or hot cocoa. Here at the Park Station Blog, we love reading. It is our favorite way to pass the time! We wanted to celebrate this year wrapping up by sharing with you some of our favorite books that came out in 2018. If you’re looking for a relaxing way to spend your holidays, sit back, relax, and crack open one of these great books in your beautiful Gaithersburg, MD apartment.

Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday

“A young book editor named Alice embarks on a relationship with an older, prize-winning novelist in Manhattan; an Iraqi-American economist named Amar is detained at Heathrow on his way to visit family in Iraq. This bold, innovative collision of form, tone, and style ingeniously juxtaposes Alice’s dreamworld alongside Amar’s harsh reality, marking Halliday as a singular talent.”

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

“Novelist and English professor Laymon addresses this spellbinding, stylishly written memoir to his mother. Within its pages, he analyzes the experience of being black in America, narrates his lifelong struggles with weight and a gambling addiction, and reflects on his relationships with his mother and grandmother, revealing hard-earned insight.”

The Shape of the Ruins by Juan Gabriel Vasquez, trans. from Spanish by Anne McLean

“Vásquez—author, narrator, and protagonist of this ingenious novel—is pulled into a web of potential conspiracy in Colombia by a radio host named Carballo, who claims to have proof of links between the assassinations of Jorge Eliécer Gaitán (1948) and General Rafael Uribe Uribe (1914). Vásquez’s journey through the dark terrain of his country’s past dynamically illustrates how fiction can address truths history omits.”

What were your favorite books of 2018? Are there any we missed? Be sure to let your friends here at Park Station know in the comments. Thanks for taking the time to read our blog this month!