Hilary's Picks

Hilary moved to Asheville from Charleston, SC in 2016 to start a sustainability studies graduate program. She has a long history of working in bookstores and loves to read environmental nonfiction, travel literature, and children's books, but fiction with fantasy elements is her favorite. Some of her favorite authors are Margaret Atwood, David Mitchell, John Crowley, Cormac McCarthy, Ursula Le Guin, Diana Wynne Jones, Nnedi Okafore, Julia Donaldson, Neil Gaiman, and Edith Wharton.

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The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate--Discoveries from a Secret World Cover Image
By Peter Wohlleben, Tim Flannery (Foreword by), Jane Billinghurst (Translator)
ISBN: 9781771642484
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Published: Greystone Books - September 13th, 2016

This beautiful international bestseller is nonfiction as engrossing as any novel. Wohlleben weaves a tale that paints trees as interconnected, communicative families. You'll never walk through the forest the same way again!

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming Cover Image
By Paul Hawken (Editor), Tom Steyer (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780143130444
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Published: Penguin Books - April 18th, 2017

A comprehensive and surprising approach to combating global warming, Drawdown uses simplistic facts and figures to show the most effective ways to stop climate change in its tracks.

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ISBN: 9780756404741
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Published: Daw Books - April 1st, 2008

The first book in this fantasy epic deserves all the hype its getting. A story within a story, The Name of the Wind creates unique characters and scenes that stick with you. A bit of a slow burn, by the halfway point I was hooked.

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ISBN: 9780812976823
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Published: Random House Trade - June 16th, 2015

After reading Cloud Atlas, I've been slowing working my way through every novel David Mitchell has written and love the fantastical, futuristic tales and interconnected recurring characters integral to his work. The Bone Clocks, like many of his other novels, is a series of snapshots in the form of short stories that eventually connect in the most unexpected and satisfying way.

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ISBN: 9781476738024
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Published: Washington Square Press - May 5th, 2015

You'll fall in love with the gruff, crotchety Ove. This Swedish slice of life tale is a book that sticks with you and that you can't help but recommend to everyone you meet! Heartbreaking, ultimately heartwarming and unforgettable, I wish I could read this for the first time again!

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By Roberto Bolano, Natasha Wimmer (Translator)
ISBN: 9780312427481
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Published: Picador USA - March 4th, 2008

This book has been on my radar for years and I finally read it this year. Pure poetry in novel form, it's mindblowing to think that it is a translation. It made me want to read every word Bolaño has ever written.

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ISBN: 9780142420911
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Published: Speak - July 11th, 2017

A middle grade fiction fantasy about a girl whose physical differences, a source of teasing and insecurity, turn out to be the link to her magical powers. Set in Nigeria, Akata Witch is the most inventive fantasy series I've read since Harry Potter.

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ISBN: 9780545433167
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Published: Graphix - February 23rd, 2016

This all-ages graphic novel series is inventive, colorful, and creative. Kibuishi creates a dark and engrossing world with floating islands, elves, evil amulets, and adventure. I can't wait for book 8!

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ISBN: 9780393609097
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 7th, 2017

Gaiman's latest is a retelling of some of the most famous tales in Norse myth. Gaiman's British wit is the perfect narrator for the adventures of Odin, Loki, and the rest of the Norse cast of characters. His Mythology is hilarious and heartbreaking and tells these old legends in an inventive, new voice.

Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy: Annihilation; Authority; Acceptance Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374261177
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Published: Fsg Originals - November 18th, 2014

An alternate universe? An alien attack? Nature's response to the abuses of humanity? In Vandermeer's trilogy, a group of researchers disappear into unknown territory when an 'incident' occurs in the Southern US. With Lovecraftian suspense, beautiful imagery, and a wholly unique premise, I was completely absorbed and so terrified that I had to read it in broad daylight.

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ISBN: 9780374104108
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - May 6th, 2014

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ISBN: 9780374104115
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - September 2nd, 2014