You’re at a cocktail party, and the people around you begin talking about The Catcher in the Rye. You’ve never gotten around to reading it. You slink over to another cluster of friends. They’re talking about Ulysses. You’ve never gotten around to finishing it. Following is The Corpus, all the books you need to read to avoid appearing illiterate at cocktail parties. Clicking on a cover will take you to the book’s Amazon page. Send comments, suggestions, and expressions of outrage to valleyofscribes at gmail dot com.

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Hatchlings
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A prophetic collection of speculative short fiction
Stunning, harrowing, and brilliantly imagined —Emily St. John Mandel
The second book in The Broken Earth trilogy
Shatters the stillness —NPR
A combination of thriller, fantasy, and historical novel
A terrific, suspenseful tale —Kirkus
A novel of dynasty building and cultural destruction
Lovely, dark, and deep —NPR
An intense reimagining of the Trojan War
Brings new life to a classic epic —Library Journal (starred review)
A debut novel about a girl's coming of age
Powerful and vividly wrought —San Francisco Chronical
A 16-year-old girl searches for her missing mother
Hilarious, heartbreaking, and true. —NPR
A dramatic family reunion, where simmering tensions come to a head
A big, brilliant novel —Lily King
An account of the Salem witch trials
This book needs a seat belt —Kathryn Harrison
An adventure into the dark heart of America
A strange and beautiful genre-busting novel —Elizabeth McCracken
 
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