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So many books, so little time—and so little money, too. Stocking up on newly released hardcovers can really put the hurt on your wallet. Thankfully, you can always turn to the DC Public Library, but you might have to compete with all of the other book lovers in Washington. Here’s a small guide to which of the National Book Festival’s participants’ acclaimed books have big time library holds, according to their online catalog as of press time.
The Great Believers by Rebecca MakkaiThis novel, which follows a group of young men in Chicago during the AIDS epidemic and explores the ways it still impacts characters’ lives in the present day, won multiple awards and was a National Book Award and Pulitzer finalist. DCPL Copies: 56, 1 in large printDCPL Holds: 209, 38 for large printMakkai will discuss The Great Believers at 10 a.m. on the Fiction Stage.
Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David EpsteinEpstein, a former ProPublica reporter, lays out the case for cultivating a diverse skill set instead of focusing on a few facets.DCPL Copies: 24DCPL Holds: 92Epstein will discuss Range at 10 a.m. on the Understanding Our World Stage.
The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 by Rick AtkinsonAtkinson’s first volume in his Revolutionary War trilogy covers the first 20 months of the battle against the British.DCPL Copies: 14DCPL Holds: 44Atkinson will discuss The British Are Coming at 7 p.m. on the History & Biography Stage.
The Other Americans by Laila LalamiPulitzer finalist Lalami’s new novel follows multiple narrators in the wake of a Moroccan immigrant’s death in a suspicious hit-and-run.DCPL Copies: 20DCPL Holds: 35Lalami will discuss The Other Americans at 5 p.m. on the Fiction Stage.
Vegetables Unleashed by José Andrés and Matt GouldingJames Beard Award-winning writer Goulding and star chef and D.C. legend Andrés’ new cookbook hopes to highlight the power of vegetables to replace—and transcend—what meat does in dishes.DCPL Copies: 17DCPL Holds: 23Andrés will discuss Vegetables Unleashed and We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time at 1 p.m. on the Main Stage.