Tiffany Baker's delightful debut, The Little Giant of Aberdeen County, was met with critical and audience acclaim when it was published four years ago. Baker's just-published third book, Mercy Snow, tells the stories of two disparate families living in a small New Hampshire town. Our reviewer declares Baker as "an expert in placing the reader into the souls of her characters. Readers will be eager to see what’s next from this talented writer." (Read our full review of the book.)

We were curious about the books Tiffany has enjoyed reading lately, so we asked her to recommend three recent favorites. She graciously agreed, giving us not three recommendations, but four! 


I’m one of those people who always has a minimum of two books going at once and stacks of books by my bed. Usually, I’m reading something for fun, something for research and then something because someone has recommended it as useful. Oh, and cookbooks. I like to browse those, too. Here’s what’s in my pile right now:

 

Delicate Edible Birds
By Lauren Groff

This is a short story collection that came out in 2009 and that I periodically dip in and out of. I am a huge fan of Lauren Groff. Her writing is simultaneously dreamy and precise, spare and lush, and she is very, very smart. I don’t usually love short stories, but the tales in this collection feel so complete and each one is so interesting. She rewrites the story of Abelard and Heloise, imagines the downfall of a dictator’s wife, and the title story, set in World War II, is simply amazing.

 

Telex from Cuba
By Rachel Kushner

I’m late to the party with this one, I realize, but this book is so completely amazing. Kushner absolutely pulls off making you feel immersed in the tropical confusion of Cuba right before the revolution. Also, without spoiling anything, I can’t believe some of the gutsy character moves she pulls off—and gets away with. I’m totally envious of and pleased with this book. It’s one of those novels that gives you ideas in the best possible way.


 

Quiet: The Power of the Introvert
By Susan Cain

When two of your three children’s teachers tell you to read this book, you do, and I’m so glad that I am. It’s so easy to overlook the more introverted child, or to try to push them to be different, and it’s also so easy to put those pressures on yourself. This book reminds me that it’s easier to paddle with the current than fight against it. You’ll go much farther much faster.

 

 

Ottolenghi: The Cookbook 
By Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

A dear friend gave this to me for Christmas, and it’s everything you’d want in a cookbook. Gorgeous photographs, friendly and engaging writing, and oh my goodness, the food is to die for. I can’t wait to cook everything in it over the course of 2014—the perfect break from writing.

 


 

What do you think, readers? Will Mercy Snow—or any of Baker's recommended books—be going on your TBR list?

(Author photo by Lauren Drever)

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