Catastrophe Reading List

You say you read The Plague in high school and aren’t eager to revisit Camus in 2020? There are plenty of newer books that put catastrophe and grieving at the fore. They aren’t exactly escapist in these days, but they are remarkable reading.

 

A Children's Bible: A Novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781324005032
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 12th, 2020

Critics have found great adjectives--”blistering,” “ mordant,” “unflinching”--for this forthcoming novel about an apocalypse understood more by alienated teens than their heedless parents.


The End of October: A novel Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780525658658
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Published: Knopf - April 28th, 2020

Wright, a nonfiction writer known for the Scientology expose, Going Clear, creates a thriller about a hero epidemiologist.


The Glass Hotel: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525521143
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Published: Knopf - March 24th, 2020

If Station Eleven was your favorite dystopian novel, this is your new bunker reading.


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ISBN: 9780525657606
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Published: Knopf - July 21st, 2020

The Black Death claims the son of a playwright and his remarkable wife in 16th-century Stratford-on-Avon.


Leave the World Behind: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062667632
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Published: Ecco - October 6th, 2020

There’s an ominous Get Out vibe to this story of two families unexpectedly sharing a vacation home as things fall apart.


Migrations: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250204028
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Published: Flatiron Books - August 4th, 2020

Echoes of Moby-Dick as this heroine follows the last migration of Arctic terns in a world where most animals have become extinct.


Sin Eater: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982124106
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Published: Atria Books - April 7th, 2020

Wholly unexpected mix of history and fantasy in this death-haunted story of a 14-year-old girl sentenced to a life of isolation.


Severance: A Novel Cover Image
By Ling Ma
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250214997
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Published: Picador - May 7th, 2019

A recent-history satire stuffed with a pandemic, a survivor cult, Biblical proportions and even a shopping mall.


Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780142001431
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Published: Penguin Books - April 30th, 2002

A novel from 2002 about the plague year of 1666. A housemaid who isn’t down with superstition  observes the disintegration of her village.


Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780393358155
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 7th, 2020

Pandemics and racism have gone hand-in-hand before. But in 1900, in San Francisco, health officials triumphed.


The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780525563389
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Published: Vintage - March 3rd, 2020

An environmental history class between covers, taught by the best science professor you could wish for. A book to ponder as we define our new normals.


Superbugs: Deadly Microbes and the Extraordinary Race for a Cure: A Tale of Human Ingenuity Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780735217515
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Published: Avery - June 9th, 2020

It’s a virus that has our attention right now, but the antibiotic crisis looms.