Six Must Have Books from Mac's Backs

There is nothing like getting lost in a book for hours on end. When we are looking for that next page-turner, we know that Mac’s Backs Books is going to have exactly what we are looking for. As a longtime home for independent authors and hidden gems, Mac’s Backs is the perfect place to find your next read. 

We’ve picked six books that are a must-have for this summer. These books will become your new favorites, ranging from non-fiction to fiction. Support local business, and swing on by Mac’s Backs anytime to ask for one of these titles!

Broken (In The Best Possible Way)

From New York Times bestselling Author Jenny Lawson, Broken is a deeply relatable book on the trials of depression and anxiety. By approaching the all too familiar topics in an honest and humorous way, Lawson paints a picture we can all see ourselves within. Broken leaves readers feeling seen in their struggles, while also equipping them with a humorous outlook to our own issues. 

Mac’s Backs also offers this book in audio format. Download the audiobook or order here:

Crying in H Mart 

Named the best book of April 2021 by the AV Club, Bustle, Good Morning America, Entertainment Weekly, TIME, CNN, and many more, Crying in H Mart is a captivating memoir chronicling the author's experience as a Korean American and her journey in forging her own identity. 

Crying In H Mart is an exquisite story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Michelle Zauner proves herself far more than a dazzling singer, songwriter, and guitarist. With humor and heart, she tells of growing up one of the few Asian American kids at her school in Eugene, Oregon. 

Mac’s Backs also offers this book in audio format. Download the audiobook or order here:

The Man Who Lived Underground

Richard Wright’s work has shaken the narrative of race in America, and he continues to do so even today with the posthumously published “The Man Who Lived Underground.” 

This is the devastating premise of this scorching novel, a masterpiece that Richard Wright was unable to publish in his lifetime. Written between his landmark books Native Son (1940) and Black Boy (1945), at the height of his creative powers. 

Now, for the first time, by special arrangement with the author's estate, the full text of this incendiary novel about race and violence in America, the work that meant more to Wright than any other (“I have never written anything in my life that stemmed more from sheer inspiration”), is published in the form that he intended, complete with his companion essay, “Memories of My Grandmother.” Malcolm Wright, the author’s grandson, contributes an afterword.

Mac’s Backs also offers this book in audio format. Download the audiobook or order here:

A Naturalist's Book of Wildflowers: Celebrating 85 Native Plants in North America

Many of us picked up new hobbies and interests with all the downtime available to us in quarantine. A Naturalist’s Book of Wildflowers is a beautiful guide for any nature enthusiast. This book is an excellent pick for expanding your natural knowledge and will turn your regular nature walk into an adventure into botany.

In this exquisitely detailed naturalist’s handbook, Laura C. Martin provides profiles of 85 wild plants and flowers found across North America, each accompanied by lovingly illustrated and charming watercolor paintings. With dozens of notes, arrows, and details, each chapter encourages the reader to look at the plants as a naturalist would—opening up a whole new way of seeing nature. 

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Tethered To The Stars: Poems 

Sometimes, we just need an opportunity to linger and observe the moments of life we often gloss over. Fady Jouah invites you to take a moment to observe and think of the aspects of the universe. 

His gaze lingers on the interior space of a lung, on a butterfly poised on a filament, on the moon temple atop Huayna Picchu, on a dismembered live oak. In each lingering, Joudah shares with readers the palimpsest of what makes us human. 

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Klara and the Sun: A Novel 

Klara and the Sun, the first novel by Kazuo Ishiguro since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her.

Klara and the Sun is a thrilling book that offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and one that explores the fundamental question: what does it mean to love?

Mac’s Backs also offers this book in audio format. Download the audiobook or order here:

Whether you like a novel, poetry, or nonfiction, Mac’s Backs will have something for you! We highly recommend setting aside an afternoon to explore the shelves for yourself. Let yourself get lost among the titles and come home with a new world to explore. Plus, by shopping locally you are supporting the local community and independent bookstores.