Give the gift of a towering TBR pile this season, and help a friend find a new favorite author. From Donna Tartt’s The Secret History‘s selection as December’s Read with Jenna pick, to Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things celebrating its 10th anniversary and its status as a November Reese Book Club pick, it’s no surprise that love for modern classics is on the rise.

Browse some of our staff’s favorite evergreen authors below, and view expanded collections of their backlist works on Edelweiss.


Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

From the New York Times bestselling author of Parable of the Sower and MacArthur “Genius” Grant, Nebula, and Hugo award winner.

The visionary time-travel classic whose Black female hero is pulled through time to face the horrors of American slavery and explores the impacts of racism, sexism, and white supremacy then and now.

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Browse Octavia Butler’s Backlist Collection.


My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Mossfegh

“One of the most compelling protagonists modern fiction has offered in years: a loopy, quietly furious pillhead whose Ambien ramblings and Xanaxed b*tcheries somehow wend their way through sad and funny and strange toward something genuinely profound.” — Entertainment Weekly

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Browse Ottessa Moshfegh’s backlist collection.


Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic aristocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets. . . . From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes “a terrifying twist on classic gothic horror” (Kirkus Reviews) set in glamorous 1950s Mexico.

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Browse Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s backlist collection.


Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE • The beloved first novel featuring Olive Kitteridge, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Oprah’s Book Club pick Olive, Again

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Browse Elizabeth Strout’s backlist collection.


Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

A mindbending, relentlessly surprising thriller from the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy.

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Browse Blake Crouch’s backlist collection.

Treat Your Shelf to Evergreen Authors

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