Previous Books to Watch

March 3, 2020 ____________________________BACK to our newest list

apeirogon Apeirogon
Column McCann

Two fathers, an Israeli & Palestinian, live in a world of conflict–yet in tragedy they find friendship.
mirror light The Mirror and the Light
(Wolf Hall Trilogy, 3)

Hilary Mantel

The end of Mantel's monumental study of the powerful man behind Henry VIII's throne.
big lies small town Big Lies in a Small Town
Diane Chamberlain

A mystery set in a small town, and a tale of three artists who lived there over a span of 80 years.
my dark vanessa My Dark Vanessa
Kate Elizabeth Russell

A 15-year-old has an affair with her 40-year-old teacher. Then it is 17 years later… and #MeToo bursts on the scene. Explosive.
deacon king kong Deacon King Kong
James McBride

A quirky, at times even hilarious, story of those who bore witness to a fatal shooting in the late 60s.

night watchman Night Watchman
Louise Erdrich

A powerful story, based on Erdrich's own grandfather, who fought to keep Indian lands out of U.S. hands.
girl louding voice Girl with the Louding Voice
Abi Daré

A young Nigerian woman is determined to fight for her dreams.
oona out of order Oona Out of Order
Margarita Montimore

A remarkably inventive novel that explores what it means to live in the moment, even if those moments are out of order.
good neighbor A Good Neighborhood
Therese Anne Fowler

Things were perfect…until they weren't. Life gets complicated in modern suburbia!
saint x Saint X
Alexis Schaitkin

The death of a teenager while on vacation in the Caribbean reverberates through many lives and many years.
greenwood christie Greenwood
Michael Christie

The rise & fall of a family's fortunes are tied to its vast old-growth forest. A magnificent saga.
sun down motel Sun Down Motel
Simone St. James

Something's not been right at the Sun Down for a long time. Could it be haunted? Carly Kirk is about to find out. Spooky.
in five years In Five Years
Rebecca Serle

It was a perfect day until Dannie woke up 5 years in the future … with a completely different man.
writers lovers Writers & Lovers
Lily King

An aspiring writer tries to find herself after losing her mother. She's 30, alone in Boston, and has nothing to hold onto.


February 22, 2020__________________________BACK to our newest list

american dirt American Dirt
Jeanine Cummins

Rave reviews. A Mexican mother and young son run for their lives, making the long trek to the US.
separation anxiety Separation Anxiety
Laura Zigman

Poor Judy, middle-aged and anxious. Can coddling the pooch in a baby sling save a marriage? Funny and poignant.
authenticity Authenticity Project
Clare Pooley

A single green notebook brings together strangers, leading to friendship and even love.

splendid vile The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz
Erik Larson

An intimate picture of the great man defying the German Blitz.
bear krivak The Bear
Andrew Krivak

A gorgeous fable of Earth’s last two humans, a girl & her father, who live in an Edenic future.

such fun age Such a Fun Age
Kiley Reid

A black babysitter and her priveleged white employer confront an unforseen fall-out from an incident in a grocery store.
dear edward Dear Edward
Ann Napolitano

The lone survivor of a plane crash, young Edward struggles to learn what it means to truly live again.
things jars Things in Jars
Jess KIdd

Searching for a missing girl, super-sleuth Birdie treds thru Victorian London streets…and unearths a secret past best left alone.
eight perfect murders Eight Perfect Murders
Peter Swanson

A bookstore owner creates a list of perfect murder mysteries. But someone is using the list…for real.
third rainbow girl Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia
Emma Copely Eisenberg

Unsolved murders inspire this true crime story–memior. Insightful.
long bright river Long Bright River
Liz Moore

A police procedural–family drama about two sisters: one a cop, one an addict. Propulsive.
this happiness This Is Happiness
Niall Williams

A young Dubliner in a cozy Irish village. Washington Post critic says reading this book is "truly happiness" in itself.
long petal of sea Long Petal of the Sea
Isabel Allende

The epic tale of young couple fleeing Spain after the civil war. Pub Weekly calls it "majestic."
weather offill Weather
Jenny Offill

Overwhelmed librarian is caught up in doomsday predictions as she fields letters from a podcast. Sardonic, funny, and wise.


Jun/Jul 2019_______________________________BACK to our newest list

bookish life nina hill Bookish Life of Nina Hill
Abbi Waxman

Introvert Nina learns she has a huge extended family–& they all want to meet her… Oh nooooo!!
scent keeper Scent Keeper
Erica Bauermeister

Emmeline's talent for identifying scents aids her in a journey of self-discovery once she leaves her remote childhood home.
city of girls City of Girls
Elizabrth Gilbert

In the 1940s, Vivian heads to glitzy NYC, where she learns far, far more than she ever bargained for.
stationery shop Stationery Shop
Marjan Kamali

In 1953, Roya's hopes of marrying Bahman are dashed when he disappears during the Iranian coup d'etat. What happened to him?
evvie drake starts over Evvie Drake Starts Over
Linda Holmes

A funny, charming rom-com in which long-time friends find love and new beginnings.

stay sexy dont get murdered Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered: How to Guide
Kilagraff and Hardstack

The popular My Favorite Murder podcasters share their personal struggles and deepest fears.
late migrations Late Migrations
Margaret Renkl

A gorgeous memoir of family loss and the consolations of beauty & death in the natural world.
three women Three Women
Lisa Taddeo

A riveting true story about the sex lives of three very different American women, based on nearly a decade of reporting
nickel boys Nickel Boys
Colson Whitehead

Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that warped the lives of 1000s of children.
underland macarlane Underland
Robert MacFarlane

An extraordinary journey in "deep time" — exploring what lies  beneath both the natural world and ancient civilizations.
recursion crouch Recursion
Blake Couch

A force sweeping the world threatens not only minds but the very fabric of time itself. Thrilling sci-fi.
unhoneymooners lauren Unhoneymooners
Christina Lauren

They're not married & can't stand one another. But when a chance for a free honeymoon crops up, what's there to lose?
resistance women Resistance Women
Jennifer Chiaverini

An intimate, historical tale of four women who do what they can to help the resistance in Germany.
whisper network Whisper Network
Chandler Baker

A new boss takes over. But whispers surround the way he's treated women for years. A bitterly funny, bracing, & timely thriller.


May 20, 2019_____________________________BACK to our newest list

ask again yes Ask Again, Yes
Mary Beth Keane

Friendship between two families is breached when tragedy occurs. About the power of forgiveness.
furious hours Furious Hours
Casey Cep

A series of rural Alabama murders inspired Harper Lee to write again, years after To Kill a Mockingbird.
book woman troublesome Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
Kim Michele Richardson

An indomitable librarian travels by pack horse to deliver books during the Great Depression.

guest book blake Guest Book
Sarah Blake

Past mistakes & betrayals ripple through generations of a privileged American family, that used to "run the world."
bride test Bride Test
Helen Hoang

A young Vietnamese woman travels to America hoping to find a husband and a better life.

the last jameson The Last
Hanna Jameson

A historian documents his days hiding out in a Swiss hotel after a nuclear war… when the body of a young girl is found.
cape may cheek Cape May
Chip Cheek

A naive young couple in Cape May meets up with rich, urban sophisticates. Uh-oh.
light from other stars Light from Other Stars
Erika Swyler

A town falls into a sinkhole in time, and a spacecraft prepares a planet for colonization race to fix their life support system.
courting mr lincoln Courting Mr Lincoln
Louis Bayard

The courtship of Mary Todd and Abe Lincoln in this delightful new take on American history.
mother in law Mother-in-Law
Sally Hepworth

When a family matriarch dies unexpectedly, evidence points to possible homicide… and too many family members with motives.
farm ramos The Farm
Joanne Ramos

Set in a luxurious secret facility where women who need money bear children for the wealthy.
southern lady code Southern Lady Code
Helen Ellis

Humorous, even hilarious, essays on southern etiquette and traditions from an Alabamian now living in NYC.
flight portfolio Flight Portfolio
Julie Orringer

American journalist Varian Fry’s helps famous artists out of Nazi-occupied France.
woman no importance Woman of No Importance
Sofia Purnell

The book's subtitle says it all: "The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II." A Gripping story of a true hero.


April 20, 2019____________________________BACK to our newest list

boy swallows universe Boy Swallows Universe
Trent Dalton

A wonderful tale of a boy’s coming of age in 1980s Australia–infused with crime, magic & fate.
lost roses Lost Roses
Martha Hall Kelly

A prequel to the author's beloved Lilac Girls. Set on the cusp of WW I–fleeing the collapse of Russia & the Romanov family.
editor rowley The Editor
Steven Rowley

A young writer meets his new editor–who's none other than Jackie Kennedy Onassis! Whoa…
maybe you should talk Maybe You Should to Talk to Someone
Lori Gottlieb

A gaze into the process of psychotherapy while the author battles her own demons.
girl he used to know Girl He Used to Know
Tracey Gravis Graves

A woman on the autism spectrum bumps into an old sweetheart, sparking hope for something more.
miracle creek Miracle Creek
Angie Kim

A web of lies surrounds a fatal fire at an unusual treatment facility in this courtroom drama. Learning & page-turning in one book.
honey bus Honey Bus
Meredith May

A moving memoir of how helping her grandfather tend his beehives helped a troubled girl survive.
normal people Normal People
Sally Rooney

A young Irish couple gets together, splits up, gets together, splits up…but no spoilers here. Humor and insight throughout.
i miss you when i blink I Miss You When I Blink
Mary Laura Philpott

Musings on the ups & downs of life as a mother-wife-career woman. Big-hearted & funny.
parisian hammad The Parisian
Isabella Hammad

The life of one man against the stormy backdrop of Palestine in the final years of British occupation. Big, beautiful, packed.
last stone Last Stone
Mark Bowden

True crime story, focused on a heartbreaking 40-year-old cold case. Riveting.
queenie carty williams  Queenie
Candice Carty-Williams

The life and loves of Queenie Jenkins, a vibrant, troubled 25-year-old Jamaican Brit who is not having a very good year.
lights all night long Lights All Night Long
Lydia Fitzpatrick

Devoted brothers, a world apart, (Russia & the US) are enmeshed in a mystery.
trust exercise Trust Exercise
Susan Choi

First love for high school drama students twists into something much darker; Choi has won big kudos for this work.
lost and wanted Lost and Wanted
Nell Freudenberg

An MIT physicist gets a text from her dead best friend. Big issues, yet smart and witty.
women talking Women Talking
Miriam Toews

Sexually abused Mennonite women gather to talk about their options–the 1st time any have ever spoken up for themselves.


March 20, 2019____________________________BACK to our newest list

beautiful bad Bad Beautiful
Annie Ward

A psychological thriller that  begins with a 911 call from a couple with a 3-year-old son.
impossible climb Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life
Mark Synnott

The true story of a young man who climbed 3,000 feet of a sheer rock face–and stunned the world.
before she knew him Before She Knew Him
Peter Swanson

A twisty, fast-paced  thriller depicting picket-fence suburbia's seamy, murderous underside.
island sea women Island of Sea Women
Lisa See

Set on Korea's Jeju Island, where women divers, called the Haenyeo, risk their lives in hard physical labor. A tale of young friendship.

bird king Bird King
G. Willow Wilson

A swashbuckling fantasy novel amid an epic clash between cultures during the Spanish Inquisition.
little faith Little Faith
Nickolas Butler

A family is ripped apart and nearly destroyed when one of its own becomes involved with a radical church.
care feeding ravenous Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls
Anissa Gray

A trio of sisters reel from a criminal conviction in this moving debut.

lost night Lost Night
Andrea Bartz

A woman must confront gaps in her memory as she investigates the death of best friend a decade earlier.
gingerbread Gingerbread
Helen Oyeyemi

A novel set in the land of fairy tales that riffs on "Hansel and Gretel" … without the breadcrumbs.
priory orange tree Priory of the Orange Tree
Samantha Shannon

A massive epic fantasy with court intrigue, travel in dangerous lands, fantastical religions, blood and, of course, love. A #1 bestseller.
hunting party Hunting Party
Lucy Foley

Old friends gather in a English manse… but one  turns up dead. Agatha would be thrilled.

say nothing Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland
Patrick Radden Keefe

A gripping account of a murder and its aftermath when peace finally comes to Belfast.
huntress quinn The Huntress
Kate Quinn

A Nazi "Huntress" commits unspeakable war crimes then vanishes in the postwar chaos.
we must be brave We Must Be Brave
Frances Liardet

In WWII England, a childless woman discovers joy after she begins caring for a young girl. A beautiful story of love and loss.


March 5, 2019____________________________BACK to our newest list

at wolfs table At the Wolf's Table
Rosella Postorino

Haunting story of young women forced to protect Hitler…by testing his food for poison every day.
last year of war Last Year of the War
Susan Meissner

Two girls meet in a US internment camp during WWII. Eventually separated, they spend decades searching for one another.
city middle of night City in the Middle of the Night
Charlie Jane Anders

Exiled from the city on planet January, Sophie befriends an unusual species.
lost man Lost Man
Jane Harper

Three brothers in the Australian Outback: one is found dead–by his own hand … or not. Deeply buried secrets begin to surface.
daisy jones the six Daisy Jones & The Six
Taylor Jenkins Reid

A rock band–headed by beautiful & talented Daisy Jones–breaks up, & we learn why.
river peter heller
The River
Peter Heller

Camping, two young men feel the force of nature–a rampaging forest fire and a heated domestic dispute. It all means trouble.
friend is gift you give yourself Friend is a Gift You Give Yourself
William Boyle

An unlikely trio of women band together to escape the clutches of the mob. A screwball crime noir!
wartime sisters Wartime Sisters
Lynda Cohen Loigman

Estranged sisters, burdened with their own shocking secrets, are reunited at the Springfield Armory in the early days of WWII.
golden child Golden Child
Claire Adam

Set in Trinidad, a father must make a devastating choice regarding his twin sons.
when all is said When All Is Said
Anne Griffin

At the bar of a grand hotel sits 84-year-old Maurice. Pull up a stool & refresh your drink: we're about to hear his remarkable story.
good riddance Good Riddance
Elinor Lipman

Daphne tosses out her late mother's old year book, unleashing a series of crazy events.
where forest meets stars Where the Forest Meets the Stars
Glendy Vanderah

A mysterious girl, a researcher in rural illinois, & a reclusive neighbor learn to love and trust again.
in another time In Another Time
Jillian Cantor

A blend of historical and science fiction: it's WWII, & two young people fall in love in Germany.
woman is no man Woman Is No Man
Etaf Rum

Three generations of Palestinian-American women are torn between individual desire & the strict mores of Arab culture.


February 15, 2019_________________________BACK to our newest list

adele slimani Adele
Leila Slimani

A brilliant character study of a 35-year-old married woman who seduces every man in sight.
lost children archive Lost Children Archive
Valeria Luiselli

A remarkable fictional take on families trying to enter the U.S. Intimate, intelligent & emotional.
age of light Age of Light
Whitney Scharer

The tumultuous story of photographers Man Ray & Lee Miller, former model, in 1930s Paris.
lost girls paris Lost Girls of Paris
Pam Jenoff

Based on real-life WW II history: a team of British female spies dropped behind Nazi lines in German occupied Europe.
black leopard Black Leopard, Red Wolf
Marion James

An African "Game of Thrones" fantasy in which a missing boy may be heir to a fabled kingdom.

more than words More Than Words
Jill Santopolo

A hotel heiress takes care of her dying father and discovers his deepest held secrets. A tale of self-discovery for Nina.
bowlaway Bowlaway
Elizabeth McCracken

Whimsical take on an odd-ball group of people who adore one another and adore bowling.
next year in havana Next Year in Havana
Chanel Cleeton

In Havana, a Cuban-American woman discovers a long hidden family secret–leading to a new understanding of her true self.
early riser Early Riser
Jasper Fforde

Richly detailed, humorous dystopia about most of Wales hibernating through the harsh, wild Winter.
night tiger Night Tiger
Yangsze Choo

A young houseboy and a dressmaker's apprentice are drawn into a mystery in 1930s Malaya. Sumptuous & riveting.

falconer czapnik Falconer
Dana Czapnik

A teen basketball player, smart, talented & female, struggles to grow up in NYC in 1993.

one day in december One Day in December
Josie Silver

A lovely, propulsive romance about two people, missed connections at love, and final chances. Read it any time of year.
girls 17 swann street Girls at 17 Swann Street Yara Zgheib

The riveting tale of a dancer turned anorexic now fighting for her life.
silent patient Silent Patient
Alex Michaelides

A wife mysteriously shoots her  husband–then refuses to utter another word. But a pyschologist believes he can win her over.
her one mistake Her One Mistake
Heidi Perks

Bone-chilling work of psychological suspense in which a woman loses her best friend's daughter.

storytellers secret Storyteller's Secret
Sejal Badani

After a miscarriage, a journalist heads to India to learn about her remarkable grandmother and a family legacy.
last romantics Last Romantics
Tara Conklin

A sweeping yet intimate epic about an American family: reminiscent of Ian McEwan's Atonement.
winter sister Winter Sister
Megan Collins

When a woman heads home to help her ailing mother, she must come to grips with the death of her sister 16 years earlier.


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au pair rous Au Pair
Emma Rous

A strange photo causes Seraphine to wonder about her identity & the family's deepest secrets.
late in day Late in the Day
Tessa Hadley

The death of one man has a devastating impact on his wife and the couple who have been dear friends for years.
code name lisa Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became World War II's Most Highly Decorated Spy
Larry Loftis
Reads like a thriller.
only woman in room Only Woman in the Room
Marie Benedict

A novel based on the true story of film star Hedy Lamarr and her brilliant invention to help the U.S. war effort.
current johnston The Current
Tim Johnston

A young woman turns Nancy Drew after losing her friend in an accident. But was it an accident?
paragon hotel Paragon Hotel
Lyndsay Faye

In 1921 a white woman flees the mob & the East Coast, finding refuge in a hotel for people of color in Portland, Oregon.
elsey come home Elsey Come Home
Susan Conley

An American expat in China attends a retreat to try to cope with old hurts and losses.
she lies in wait lodge She Lies in Wait
Gytha Lodge

A teen girl went missing; 30 years later her body turns up & a small-town cop is determined to find the truth.

freefall flotis Freefall
Jessica Berry

A woman with a secret survives a plane crash only to be stalked by a ruthless killer.
water cure Water Cure
Sophie Mackintosh

A dystopic fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island, raised to fear men. And then a boy and 2 men wash ashore
ghost wall Ghost Wall
Sarah Moss

A teen joins a group enacting life in the iron age but fears enactment of that age's brutality.
weight of piano Weight of a Piano
Chris Cander

Two women and the piano that inexorably ties their lives together through time and across continents.
kiss quotient  Kiss Quotient
Helen Haong

An autistic woman takes a methodical approach to learning about sex but gets a lesson in love.

winter of the witch  Winter of the Witch
Katherine Arden

Last in the series of The Bear and The Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower—a trilogy critics have called "bewitching."


January 10, 2019_________________________ BACK to our newest list

12 dogs christmas 12 Dogs of Christmas
David Rosenfelt

Love dogs? Consider this for the next Christmas season.
looker sims Looker
Laura Sims

A woman whose obsession with the beautiful actress on her block drives her to the edge.
adults hulse The Adults
Caroline Hulse

An ex-husband and wife holiday together with their partners and daughter. What could go wrong?
maid land The Maid
Stephanie Land

A single mother struggles in poverty to raise her daugher while working for well-off clients.
dreamers walker The Dreamers
Karen Thompson Walker

An ordinary town is transformed by a mysterious illness that triggers perpetual sleep.
no exit adams No Exit
Taylor Adams

Four strangers, a blizzard, a kidnapped child, and a young woman desperate to outwit a vicious psychopath.
far field Far Field
Madhuri Vijay

A young Indian woman sets out for a Himalayan village in the troubled region of Kashmir.
once upon river setterfield Once Upon a River
Diane Setterfield

A powerful novel about the disappearance of three little girls and its devastating effect on their small town.

gown robson The Gown
Jennifer Robson

Two women befriend one another as they create the gown for Prince Elizabeth's wedding to Philip.
sugar run Sugar Run
Mesha Maren

A 35-year-old woman, newly released from prison, sets out with her girl friend to return to her home in West Virginia.
inheritance shapiro Inheritance
Dani Shapiro

A memoir about the staggering family secret uncovered by a genealogy test.
these truths
These Truths
Jill Lepore

An engaging (and long) history of the U.S. and its difficulty in living up to the promise of equal rights for all citizens.
leave no trace Leave No Trace
Mindy Mejia

A thriller about the strange disappearance of a boy and his return 10 years later.

watching you jewell Watching You
Lisa Jewell

A murder shocks residents of a wealthy English village where everyone seems to watch everyone else.


December 28, 2018______________________BACK to our newest list

becoming obama Becoming
Michelle Obama

An intimate memoir by the former First Lady about a life of meaning and accomplishment.

proposal guillory The Proposal
Jasmine Guillory

A public proposal doesn't turn into a happy ending–because one woman decides to make a happy ending all her own.
collectors apprentice Collector's Apprentice
B.A. Shapiro

A woman with a shameful past helps build one of the world's great art collections.
sawkill girls Sawkill Girls
Claire Legrande

A spine-tingling novel about three teenage girls who face off against an insidious monster that preys upon young women.
family trust Family Trust
Kathy Wang

Stanley is worth a small fortune. But his family finds it may be more "small" than "fortune."
scribe hagy Scribe
Alyson Hagy

A gripping novel that touches on  migration, disease, and the rise of authoritarianism–and shows how stories transform the world.
killing commendatore Killing Commendatore
Haruki Murakami

When a Tokyo artist finds a hidden painting, he opens up a cycle of mysterious events.
them sasse Them: Why We Hate Each Other and How We Can Heal
Ben Sasse

U.S. Senator Ben Sasse diagnoses the roots of our country's ills and offers a heartfelt solution.
ladder to sky Ladder to the Sky
John Boyne

This tale of a handsome but relentlessly immoral man is a literary tour de force for Boyne.
those who knew Those Who Knew
Idra Novey

A taut, timely novel about what a powerful politician thinks he can get away with & a group of misfits who bring him down.
leave no trace Leave No Trace
Mindy Mejia

Lost in the woods with his father & believed dead, a boy turns up 10 years later.
travelling cat chronicles Travelling Cat Chronicles
Hiro Harakami

An adventurous cat accompanies his owner on a journey & teaches him about courage & gratitude, love & loyalty.
my sister serial killer My Sister, the Serial Killer
Oyinkan Braithwaite

A darkly funny tale of a  Nigerian woman whose sister has a habit of killing her boyfriends.
undaunted speier
Jackie Speier

Congresswoman Jackie Speier survived the Jonestown massacre to become a fearless voice against injustice.
night of miracles Night of Miracles
Elizabeth Berg

Sequel to Arthur Trulov. Two misfits–one young, one old–tug at our heartstrings.
winters gabriele The Winters
Lisa Gabriele

A suspenseful remake of Daphne du Maurier's famous novel, Rachel, set in the moneyed world of the Hamptons.


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712 deaths eveylyn hardcastle 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Stuart Turton

Ground Hog Day meets Agatha Christie. Dizzying, complex mystery.
good luck with that Good Luck with That
Kristan Higgins

Higgins pulls no punches as she illustrates how attitudes about body-weight eat away at self-worth.
all you can ever know All You Can Ever Know
Nicole Chung

The author tracks down her own adoption as a premature baby on life support.
kennedy debutante Kennedy Debutante
Kerri Maher

A captivating novel of Kathleen Kennedy, the forgotten and rebellious daughter of one of America's political dynasties.
becoming mrs lewis Becoming Mrs. Lewis
Patti Callahan

The unlikely friendship turned true love between Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis.
labyrinth of spirits Labyrinth of the Spirits
Carolos Ruiz Zafon

Ruiz Zafon's conclusion to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books quartet–a gripping thriller set in Franco’s Spain.
bitter orange Bitter Orange
Claire Fuller

A decaying British mansion, a lonely woman and a dazzling young couple–all spell trouble.
library book Library Book
Susan Orlean

A sprawling account of the 1986 fire at the L.A. Public Library & a delightful love letter to public libraries in general.
bridge of clay Bridge of Clay
Markus Zusak

Five brothers bring each other up & try to discover secret of their father’s disappearance.
melmoth Melmoth
Sarah  Perry

A folkloric figure wanders through time, enticing malcontents to join her lonely walk. Is Melmoth real? Is she following Helen?
daughter daughter queen  Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen
Sarah Bird.

The story of a former slave who served with the legendary Buffalo Soldiers.
november road November Road
Lou Berney

A desperate road trip and a tender love story involving two people on the run after the Kennedy assassination.
dream daughter Dream Daughter
Diane Chamberlain

Saving her unborn baby who has a heart defect means an unimaginable leap of faith.
there will be no miracles There Will Be No Miracles Here
Casey Gerald

Reflecting on race, religion, manhood, and politics, the author takes us from boyhood, Yale & Harvard to Wall Street & beyond.


October 8, 2018__________________________BACK to our newest list

absolutely remarkable thing An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
Hank Green

It's 3 am & April stumbles upon a mysterious giant statue, turning her into an overnight media star.
sadie Sadie
Courtney Summers

A missing girl out for revenge, a popular podcast following clues she's left behind, and a whopper of an ending.
all we ever wanted All We Ever Wanted
Emily Giffin

A woman is forced to choose between her family and her most deeply held values.
spark of light Spark of Light
Jodi Picoult

A provocative novel about a hostage crisis in a woman's reproductive health clinic. Heart-stopping–as is usual for Picoult.
all your perfects All Your Perfects
Colleen Hoover

A troubled marriage and the one old forgotten promise that might be able to save it.
times convert Time's Convert
Deborah Harkness

What it takes to become a vampire. Set in today's Paris & London & in the American colonies at the onset of the Revolution.
another good dog Another Good Dog: One Family and Fifty Foster Dogs
Cara Sue Achterberg

Yep. You read that title right—50 dogs!
virgil wander Virgin Wander
Leif Enger

A heartfelt tale about a defunct Midwestern town that, in the process of saving itself, saves the soul of its people as well.
gone so long Gone So Long
Andre Dubus III

A father, estranged for the worst of reasons seeks out his daughter after decades.
winter soldier Winter Soldier
Daniel Mason

A story of War War I, of medicine, of family, and of a young doctor who finds love in the sweeping tides of history.
lethal white Lethal White
Robert Galbraith

R.K. Rowling (surprise!) turns out another hot mystery-thriller with her Strike and Ellacott duo.

witch elm Witch Elm
Tana French

A skull found in the trunk of an elm tree forces Toby to face the possibility that his past may not be what he'd believed.


September 18, 2018______________________ BACK to our newest list

clockmakers daughter Clockmaker's Daughter
Kate Morton

A beautiful manse, two different centuries & one summer day that ended tragically.
small fry Small Fry
Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Steve Jobs' daughter tells of a childhood in Silicon Valley during the 80s & 90s with her famous but mercurial father.
dinner list Dinner List
Rebecca Serle

Imagine you could gather people you’ve loved, dead or alive, at one table, for one night.
transcription Transcription
Kate Atkinson

London is under siege & 19-year-old Juliet goes under cover as a spy in this suspenseful tale of World War II espionage.
french exit French Exit
Patrick deWitt

A widow has gone through her fortune, and heads to France. A witty send up of the .01%.
unsheltered Unsheltered
Barbara Kingsolver

Two families, in two centuries, in one house face the challenges of a world in the throes of major cultural shifts.
heartland Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth
Rebecca Smarsh

Brilliantly observed.

waiting for eden Waiting for Eden
Elliot Ackerman

His wife at his side, a wounded soldier lies unable to move or to speak…until one day a flicker of consciousness stirs.
i should have honor I Should Have Honor: A Memoir of Hope and Pride in Pakistan
Khalida Brohi

Brohi rebels against the practice of honor killing to empower women.

washington black Washington Black
Esi Edugyan

A young slave achieves a modicum of human dignity…until a man is killed & a bounty placed on his head.
she would be king She Would Be King
Wayetu Moore

Magical realism is at work in this beautiful story of slaves who founded the free country of Liberia.

well behaved woman Well Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts
Therese Anne Fowler

The riveting novel of iron-willed Alva Vanderbilt who ruled Gilded-Age New York


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air you breathe Air You Breathe
Frances de Pontes Peebles

A friendship fueled by affection & envy & deep love of Samba music.

lake success Lake Success
Gary Shteyngart

A hedge-fund manager on the run, leaving his wife & 3-year-old. A caustic, witty view of the .01%–perfect for our time.
bookshop yesterdays Bookshop of Yesterdays
Amy Meyerson

Miranda inherits a book store with all its secrets & devoted readers.
mermaid mrs hancock Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock
Imogen Hermes Gowar

Mermaids, brothels, and romance–in a realistic 19-century setting. If you loved The Essex Serpent…

dopesick Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America
Beth Macy

A gripping expose of the nation's opioid crisis.

pisces The Pisces
Melissa Broder

A break-up takes Lucy to the L.A. beach where she meets a strangely attractive man. Fantasy mixes with realism & passion.
family tabor Family Tabor
Cherise Wolas

A family & all its glorious complications. The past is never through with us.
silence of girls Silence of the Girls
Pat Barker

The Trojan War is told brilliantly, but this time through the eyes of the women.
golden state Golden State
Lydia Kiesling

A mom on the run–smart, funny look at motherhood and social unrest.
tattooist auschwizt Tattooist of Auschwitz
Heather Morris

Based on the true story of a Jewish man in Auschwitz, who manages acts of kindness, heroism, and love.
harrys trees Harry's Trees
Jon Cohen

A man and young girl discover a world of magic & begin to heal one another's grief.
us against you Us Against You
Fredrik Backman

A return to Backman's beloved Beartown in the midst of a small-town rivalry. Filled with both cynicism and hope.
id rather be reading I'd Rather Be Reading: Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life
Anne Bogel

The joys of reading as a lifestyle.

what we were promised What We Were Promised
Lucy Tan

A Chinese-American family returns to a life of luxury in Shanghai and confronts painful secrets and unfulfilled promises.


August 30, 2018__________________________BACK to our newest list

baby teeth Baby Teeth
Zoje Stage

New mother, scary baby: "Why doesn't she like me?" Suspenseful, maybe even terrifying.
my year rest relax My Year of Rest and Relaxation
Ottessa Moshfegh

She's beautiful, moneyed, & smart but decides to spend the year sleeping. And 9/11 is right around the corner.
fly girls Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women…Made Aviation History
Keith O'Brien

Fascinating story of great women you've never heard of, but should.
ninety nine glimpses Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret
Craig Btown

Poor Princess Margaret. Lovely, charismatic, unhappy. If you're a fan of The Crown, you'll want to read this.
ghosted walsh Ghosted
Man Who Didn't Call (UK)
Rosie Walsh

We fell in love! He doesn't write; he doesn't call. Something's not right.
severance ling ma Severance
Ling Ma

A dystopian future and a terrific satire. Disease sweeps over U.S., but our heroine is strangely immune.
how to change mind How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us…
Michael Pollan
third hotel2 Third Hotel
Laura van den Berg

A woman in Havana keeps seeing her dead husband. Is he real, a vision, or imposter? Has grief  affected her sanity?
husband hunters Husband Hunters: American Heiresses Who Married into the British Aristocracy
Anne de Courcy

US heiresses marry titled Brits & live in cold, crumbling houses.
tin man2 Tin Man
Sarah Winman

Achingly beautiful novel of love and friendship: 2 boys grow up together, one falls in love and marries, the other heads for London.
ill be gone in dark I'll Be Gone in the Dark
Michelle McNamara

The true crime account of the serial Golden State Killer who remained hidden for 3 decades.
vox dalcher Vox
Christina Dalcher

In a hazy dystopian future: women by law can speak only 100 words a day. Can't say any more. Sorry. (A bow to The Handmaid's Tale.)


August 15, 2018________________________BACK to our newest list

america for beginners America for Beginners
Leah Franqui

A heartfelt novel of 3 strangers whose lives are altered on a trip across the U.S.
meet me museum Meet Me at the Museum
Anne Youngson

An English farm wife and a Danish museum curator strike up an intimate and tender correspondence.
cherry Cherry
Nico Walker

The propulsive tale of a young vet who chases heroine, & robs banks. Autobiographical.
summer wives Summer Wives
Beatrix Williams

After 20 years, a woman returns to her posh family enclave to right a terrible injustice and heal a broken heart.
clock dance Clock Dance
Anne Tyler

Strangers forge a community of love & trust. Vintage Tyler!
sweet little lies Sweet Little Lies
Caz Frear

An inspector fears her family was involved in a 30-year old murder she is investigating.
dear mrs bird Dear Mrs. Bird
A. J. Pearce

Funny, warm, witty story of a young English woman during World War II.
tangled tree The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life
David Quammen

Quammen at his top-notch best in explaining the stunning new genetics underlying Darwin.
fruit drunken tree Fruit of the Drunken Tree
Ingrid Rojas Contreras

A young girl living in Colombia—in a time of drug lords & terror.
three things elsie Three Things About Elsie
Joanna Cannon

Florence takes a fall in her nursing home, & as she lies in a heap, she reveals secrets. You'll fall for Florence—easily.
incendiaries Incendiaries
R.O. Kwon

Three young people look for something to believe in while attending a prestigious University.
where crawdads sing

Where the Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens

A beautiful young girl living in the marshes of N. Carolina is accused of murder.


June 15, 2018_____________________________ BACK to our newest list

convenience store Convenience Store Woman
Sakaya Murata

A woman finds purpose and meaning in her job at a convenience store.
prairie fires Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
Caroline Fraser

The dramatic life the woman who wrote Little House on the Prairie books.
florida stories Florida: Stories
Lauren Groff

Storms, sinkholes, snakes, cougars and women set in "an Eden of dangerous things."

social creature Social Creature
Tara Isabella Burton

A possibly toxic friendship between two young women in NYC. A feminine version of The Talented Mr. Ripley.
great believers The Great Believers
Rebecca Makkai

An emotional journey spanning 30 years about the impact of the AIDS crisis and its aftermath.
something in water Something in the Water
Catherine Steadman

A shocking discovery the honeymoon changes the lives of the perfect couple.
lying in wait Lying in Wait
Liz Nugent

A psychological thriller: a young prostitute's death sends ripples throughout a family.
there there There There
Tommy Orange

A kaleidoscopic look at the lives of 12 Native Americans living in California as a citywide powwow celebration approaches.
our kind of cruelty Our Kind of Cruelty
Araminta Hall

Love and desire turn into obsession for Mike Hayes: a devastating psychological thriller.

word is murder The Word Is Murder
Anthony Horowitz

A woman plans her funeral and is soon found dead. The author inserts himself in this clever British whodunit.
place for us A Place for Us
Fatima Faheen Mirza

An Indian-American Muslim family is at the heart of this story set in California.

you think it You Think It, I'll Say It: Stories
Curtis Sittenfeld

Stories of interesting, complex women at pivotal moments in their lives. First book published by Sarah Jessica Parker's new imprint.


May 15, 2018____________________________ BACK to our newest list

broken girls Broken Girls
Simone St. James

A spooky supernatural thriller set in a house for troubled girls. Murder…and ghosts.
mars room Mars Room
Rachel Kushner

Romy Hall is in prison for killing her stalker. An honest, gripping depiction of prison life from one of our finest writers.

death mrs westaway Death of Mrs. Westaway
Ruth Ware

From "our own Agatha Christie" comes a thriller about an unexpected & strange inheritance.
my ex life My Ex-Life
Stephen McCauley

A heartwarming comedy of manners about second chances and starting afresh with old friendships.
feather thief Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century
Kirk Wallace Johnson

The enthralling account of a truly bizarre theft.
noir Noir
Christopher Moore

Another crazy spoof, this time of the 1940s noir genre, by a superb (and zany) satirist.
girl smiled beads Girl Who Smiled Beads
Clemantine Wamariya

A powerful memoir of escaping Rwanda's 1994 genocide and building a new life in Chicago.
neuroscientist lost mind Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery
Barbara K. Lipska

A harrowing journey through cancer treatment and back.
god save texas God Save Texas; A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State
Lawrence Wright

The state's immense charms and bizarre contradictions.
perfect mother Perfect Mother
Aimee Molloy

A mission to find a friend's missing baby reveals long-held secrets. Guaranteed to keep you guessing & turning pages.
how it happened How It Happened
Michael Koryta

A complicated double murder: "Crime fiction doesn't get more enjoyable" says Kirkus.
then she was gone Then She Was Gone
Lisa Jewell

A daughter disappears…but, well…does she? A bone chilling, suspenseful thriller.
how to walk away How to Walk Away
Katherine Center

An unforgettable story about finding joy even in the darkest of life's circumstances.
you me everything You Me Everything
Catherine Isaac

A single mom tries to connect her young son to his errant father in this witty warm romance.


April 24, 2018__________________________ BACK to our newest list

after anna After Anna
Lisa Scottoline

Noah, remarried after his wife died, isn't prepared for his new step-daughter. Uh-oh
only story The Only Story
Julian Barnes

A man looks back on his May-to-December love affair with a much older, married woman. Filled with insight and love.
art wasted day Art of the Wasted Day
Patricia Hampl

A spirited inquiry into the lost value of leisure and daydream by a gifted writer.
other peoples houses  Other People's Houses
Abbi Waxman

What happens to a close group of neighbors when one walks in on an extra-marital affair? Poignant, at times hilarious.
emergency contact Emergency Contact
Mary H.K. Choi

Young love in all its glory: a digital love affair.
overstory  The Overstory
Richard Powers

Nine strangers are brought together in a last, violent stand to save a virgin forest.
good liar The Good Liar
Catherine McKenzie

An explosion in a Chicago building alters 3 women's lives forever.
paris by book  Paris by the Book
Liam Callanan

A wife heads to Paris to follow clues left by her missing husband … and buys a bookstore.
gunners The Gunners
Rebecca Kauffman

Childhood friends reconnect after one commits suicide. Think The Big Chill.
recovering  Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath
Leslie Jamison

A powerful mix of memoir, cultural history & literary criticism offers smart new insights into recovery.
illl be blue sky I'll be Your Blue Sky
Maria de los Santos

An older woman gives Clare the courage to break off her wedding.
room on rue amelie  Room on the Rue Amelie
Kristen Harmel

A beautiful tale of 3 strangers who connect in a powerful way during the Nazi occupation of Paris.
i was anastasia I Was Anastasia
Ariel Lawhon

One woman's battle to be recognized as the last Romanov. Historical suspense.

sharp women who  Sharp: Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion
Michelle Dean

The stories of smart, outspoken women in an era when their out-spokeness wasn't appreciated.
love ruin Love and Ruin
Paula McClain

It's the Spanish Civil War, and sparks fly when Martha Gellhorn meets Hemingway.
tomorrow  Tomorrow
Damian Dibben

A suspense filled panorama of history as a 271 year-old dog (in human years) searches for his beloved master.
look alive Look Alive Out There: Essays
Sloan Crosley

A collection of essays filled with hilarity, wit, and charm.

warlight  Warlight
Michael Ondaatje

In London, after World War II, 2 children are left in the care of people who might be criminals
oracle year The Oracle Year
Charles Soule

A clever, witty story of a 20-something with the power to predict the future.

and now everything  And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready
Megan O'Connell

If only we'd had this book when we were young mothers!


April 6, 2018_______________________________BACK to our newest list

alternate side Alternate Side
Anna Quindlen

A provocative novel about money & class in which neighborhood violence cracks a happy marriage.
flight attendant Flight Attendant
Chris Bohjalian

A flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man and no idea what happened.
astonishing color Astonishing Color of After
Emily X.R. Pan

Leigh is sure her mother turned into a bird when she died: she will find her.
girls burn brighter Girls Burn Brighter
Shobha Rao

An extraordinary bond between two girls–and though driven apart, they're determined to find one another.
aunt poldi sicilian Aunti Poldi and the Sicilian Lions
Mario Giordono

An irresistible newcomer enters the world of sleuthing.
italian teacher Italian Teacher
Tom Rachman

The son of a great painter tries to create his own legacy through unorthodox methods. Ah, life in the shadow of greatness.

carnegies maid Carnegie's Maid
Marie Benedict

A mesmerizing tale of the kind of woman who could have inspired an American dynasty.
laura emma Laura & Emma
Kate Greathead

A tender, witty novel about a single mother raising her daughter among the upper crust of New York City society.
circe  Circe
Madeline Miller

Circe (men into pigs!) & Odysseus, along with other dieties as we've never seen them before.
queen of hearts Queen of Hearts
Kimmerly Martin

A smart medical drama of two friends who confront the secrets of the past when a romantic interest reappears after years.
cloister The Cloister
James Carroll

The timeless love story of Abelard & Heloïse as it impacts a modern priest and a Holocaust survivor.
sometimes i lie Sometimes I Lie
Alice Feeney

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move, speak, or open her eyes. But she can hear everyone…and they have no idea.
dread nation Dread Nation
Justina Ireland

When the dead rise up from Civil War battle fields, a brilliant young heroine fights for her life.
sunburn Sunburn
Laura Lippman

Lovers locked in a passionate game of cat and mouse–a game of secrets, betrayals, and cold-blooded murder.
every note played Every Note Played
Lisa Genova

A famed concert pianist & his ex-wife try to repair a marriage in the face of devastating illness.
tangerine Tangerine
Christine Mangan

A pair of college friends meet again in Tangier with horrifying consequences. A sharp, hypnotic page-turner.
family next door Family Next Door
Sally Hepworth

Small, perfect towns can hold deep secrets, and a newcomer threatens to reveal them.
varina Varina
Charles Frazier

Varina Howell married an older Jefferson Davis and years later recalls the Civil War. A powerful, vision of a fraught nation.
female persuasion Female Persuasion
Meg Wolitzer

A leading feminist takes an interest in a shy, timid college student, setting her on a new life path.
women in sunlight Women in Sunlight
Frances Mayes

More Tuscan sun! Four American strangers bond in Italy and change their lives over the course of an exceptional year.


March 6, 2018_____________________________BACK to our newest list

anatomy of miracle Anatomy of a Miracle
Jonathan Miles

A paralyzed vet suddenly walks–a wild & stunning satire on the mysteries of faith and science.
heart berries Heart Berries
Terese Mare Mailhot

A powerful, poetic memoir of a woman's coming of age on an Indian Reservation in British Columbia.
asymmetry Asymmetry
Lisa Halliday

Linked stories: a young woman & older author; an Iraqi American held at Heathrow Airport.
heart spring mountain Heart Spring Mountain
Robin MacArthur

A woman returns to her rural hometown to search for her mother and uncovers deep family secrets.
cuban affair Cuban Affair
Nelson DeMille

A caper to rescue hidden treasure from Cuba. What could go wrong?

look for me Look for Me
Lisa Gardner

A twisty thrill ride to either save a young girl's life or bring her to justice.
freshwater Freshwater
Akwaeke Emezi

Gods torment a young Nigerian woman in this magical exploration of mental illness.
monk of mokha Monk of Mokha
Dave Eggers

An exciting true story of a Yemeni American man who dreams of promoting his country's heritage but is trapped by civil war.
friend nunez2  The Friend
Sigrid Nunez

A warm-hearted, thoughtful meditation on grief eased by a woman's Great Dane.
mrs Mrs.
Caitlin Macy

A deliciously sharp-eyed portrait of a circle of ultra-wealthy women living on Manhattan's Upper East Side.
green Green
Sam Graham-Felson

A comically, geeky story of a white boy in an all black school: and an education in friendship.
white houses White Houses
Amy Bloom

A "fiery" historical novel based on the love and deep friendship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickock.


February 22, 2018________________________BACK to our newest list

afterlives pierce Afterlives
Thomas Pierce

Technically, Jim died–but no white lights or angels. He sets off to find out why … then things get kooky.
i am i am I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death
Maggie O'Farrell

O’Farrell’s stories of her brushes with death are fascinating and thought-provoking, even comedic.
american marriage An American Marriage
Tayari Jones

Two newlyweds embody the American Dream … until Roy is charged with  a heinous crime.
love hate filters Love, Hate and Other Filters
Samira Ahmed

An Indian-American teen copes with romance, xenophobia, and cultural divides. YA-Adult crossover.
educated Educated: A Memoir
Tara Westover

Raised by survivalists in Idaho, Tara never set foot in a classroom…but went on to get a Ph.D.
lovestory selfdestruct This Love Story Will Self-Destruct
Leslie Cohen

Boy meets girl. Girl…goes home with someone else. A new "When Harry Met Sally."
everything here beautiful Everything Here Is Beautiful
Mira T. Lee

Loving a sister with mental illness challenges the strongest of bonds.
maze at windemere Maze at Windermere
Gregory Blake Smith

Five parallel stories over 300 years at an estate in Newport, Rhode Island. "Staggeringly brilliant," says Washington Post.
girls in picture Girls in the Picture
Melanie Benjamin

A fascinating tale of the creative partnership between two Hollywood legends.
perfect nanny

Perfect Nanny
Leila Slimani

This perfect nanny murders her young charges. Based on a real life crime. Gripping, unnerving.

hazel wood The Hazel Wood
Melissa Albert

The smoke-&-mirrors world as a creepy, dark fairy tale comes to life.
red clocks Red Clocks
Leni Zumas

When the U.S. bans abortions in this near future dystopia, the lives of 4 women are changed. Handmaid's Tale 2.0.
how to stop time How to Stop Time
Matt Haig

He looks like a 40-year-old high school teacher, but Tom's really 439; he even met Shakespeare.
this could hurt This Could Hurt
Jilian Medoff

Work colleagues balance ambition, hope & fear as economic forces threaten their jobs. Funny and compassionate.


January 22, 2018_________________________BACK to our newest list

chalk man Chalk Man
C.J. Tudor

A riveting suspense tale about a childhood game gone dangerously awry.
need to know Need to Know
Karen Cleveland

Perfect husband. Perfect father. Perfect liar? In pursuit of a Russian sleeper cell on American soil.
force of nature2 Force of Nature
Jane Harper

Five women go on a hike. Only four return.
oliver loving Oliver Loving
Stefan Merrill Block

A family in crisis, a town torn apart, and the boy who holds the secret has been cocooned in a coma for ten years.
great alone Great Alone
Kristin Hannah

Trying to heal his spiritual wounds from Vietnam, a POW moves his family to Alaska.
power alderman The Power
Naomi Alderman

What would happen if women suddenly possessed a fierce new power?

grist mill road Grist Mill Road
Christopher J. Yates

Hannah lost her eye, and now she wants justice. But is she blind to the truth?
red sky at noon Red Sky at Noon (Moscow Trilogy, 3)
Simon Sebag Montefiore

This last of an enthralling Russian trilogy can be read on its own. Eagerly awaited by devoted fans and critics alike.
last girl Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State
Nadia Murad

A courageous young woman tells her tale.
widows malabar hill

Widows of Malabar Hill
Sujata Massey

Bombay’s first female lawyer, is investigating a suspicious will on behalf of three Muslim widows.

leaving the wild Leaving the Wild: The Unnatural History of Dogs, Cats, Cows, and Horses
Gavin Ehringer

Thought provoking and
wife between us Wife Between Us
Greer Hendricks, Sarah Peckkanen

You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement. Assume nothing.
music shop Music Shop
Rachel Joyce

The charming tale of a lonely record seller & the quirky people who surround him.
woman in window Woman in the Window
A.J. Finn

A twisty. surprising Hitchcockian thriller about an agoraphobic woman who witnesses a crime. Or did she?


December 18, 2017________________________BACK to our newest list

book of dust Book of Dust
Phillip Pullman

A new series by the master of fantasy. Lyra (His Dark Materials) is a mere babe and in danger.
immortalists The Immortalists
Chloe Benjamin

The 4 Gold children sneak out to hear their fortunes told by a traveling psychic, and for years they live with her predictions.

conversations with friends Conversations with Friends
Sally Rooney

A sharply intelligent novel about friendship, lust, jealousy & adulthood.
improvement The Improvement
Joan Silber

Lives are linked and entangled, decisions made and unmade, as a cast of characters wonders if they are in control of their lives.
diary of bookseller Diary of a Bookseller
Shaun Bythell

The charms and curses of owning a Scottish book store, told with a sharp, sympathetic eye.
now you mention it Now That You Mention It
Kristan Higgins

Nora returns to Maine to jump start her life after a promising beginning falls flat. Not everyone is happy to see her.
elmet Elmet
Fiona Mozley

They thought life in this corner of Yorkshire was safe. Beautifully evocative of ancient, sylvan Britain.
reservoir 13 Reservoir 13
Jon McGregor

A young girl disappears in an English village, and her loss reverberates down the years. A critics' favorite for 2017.
enchantress of numbers Enchantress of Numbers
Jennifer Chiaverini

The true story of a young woman's brilliant achievement–hidden from history for years.
three daughters eve

Three Daughters of Eve
Elif Shafak

An ambitious novel following an Oxford-educated Turkish woman while tracing the split between Eastern & Western cultures.

genuine fraud Genuine Fraud
E. Lockhart

In this stylish suspense with a surprise twist, a clever young woman will keep readers guessing.
winter ali smith Winter (A Seasonal Quartet)
Ali Smith

Strangers & family converge on a 15-bedroom house in Cornwall for Christmas. Follows Autumn in Smith's gorgeous Quartet.

girl in tower Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy)
Katherine Arden

No. 2 after the enchanting saga of The Bear and the Nightingale.

where past begins

Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir
Amy Tan

Tan's fascinating meditation on her life. And yes, her mother really did have another family in China.

idiot The Idiot
Elif Batuman

In the throes of first love, a Harvard freshman realizes she is doomed to become a writer.
wonder valley Wonder Valley
Ivy Pochoda

A teen running from a mysterious commune sets in motion a domino effect with others in search of hope and love.

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