The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman
Once I finish reading a book I enjoyed, I sort of stroke the cover—as if to tuck it away, asleep, knowing that I won’t see it again for quite some time (if ever again). With The Ocean at the End of the Lane, I didn’t want to let go of it. This book levels you. I promise you’ll feel things shift inside you once you start to read it.
by Donna Tartt
Donna Tartt weaves a coming-of-age story filled with adventures that take the reader from New York City to Las Vegas to Amsterdam. The 13-year-old protagonist, Theo, finds himself orphaned after the tragic death of his mother. The only thing he cares about now is a painting of a goldfinch done by his mother’s favorite painter. Through it, Theo is drawn into the dark side of New York City’s art world and, eventually, into the light of salvation.
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
by Anthony Marra
Dark, masterful writing in this debut novel set in war-ravaged Chechnya. Raw, intimate characters unfold in Anthony Marra’s powerful story of family, love, and fate. I savored every word.
by Jo Baker
Showcasing the intimate lives of the maids, housekeepers, and footmen, this is the “downstairs” version of Pride and Prejudice and it’s so FUN! Even Jane herself would be enthralled. With fully realized characters, a very romantic plot, and tantalizing glimpses of all our favorite literary figures, I savored every moment. I trust you will, too!
by Margaret Wrinkle
You may think this is not the type of book you’re in the mood to read, but I urge you to think twice. Wash is beautifully written, provocative, enlightening, and is one of the most compelling books I’ve read all year.
Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields
by Wendy Lower
Hitler’s Furies is for any fan of WWII history. Bravely, it asks the question, “What were all of the women of the Third Reich doing during the Holocaust?” The answer is quite shocking, as many of the wives, secretaries, and nurses of the Reich were fully participating in the atrocities and extermination of the Jews.
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
by Sheri Fink
As Hurricane Katrina finally pulls out of an utterly devastated New Orleans, the crisis at Memorial Hospital is only the beginning. Unprecedented flooding makes patient evacuation near impossible. When the power goes out, who is rescued? Five Days at Memorial lays out these devastating choices in the most terrifying of ways.
A House in the Sky
by Amanda Lindhout
Held captive for 15 months, Amanda Lindhout experienced many things we couldn’t fathom a human being ever surviving. And yet, here is her incredible story and her inspirational book. Fans of Unbroken will also get the same satisfaction reading how Amanda holds hope and forgiveness as her guiding light.
Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China
by Jung Chang
A wallop of a fascinating biography, Jung Chang expertly traces the milestones of Empress Dowager Cixi’s life. Thought to be the most important woman in all of Chinese history, the Empress ruled the country for decades—bringing a medieval empire into the modern age with new infrastructure, abolishing gruesome torture, inaugurating women’s liberation, and inciting political revolution.
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
by Mary Roach
Join Mary Roach for an incredibly fascinating and wildly entertaining adventure through our hearty digestive system. Along the way, we encounter wacky scientists, strange diets, bizarre medical fads, and so much more. Even though we know how the story ends, the journey along the way is really quite miraculous.