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Caleb's Crossing: A Novel
Geraldine Brooks

BROOKS

Bethia Mayfield is a young woman growing up in the 1660s amid a small band of pioneering English Puritans. At age twelve, she meets Caleb, the young son of a chieftain, and the two forge a secret bond. Later Caleb eventually becomes the first Native American graduate of Harvard College.


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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Jamie Ford

FORD

Set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Seattle during World War II and Japanese American internment camps of the era, this debut novel tells the heartwarming story of widower Henry Lee, his father, and his first love Keiko Okabe.


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The Paris Wife: A Novel
Paula McLain

MCLAIN

Meeting through mutual friends in Chicago, Hadley is intrigued by brash “beautiful boy” Ernest Hemingway, and after a brief courtship and small wedding, they take off for Paris, where Hadley puts up with impoverished living conditions and shattering loneliness to prop up her husband’s career.


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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Mary Ann Shaffer,Annie Barrows

SHAFFER

A book club is born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi after its members are discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island.


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The Light Between Oceans: A Novel
M.L. Stedman

STEDMAN

A novel set on a remote Australian island, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore.


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The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel
Garth Stein

STEIN

A heart-wrenching but funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope—a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.


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Olive Kitteridge
Elizabeth Strout

STROUT

As her fellow townspeople grapple with their problems, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life–sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty.


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Cutting for Stone
Abraham Verghese

VERGHESE

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution.


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Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel
Jeannette Walls

WALLS

A true-life novel about Lily Casey Smith (the author’s grandmother) who ran a vast ranch in Arizona where she survived tornadoes, droughts, floods, the Great Depression, and the most heartbreaking personal tragedy—but remained a woman of indomitable spirit.


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Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
Amy Chua

BIOGRAPHY CHUA

Traces the rewards and pitfalls of a Chinese mother’s exercise in extreme parenting, describing the exacting standards applied to grades, music lessons, and avoidance of Western cultural practices.


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Same Kind of Different As Me
Ron Hall,Denver Moore

BIOGRAPHY HALL

A story about a modern-day slave, an international art dealer, and the woman who bound them together.


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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot

BIOGRAPHY LACKS

Henrietta Lacks was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—were vital for several medical discoveries. Her family did not learn of her “immortality” until more than twenty years after her death.


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The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
Gretchen Rubin

BIOGRAPHY RUBIN

A thoughtful and prescriptive work on happiness filled with practical advice, sharp insight, charm, and humor.


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The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe (P.S.)
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

BIOGRAPHY SIDIQI

The true account of Kamila Sidiqi who, when her father and brother were forced to flee Kabul, became the sole breadwinner for her five siblings. Armed only with grit and determination, she picked up a needle and thread and created a thriving business of her own and held her family together.


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The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
David Grann

HISTORY DISCOVER GRA

In 1925 Fawcett ventured into the Amazon to find the ancient civilization of El Dorado. He embarked with his 21-year-old son, determined to prove that this civilization existed. Then he and his expedition vanished. Writer David Grann delved deep into Fawcett’s mystery, and the greater mystery of the Amazon, finding himself irresistibly drawn into the “green hell.”


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The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story
Diane Ackerman

HISTORY MILITARY WWII ACK

When Germany invaded Poland, Stuka bombers devastated Warsaw—and the city’s zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into empty cages. Antonina kept her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and its animal inhabitants.


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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Laura Hillenbrand

HISTORY MILITARY WWII HIL

When Lt. Louis Zamperini is captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, he answered desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor.


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