ERIC WALTERS. When Noah Whitmore's 17-year-old cousin Lukas turned up on his doorstep one day, four years ago, it was a life-defining moment for both of them. With neither of Lukas' parents interested in having custody of him, it fell to Noah to be there when it was soccer practice, auditioning for the school play or the chance for adventure in far-flung Switzerland. This bittersweet story of self-discovery, family, and identity is told through twelve short stories and is one that provides moments of reflective sadness, but also of enduring hope that is always present when two kindred souls collide.
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MARIO DELL'OLIO. Raised in a strict Catholic family, Luca seemed destined for priesthood. His safe spiritual world is shattered after just one kiss with a college roommate. Luca enters a period of self-discovery as his journey of love opens his eyes to joy he never thought possible. Along with his new-found love comes unfathomable pain and self-doubt. Years later, a newly ordained bishop is at the pinnacle of his career when a chance encounter with a lover from his youth threatens to upend his prestigious career and comfortable life. His vow of celibacy and vocation are called into question as he struggles with his faith, loneliness, and need for love.
The Idiot by Elif Batuman
RITA ASHLOCK. Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, lands in Harvard in 1995 and begins a correspondence with a mathematics student from Hungary, and the relationship creates a reckoning with life on the cusp of adulthood.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
ROSANNA VELTRI. Abandoned at age ten, Kya Clark has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. Drawn to two young men from town who were intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opened herself to a new and startling world--until the unthinkable happens.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
JILLIAN PAGLIOCCA. Eleanor Oliphant struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the IT guy from her office.
Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
DANO MADDEN. Frances leaves for Ireland to pursue a writing career, but soon her friendships begin to develop into strange intimacies, and she is desperate to reconcile her inner life.
Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
KENDRA O'DWYER. Short story collection that includes the adult Lucy Barton who returns to visit her siblings after seventeen years of absence.
Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
ARUNA CHAVALI. Tells the story of a bond between two girls from India who are driven apart by circumstances but relentless in their search for one another and their dark and harrowing journey.
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson; Rod Bradbury (Translator)
CATHY CALLENDER. Confined to a nursing home and about to turn 100, Allan Karlsson, who has a larger-than-life back story as an explosives expert, climbs out of the window in his slippers and embarks on an unforgettable adventure involving thugs, a murderous elephant, and a very friendly hot dog stand operator.
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
WENDY CORTES. Living with his grandparents and sister on a Gulf Coast farm, Jojo navigates the challenges of his mother's addictions and his grandmother's cancer before the release of his father from prison prompts a road trip of danger and hope.
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
MARIE O'BRIEN. Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can't even admit to themselves. Amidst all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these ten days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be.
Fantasy + Legends & Mythology
Circe by Madeline Miller
CONSTANCE LAWS, KATE CARCATERRA. Follows Circe, the banished witch daughter of Helios, as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict with one of the most vengeful Olympians forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals.
Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie
ELIZABETH DAVIS. Centuries ago, a princess of wild and wanton Fairyland fell in love with a mortal man who espoused rationality, and their descendants have set off a battle between light and dark, reason and hidebound conviction, that will last two years eight months and 28 nights-that is, 1001 nights.
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami; Jay Rubin (Translator); Philip Gabriel (Translator)
KATHY EGAN. An ode to George Orwell's "1984" told in alternating male and female voices relates the stories of Aomame, an assassin for a secret organization who discovers that she has been transported to an alternate reality, and Tengo, a mathematics lecturer and novice writer.
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
BRITTANY FITZGERALD, FIONA O'DOHERTY, BRIGID COFFEY. Follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. This is a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history.
Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
COLLEEN REILLY, RIVA ROSEN. In 1940s Italy, teenager Pino Lella joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps and falls for a beautiful widow, he also becomes the personal driver of one of the Third Reich's most powerful commanders.
Imperium by Robert Harris
MATTHEW SPEISER. Tiro, the confidential secretary of Roman senator Marcus Cicero, sets in motion a chain of events that puts his master in one of the most suspenseful courtroom dramas in history when he invites a terrified stranger into his home.
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
CLEVIE YOUNGBLOOD. In 1922, Count Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin.
The Book of Night Women by Marlon James
NJERI SEMAJ. The Night Women, as they call themselves, have long been plotting a slave revolt, and as Lilith comes of age they see her as the key to their plans. But when she begins to understand her own feelings, desires, and identity, Lilith starts to push at the edges of what is imaginable for the life of a slave woman, and risks becoming the conspiracy's weak link.
Varina by Charles Frazier
SARAH CUNNINGHAM. Her marriage prospects limited, teenage Varina Howell agrees to wed the much-older widower Jefferson Davis, with whom she expects the secure life of a Mississippi landowner. Davis instead pursues a career in politics and is eventually appointed president of the Confederacy, placing Varina at the white-hot center of one of the darkest moments in American history—culpable regardless of her intentions.
Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
SHAANT AVANIAN. Five families become entangled in events from the beginning of the twentieth century, following as thirteen-year-old Billy begins working in the Welsh mining pits, an American law student gets a job with Woodrow Wilson's administration, two orphaned brothers try to leave their native Russia for the U.S., and Billy's sister's employer begins an affair with a spy at the German embassy in London.
Lincoln by David Herbert Donald
SHASTRI MAHABIR. A biography of America's sixteenth president, from his early years in Midwestern law and politics, through his presidency and leadership during the Civil War. Concludes with Lincoln's assassination in 1865.
The End of the End of the Earth by Jonathan Franzen
ALICE KEARNEY ALWIN. From his young adulthood in New York to the global seabird crisis, he takes a gimlet-eye view of the world today, our place in it, and what role literature plays as we sort out key issues.
Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
DON BUCKLEY. The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the multibillion-dollar biotech startup, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end, despite pressure from its charismatic CEO and threats by her lawyers.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
ANDREA ZECY. At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated.
Between Them by Richard Ford
JENNIFER GROGAN. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford reflects on the lives of his parents, their relationship with each other, and his relationship with them. What his parents dreamed of, how they loved each other and loved him become a striking portrait of American life in the mid-century.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
CHRISTINE TESSON. An autobiography of lawyer and former First Lady Michelle Obama.
Essentialism by Greg Mckeown
CAITLIN VANDERBERG. Discusses a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.
Inventive Minds by Marvin Minsky; Cynthia Solomon; Xiao Xiao; Harold Abelson; Alan Kay; Mike Travers
JAYMES DEC. These essays discuss the shortcomings of conventional education (particularly in mathematics) and considers alternative approaches; reflects on the role of mentors; describes higher-level strategies for thinking across domains; and suggests projects for children to pursue.
The Thing with Feathers by Noah Strycker
LESA WANG. Birds are highly intelligent animals, yet their intelligence is dramatically different from our own and has been little understood. As scientists come to understand more about the secrets of bird life, they are unlocking fascinating insights into memory, game theory, and the nature of intelligence itself.
Carceral Capitalism by Jackie Wang
ARI MELENCIANO. Essays on the contemporary continuum of incarceration: the biopolitics of juvenile delinquency, predatory policing, the political economy of fees and fines, and algorithmic policing. When people are trapped in a cycle of debt it also can affect their subjectivity and how they temporally inhabit the world by making it difficult for them to imagine and plan for the future.
Extreme Domesticity by Susan Fraiman
CALLIE GALLO. Essays that vindicate domestic practices and appreciates their centrality to everyday life. At the same time, it remains well aware of domesticity's dark side. Neither a romance of artisanal housewifery nor an apology for conservative notions of home. Ranging across periods and genres, and diversifying the archive of domestic depictions, Fraiman's readings include novels by Elizabeth Gaskell, Sandra Cisneros, Jamaica Kincaid, Leslie Feinberg, and Lois-Ann Yamanaka; Edith Wharton's classic decorating guide; popular women's magazines.