• Still Life With Breadcrumbs, by Anna Quindlen
    This novel is a deeply moving and often very funny story of unexpected love. It is also a stunningly crafted journey into the life of a woman, her heart, her mind, her days, as she discovers that life is a story with many levels, a story that is longer and more exciting than she ever imagined. Sit down with a hot cup of tea to enjoy a smooth and comforting tale about the vulnerabilities of growing older.
  • The Book of Unknown Americans, by Cristina Henriques
    What does it mean to become an American? This passionate, powerful novel will stay with you long after youve turned the final page. The Riveras come to America from Mexico with a single dream: that in this country of great opportunity and resources they may make a better home for their family.
  • The Matchmaker, by Elin Hilderbrand
    The Matchmaker is a quick, engaging, and perfect beach read. Dabney Beech of Nantucket has never been wrong about romance. She has matched 42 happy couples and to her credit, all of them still are together. Unfortunately, this doesnt hold true for herself. Will she set things right in her own life before it is too late?
  • Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
    An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity. Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty.
  • Colorless Tsukuro Tazaki, by Haruki Murakami
    A new novel by the award-winning, internationally best-selling author Haruki Murakami from Japan. Here he gives us the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. It is a story of love, friendship, and heartbreak for the ages.
  • Summer Friends, by Holly Chamberlin
    Set in Ogunquit, Maine, Summer Friends follows an unexpected friendship between nine-year-old native Mainer Delphine Crandall and Maggie Weldon, a privileged girl "from away. Twenty years pass, until one summer, Maggie announces she's returning to Ogunquit to pay an extended visit. And for the first time, the friends are drawn to reflect on their choices and compromises, the girls they were and the women they've become, the promises kept and broken and the deep, lasting ties that even time can never quite wash away...
  • Dept. of Speculation, by Jenny Offill
    Dept. of Speculation looks into the lives of a memorable couple, who once exchanged love letters, postmarked Dept. of Speculation, their code name for all the uncertainty that inheres in life and in the strangely fluid confines of a long relationship. When their marriage reaches a sudden breaking point, they reflect back on their life together and at what is lost and what remains. A quick read about the joys and tribulations of marriage and parenthood, Dept. of Speculation will pull you in from the first page.
  • The Bird Box, by Josh Malerman
    An edge-of-your-seat horror thriller, set in an apocalyptic near-future world. Under the guidance of the stalwart Tom, a motely group of strangers banded together against the unseen terror, creating order from the chaos. But when supplies ran low, they are forced to venture outsideand confront the ultimate question: in a world gone mad, who can really be trusted?
  • The Quick, by Lauren Owen
    The year is 1892 when James Norbury, a shy would-be poet newly down from Oxford, finds lodging with a charming young aristocrat. Through this new friendship in The Aegolius Club, he is introduced to the drawing-rooms of high society, and finds love in an unexpected quarter. Then, suddenly, he vanishes without a trace and his sister, Charlotte, is determined to find him no matter the cost. A shockingly unexpected twist partway through this novel propels it in a new direction that is captivating and adventurous.
  • Bark, by Lorrie Moore
    In these eight masterful stories, Lorrie Moore, explores the passage of time, and summons up its inevitable sorrows and hilarious pitfalls to reveal her own exquisite, singular wisdom. In Bark, you will find social observation of both the public and private absurdities of American life, dramatic irony, and enduring half-cracked loves.
  • Mermaids in Paradise, by Lydia Millet
    Mermaids in Paradise is an unforgettable, mesmerizing tale, darkly comic on the surface and illuminating in its depths. Mermaids, kidnappers, and mercenaries hijack a tropical vacation in this genre-bending satire of the American honeymoon. Absurd, hilarious, but also somewhat touching, Mermaids in Paradise is an entertaining story.
  • Astonish Me, by Maggie Shipstead
    If you have ever been interested in the life of a ballerina then this is the book for you. Joan and Elaine aspired to become the leads in New York's ballet scene. Follow their lives as Shipstead captures the sounds, smells, and discipline of the dancer's life without fudging about the negative: the eating disorders, the drugs, and again, for men, the stereotype of the gay dancer; and for women, the horror of growing either old or "fat" or both.
  • The Girls From Corona Del Mar, by Rufi Thorpe
    A staggeringly honest, deeply felt novel of family, motherhood, loyalty, and the myth of the perfect friendship, The Girls from Corona del Mar asks just how well we know those we love, what we owe our children, and who we are without our friends.Lorrie Ann seems perfect: gorgeous, smart, and charming, while her best friend Mia, while brainy and attractive, has a more deliberative personality, and an alcoholic parent, to boot. If biology were destiny, it would be Lorrie Ann who succeeded most in life--except that bad choices and bad breaks intervened.
  • The Beekeeper's Ball, by Susan Wiggs
    The Bella Vista series continues with Isabel Johansen, a celebrated chef who grew up in the sleepy Sonoma town of Archangel. Isabel is transforming her childhood home into a destination cooking schoola unique place for other dreamers to come and learn the culinary arts, when she discovers an unexpected attraction. At times a lighthearted romance, The Beekeepers Ball also looks back on the struggles of history during WWII in Denmark, told through the experiences of a disheveled war-torn journalist.
  • Mercy Snow, by Tiffany Baker
    If you like family mysteries that take place in New Hampshire this is the one for you. Mercy Snow is a ghostly, magical, psychological tale of redemption and, yes, mercy. Tensions fly between two disparate families in Titan Falls, NH, while adding the dark, gothic feel of a decades-old mystery.
  • Darkness, Darkness, by John Harvey
    Detective Charlie Resnick just cant seem to stay retired. This is the final Detective Charlie Resnick novel where Detective Inspector discovers the body of a young woman who disappeared during the Strike. Resnick is back on the front line to assist in the investigation into the womans murder that forces him to confront his past.
  • Designated Daughters, by Margaret Maron
    When Judge Deborah Knott is summoned to her ailing Aunt Rachel's bedside, she assumes the worst. Thankfully, Rachel hasn't passed. A semi-conscious Rachel breaks weeks of pained silence with snippets of stories as randomly pieced together as a well-worn patchwork quilt. But the Knott family's joy quickly gives way to shock: less than an hour later, Aunt Rachel is found dead in her bed, smothered with a pillow. Who would kill a woman on her deathbed? Was it an act of mercy, or murder? Find out if Rachels mixed up memories got her killed.
  • In the Blood, by Lisa Unger
    This is the psychological thriller youve been waiting for. Liar, liar, pants on fire . . . College senior Lana Granger has told so many lies about her past that the truth seems like a distant, cloudy nightmare. But she meets her match when she begins babysitting for a volatile, manipulative eleven-year-old boy. Soon after Lana takes the job, her close friend Beck mysteriously disappears. Lana will do anything to bury the truth about that night ... and about her life. But someone else knows her secrets. And he's dying to tell...
  • Long Man, by Amy Greene
    A gripping, wondrously evocative novel of a family in turmoil, set against the backdrop of real-life historical eventthe story of three days in the summer of 1936, as a government-built dam is about to flood an Appalachian town, and a little girl goes missing. Suspenseful, visceral, gorgeously told, Long Man is a searing portrait of a tight-knit community brought together by change and crisis, and of one family facing a terrifying ticking clock. A novel set in history that resonates with our own times; it is a dazzling and unforgettable tour de force.
  • North of Boston, by Elisabeth Elo
    A gripping and unorthodox thriller, packed with intriguing characters and unexpected twists. Boston-bred Pirio Kasparov is out on her friend Neds fishing boat when a freighter rams into them, dumping them both into the icy waters of the North Atlantic. Somehow, she survives nearly four hours before being rescued. Ned is not so lucky. Pirio cant shake the feeling that what happened was no accident, a suspicion seconded by her cynical Russian-immigrant father. And when Pirio teams up with the unlikeliest of partners, she begins unraveling a terrifying plot that leads to the frozen reaches of the Canadian arctic, where she confronts her ultimate challenge: to trust herself.
  • Of Sea and Cloud, by Jon Keller
    Nicolas Graves raised his sons to be lobstermen. Bill and Joshua (known as Jonah) Graves grew up aboard their father's boat--the Cinderella--learning the rules and rites of the antiquated business they love. But when their father is lost at sea and the price of lobster crashes worldwide, Bill and Jonah must decide how much they are willing to risk for their family legacy. Standing against them is Osmond Randolph--former Calvinist minister, mystic, captain of the Sanctity, and their father's business partner for more than twenty years. Together with his grandson and heir, Julius, Osmond is determined to push the Graves family out of their lobster pound, regardless of the cost or the consequences.
  • Saints of the Shadow Bible, by Ian Rankin
    Malcolm Fox, in what will be his last case as an internal affairs cop, is tasked with finding out the truth. Past and present are about to collide in shocking and murderous fashion. What does Rebus have to hide? And whose side is he really on? His colleagues back then called themselves "The Saints," and swore a bond on something called the Shadow Bible. But times have changed and the crimes of the past may not stay hidden much longer -- and may also play a role in the present, as Scotland gears up for a referendum on independence.
  • The Cairo Affair, by Olen Steinhauer
    Olen Steinhauer masterfully unveils a portrait of a marriage, a jigsaw puzzle of loyalty and betrayal, against a dangerous world of political games where allegiances are never clear and outcomes are never guaranteed. Sophie Kohl is living a nightmare. Minutes after she confesses to her husband, a mid-level American diplomat in Hungary, that she had an affair while they were in Cairo, he is shot and killed. CIA agent Stan Bertolli and Egyptian intelligence agent Omar Halawi delve into a complex investigation to solve the murder.
  • The Dead Will Tell, by Linda Castillo
    Everyone in Painters Mill knows the abandoned Hochstetler farm is haunted. But only a handful of the residents remember the terrible secrets lost in the muted/hushed whispers of timeand now death is stalking them, seemingly from the grave. Chief Kate Burkholder investigates two would be suicides only to find evidence that they are murders. Kate discovers a link in the case that sends the investigation in a direction no one could imagine and revealing the horrifying truth of what really happened that terrible night thirty-five years ago, when an Amish father and his four children perishedand his young wife disappeared without a trace.
  • The Kept, by James Scott
    Set in rural New York state at the turn of the twentieth century, The Kept is the superb literary debut by James Scott a propulsive novel reminiscent of the works of Michael Ondaatje, Cormac McCarthy, and Bonnie Jo Campbell, in which a mother and her young son embark on a quest to avenge a terrible and violent tragedy that has shattered their secluded family.
  • The Last Dead Girl, by Harry Dolan
    David Loogans dark past is revealed in this prequel to Bad Things Happen. On a rainy night in April, a chance encounter draws David into a romance with Jana Fletcher, a beautiful young law student. David would like to know her secrets, but he lets them lieuntil its too late. When Jana is brutally murdered, the police consider David a prime suspect. But as he sets out to uncover the truth, he soon learns that Janas death may be related to an earlier murder, one that she was obsessed with during the last weeks of her life. And as he retraces her steps, he begins to realize that hes treading a very dangerous pathand that her killer is watching every move he makes.
  • All the Light We Can Not See, by Anthony Doerr
    Set in Paris and Germany at the start of World War II, this magnificent, deeply moving novel charts the very different lives of two young people blind Marie-Laure, who flees parish with her father during the Nazi occupation, and orphan Werner, whose talent for building and fixing radios wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth. As these two lives are deftly interwoven, this novel illuminates the ways, against all odds, that people try to be good to one another.
  • Citizens Creek, by Lalita Tademy
    Citizens Creek is an evocative story of a once-enslaved man who buys his freedom after serving as a translator during the American Indian Wars, and his granddaughter, who sustains his legacy of courage. Cow Tom, born into slavery in Alabama in 1810 and sold to a Creek Indian chief before his tenth birthday, possessed an extraordinary gift: the ability to master languages. Cow Toms legacy lives onespecially in the courageous spirit of his granddaughter Rose. Written in two parts portraying the parallel lives of Cow Tom and Rose, Citizens Creek is a beautifully rendered novel that takes the reader deep into a little known chapter of American history. It is a breathtaking tale of identity, community, familyand above all, the power of an individuals will to make a difference.
  • Euphoria, by Lily King
    From New England Book Award winner Lily King comes a breathtaking novel about three young anthropologists of the 30s caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives. English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the Territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers deaths, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry husband Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Set between two World Wars and inspired by events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, Euphoria is an enthralling story of passion, possession, exploration, and sacrifice.
  • Family Life, by Akhil Sharma
    We meet the Mishra family in Delhi in 1978, where eight-year-old Ajay and his older brother Birju play cricket in the streets, waiting for the day when their plane tickets will arrive and they and their mother can fly across the world and join their father in America. America to the Mishras is, indeed, everything they could have imagined and more. Life is extraordinary until tragedy strikes, leaving one brother severely brain-damaged and the other lost and virtually orphaned in a strange land. Heart-wrenching and darkly funny, Family Life is a universal story of a boy torn between duty and his own survival.
  • The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
    Hetty Handful Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimkes daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women. This sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarahs eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each others destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.
  • The Pearl that Broke Its Shell, by Nadi Hashimi
    In Kabul, 2007, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school, and can rarely leave the house. Their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age. A century earlier, her great-great grandmother, Shekiba, left orphaned by an epidemic, saved herself and built a new life the same way. Crisscrossing in time, The Pearl the Broke Its Shell interweaves the tales of these two women separated by a century who share similar destinies. Recommended for fans of Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Lisa See.
  • What is Visible, by Kimberly Elkins
    What is Visible is a vividly original literary novel based on the astounding true-life story of Laura Bridgman, the first deaf and blind person who learned language and blazed a trail for Helen Keller. With Laura-by turns mischievous, temperamental, and witty-as the book's primary narrator, the fascinating kaleidoscope of characters includes the founder of Perkins Institute, Samuel Gridley Howe, with whom she was in love; his wife, the glamorous Julia Ward Howe, a renowned writer, abolitionist, and suffragist; Laura's beloved teacher, who married a missionary and died insane from syphilis; an Irish orphan with whom Laura had a tumultuous affair; Annie Sullivan; and even the young Helen Keller.
  • Glitter and Glue, by Kelly Corrigan
    When Kelly Corrigan was in high school, her mother neatly summarized the family dynamic as Your fathers the glitter but Im the glue. This meant nothing to Kelly, who left childhood sure that her mom be nothing more than background chatter for the rest of Kellys life. An experience in Australia as a nanny leads Kelly to reconsider her relationship with her mother. This is a book about the difference between travel and life experience, stepping out and stepping up, fathers and mothers. But mostly its about who you admire and why, and how that changes over time.
  • Grandma Gatewood's Walk, by Ben Montgomery
    Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than two hundred dollars. The next anybody heard from her, this genteel, farm-reared, 67-year-old great-grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail. And in September 1955, having survived a rattlesnake strike, two hurricanes, and a run-in with gangsters from Harlem, she stood atop Maines Mount Katahdin. There she sang the first verse of America, the Beautiful and proclaimed, I said Ill do it, and Ive done it. This book chronicles her miraculous and inspiring journey.
  • The Map Thief, by Michael Blanding
    Maps have long exerted a special fascination on viewersboth as beautiful works of art and as practical tools to navigate the world. But to those who collect them, the map trade can be a cutthroat business, inhabited by quirky and sometimes disreputable characters in search of a finite number of extremely rare objects. Once considered a respectable antiquarian map dealer, E. Forbes Smiley spent years doubling as a map thief until he was finally arrested slipping maps out of books in the Yale University library. The Map Thief delves into the untold history of this fascinating high-stakes criminal and the inside story of the industry that consumed him.
  • Not That Kind of Girl, by Lena Dunham
    In Not That Kind of Girl, Dunham illuminates the experiences that are part of making ones way in the world: falling in love, feeling alone, being ten pounds overweight despite eating only health food, having to prove yourself in a room full of men twice your age, finding true love, and most of all, having the guts to believe that your story is one that deserves to be told. Told with Lena Dunhams characteristic brutal honesty and humor, this memoir is an exuberant, defiant series of dispatches from the frontlines of the struggle that is growing up.
  • The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar, by Martin Windrow
    The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar is the story of an odd couplea British military historian and the Tawny Owl with whom he lived for fifteen years. Martin Windrow was a war historian with little experience with pets when he adopted an owl the size of a corncob. Adorable but with knife-sharp talons, Mumble became Windrows closest, if at times unpredictable, companion. In the spirit of J. R. Ackerleys My Dog Tulip, Windrow offers a poignant and unforgettable reminiscence of his charmed years with his improbable pet, as well as an unexpected education in the paleontology, zoology, and sociology of owls.
  • Yes Please, by Amy Poehler
    Do you want to get to know the woman we first came to love on Comedy Central's Upright Citizens Brigade? Do you want to spend some time with the lady who made you howl with laughter on Saturday Night Live, and in movies like Baby Mama, Blades of Glory, and They Came Together? Did you wish you were in the audience at the last two Golden Globes ceremonies, so you could bask in the hilarity of Amy's one-liners? If your answer to these questions is "Yes Please!" then you are in luck. In her first book, one of our most beloved funny folk delivers a smart, pointed, and ultimately inspirational read. Full of the comedic skill that makes us all love Amy, Yes Please is a rich and varied collection of stories, lists, poetry (Plastic Surgery Haiku, to be specific), photographs, mantras and advice.
  • The Lost Art of Mixing, by Erica Bauermeister
    A beautifully imagined novel about the ties that bindand links that breakThe Lost Art of Mixing is a captivating meditation on the power of love, food, and companionship. Lillian and her restaurant have a way of drawing people together. Theres Al, the accountant; Chloe, a budding chef; Finnegan, quiet and steady as a tree; Louise, Als wife; and Isabelle, whose memories are slowly slipping from her grasp. And theres Lillian herself, whose life has taken a turn she didnt expect. Their lives collide and mix with those around them, sometimes joining in effortless connections, at other times sifting together and separating again, creating a family that is chosen, not given.
  • Telling the Bees, by Peggy Hesketh
    A lifelong beekeeper, Albert Honig is deeply acquainted with the ways and workings of the hives. He knows that bees dislike wool clothing and foul language; that the sweetest honey is made from the blooms of eucalyptus; and that bees are at their gentlest in a swarm. But Albert is less versed in the ways of people, especially his beautiful, courageous, and secretive friend Claire.
  • The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri
    The Lowland is an engrossing family saga steeped in history: the story of two very different brothers bound by tragedy, a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past, a country torn apart by revolution, and a love that endures long past death. A recommended read for anyone looking for a sweeping historical saga deeply immersed in the culture of India.
  • The Last Summer of the Camper-downs, by Elizabeth Kelly
    Meet Riddle James Camperdown, the twelve-year-old daughter of the idealistic Camp and his manicured, razor-sharp wife, Greer. Its 1972, and Riddles father is running for office from the family compound in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. When Riddle witnesses a crime close to home, she is cast into a deep web of secrets within her family. Witty, suspenseful, and dramatic, this novel will leave you wanting more.
  • Wedding Night, by Sophie Kinsella
    Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose, but then his big question involves a trip abroadnot a trip down the aisle. Completely crushed, Lottie reconnects with an old flame, and they decide to take drastic action. No dates, no moving in together, theyll just get married . . . right now. Wedding Night is a light, fun read that is guaranteed to entertain.
  • Lake People , by Abi Maxwell
    As an infant, Alice Thorton is found abandoned in a canoe. Adopted by a young childless couple, she is raised with no knowledge of her familys history, especially that of her strong female forebearsEleonora, Signe, and Sophiewho hold a special place in the history of their small town of Kettleborough, New Hampshire. Still, as Alice grows up aching for an acceptance she can't quite imagine, she feels a mysterious pull to Kettleboroughs lake and the island at its center, both of which will help provide the key to unlocking the truth of her past.
  • Life After Life, by Jill McCorkle
    A splendid journey through time and memory, Life After Lifeis filled with a sense of wonder at our capacity for self-discovery at any age. The residents, staff, and neighbors of the Pine Haven retirement center (from twelve-year-old Abby to eighty-five-year-old Sadie) share some of lifes most profound discoveries and are some of the most true-to-life characters that you are ever likely to meet in fiction. Jill McCorkle has conjured an entire community that reminds us that grace and magic canand doappear when we least expect it.
  • The Husband's Secret, by Liane Moriarty
    The Husbands Secret is a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spousesand, ultimately, ourselves.Cecelia Fitzpatrick seems to have the perfect life, but she discovers a shocking letter written by her husband, to be opened after his death. Her perfect life is shattered by her husbands secret and her husband is still very much alive
  • A Tale for the Time Being , by Ruth Ozeki
    A Tale for the Time Beingis a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home. Sharing the story are two memorable characters: sixteen-year-old Nao, who lives in Tokyo and is prepared to end it all to escape a loneliness plagued with bullying, and Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchboxpossibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Naos drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future.
  • Whiskey Beach, by Nora Roberts
    Eli Landon, a Boston lawyer in search of sanctuary after a trying year, seeks refuge at Bluff House, above Whiskey Beach. While there he encounters Abra Walsh - Whiskey Beachs resident housekeeper, yoga instructor, jewelry maker and massage therapist, Abra is a woman of many talentsincluding helping Eli take control of his life. As their connection grows stronger they find themselves caught in a net that stretches back for centuries, and that may bring about the ruin of Eli. Another sweeping novel from bestselling author Nora Roberts, Whiskey Beach is a great read for anyone looking for a hearty love story with a twist.
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman
    A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, begins for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed - within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it.
  • The Returned, by Jason Mott
    The Returned is a brilliant novel about an impossible miracle and a family given a second chance at life. All over the world people's loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why, whether it's a miracle or a sign of the end. But as chaos erupts around the globe, the newly reunited family finds itself at the center of a community on the brink of collapse, forced to navigate a mysterious new reality. With spare, elegant prose supporting an original premise, Jason Mott has created an unforgettable story that will appeal to readers who enjoy fiction that blurs the lines between genres and speaks to the power of family.
  • Island 731, by Jeremy Robinson
    Skillfully blending thriller and horror genres, Jeremy Robinson has delivered a chilling page turner that calls to mind the work of science fiction writer Michael Crichton. When a research vessel is grounded on a remote tropical island, the crew discovers evidence of a brutal history left behind by the islands former occupants: Unit 731, Japans ruthless World War II human experimentation program a program that may have never been decommissioned at all
  • The Burgess Boys, by Elizabeth Strout
    Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls for New York City as soon as they possibly could. Jim, a sleek, successful corporate lawyer, has always belittled his bighearted brother and Bob, a Legal Aid attorney who idolizes Jim, has always taken it in stride. Susanthe Burgess sibling who stayed behindurgently calls them home. Her lonely teenage son, Zach, has gotten himself into a world of trouble, and Susan desperately needs their help. The Burgess brothers return to the landscape of their childhood, where the long-buried tensions that have shaped and shadowed their relationship begin to surface in unexpected ways that will change them forever.
  • The October List, by Jeffrey Deaver
    Two days ago, Gabriela's life was normal. Then, out of the blue, she gets word that her six-year-old daughter has been taken. She's given an ultimatum: pay half a million dollars and find a mysterious document known as the "October List" within 30 hours, or she'll never see her child again.A mind-bending novel with twists and turns that unfold from its dramatic climax back to its surprising beginning, The October List is an addictive read perfect for fans of fast-paced thrillers and suspense.
  • The Cuckoo's Calling, by Robert Galbraith
    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. When a high profile case involving a supermodels alleged suicide falls into Strikes lap, he is plunged into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers. Strike is a dynamic personality within an entertaining story that makes for a riveting read.
  • Ghostman, by Roger Hobbs
    In a daring operation, two crooks-for-hire rob an Atlantic City casino. But their heist goes horribly wrong, and only one of them makes it out alive. Now he's on the run with $1/2 million vacuum-packed into a bundle the size of a briefcase. Little does he know it's rigged with explosives. An expert fixer named Jack is in cross-country pursuit. With less than 48 hours to recover the money, clean up the mess, and--for god's sake--try not to botch the job like he did last time . . .
  • Skinner, by Charlie Huston
    Skinner--known by the name of the psychological experiment that fostered his emotionless brutality--founded his career in "asset protection" on fear. To touch anyone under Skinner's protection was to invite destruction. A savagely effective methodology, until Skinner's CIA handlers began to fear him as much as his enemies did and banished him to the hinterlands of the intelligence community. Now, a cyber-terrorist attack on the US power grid is about to end that long exile. A combination of LeCarre spycraft with Stephenson techno-philosophy, Skinner is the triumphant novel that delivers a new kind of thriller for a new kind of world.
  • Good People, by Ewart Hutton
    Detective In Good People, half-Welsh, half-Italian Detective Sergeant Glyn Capaldi, has been exiled from Cardiff for getting a man killed and sent to what the city cops call the Wild and Wooly West of Wales, where he is supposed to stay out of the way of his superiors. When a minibus full of young men back from a rugby game disappears into the forest, and only five later emerge, Capaldi is told to ignore the incident. What Capaldi cant ignore is that a prostitute, perhaps one caught in human trafficking, is one of the people who doesnt return. The first novel by an award-winning author of radio plays for the BBC has the kind of fast pace and immediacy associated with radio.
  • Dead People, by Ewart Hutton
    Detective Sergeant Glyn Capaldi is called to the discovery of a human skeleton at a remote site in the hills during excavation work for a new wind farm. The body, missing its head and hands, is unidentifiable. When other bodies are uncovered, Capaldis superiors assume that it is either the work of a hit squad or a serial killer, and that the site is just a dumping ground. Capaldi is not convinced and sets about trying to unravel the mystery of the bodies, and the killer behind them.
  • The Never List, by Koethi Zan
    For years, Sarah Farber and her best friend, Jennifer, kept what they called the Never List: a list of actions to be avoided at all costs, for safetys sake. But one night, against their best instincts, they accept a cab rideone with grave, everlasting consequences. For the next three years, they are held captive with two other girls in a dungeon-like cellar by a connoisseur of sadism. Ten years later, Sarahs abductor is up for parole and she can no longer ignore the twisted letters he sends to her from prison. But when Sarah decides to confront her phobias and reconnect with the other survivors she begins unraveling a mystery more horrifying than even she could have imagined. A fast read that will leave you with chills, The Never List is a frightening page-turner.
  • The Other Child, by Charlotte Link
    In the tranquil northern seaside town of Scarborough, a student is found cruelly murdered. For months, the investigators are in the dark, until they are faced with a copy-cat crime. The investigation continues, but they are still struggling to establish a connection between the two victims. Ambitious detective Valerie Almond clings to the all too obvious: a rift within the family of the second victim. But there is far more to the case than first appears and Valerie is led towards a dark secret, inextricably linked to the evacuation of children to Scarborough during World War II. The Other Child is a suspenseful, atmospheric psychological crime novel from one of Germany's most successful living female author.
  • Close My Eyes, by Sophie McKenzie
    Gone GirlmeetsBefore IGo to Sleepin Sophie McKenzie'sClose My Eyes,a riveting psychological thriller about a grieving mother who finds out years after her daughters death that her child may still be alive. When Geniver Loxley lost her daughter at birth eight years ago, her world stopped. But then a stranger shows up on their doorstep, telling Gen the very thing shes always wanted to hear: that her daughter Beth was not stillborn, but was taken away as a healthy infant and is still out there, waiting to be found. Ignoring the warnings of her husband and friends, Gen begins to delve into the dark corners of her past, hopeful shell find a clue to her daughters whereabouts. But hope quickly turns into fear and paranoia, as she realizes that finding the answers might open the door to something even worse than not knowing.
  • How the Light Gets In, by Louise Penny
    Christmas is approaching, but shadows are falling on the usually festive season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friendhas failed to arrive for Christmas inthe village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Mystified by Myrna's reluctance to reveal her friend's name, Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines. Is there peace to be found even in Three Pines, and at what cost to Gamache and the people he holds dear?
  • The Boyfriend, by Thomas Perry
    Jack Till, who has retired from the LAPD after a respected career as a homicide detective, now works as a private investigator. But when the parents of a recently murdered young girl ask for his help when the police come up empty, Till reluctantly takes the case. As Till digs deeper, he realizes that the victim is just one of several young female escorts killed in different cities in the exact same way. Till must find his way around the tawdry and secretive online escort business, and decode ads placed by young women who all use false names. When Till is finally able to catch up with the killer, he finds that the man he's after is far more dangerous and volatile than he ever could have imagined.
  • The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
    Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art. As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love--and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle. The Goldfinchis a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.
  • Loyalty, by Ingrid Thoft
    The Ludlows are a family of fast-talking Boston lawyers, and patriarch Carl Ludlow treats his offspring like employeeswhich they are. Black-sheep daughter, Fina, dropped out of law school, but her father keeps her in the fold as the firms private investigator, working alongside her brothers. Juggling family, business, cops and crooks is no problem for Fina. But when her sister-in-law disappears, shes caught up in a case unlike any shes encountered before. Carl wants things resolved without police, but the deeper Fina digs, the more impossible that seems. As she unearths more dirt, the demands of family loyalty intensify. But she is after the truthno matter where it lies
  • Let Him Go, by Larry Watson
    A retired sheriff and his wife go after their young grandson in a riveting tale of familial love and its unexpected consequences.Let Him Go, Larry Watsons ninth book, returns to big sky country in mid-century America. It's been years since George and Margaret Blackledge lost their son James and months since his widow Lorna took off with their only grandson and married Donnie Weboy. Margaret is resolved to find and retrieve the boy while George is none too eager to stir up trouble. Soon, the Blackledges find themselves entangled with the entire Weboy clan, who are determined not to give up the boy without a fight.
  • Brewster, by Mark Slouka
    Brewster is a powerful story about an unforgettable friendship between two teenage boys and their hopes for escape from a dead-end town. The year is 1968. The world is changing, and sixteen-year-old Jon Mosher is determined to change with it. Racked by guilt over his older brothers childhood death and stuck in the dead-end town of Brewster, New York, he turns his rage into victories running track. He befriends Ray Cappicciano, who is trying to take care of his baby brother while staying out of the way of his abusive, ex-cop father. Its not until Ray falls in love with beautiful, headstrong Karen Dorsey that the three friends begin to dream of breaking away from Brewster for good. Freedom, however, has its price. As forces beyond their control begin to bear down on them, Jon sets off on the race of his lifea race to redeem his past and save them all.
  • Fever, by Mary Beth Keane
    Fever is a spectacularly bold and intriguing novel about the woman known as Typhoid Mary, the first person in America identified as a healthy carrier of Typhoid Fever.Bringing early-twentieth-century New York alivethe neighborhoods, the bars, the park carved out of upper Manhattan, the boat traffic, the mansions and sweatshops and emerging skyscrapersFeveris an ambitious retelling of a forgotten life. In the imagination of Mary Beth Keane, Mary Mallon becomes a fiercely compelling, dramatic, vexing, sympathetic, uncompromising, and unforgettable heroine.
  • The House Girl, by Tara Conklin
    The House Girl,the historical fiction debut by Tara Conklin, is an unforgettable story of love, history, and a search for justice, set in modern-day New York and 1852 Virginia. Weaving together the story of an escaped slave in the preCivil War South and a determined junior lawyer,The House Girlfollows Lina Sparrow as she looks for an appropriate lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking compensation for families of slaves. In her research, she learns about Lu Anne Bell, a renowned prewar artist whose famous works might have actually been painted by her slave, Josephine. Featuring two remarkable, unforgettable heroines, Tara Conklin'sThe House Girlis riveting and powerful, literary fiction at its very best.
  • Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson
    What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in any number of ways. Ursula's world is in turmoil, facing the unspeakable evil of the two greatest wars in history. What power and force can one woman exert over the fate of civilization -- if only she has the chance?
  • Longbourn, by Jo Baker
    The servants take center stage in this irresistibly imagined below stairs answer toPride and Prejudice. While Elizabeth Bennett and her sisters fuss over balls and husbands, Sarah, their orphaned housemaid, is beginning to chafe against the boundaries of her class. When a new footman arrives at Longbourn under mysterious circumstances, the carefully choreographed world she has known all her life threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended. Mentioned only fleetingly in Jane Austens classic, here Jo Baker dares to take us beyond the drawing rooms of Regency England and, in doing so, uncovers the real world of the novel that has captivated readers hearts around the world for generations.
  • Mrs. Lincolns Dressmaker, by Jennifer Chiaverini
    In a life that spanned nearly a century and witnessed some of the most momentous events in American history, Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley was born a slave. A gifted seamstress, she earned her freedom by the skill of her needle, and won the friendship of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln by her devotion. A sweeping historical novel,Mrs. Lincolns Dressmakerilluminates the extraordinary relationship the two women shared, beginning in the hallowed halls of the White House during the trials of the Civil War and enduring almost, but not quite, to the end of Mrs. Lincolns days.
  • My Notorious Life, by Kate Manning
    Inspired by a real midwife who became one of the most controversial figures in Victorian New York City, this daring page-turner (O, The Oprah Magazine) is an unforgettable talea love story, a family saga, and the confessions of a charismatic and passionate woman who changed the lives of countless others. Axie Muldoons story begins on the streets of 1860s New York. Axies services to women as a doctors apprentice and her rise as a voice for women and modern midwifery are chronicled in clear prose that draws you quickly into the life of a true social reformer. Recommended for fans of Ami McKay.
  • Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline
    Orphan Trainis a gripping story of friendship and second chances. Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to aging out out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian arent as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance. Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life answers that will ultimately free them both.
  • The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert
    Spanning much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, this novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker. Born in 1800, Henrys brilliant daughter Alma ultimately becomes a botanist of considerable gifts herself. The Signature of All Thingssoars across the globefrom London to Peru to Philadelphia to Tahiti to Amsterdam, and beyond. Along the way, the story is peopled with unforgettable characters. But most memorable of all is Alma Whittaker, whoborn in the Age of Enlightenment, but living well into the Industrial Revolutionbears witness to that extraordinary moment in human history when all the old assumptions about science, religion, commerce, and class were exploding into dangerous new ideas.
  • Silver Star, by Jeannette Walls
    It is 1970 in a small town in California. Bean Holladay is twelve and her sister, Liz, is fifteen when their artistic mother, Charlotte, takes off to find herself, leaving her girls enough money to last a month or two. When Bean returns from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz decide to take the bus to Virginia, where their widowed Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying mansion thats been in Charlottes family for generations.As the girls struggle to adjust and survive in an increasingly more difficult world, but their love for each other holds them together despite the odds.
  • The Ashford Affair, by Lauren Willig
    The Ashford Affair isa page-turning novel about two women in different eras, and on different continents, which are connected by one deeply buried secret. Manhattan lawyer Clementine Evans begins a journey into the past after a relative lets slip hints about a long-buried family secret of her Grandmother Addies. As the secrets of Addie and her outgoing cousin, Bea, are revealed, Clementine is drawn deeper and deeper into the web of her familys history. An investigative, engaging, historical drama, The Ashford Affair is bound to be a hit with fans of both mystery and history.
  • The Daring Ladies of Lowell, by Kate Alcott
    Eager to escape life on her familys farm, Alice Barrow moves to Lowell in 1832 and throws herself into the hard work demanded of the mill girls. The hours are long and the conditions are bad, but Alice soon finds a true friend in Lovey Cornell, a saucy, strong-willed girl who is outspoken about the dangers they face in the factories . . . and about Alice opening her heart to a blossoming relationship with Samuel Fiske, the handsome and sympathetic son of the mills owner. But when Lovey is found dead under suspicious circumstances, a sensational trial brings the workers unrest to a boiling point; leaving Alice is torn between finding justice for her friend and her growing passion for the man with whom she had no business falling in love.
  • Queen's Gambit, by Elizabeth Fremantle
    Widowed for the second time at age thirty-one Katherine Parr falls deeply for the dashing courtier Thomas Seymour and hopes at last to marry for love. Instead, she attracts the amorous attentions of the ailing, egotistical, and dangerously powerful Henry VIII. No one is in a position to refuse a royal proposal so, haunted by the fates of his previous wivestwo executions, two annulments, one death in childbirthKatherine must wed Henry and rely on her wits and the help of her loyal servant Dot to survive the treacherous pitfalls of life as Henrys queen. Yet as she treads the razors edge of court intrigue, she never quite gives up on love. Recommended for fans of Philippa Gregory and Regency fiction, Queens Gambit doesnt disappoint.
  • The Tilted World, by Tom Franklin
    In 1927, as rains swell the Mississippi, the river threatens to burst its banks and engulf everything in its path, including the tiny hamlet of Hobnob, where federal agents Ted Ingersoll and Ham Johnson arrive to investigate the disappearance of two fellow agentsand find a baby boy abandoned in the middle of a crime scene. Ingersoll finds a home for the infant with local woman Dixie Clay Holliver, unaware that she's the best bootlegger in the county and has many tender and consequential secrets of her own. The Tilted Worldis an extraordinary tale of murder and moonshine, sandbagging and saboteurs, and a man and a woman who find unexpected love.
  • A Storm Too Soon, by Michael Touglas
    From masterful storyteller Michael J. Tougias comes a new, heart-stopping true-life tale of maritime disaster, survival, and daring rescue. Chronicling a miraculous rescue of three men stranded in a life raft on the Gulf Stream, A Storm Too Soon is a non-fiction account that reads like a harrowing, edge-of-your-seat thriller. A perfect read for those interested in historic maritime rescues, or those looking for an impossible to put down story full of action.
  • A Street Cat Named Bob, by James Bowen
    James is a street musician struggling to make ends meet. Bob is a strangely intelligent stray cat looking for somewhere warm to sleep. When James and Bob meet, they forge a never-to-be-forgotten friendship that has been charming readers from Thailand to Turkey. This inspiring memoir is about the power of love between man and animal, and of the power of friendship to change lives.
  • Five Days at Memorial, by Sheri Fink
    Five Days at Memorial is Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Finks landmark investigation of patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina and her suspenseful portrayal of the quest for truth and justice. In the tradition of the best investigative journalism, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs 5 days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amid chaos. A remarkable book, engrossing from start to finish,Five Days at Memorialradically transforms your understanding of human nature in crisis.
  • Helgas Diary, by Francine Prose
    In 1939, Helga Weiss was a young Jewish schoolgirl in Prague. In 1941, Helga and her parents were sent to the concentration camp of Terezn. In 1944, Helga and her family were sent to Auschwitz. Before she left, Helgas uncle, who worked in the Terezn records department, hid her diary and drawings in a brick wall. Miraculously, he was able to reclaim them for her after the war. Of the 15,000 children brought to Terezn and later deported to Auschwitz, only 100 survived. Helga was one of them. Reconstructed from her original notebooks, the diary is presented here in its entirety. With an introduction by Francine Prose, an interview between translator Neil Bermel and Helga, and the artwork Helga made during her time at Terezn, Helga's Diarystands as a vivid and utterly unique historical document.
  • Men We Reaped, by Jesmyn Ward
    Jesmyns memoir shines a light on the community she comes from, in the small town of DeLisle, Mississippi, a place of quiet beauty and fierce attachment. Here, in the space of four years, she lost five young men dear to her, including her beloved brotherlost to drugs, accidents, murder, and suicide. Their deaths were seemingly unconnected, yet their lives had been connected, by identity and place, and as Jesmyn dealt with these losses, she came to a staggering truth: These young men died because of who they were and the place they were from, because certain disadvantages breed a certain kind of bad luck. Men We Reapedopens up a parallel universe, yet it points to problems whose roots are woven into the soil under all our feet. This indispensable American memoir is destined to become a classic.
  • Sum it Up, by Pat Summit
    Pat Summitt, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history and bestselling author ofReach for the SummittandRaise The Roof, tells for the first time her remarkable story of victory and resilience as well as facing down her greatest challenge: early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Equally accessible to basketball fans and non-fans, Sum It Up is about more than just a coachs life it is an uplifting perspective on facing all the challenges that come your way with hard work, perseverance, and a sense of humor.
  • Survival Lessons, by Alice Hoffman
    In Survival Lessons, one of America's most beloved writers shares her suggestions for finding beauty in the world even during the toughest times. Alice Hoffman says, In many ways I wroteSurvival Lessonsto remind myself of the beauty of life, something thats all too easy to overlook during the crisis of illness or loss. I forgot that our lives are made up of equal parts of sorrow and joy, and that it is impossible to have one without the other. I wrote to remind myself that despite everything that was happening to me, there were still choices I could make. Wise, gentle, and wry, Alice Hoffman teaches all of us how to choose what matters most.
  • Thank You For Your Service, by David Finkel
    The Good Soldiers was David Finkels first account of the men of the 2-16 Infantry Battalion, whom he embedded with on the front lines of Baghdad. InThank You for Your Service, Finkel follows many of those same as they return home and struggle to reintegrateboth into their family lives and into American society at large. He is with them in their most intimate, painful, and hopeful moments as they try to recover, and in doing so, he creates an indelible, essential portrait of what life after war is likenot just for these soldiers, but for their wives, widows, children, and friends, and for the professionals who are truly trying to undo the damage that has been done.
  • The Boy on the Wooden Box, by Leon Leyson
    Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) was only ten years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family was forced to relocate to the Krakow ghetto, then the Plaszow concentration camp outside Krakow. With incredible luck, perseverance, and grit, Leyson and his family were able to survive thanks to the generosity and cunning of one man, a man named Oskar Schindler. The only memoir published by a former Schindlers List child, The Boy on the Wooden Box perfectly captures the innocence of a small boy who goes through the unthinkable. The Boy on the Wooden Boxis a legacy of hope, a memoir unlike anything youve ever read.
  • The Spark, by Kristine Barnett
    The Spark is a remarkable memoir of mother and son. Kristine Barnetts son Jacob has an IQ higher than Einsteins, a photographic memory, and he taught himself calculus in two weeks. But the story of Kristines journey with Jake is all the more remarkable because his extraordinary mind was almost lost to autism. Following her instincts and working against common perceptions of autism, Kristine resolved to follow Jacobs spark, his passionate interests, to tap into the true potential she knew lay within her son. Inspiring, and transformative, The Spark is about the power of love and courage in the face of overwhelming obstacles.
  • Ties That Bind, by StoryCorps
    Ties That Bindhonors the people who nourish and strengthen us. StoryCorps founder Dave Isay draws from ten years of the revolutionary oral history projects rich archives, collecting conversations that celebrate the power of the human bond and capture the moment at which individuals become family. The stories shared inTies That Bindreveal our need to reach out, to support, and to share lifes burdens and joys. Against unspeakable odds, at their most desperate moments, the individuals we meet inTies That Bindfind their way to one another, discovering hope and healing. Commemorating ten years of StoryCorps, the conversations collected inTies That Bindare a testament to the transformational power of listening.
  • Wave, by Sonali Deraniyagala
    In 2004, at a beach resort on the coast of Sri Lanka, Sonali Deraniyagala and her familyparents, husband, sonswere swept away by a tsunami.Only Sonali survived to tell their tale. This is her account of the nearly incomprehensible event and its aftermath. Heartbreaking, unforgiving, courageous, and inspiring, Wave is a challenging but essential read.