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Too Cool to be Forgotten, by Alex Robinson
Alex Robinson

Middle-aged Andy Wicks has tried everything to quit smoking – from going cold turkey, to the latest choices in patches and nicotine chewing gums, so he figures he'll give this hypnosis thing a try. What's the worst that could happen? Unfortunately he's dealt a fate worse than death – high school!

One Night Only, by Ken Reid
Ken Reid

From the beer league to the minor league, from coast to coast, hockey players often say they'd give anything to play just one game in the NHL. One Night Only brings you the stories of 41 men who lived the dream, only to see it fade away almost as quickly as it arrived. Ken Reid talks to players who had one game and one game only in the National Hockey League, including the most famous single-gamer of them all: the Coach himself, Don Cherry.

A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles
Amor Towles

A Russian aristocrat, Count Alexander Rostov, is put under house arrest at the Metropol hotel. He makes the best of his restricted surroundings and reduced circumstances for decades with the help of the Metropol's staff and guests – putting his skills as a gentleman to use in creative ways. A gentle, telling and often poignant view of the changes to Russian society after the Russian Revolution.

This is not my life, by Diane Schoemperlen
Diane Schoemperlen

Schoemperlen recounts her relationship to a prison inmate in this honest and informative memoir. While the relationship ultimately failed, she learned much about the penal system in Canada and both the positive and adverse affects on prisoners of government policy while also embarking on an emotional journey herself – of growth and healing from childhood wounds.

Juliet Takes a Breath, by Gabby Rivera
Gabby Rivera

Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn't sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that's going to help her figure out this whole "Puerto Rican lesbian" thing. She's interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women's bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff. Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer?

Norse mythology, by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he presents his fashioning of the primeval Norse myths into a novel, which begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds, delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants, and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly recreating the characters – the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions – and making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

Arrival: Stories of Your Life and Others, by Ted Chiang
Ted Chiang

A collection of short stories, including "Story of Your Life," which provides the basis for the film Arrival, concerns the presence of alien lifeforms on Planet Earth. When a linguist is brought in to help communicate with them and discern their intentions, her new knowledge of their language and its nonlinear structure helps her deal with the pangs of divorce and the death of her daughter. In each story of this incredible collection, with sharp intelligence and humor, Ted Chiang examines what it means to be alive in a world marked by uncertainty, but also by wonder.   Beautifully written, punchy stories with a philosophical bent.

Weird Dinosaurs: The Strange New Fossils, by John Pickrell
John Pickrell

From the outback of Australia to the Gobi Desert of Mongolia and the savanna of Madagascar, John Pickrell embarks on a world tour of new finds, meeting the fossil hunters who work at the frontier of discovery. He reveals the dwarf dinosaurs unearthed by an eccentric Transylvanian baron; an aquatic, crocodile-snouted carnivore bigger than T. rex that once lurked in North African waterways; a Chinese dinosaur with wings like a bat; and a Patagonian sauropod so enormous it weighed more than two commercial jet airliners. Pickrell opens a vivid portal to a brand-new age of fossil discovery, in which fossil hunters are routinely redefining what we know and how we think about prehistory's most iconic and fascinating creatures.

The Conjoined, by Jen Sookfong Lee
Jen Sookfong Lee

As social worker Jessica Campbell sorts through her mother's belongings after her recent funeral, she makes a shocking discovery – two dead girls curled into the bottom of her mother's deep-chest freezers. She remembers a pair of teenaged sisters who lived with the family in 1988 as foster children: Casey and Jamie Cheng – troubled, beautiful, and wild. After six weeks, they disappeared; social workers, police officers, and Jessica herself assumed they had run away. As Jessica learns more about Casey, Jamie, and their troubled immigrant Chinese parents, she also unearths dark stories about Donna, whom she had always thought of as the perfect mother and foster mother.

Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, by Lauren Elkin
Lauren Elkin

Part cultural meander, part memoir, Flâneuse takes us on a distinctly cosmopolitan jaunt that begins in New York, where Elkin grew up, and transports us to Paris via Venice, Tokyo, and London, all cities in which she's lived. We are shown the paths beaten by such flâneuses as the cross-dressing nineteenth-century novelist George Sand, the Parisian artist Sophie Calle, the wartime correspondent Martha Gellhorn, and the writer Jean Rhys. With tenacity and insight, Elkin creates a mosaic of what urban settings have meant to women, charting through literature, art, history, and film the sometimes exhilarating, sometimes fraught relationship that women have with the metropolis.

Underground airlines, by Ben Winters
Ben Winters

It is the present-day, and the world is as we know it, except for one thing: the Civil War never occurred. A gifted young Black man calling himself Victor has struck a bargain with federal law enforcement, working as a bounty hunter for the US Marshall Service. In this version of America, slavery continues in four states called "the Hard Four." On the trail of a runaway known as Jackdaw, Victor discovers secrets at the core of the country's arrangement with the Hard Four, secrets the government will preserve at any cost. Underground Airlines is a ground-breaking novel, a wickedly imaginative thriller, and a story of an America that is more current than we'd like to believe.

Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.  Noah was born illegal – the son of a white, Dutch father and a black Xhosa mother, who had to pretend to be his nanny or his father's servant in the brief moments when the family came together. His brilliantly eccentric mother loomed over his life – a comically zealous Christian, a savvy hustler who kept food on their table during rough times, and an aggressively involved, if often seriously misguided, parent who set Noah on his bumpy path to stardom. The stories Noah tells are sometimes dark, occasionally bizarre, frequently tender, and always hilarious.

The flood girls, by Richard Fifield
Richard Fifield

Returning to her tiny Montana hometown where jaded locals refuse to let her make amends, Rachel Flood, who left behind a trail of chaos, discovers herself and receives assistance from a local boy in her efforts to correct past mistakes.

Desperate romantics, by Franny Moyle
Franny Moyle

This book tells the story of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Their Bohemian lifestyle and intertwined love affairs shockingly broke 19th-century class barriers and bent the rules that governed the roles of the sexes. They became defined by love triangles, played out against the austere moral climate of Victorian England.

No One Knows, by J.T. Ellison
J.T. Ellison

The day Aubrey Hamilton's husband is declared dead by the state of Tennessee should bring closure so she can move on with her life. But Aubrey doesn't want to move on. She just wants Josh back. It's been five years since he disappeared – five years of emptiness, solitude, loneliness, questions. But who is the mysterious and strangely familiar figure suddenly haunting her new life? As Aubrey faces the possibility that everything she thinks she knows about herself, her marriage, and her husband is a lie, this masterful thriller will pull you into a you'll never-guess merry-go-round of danger and deception.

Ruthless, by Ron Miscavige
Ron Miscavige

The only book to examine the origins of Scientology's current leader, this book tells the revealing story of David Miscavige's childhood and his path to the head seat of the Church of Scientology told through the eyes of his father. Ron Miscavige's personal, heartfelt story is a riveting insider's look at life within the world of Scientology.

Translation of love, by Lynne Kutsukake
Lynne Kutsukake

It's 1946, and after spending the war in a Canadian internment camp, 13-year-old Aya Shimamura and her father have "repatriated" to American-occupied Japan. At school, she's an outcast who barely speaks Japanese, and when her classmate Fumi is assigned to look after her, the relationship is predictably disastrous until Fumi's older sister goes missing and Aya's English language skills are needed to write a letter to General MacArthur imploring him to find her. The story moves from MacArthur's offices, where Japanese-American soldier Yoshitaka "Matt" Matsumoto spends his days translating the general's mail, to the seedy dance halls of the Ginza to Love Letter Alley, where rows of translators cater to the Japanese women carrying on trans-Pacific correspondences with their American GIs.

Word Detective, by J.A. Simpson
J.A. Simpson

What do you call the part of a dog's back it can't scratch? Can you drink a glass of balderdash? And if, serendipitously, you find yourself in Serendip, then where exactly are you? The answers to all of these questions can be found in the Oxford English Dictionary, the definitive record of the English language. And there is no better guide to the dictionary's many wonderments, its quirks, and its quiddities than the former chief editor of the OED, John Simpson. Throughout the book, he enlivens his narrative with lively excavations and investigations of individual words, all the while reminding us that the seemingly mundane words (can you name the four different meanings of ma?) are often the most interesting ones. A brilliant expedition through the world of words.

The Afterlife of Birds, by Elizabeth Philips
Elizabeth Philips

Henry Jett's life is slowly going nowhere. His girlfriend recently left, and his job in a local garage is uninspiring, considering that he doesn't particularly like cars. He finds solace in his eccentric passion, rebuilding the skeletons of birds and animals. Meanwhile his brother, Dan, is disappearing into an obsession of his own, and without Dan to rely on, Henry begins to engage in new ways with the people around him in his Prairie city.

The Soul of an Octopus, by Sy Montgomery
Sy Montgomery

In this astonishing book from the author of the bestselling memoir The Good Good Pig, Sy Montgomery explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus – a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature – and the remarkable connections it makes with humans. By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, this book reveals what octopuses can teach us about consciousness and the meeting of two very different minds.

Swing Time, by Zadie Smith
Zadie Smith

Two brown girls dream of being dancers – but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, about what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either. Dazzlingly energetic and deeply human, Swing Time is a story about friendship and music and stubborn roots, about how we are shaped by these things and how we can survive them. Moving from northwest London to West Africa, it is an exuberant dance to the music of time

The Attention Merchants, by Tim Wu
Tim Wu

A revelatory look at the rise of "attention harvesting," and its transformative effect on our society and our selves. In nearly every moment of our waking lives, we face a barrage of advertising enticements, branding efforts, sponsored social media, commercials and other efforts to harvest our attention. Tim Wu argues that this is not simply the byproduct of recent inventions but the end result of more than a century's growth and expansion in the industries that feed on human attention.  He describes the revolts that have risen against these relentless attempts to influence our consumption, but he makes clear that attention merchants grow ever-new heads, and their means of harvesting our attention have given rise to the defining industries of our time, changing our nature in ways unimaginable even a generation ago.

The Golden Age, by Joan London
Joan London

Escaping the perils of World War II Hungary for Perth, Australia, Frank is diagnosed with polio and sent to a children's hospital where he falls in love with a fellow patient while their families struggle to adjust to life in a new culture.

Empty mansions, by Bill Dedman
Bill Dedman

When Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bill Dedman noticed a property listing for a grand estate that had been unoccupied for nearly sixty years, he stumbled into one of the most surprising American stories of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. At the heart of the tale is a reclusive 104-year-old heiress named Huguette Clark who was born into an almost royal family of amazing wealth and privilege, yet who hid herself away from the outside world. We meet Huguette's extravagant father, her publicity-shy mother, her star-crossed sister, her noble French boyfriend, the nurse who received more than $30 million in gifts, and the relatives seeking to inherit Huguette's $300 million fortune.

My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante
Elena Ferrante

This is part one of a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila, who represent the story of a nation and the nature of friendship.The story begins in the 1950s in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets, the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow – and as their paths repeatedly diverge and converge – Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other.